Date Joined: 10/20/04
Pros: Fantastic value-for-money; Finally under the $100 mark after rebate; Responds extremely well to crossfire configuration.
Cons: Getting a little bit dated, but that's reflected in the price.
Overall Review: I built my current machine almost two years ago and at that time, this card was right at the sweet spot in the market. It wasn't a top-tier card but wasn't far off, and the price was around $170. It would play almost every game with the graphics cranked-up on 1920x1080. The plan at that time was to go crossfire whenever it no longer could play current games at those settings and that time has come. I ordered a second one and the results were fantastic! I can enable all the little advanced lighting effects, crank up AA and AF and it breezes right through it. Beautiful!
Pros: Overclocks so easily. Makes the i7 very hard to justify.
Cons: Not many CPU coolers fit properly, but that's not too big of a deal
Overall Review: Running this on a P7P55D @ 3.45GHz for the past 6 months with no issue. Runs flight simulator at 60fps in just about any situation with the resolution @ 1440x900. This processor is right in the value-for-money sweet spot. An absolute no-brainer as far as I'm concerned.
Pros: Easy as falling off a log
Overall Review: We have a late '08 iMac with the 2.66GHz C2D that originally came with 2GB of RAM. After installing Snow Leopard, it would run out of RAM, bringing everything to a standstill. You could just restart or do that little trick in Disk Management in order to buy yourself a little more time, but it was a pain either way. After installing the 4GB kit, the iMac runs flawlessly. I can't suggest this kit highly enough!
Pros: Well-built aluminum case. I definitely prefer the aluminum style to black plastic. It definitely affects the perception of quality.
Cons: I don't care for the little LED indicator. In an otherwise beautiful product design, it looks like someone's Radio Shack project when the LED comes on.
Overall Review: I'll be buying another. The $20 rebate makes it the best deal among aluminum-cased 1TB drives.
Pros: For $200, I wouldn't bother. However, for $59 after the rebate this is a steal! I haven't yet tried to watch TV on it or use the DVR feature, but it works perfectly when importing video from a video camera or VCR. I bought this thing in order to convert home videos to a digital format, and it does so beautifully.
Cons: It's an older product that comes with out-dated versions of good software.
Overall Review: Contrary to Plextor's website, this IS supported by Vista. The driver disc that comes with it will not work with Vista, you just have to plug the thing in and let windows automatically search for the driver. It takes a few minutes for Windows Update to find and download it, but it does work.
Pros: Excellent training tool! I've played other flight simulators in the past but this flight sim actually trains you. The learning area is wonderful, you even have to tune your own radios!
Cons: You need a beast of a computer in order to crank up the settings. Forget about cranking up everything! Also, some of the checkrides are a little unclear as to what they want you to do. They simply wait for you to screw up and then fail you.
Overall Review: People who have gaming rigs are simply used to cranking up all the settings on typical games. You can't do that here. FSX runs fine if you're willing to tone things down a bit, which takes very little away from the actual flying experience. Start the settings low, then work up incrementally, it's not the end of the world if the sliders aren't to the right with anisotropic filtering.
Pros: I couldn't be happier with this monitor. I chose this model over the others because of the stand. It's amazing how easily it adjusts up and down. It almost feels hydraulic.
Cons: It was a little tricky getting the resolution right. 1680x1050 doesn't show up as an option when using the DVI cable, but it does when using the VGA cable. There's a little bit of light bleed at the top and bottom but it really doesn't bother me.
Overall Review: Overall good choice. You can't go wrong with Viewsonic. It costs a little more than the others like it but you get a great stand and piece of mind from buying a quality product.
Pros: It does what it's supposed to do.
Overall Review: This is a cheap pwr supply, perfect as a replacement when your original takes a dump. It's not what you'd use for high end gaming, so I don't see a need to judge it along those lines.