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John B.

John B.

Joined on 09/07/05

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Most Favorable Review

Rather impressive for such a good price

MSI K9MM-V AM2 VIA K8M800 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
MSI K9MM-V AM2 VIA K8M800 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: Great price for an AM2 mobo that will still support AGP for those of us who just recently bought good video cards (such as the Radeon x-series) and don't want to have wasted that money. Board also installs perfectly in standard ATX case and hooks up just fine to a 20-pin power supply (doesn't actually need an adapter - the pins are safety-designed so you can't hook it up incorrectly).

Cons: Took awhile to get booted into the O.S. The BIOS has a regular boot sequence setting (disk, CD, hard drives...), and then there is another setting for the order to check the hard drives for an O.S., so I left my O.S. drive at #2 in that sequence figuring it didn't matter. However, the mobo never checked that disk until I set it to #1, so just keep an eye out for this if you are running multiple disks.

Overall Review: One of VERY few choices left for those of us who need a decent dual-core processor but aren't ready to sacrifice our AGP cards to spend a bunch more for PCI-E. Also, this board maxes out at 2GB RAM, but I put 2GB in it, and it performs absolutely smoothly, so I don't think this will be an issue.

Still a great CPU

AMD Athlon 64 X2 5400+ - Athlon 64 X2 Brisbane Dual-Core 2.8 GHz Socket AM2 65W Processor - ADO5400DOBOX
AMD Athlon 64 X2 5400+ - Athlon 64 X2 Brisbane Dual-Core 2.8 GHz Socket AM2 65W Processor - ADO5400DOBOX

Pros: Fast AM2 CPU, fairly quiet, free shipping when I bought it, decent price point for a fairly quick processor, lower power (65w)

Cons: Not a Phenom II?

Overall Review: Bought this 5400 to replace a 5200 that had stopped functioning for me. The 5200 issue may have been the result of pin damage, as it appeared that some of them were bent when I removed the processor. This 5400 has me back on track without spending a fortune to move up to AM2+/AM3 socket. The fan that comes standard doesn't make an incredibly bad amount of noise, which is important to me since this PC is running in a recording studio.

Best quality memory available on NewEgg currently

Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 2GB (2 x 1GB) DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model 996527
Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 2GB (2 x 1GB) DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model 996527

Pros: Runs perfect alongside my new AMD Athlon 64 5200+. Installed this 2GB (which is the board's max), and I can run incredibly intensive recording software (Cubase SX) with 25 or so WAV tracks open (most of which are about 40MB in size), loads of real-time effects processing (software-based, not outboard), and this memory isn't nearly overworked. Handles the job!

Cons: No cons I have seen yet. Just be careful during installation not to press it by the heat spreaders (as other people mentioned). I didn't do this, so therefore I had no problems.

Overall Review: Definitely looks to be the best price for a "recognizable good brand" of memory on newegg right now. About 15 beans cheaper than the next comparable brands' offerings.

Easy installation, incredible performance change

AMD Athlon 64 X2 5200+ - Athlon 64 X2 Windsor Dual-Core 2.6 GHz Socket AM2 89W Processor - ADA5200CSBOX
AMD Athlon 64 X2 5200+ - Athlon 64 X2 Windsor Dual-Core 2.6 GHz Socket AM2 89W Processor - ADA5200CSBOX

Pros: Price was very good. AMD product, of course, is ALWAYS dependable (and often better-priced than Intel equivalents). This thing runs fast. Even before I got the arctic silver on, it was staying at 50 degrees Celsius, which isn't too bad at all.

Cons: No serious cons. The 5600+ was selling for 15 beans more than this one when I got this one, but I am using this one with an AGP mobo, so I intend to upgrade again in a few years anyway... hence, no reason to spend the extra dough.

Overall Review: This simply is an incredible processor for those looking for a powerful dual-core that doesn't cost a crazy amount. And, of course, NewEgg shipped fast as always.

Works great at great price

ADATA 2GB MicroSD Flash Card Model Micro SD 2G
ADATA 2GB MicroSD Flash Card Model Micro SD 2G

Pros: Great price, works perfectly in my Samsung SYNC (A707) phone. Shipped incredibly fast, as is the usual for NewEgg!

Cons: Doesn't want to remove from phone, although I think this is characteristic of the phone, not the memory stick (plus the thing is tiny, so this type of thing is to be expected). In either case, why would I ever need to upgrade past 2GB in my phone?

Overall Review: I really was worried about buying an off-brand. There are a few things that I've typically stuck with name brands for, and flash memory is one of them. However, this thing performs perfectly - not a single tiny problem with it (no pun intended). I haven't tested the adapter, however.

wow.

ViewSonic Optiquest Series Q19WB-2 19" WXGA+ 1440 x 900 D-Sub Built-in Speakers LCD Monitor
ViewSonic Optiquest Series Q19WB-2 19" WXGA+ 1440 x 900 D-Sub Built-in Speakers LCD Monitor

Pros: This monitor is priced incredibly... the closest you're likely to find at a chain retailer will still be at least 25-50 dollars more than this one. And it's CRYSTAL clear. Not a single dead pixel on mine, though I imagine it happens sometimes. ViewSonic is a trusted name too, which helped in my decision.

Cons: Just be sure your video card can handle 1440x900 resolution if you intend to run it at that res (mine can, but I read a few people on here with problems...). Really, although I've only used it for a short time, I can't say anything bad about this monitor.

Overall Review: Shipping was great, as usual. Ordered it on New Year's Day (holiday - i.e. newegg was closed), and it still go here 2 days later. Fantastic!