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Alec A.

Alec A.

Joined on 05/21/07

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Most Favorable Review

Fine card, but LOUD during gaming.

ZOTAC ZT-T16500H-10L GEFORCE GTX1650 LP 4GB GDDR5
ZOTAC ZT-T16500H-10L GEFORCE GTX1650 LP 4GB GDDR5

Pros: - Fastest low profile GPU on the market - Runs GTA 5 at 1080p at high-very high w/ 2x MSAA at 60fps - Refuses to exceed 70c, even when overclocked - Only needs a 300w power supply - The Zotac version has more video outputs than the MSI variant - Solid build quality

Cons: - Price-to-performance ratio. If you don't need low profile/low power consumption, get a RX 570 or used RX 580 for less $ as both perform better. - Card is loud, particularly under heavy load. When playing a demanding game or at a demanding resolution you'll want noise-cancelling headphones.

Overall Review: This card is a good fit in my small HTPC. It's paired alongside a Core i3-8100 and 8gb DDR4 3300mhz. Running a stable overclock of +200mhz core, + 800mhz memory for a boost of 7fps in GTA 5. There's no reason not to overclock as it doesn't raise the max temperature higher.

Throw it into any PC and enjoy!

GIGABYTE GeForce GT 1030 Slience Low Profile 2GB, GV-N1030SL-2GL
GIGABYTE GeForce GT 1030 Slience Low Profile 2GB, GV-N1030SL-2GL

Pros: Fantastic graphics card for the price. It adds 4K 60hz video playback to virtually any PC made within the last 10-15 years and allows for a surprisingly good gaming experience with e-sport titles and indie games.... silently. This is still the best card for HTPCs; the 1650 low profile is a faster card but comes with the baggage of two very loud fans and a doubled price tag.

Cons: Vega 11 (built in to certain AMD CPUs is about 10% faster but you would also need a pretty modern motherboard w/ HDMI 2.0 support if you want 4K 60hz output from it.

Overall Review: MY HTPC setup: Antec VSK2000-U3 case, case fan removed SeaSonic SS-300TGW 300W PSU (fan never spins due to low power consumption) Core i3 8100 stock speeds and undervolted, fan speed at minimum RPM GT 1030 stock speeds and undervolted Crucial Ballistix Sport LT 1 x 8GB 2400 MHz DDR4 RAM Crucial MX500 SSD Totally silent, temps stay within acceptable range.

Works. Is fast!

Crucial MX500 250GB 3D NAND SATA 2.5 Inch Internal SSD, up to 560 MB/s  - CT250MX500SSD1
Crucial MX500 250GB 3D NAND SATA 2.5 Inch Internal SSD, up to 560 MB/s - CT250MX500SSD1

Pros: -Effortless installation and no setup process required to have it functioning like it should. -249gb available out of 250gb. That's better than any HDD I've used in the past.

Cons: Nope.

Overall Review: This is my first SSD and man these are fast lol. Windows 10 boots in 13 second from pushing the power button.

Good for HTPC!

SeaSonic SS-300TGW 300 W TFX12V (v2.31) 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Active PFC Power Supply
SeaSonic SS-300TGW 300 W TFX12V (v2.31) 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Active PFC Power Supply

Pros: Fan doesn't spin under normal use! Powering my Intel i3-8100 HTPC beautifully.

Cons: Came OEM style. Wasn't aware I was getting a PSU wrapped in bubble wrap and nothing else. Thankfully I had enough screws left over.

Overall Review: Recommended for an HTPC build, not recommended for someone who needs a lot of power connections.

IT'S WORKING! IT'S WORKING!!!

Crucial Ballistix Sport LT 8GB (1 x 8GB) 2400 MHz 1.2v DDR4 Memory (BLS8G4D240FSBK)
Crucial Ballistix Sport LT 8GB (1 x 8GB) 2400 MHz 1.2v DDR4 Memory (BLS8G4D240FSBK)

Pros: Didn't come DOA.

Cons: None.

Simple motherboard to set up!

ASRock Z370M Pro4 LGA 1151 (300 Series) Intel Z370 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
ASRock Z370M Pro4 LGA 1151 (300 Series) Intel Z370 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: -Cheapest motherboard to use with the 8th Intel CPUs at the moment. -Bios is modern and very easy to use, this was a breeze compared to setting up a BIOS in 2010. -Thick instruction manual with everything you need to know included.

Cons: -The BIOS says my i3-8100 is idling at 50c, and was running the CPU fan at a loud 2400rpm. This worried me and made me try re-seating the CPU cooler before I decided to install windows. Once in windows multiple temperature programs showed it to actually be idling at 30c, 55c under 100% load, which is correct. Lesson: don't believe the BIOS temperature readings on this board.

Overall Review: If you can wait a month or so to do your build then wait for the budget 8th gen Intel boards, you'll save ~$45 over this board.