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Kenton S.

Kenton S.

Joined on 03/18/07

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Most Favorable Review

Sweet Card

GIGABYTE GV-N96TSL-512I GeForce 9600 GT 512MB Silent Cell 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card
GIGABYTE GV-N96TSL-512I GeForce 9600 GT 512MB Silent Cell 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card

Pros: Best bang for the buck in my opinion. Installed no problem,well almost-see con's, and fired up with the latest driver from the website. SLI'd 2 of them and of what a difference from my two 7950's which were amazing.

Cons: Bigger in person than on the website. I had to install a 90 degree SATA just to get the second one to clear,and it just did, and that is more of MB problem but most SATA's are in that area of the MB that I've seen. This card is the whole width of my ATX board so be prepared to rearrange stuff for fit.

Overall Review: I gave it 5eggs and i deserves it. I have an Antec 900 case and i got them in without damage and the performance is insane! I run FEAR2 on max and the cards aren't even breaking a sweat. can't wait to run GTA4 but that pile keeps crashing. but when it runs it looks awesome!

Most Critical Review

Good Case but PSU is Meh

LOGISYS Computer CS6801BK Black Aluminum Mini-ITX Tower Computer Case 350W Power Supply
LOGISYS Computer CS6801BK Black Aluminum Mini-ITX Tower Computer Case 350W Power Supply

Pros: The layout is great with plenty of room for components. The size is just right for a HTPC like I used it for. My mATX board fit nicely. Easy to assemble/disassemble for maintenance.

Cons: The power supply only has one SATA power plug and a bunch of 4-pin molex connectors and a Floppy power plug! The main capacitors in the PSU died after 8 months of light use as a HTPC. The PSU fan started making an awful noise after about a year. The only replacement PSU is the same piece of junk. It only came with 3 out of 4 expansion slot covers.

Overall Review: I was able to repair the capacitors myself with high quality Japanese Rubicon units and replace the noisy fan with a Nactua one. Although the fan used a non standard plug so I had to make an adapter to the 4 pin on the new fan. I also ended up rewiring the cables to clean up the mess of adapters I was forced to use while I was in there voiding the warranty. I also added a second Nactua fan to the one of the side grills. Overall the case has good build quality and fits the niche I needed it for. It is just too bad the power supply is so bad and there are no options. It is by all means not a silent case but not bad with some good quality fans installed. I have an Intel Core!3-3220 on a Gygabyte GA-H61M-USB3H with a BR ROM, 1SSD and 1 3.5" HDD.

MSI made a real nice GPU here. Temps are great and the build quality is top notch.

MSI Gaming GeForce RTX 3090 24GB GDDR6X PCI Express 4.0 SLI Support Video Card RTX 3090 GAMING X TRIO 24G
MSI Gaming GeForce RTX 3090 24GB GDDR6X PCI Express 4.0 SLI Support Video Card RTX 3090 GAMING X TRIO 24G

Pros: 1 - The cooler is impressive and keeps temps low ie:66c under benchmark loads and lower when gaming. 2 - It's a 3090 so all my friends are jealous. 3 - The support bracket was a nice addition and is cleverly designed. You will need it, the card is long but surprisingly not too heavy. 4 - Did I mention that all my friends ae jealous?

Cons: Price but that can't be helped. It's a beast after all.

Overall Review: This GPU is great for bragging rights but a bit over-kill just for gaming. With 24gb of mem it would be ideal for video production I bet.

Nice evolution of the series.

Antec Nine Hundred Two Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Antec Nine Hundred Two Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: Lots of room and quality craftsmanship. The extra space behind the motherboard plate keeps the wiring out of the way to improve both airflow and looks. This case is built for water cooling if you swing that way as well.

Cons: Oh, all the bright blue lights...

Overall Review: One of the most enjoyable builds I've done to date. I would recommend this case to anyone building a gamer PC all day long. Hard to beat Antec.

Solid Foundation

MSI K9N6PGM2-V AM2+/AM2 NVIDIA GeForce 6100 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
MSI K9N6PGM2-V AM2+/AM2 NVIDIA GeForce 6100 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: As always MSI did not fail me.This board fired up the first time and has not stopped. Clear instructions, easy setup. Works good with Ubuntu-64 bit

Cons: none

Overall Review: Running Ubuntu Linux-64bit smoothly. I am running this as a media PC and HD video runs smooth with built-in vid card. I jammed this in a In-Win case with an AMD64 5050e, 2 gig A-Data DDR2800, Lite-On DVD-ROM and WD 500 HD running 24/7.

Nice little box.

IN WIN IW-BT610T.300BL Black Steel Micro ATX Desktop Computer Case 300W Power Supply
IN WIN IW-BT610T.300BL Black Steel Micro ATX Desktop Computer Case 300W Power Supply

Pros: Good value and I did my research. There are smaller cases out there and the cost a lot more. I run mine 24/7.

Cons: The instructions are a little vague but You'll figure it out.

Overall Review: I found it too deep/narrow to fit under my DVD/DVR and too heavy to put on top of them so just double check your measurements before hand, I actually read them wrong so just realize this sucker is 17" deep. My configuration, MSI K96PGM2-V, 2gig A-data DDR2800,AMD 64X2 5050e, Lite-On DVD-ROM and WD 500gig HD running Ubuntu Linux.