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Benjamin T.

Benjamin T.

Joined on 11/19/07

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cool but...

Western Digital Raptor X WD1500AHFD 150GB 10000 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 1.5Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive Bare Drive
Western Digital Raptor X WD1500AHFD 150GB 10000 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 1.5Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: Drive runs fast! Clear cover is pretty neat to watch. Good benchmarks with HDTach. Good OS drive! The fact that its 1.5 GB/s instead of 3 GB/s does not make any difference, todays technology can't saturate even 1.5 GB/s fully.

Cons: Drive is a lot more noisy than my Seagate 500 GB 7200 RPM SATA drives. Not a problem if your building a gaming rig, but if you want a quiet PC its annoying. Also, unless you have a funky case set up you won't see the top of the drive, so the window is useless for a lot of installations. You could save a couple bucks and get the ordinary Raptor 150 GB instead of the Raptor X 150 GB.

12/27/2007

good case

Antec Twelve Hundred Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case
Antec Twelve Hundred Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case

Pros: Lots of room! The cable routing behind the motherboard tray is great! I was able to run just about every cable behind the mobo, looks real clean. Built in fan speed controls are a definite plus. Case can be made pretty quiet when just surfing the web by adjusting fans. Blue LED's are a nice touch.

Cons: The case is a little long, but expected for a full size tower. The length helps it fit 10 inch graphics cards more easily. My power supply is a moduler 730 W. It was tight running the main 20 pin mobo connector behind the mobo tray. I could not get the CPU 4 pin connector behind the tray. This is because the PSU is mounted at the bottom of the case, making the cable not long enough. That is the only cable i have running in front of the mobo tray with this case. External and Internal drive mounting is kind of slow. My old case had rails, this case you actually have to take both sides of the case off, unscrew 8 thumbscrews, and pull out a tray to put in a hard drive. Not a huge problem since this isn't a component that I change often.

Overall Review: Because I am still really happy with the case even with the "cons" above I still give it 5 stars. Nothing is perfect anyway. Not running SLI, but have core 2 duo and gtx 8800 along with 3 sata drives. The graphics card doesn't go above 78 degrees C with stock cooling under load, not bad. It went up to 84-85 with my old case.

Big, Hot, but awesome

EVGA GeForce 8800 GTX 768MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 SLI Support Video Card 768-P2-N831-AR
EVGA GeForce 8800 GTX 768MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 SLI Support Video Card 768-P2-N831-AR

Pros: Great card! Runs any game I've thrown its way so far beutifully. Good 3DMark 06 scores with a core 2 duo 3 GHz, 2 GB of ram at 1033 MHz, and a WD Raptor 150 GB HD. No need to overclock or get SLI just yet with this baby.

Cons: Big. At 10.5 inches it interfered with my lower hard drive cage. I ended up installing the card on the lower PCIE x16 slot instead of the traditional spot closest to the CPU so I could keep all 3 hard drives installed. May not be a problem for some cases. Also runs a little hot, but everyone knows that by now.

Overall Review: Strange that it idles at 57ish degrees C, games at 70+ degrees C but the GPU fan does not automatically ramp up, it just seems to sit at 55%. I manually ramp it up to 80%-85% when gaming with the ntune utility and it keeps the card 4-5 degrees C cooler.

12/28/2007

great drives!

Seagate BarraCuda 7200.11 ST3500320AS 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive
Seagate BarraCuda 7200.11 ST3500320AS 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: Great drives! These drives run really quiet, and are plenty fast! They seem to run fairly cool as well, at least in my system.

Cons: none.

Overall Review: I bought two and set them up in a raid mirror for my data. Good HDTach scores.

12/27/2007

Overall Great

ENERMAX INFINITI EIN720AWT 720 W ATX12V/ EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
ENERMAX INFINITI EIN720AWT 720 W ATX12V/ EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

Pros: Great power supply! Handles my core 2 duo, 8800 gtx, and 4 sata drives with ease (plus 7 fans and two burners)! Moduler cables keep the case tidy. The feature that keeps the fans on after shutdown for a time works well, who knows if it will really give the components more life as stated.

Cons: One of the PCIE moduler cables broke when trying to plug it in. Sometimes attaching the moduler cables is a bit tough, you need to wiggle and push a lot to get the pins lined up.

Overall Review: Big 120mm fan spins slow, keeps quiet.

12/27/2007