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james B.

james B.

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raid 1

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

Pros: this is a second review from me.i have used this board many times and will use it as long as im able to for the simple needs of customers.Out performs most customers needs on a entry level or even higher.even as a gamer with a good vid card would do as good as the big boys.but onboard is great and i wouldnt be afraid to use it on most games at a med hight type setting

Cons: the only con i can come up with is when using raid.raid was not as simple as i thought it should be as this board is a snap to build.so i was not happy with the manual or the cd for raid drivers.using a sata2 or 1 hd is ok it sees it fine but when running raid in my case for 2 customers it was a bit of a search.

Overall Review: now once i went to bios and enabled raid and raid on both drives.because enabling raid does not enable the drives so do all three things once thats done restart and it ask you to configure by pressing f12 do that and follow the insructions. then go to the biostar website and download drivers and put on floppy use the f6 key in windows as asked and select both that it offers windows says you need both.thats all there is to it.the cd does say it has the drivers on it but i couldnt find them besides never risk outdated drivers for raid.do that and your going good.now i know the next few times will go easy now that i know.this review is only a fyi i already rated the board a month back.

good stuff

ASRock K7VM3 462(A) VIA KM266Pro Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
ASRock K7VM3 462(A) VIA KM266Pro Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: ive used this board a time or 2 or 20 lol but ya alot.none have come back to me.thing is i would only use this as a replacement part now days as this type of sytem is more costly then the newer better ones.754 is out but are as cheap as one of theses set ups and run faster.but thing is thats nice a few of my cust.still use dial up and this baby comes/came with a modem cost zero and runs great.i myself seen it as a freebee and thats why i used this board in the first place.the extra modems laying around i have used for replacement modems if the cnr was avail. on boards that needed a new modem.

Cons: this is not a fancy board not at all it does the job well for what its built to do.its not a screamer so dont plan on putting heavy loads on it or playing major games.Its not made to do so.it overclocks some but not alot.when i have used theses they were all work computers little to no internet mostly office duties.and for that you cant go wrong.internet works well to but if it clogs up from software from the net it will slow up a bit.but any pc will do that.

Overall Review: im happy with them i dont compare them with anything ther then what it is this socket is old the cpu that goes in it is old.but its small and the vid is fair along with sound and nic.there is better socket A out there.but this does a good job for what its made to do.

100% perfect

ALTEC LANSING ACS22BW 5 watts 2.0 Tower Speaker
ALTEC LANSING ACS22BW 5 watts 2.0 Tower Speaker

Pros: you just cant go wrong i mean look at the price.for this price they should hum and crack and sound like yuk.i had bought a rosewill case keyboard mouse speaker 5-1 set the speakers were poor poor poor so i thought id order the customers a bit better.i love them and so did the young couple that was my ginny pig for these and they thought wow them sound great.good base somthing that most speakers lack unless with sub.i have bought a few more since then.

Cons: short cord but ok for most desk.

Great HD

Western Digital Raptor WD360ADFD 36GB 10000 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 1.5Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive Bare Drive
Western Digital Raptor WD360ADFD 36GB 10000 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 1.5Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: When i purchased this hd drive several years ago its was a costly part and was only in this size.Not until later was 74gig avai.Since then this drive has showed its colors time and time again.I havent had to restore windows at all so i been lucky and along with that it still loads xp in mear seconds.At new it went from post to desktop however after loading programs and slowing windows down it now shows the windows start up.

Cons: none

Overall Review: if you love your hard drive and you want it to last for years to come its really simple if workmanship is perfect then all oyu have to do is keep it cool.everest says with standard case cooling (3fans) and side open on case it runs about 45c. to me thats a little warm but not any diffrent then any hard drive.However if you put a fan directly on it or use a hd cooler ( mine has a fan blowing directly on it)it drops to 29c this is in a room that stays around 75f.so thats in good ranage if i touch the hd it feels just a touch above room temp.im running a p4 3.0 oc to 3.7 its running at 45c. and the board at 35c. so the case is faily cool in the hot of the summer i put a large fan on my case.prevents hot air standing in there.even with 3 fans and the open side on the case it still stays warm in there.only complaint to it all is it sounds like a hoover running lol.bottom line is if you love it and care for it keep it cool!!!

10/31/2006

read it says it all

BIOSTAR GeForce 6200LE 64MB GDDR2 PCI Express x16 Low Profile Ready Video Card V6202EL63
BIOSTAR GeForce 6200LE 64MB GDDR2 PCI Express x16 Low Profile Ready Video Card V6202EL63

Pros: price, x16,fast ram

Cons: people if you cant read as advertised then you shouldnt even be putting a vid card in your machine much less build a machine from ground up.did you people not see 64 vram on board that means is 64 meg vid card. it can then take more if needed from your system ram.Now lets say it does take it well it will then clock down to the type of ram your system uses along side of that if your ram is junk your vid will be poor.hince how some games work and look good but others look bad that is when its taking the ram from your system.get a good fast solid ram and it will work great.i have build alot of cheaper systems with this card and with my system builds i only use good ram so it works fine.people love how well it runs.and how cheap.

Overall Review: dont buy this if you think it will be top of the line performance for this price.its not made for such.if 64 megs of ram is all thats needed then buy it for that and how fast the ram is and that the buss speed is good.ps it also says 32 bit.no 32 bit should be used for a game i dont care if its 512 meg on board thats still low and not good for games.

small issue but good

PC CHIPS M981G V5.0 Socket 478 Intel 865GV Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
PC CHIPS M981G V5.0 Socket 478 Intel 865GV Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: cheap overclocks well good chipset for onboard vid type bored.overclocked my celron d 2.26 to 2.8 without changing my ram settings

Cons: could not change my ddr 400 to the correct speed it shows it as 333 but i might be able to update bios and fix that issue but the real problem i had was the sound wont work doesnt even see that there is a sound card onboard drivers dont help nothing just a dead sound chip.however this is a recertified board they claim its good as new but we all know better.called the egg and they said order a card and we will pay 10 of it well the card was 8 and shipping was 5 so i paid 3 ok good deal lol.i will assure you the sound will be better anyway.

Overall Review: good unit im happy.Remember to changed that cmos settings from clear cmos to normal if you dont you will think you have a doa board cuz it will be dead.Now days when i buy pcchips (rare) they put a sticker on the ram slots telling you to put the jumper to normal.To be honest only one board up and died on me so far with this company.course it was being moved around and i think perhaps someone jared it just a little to hard during the move.cant say but worked fine befor the move.But for replacement part this company is the way to go really as they fit in most any box and the price is right.i dont buy them for new builds unless its a cheapo build and i tell the people its for non games ect.