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Shawn N.

Shawn N.

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BEST CARD FOR YOUR CASH

SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 3850 512MB GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card 100226L
SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 3850 512MB GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card 100226L

Pros: Popped this beast into a Shuttle XPC SK22G2 V2 and I more then doubled my 3DMark06 score over my XFX 7600GT XXX Editon!!!! The video card is worth way more than the asking price. Hurry before the word gets around.

Cons: Runs very hot, 60c idle and upto 95c in games. And of course, ATI's drivers are from hell. Only took me three driver installs before I got it working correctly. Also, Sapphires customer service pretty much don't exist. Aftermarket cooler recommended.

Overall Review: 3DMark06 with 7600GT = 4330 3DMark06 with 3850 512MB = 8807 Not bad for an old budget Athlon X2 4600+ and 2GB's of Corsair XMS2. I'm playing Crysis at around 25-40fps. UT3 around 50-62fps and Bioshock at around 40-60fps. All max settings except Crysis which is at medium.

12/13/2007

Shuttle XPC SK22G2B V2

Shuttle XPC SK22G2B V2 AMD Socket AM2 VIA K8M890CE Barebone
Shuttle XPC SK22G2B V2 AMD Socket AM2 VIA K8M890CE Barebone

Pros: Great quality, easy to build, looks awsome, very small, reliable, stays amazingly cool, exellent CPU heatsink, good for mid gaming rig. I love it.

Cons: Very awkward to install the CPU/heatsink. Very tight fit with everything in there. The side of the case where the video card seats blocks/leaves almost no room for the cards heatsink fan to intake any air at all but the card still remains very cool. On boards sound really stinks, everything crackles. NOT GOOD FOR OVERCLOCKING due to the 250W PSU. Also no voltage for the CPU or RAM in the bios.

Overall Review: I built this for mid gaming. I paired it with an ATHLON X2 4600+ XFX 7600GT and some cheapo WINTEC AMPX DDR800 memory. Memory reconised as DDR800 without a BIOS update. Everything went together fine without any problems. Get about 7,000 points in 3DMark05 and about 94,000 in AquaMark3, 175 FPS in CSS stress test.

WINTEC AMPX 2GB - AWSOME

Wintec AMPX 2GB (2 x 1GB) DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model 3AXT6400SE5-2048K
Wintec AMPX 2GB (2 x 1GB) DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model 3AXT6400SE5-2048K

Pros: Fast, nice heat spreaders, very cheap, overclockable and the quality is top notch!!!!

Cons: None at all. Went from $119.99 to $92.99 after i bought it :(

Overall Review: Stuck this kit in a Shuttle SK22G2 v2 and works like a dream. Running it at 873MHz. Definitely reccomend this excellent memory kit.

Awsome Cooler!!!!

Vantec Iceberq 6 Copper VGA Cooling Kit with Blower Fan - Model CCB-A6C
Vantec Iceberq 6 Copper VGA Cooling Kit with Blower Fan - Model CCB-A6C

Pros: Quality, silent, 8 included ram sinks, exhausts air out of the rear, so easy to install you can do it blind folded!!!!

Cons: Ram sinks are cheap but work well. The tiny fan don't move a whole lot of air but its silent and gets the job done.

Overall Review: This is a realy great cooler. I used this on my PNY 6800GT AGP and it fits like a glove and it cools amazingly well. Went from 63c-65c idle to 49c-51c -overclocked 401MHz/1101MHz.

Quality, Reliability, Performence

APEX AL-B500E 500 W ATX12V Aluminum Power Supply
APEX AL-B500E 500 W ATX12V Aluminum Power Supply

Pros: Nice thick sturdy aluminum housing, plenty of connectors, quiet, great performence and reliability for a GREAT price. I bought this PSU after i blew a "Just Pc" 430w PSU, when i tryed overclocking my P4 3.0 to 3.6Ghz. Poped this in cranked up the MHZ without a hitch for more then a year now. This PSU has powerd everying from a RADEON 9600XT to my current 7800GS wich is also over clocked. This PSU has yet to let me down. I'm glad i purchased this PSU.

Cons: Small fan speed knob, but i dont see thats a big deal, as i only used it once to find my desired speed\noise.

Overall Review: I was so happy with this PSU, when i built a second system for myself i bought a Apex\Allied 350w PSU. Unfortunitly it didn't reach my expectations. Constant reboots with the first unit but this second one is doing fine for now, no problems yet.

Fast, Quality, Cheap.

ASUS GeForce 6600 128MB DDR AGP 4X/8X Video Card N6600/TD/128
ASUS GeForce 6600 128MB DDR AGP 4X/8X Video Card N6600/TD/128

Pros: Asus Quality, Fast, Pixel Shader 3.0, 8 Pipelines, 6 Series Gpu, Runs Super Cool, Smartdoctor Software, Nice Color!. I Was Able To Overclock Mine, 429Mhz Memory & 660Mhz Core(Using A Allied 350w Power Supply). Cards Temprature Was At, And Around 28c-30c At Idel, And Now After Being Overclocked Its At About 33c-35c.One Heck Of A Deal I tell Ya. Almost As Fast As My MSI NX6600GT. CHEAP, CHEAP, CHEAP. Why Are You Waiting After All The Positive Reviews?!?!?

Cons: There Are NO Cons, Just Some things You Should Know-->. Large/Long Card, You Need A Molex Connector.....But Its Powerful Thats Why.

Overall Review: I LOVE IT.