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kathleen s.

kathleen s.

Joined on 12/07/02

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excellent screen

BenQ FP222WH 22" WSXGA+ 1680 x 1050 D-Sub, DVI, HDMI LCD Monitor
BenQ FP222WH 22" WSXGA+ 1680 x 1050 D-Sub, DVI, HDMI LCD Monitor

Pros: Huge image DVI, D-Sub, and HDMI. Hooked up my PC on DVI and an upconvert DVD player on HDMI. Regular Windows looks gorgeous on it. I don't have any new games, but RTCW:ET on 1280x1024 looked good. Can't wait to get a game that runs at native 1680x1050. DVDs look amazing too, and that's on 480p. Once I figure out how to use the upscaler, I expect they'll look even better on 1080i.

Cons: The backlight bleeds a tiny bit... only noticeable on completely black things, then the top and bottom are brighter in the last quarter inch. No height adjust on stand. Possible difficulties in getting older games to run widescreen. Slightly wobbly (I have an ancient IBM keyboard that has really heavy keys, so I pound it, and it makes my monitor wobble, although I imagine that anything that big and flat on a pedestal would do the same)

Overall Review: I went from a 22" Diamondtron CRT to this. I wasn't expecting a significantly better picture, because the Diamondtron is a great tube, but this thing is bigger and better looking. Very surprised and impressed.

choice!

Omni Gear HDMI-2-HDMI 6 ft. Black HDMI to HDMI 2.0 Cable (4K Ultra HD) Male to Male
Omni Gear HDMI-2-HDMI 6 ft. Black HDMI to HDMI 2.0 Cable (4K Ultra HD) Male to Male

Pros: Excellent picture quality, solid construction (pretty thick cable, gold plated connectors)

Cons: none, really. it ain't fancy snake oil. it's a generic cable that gets the job done well at a great price.

Overall good, a few issues

MSI K8NGM2-FID 939 NVIDIA GeForce 6150 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
MSI K8NGM2-FID 939 NVIDIA GeForce 6150 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: -Solid and reliable -Onboard video

Cons: -The DVI port is DVI-D, which is different from the usual DVI-I. DVI-I is a combined analog/digital signal, that's why you can use it with a DVI digital input and a VGA analog input with DVI>VGA adaptor. The DVI-D connector will not work with a DVI>VGA adaptor, but will work with a regular DVI input on a TV or LCD. -Does not support dual monitors. -There are passive heatsinks on northbridge and southbridge. These will get hot without any airflow. Some CPU heatsinks will cool the northbridge, but mine for one doesn't. I put a quiet 80MM fan over it and problem is solved. Only really an issue if you have very poor case airflow.

Overall Review: It's not exceptional at anything, but it's good at everything except what I put as cons. Don't take my huge blurb of cons the wrong way, those are the only things I don't like.

Solid RAM

G.SKILL 1GB (2 x 512MB) DDR 400 (PC 3200) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F1-3200PHU2-1GBNS
G.SKILL 1GB (2 x 512MB) DDR 400 (PC 3200) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F1-3200PHU2-1GBNS

Pros: -Very stable on MSI K8NGM2-FID nForce board. -Runs in dual channel for good performance.

Cons: -No pretty heatspreaders -This kit is 2x512 If you want to upgrade to 2GB, 4x512 is not as fast as 2x1GB. If you plan to get 2GB in the near future, get the 1x1GB GSkill RAM.

Fast chip

AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+ - Athlon 64 X2 Manchester Dual-Core 2.0 GHz Socket 939 Processor - ADA3800BVBOX
AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+ - Athlon 64 X2 Manchester Dual-Core 2.0 GHz Socket 939 Processor - ADA3800BVBOX

Pros: -Pretty reasonable price in comparison to single core processors -Very fast for normal use -Stock HSF is quiet

Cons: I have not used any single core AMD 64s, but from what other people have written, this is hotter than them. It is still pretty cool, though. I was running it with stock HSF and an Antec SP-2, which does not have a belly fan over the processor, and it would get to about 40C with load. Now I have a TT silent heatsink and a Seasonic S12 with a 120mm belly fan, and the processor is very cool.

Overall Review: Excellent processor that should hold its own against newer processors for several years.

Excellent buy

SeaSonic S12-330 330 W ATX12V Active PFC Power Supply
SeaSonic S12-330 330 W ATX12V Active PFC Power Supply

Pros: -Very quiet operation -Plenty of power (4 hard drives and a dual core AMD cpu running on it fine.) -Excellent fit and finish -Black plastic plugs that are very easy to grip

Cons: I don't think it would be enough for an overclocked SLI maachine, but it's 500w siblings would.

Overall Review: Probably not the best voltages and such, but very cool and quiet and reliable.