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Todd E.

Todd E.

Joined on 11/01/04

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NZXT Ultimate Next Gen PC Giveaway
  • Intel Core i9-10900KF Desktop Processor
  • EVGA 10G-P5-3897-KR FTW3 GeForce RTX 3080 Video Card
$2,697.89
Justin Robey10/20/2020
 334
Robeytech / Carter PC Giveaway Build
  • Intel Core i7 10th Gen - Core i7-10700K Comet Lake 8-Core 3.8 GHz LGA 1200 125W Desktop Processor w/ Intel UHD Graphics 630
  • MSI RTX 3080 GAMING X TRIO 10G Gaming GeForce RTX 3080 Video Card
$3,034.89
Justin Robey2/22/2021
 214
Eniac's Ultimate Build
  • AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X Desktop Processor
  • EVGA 24G-P5-3987-KR FTW3 GeForce RTX 3090 Video Card
$12,200.85
ENIAC HELIX8/12/2021
 123
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Most Favorable Review

All I could ask for

MSI GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 SLI Support Video Card N560GTX-Ti Hawk
MSI GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 SLI Support Video Card N560GTX-Ti Hawk

Pros: Cool and quiet while gaming. My case has 2 quiet fans and a 'silent' power supply. I game at 1920x1080 and the card is rarely audible above the noise of my fans. Even when it is audible, it's only barely so and not annoying. While gaming the temperature on the card sits in the mid to upper 40's Celcius and rarely reaches 50degrees C.

Cons: The instructions on putting the card in 'silent' mode are nowhere to be found in the documentation. In fact, I still haven't figured out how to do that. When I Run Kombustor the fans start to show 1) their worth and 2) their noise. While running Kom, the temps on the card hit the mid 60's and the fans spin up to 65% and beyond. It's quite audible then and in fact anything above 50% fan speed is more than noticeable. But, because the fan noise is just the sound of rushing air and not a whine at that point, it's not too offensive.

Overall Review: The card is just over 9.5 inches in length so it fit my case, if barely. I haven't OC'd it beyond the 950mhz it came with, and may not, but I'm more interested in keeping the beast quiet than I am in extracting all the FPS performance it can deliver.

Most Critical Review

Disappointed

Foxconn A7VMX-K AM2+/AM2 AMD 780V Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
Foxconn A7VMX-K AM2+/AM2 AMD 780V Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: Good price, decent feature set for the money. Worked well while it lasted. It did work nicely for a time.

Cons: Only lasted 3 days before giving up the ghost.

Overall Review: With the number of failures I see in these reviews, when this one died I decided not to chance wasting any more money on it and chose not to have NewEgg swap me for a new one. I simply replaced it with a more expensive board from a brand that has worked well for me recently.

Save yourself some time

Seagate BarraCuda ES.2 ST3500320NS 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive
Seagate BarraCuda ES.2 ST3500320NS 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: Worked nicely for awhile. Quiet

Cons: Failed in less than 4 months. Ran the SeaTools to check for errors, there were hundreds. Ran it again as directed to check and clear any errors, this claimed to work. Ran the tests again and other sectors had now failed. RMA time.

Quiet, runs great

HIS Hightech H467QT512P Radeon HD 4670 IceQ Turbo 512MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card
HIS Hightech H467QT512P Radeon HD 4670 IceQ Turbo 512MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card

Pros: Installed easily, very quiet (especially compared to some of the small-fan versions). Check Toms if you want FPS numbers. It works great in WAR and WoW for me. With only a 375watt PSU, my PC needed something with low power consumption requirements, this GPU seems to work nicely.

Cons: None so far.

Overall Review: Replaced the 2400Pro that came in the Dell XPS420 I bought. No comparison. This one is as quiet as that was, but much much faster.

Works great

AMD Athlon 64 X2 7750 - Athlon 64 X2 Kuma Dual-Core 2.7 GHz Socket AM2+ 95W black edition Processor - AD775ZWCGHBOX
AMD Athlon 64 X2 7750 - Athlon 64 X2 Kuma Dual-Core 2.7 GHz Socket AM2+ 95W black edition Processor - AD775ZWCGHBOX

Pros: With Gigabyte GA-MA790GP-DS4H mobo this completely new build powered up and posted, first try. Once XP was installed a bios update (to F3) helped the MoBo recognize the CPU and the 1066DDR2 correctly. It's a pretty quick CPU, filling the spot in my PC until I can afford the 940.

Cons: Maybe a con but I never tried the heatsink that came with the CPU. I put a Xigmatek D1284 on it to ensure the system is quiet.

Works great, easy install.

XIGMATEK HDT-D1284 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler
XIGMATEK HDT-D1284 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler

Pros: Easy to install, remove, re-orient, install on Gigabyte Ga-M790GP-DS4H. Accomplished with the motherboard out of the case, it'd be trickier to do all of this with the mobo in the case. Keeps AMD 7750X2 CPU at 35C during idle. It's very quiet. Orientation can be easily changed with the AMD mounts it uses.

Cons: It's big, but to keep a CPU cool and perform quietly, it's gotta be. Centering the heatpipes on the CPU is probably the trickiest part, but not bad.