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Michael J.

Michael J.

Joined on 12/10/01

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Most Favorable Review

Best value motherboard

BIOSTAR TForce6100 754 NVIDIA GeForce 6100 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
BIOSTAR TForce6100 754 NVIDIA GeForce 6100 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: I have purchased 2 of these. Love the overclocking feature. Machine runs silent (not many fans needed), even at highest overclock setting (was able to overclock my 1.6Mhz Sempron 2800+ to 2.0Ghz w/ standard cooling). Great options, small form factor. Will definately buy again.

Cons: I was hoping the GeForce 6100 was better than my GeForce3Ti. Alas, it was actually slightly worse (mainly due to the fact that the memory is shared). Benchmarks: [3DMark2003] GeForce 6100 (o/c'ed to 2.0Ghz): 989 GeForce3Ti: 1060

Overall Review: Even though video is not as good it does have a PCIe port so I could slap in a 100 dollar card and boost my game-playing ability... if I did more gaming

Best Value for my HTPC

ARCTIC COOLING ACF8L 80mm Case Fan
ARCTIC COOLING ACF8L 80mm Case Fan

Pros: - Quiet - Rubber connectors guarantee that the fan won't resonate inside of the computer case - PERFECT for a Home Theater PC

Cons: If you plan on using this fan in a standard computer case that needs to push a lot of air then you are going to need at least two of these. With that said I wouldn't consider using two of these a bad thing.

Overall Review: This is hands down the best fan I have ever used in a computer case. I installed it for my own HTPC. Solid construction. I decided to wait a month until I wrote a review to make sure that this is as good as I thought it was. I can't even tell that my HTPC is running with the TV off.

I have purchased 4 of these

AMD Sempron 64 2800+ - Sempron 64 Palermo Single-Core 1.6 GHz Socket 754 62W Processor - SDA2800BXBOX
AMD Sempron 64 2800+ - Sempron 64 Palermo Single-Core 1.6 GHz Socket 754 62W Processor - SDA2800BXBOX

Pros: * 256K (vs. 128k of other semprons) * Quiet stock fan / med. sized heatsink (fits most smaller cases) * Highly overclockable (able to push it the specs of a Sempron 3400+ and have it run stable)- the price between the 2 processors is substantial enough for me to buy this one and overclock.

Cons: Can't play the latest high end games without lag at 2400X1800 resolution (i.e. Not a gaming CPU).

Overall Review: Great for EVERYTHING ELSE. Most value for the $. Period.

Found the software!

EVGA GeForce 6600GT 128MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 SLI Support Video Card 128-P2-N368-TX
EVGA GeForce 6600GT 128MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 SLI Support Video Card 128-P2-N368-TX

Pros: With the "special" software the card is SILENT!

Cons: The mail-in Rebate.

Overall Review: After HOURS (ok minutes) of searching I finally found the program to turn the fan down to an acceptable level. It is called Riva Tuner, and can be found at guru3d.com. It allows you to adjust the fan anywhere from 25%-100% speed. It's GREAT! At 25% I can not even hear my computer. Check it out!

Great card

EVGA GeForce 6600GT 128MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 SLI Support Video Card 128-P2-N368-TX
EVGA GeForce 6600GT 128MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 SLI Support Video Card 128-P2-N368-TX

Pros: Great card: :::3DMark03 Scores::: Original 3D card- Geforce3Ti: 1,050 Geforce 6100 (onboard): 898 evga Geforce 6600GT: 7,711 Needless to say, I am very happy

Cons: I wish Chuck (from review below) was more specific on how he managed to get his fan speed to go down. I'm a noise freak and I want to learn how to lower the fan speed in software. I know I could either put a differnet fan in, or other such hacks- but for me it makes more sense to do it in software.

Overall Review: This card should handle nearly any game out there. For this month at least.

Very Impressed

SanMax HD-233 Aluminum 2.5" IDE USB 2.0 External Enclosure
SanMax HD-233 Aluminum 2.5" IDE USB 2.0 External Enclosure

Pros: Solid device. Screwdriver that came with it was a perfect fit. Drive slid right in without issue. I was able to not only format it but re-partition the drive in XP with it plugged in to usb. Drive is very cool temperature-wise and have transferred at around 20GB without a single issue.

Cons: None.

Overall Review: This device is really slick. I like having the 2 separate cables (as opposed to the 'T' shaped adapter that some other companies have). Took 1 minute to get working- and will definately post again if I run into any issues.