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John Z.

John Z.

Joined on 07/22/07

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I'm glad my other graphics card burnt out now... :D

ASUS Radeon HD 4850 512MB GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card EAH4850 TOP/HTDI/512M
ASUS Radeon HD 4850 512MB GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card EAH4850 TOP/HTDI/512M

Pros: It's chewed through pretty much everything I've thrown at it with a silky smooth framerate. The cooler is really nice, Idles at about 45, and I'm pretty sure I haven't gotten it too far over 65 under stress. It may get cooler once I move this one fan around.

Cons: Its huge... I could fit it but it stretches across my entire motherboard. Definately something to check out if you upgrade to this card, but I've never seen how big other HD4850s are though so It might just be my other card was tiny.

Overall Review: While looking at other card like this, alot of people said their fan speeds had to be hacked to cool the card properly. Looks like this isnt neccisary on this card, making set up alot easier. I also, don't forget to uninstall your old graphics card drivers. I totally forgot and got a few BSODs. XD

11/13/2008

Installation problems, fine otherwise.

SUPER TALENT 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model T800UX4GC5
SUPER TALENT 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model T800UX4GC5

Pros: It does what RAM is supposed to do.

Cons: It has that wierd plastic casing around it. The heatsink from my CPU was really close to one of my open slots, and thanks to that plastic I had to shift around the rest of my RAM. Luckily my original set of ram any pointless casing so all I had to do was switch them around a bit. Just make sure you have some room. Oh, and the plastic does make it a bit more difficult to see what you're doing.

What can you say about a fan...?

Antec 761345-75120-9 3-Speed Case Cooling Fan
Antec 761345-75120-9 3-Speed Case Cooling Fan

Pros: It works. No seriously, what can you say about a fan?

Cons: On the one side of the fan you can see the mechanism that actually causes the spinning. Depending on your case, you might see it if you're using it to bring air into your case. Probably not a big deal for most people though.

Overall Review: It was really easy to put in my Antec 900. I put it on the side to cool off my graphics card a little bit. All I had to do was pop it in. No screws needed. I wasn't sure where I was supposed to be running the cord though.

Good card for the price

EVGA GeForce 8500 GT 256MB GDDR2 PCI Express x16 SLI Support Video Card 256-P2-N740-LR
EVGA GeForce 8500 GT 256MB GDDR2 PCI Express x16 SLI Support Video Card 256-P2-N740-LR

Pros: It's pretty good, haven't had any games crash because of my card so far, and it was pretty cheap compared to the rest.

Cons: From what I know about computer temperatures, which isn't much, it seems to run a tad hot. Also, for whatever reason, a certain website which tests game requirements to your hardware (which i will gracefully leave unnamed) says that its actually 246mb instead of 256mb. I have a feeling its just Vista though because it can't seem to figure out what my CPU is either...

Overall Review: I'll probably trade up for a better one soon with a program EVGA has that lets you trade in a your old card for credit twards a new one.

Nice Motherboard for someone who already knows what things look like

EVGA 122-M2-NF59-TR AM2 NVIDIA nForce 590 SLI MCP ATX AMD Motherboard
EVGA 122-M2-NF59-TR AM2 NVIDIA nForce 590 SLI MCP ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: It works, can support SLI if I want it later, and has nice onboard sound so I dont have to worry about getting a sound card too.

Cons: The manual that it came with was a tad annoying. This was my first build so I didn't know what certain things looked like exactly, and the manual's small, undetailed diagrams still made me search for a while. (Just as a warning, this DOES NOT include physical manual, it only has a disc with a PDF on it.)

Overall Review: I'm getting this wierd high pitched buzzing noise from my speakers when they are plugged in the back, which doesnt happen when i plug something in to the front jack on my case. I think its just my speakers though because they make the noise even if something is plugged in the front (which should cause the speakers to be muted) Long story short, I think my speakers are just messed up, but I thought i would mention it incase I was wrong.

One Beautiful Piece of Steel... :D

Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case with Upgraded USB 3.0
Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case with Upgraded USB 3.0

Pros: This thing looks so awesome its not even funny, and it keeps everything pretty cool (not really experienced in that department but regardless...).

Cons: Its alot bigger than I thought and its pretty dang heavy, but this was my first build so I wasnt totally sure of what to expect.

Overall Review: The day I went to order it, a rebate ran out... I still had a few rebates on other stuff though so I didn't mind much.