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Christopher R.

Christopher R.

Joined on 12/09/05

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Most Favorable Review

Great Card

areca ARC-1210 PCI-Express x8 SATA II (3.0Gb/s) Controller Card
areca ARC-1210 PCI-Express x8 SATA II (3.0Gb/s) Controller Card

Pros: Small, Fast, Easy to setup, great range of BIOS options. Low CPU utilization. Great performer. 600+MB/s BURST SPEED!!!!

Cons: Can't turn (slightly) annoying startup beeps off, even after changing setting in the BIOS. Very minor.

Overall Review: With 4x 250GB WD 7200RPM SATAII Drives in RAID5 this board screams at a max read of 170+MB/s and drops to a min of around 100MB/s. Even though it technically offloads to the CPU, the CPU utilization (on a AthlonX2 4400+) is negligble. BE SURE TO INSTALL IN 1ST (PRIMARY) PCI-E 16X slot otherwise my Asus A8N-SLI Premium wouldn't detect it on every boot. If you want fast RAID5, this is it.

Excellent Motherboard

MSI P6N SLI Platinum LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 650i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard
MSI P6N SLI Platinum LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 650i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: This is an extremely robust, feature packed and stable motherboard. I've used this for builds ranging from a P4 3.4 Prescott to Core2Duo 3.0Ghz (6850). I've used mostly Corsair XMS DDR2-800 memory, as well as Patriot memory in the system, but some OCZ I used once worked fine as well. This board is excellent for it's ability to take everything from a P4 to a QuadCore, and pretty much any LGA775 CPU in between. Onboard RAID, Audio, SLI, eSATA, 1333FSB, and Gigabit ethernet make this a great bang-for-the-buck.

Cons: SLI is runs at 8X 8X, not 16X 16X. Last I checked you need to spend at least 50% more to get 16X by 16X SLI for a 2-5% performance difference.

Overall Review: I've been using this as my reference Core2Duo/QuadCore board for higher-end system builds. It's rich feature set, stability and price make it a no brainer in my book.

Great Case for the money

Antec Performance TX640B Black Steel ATX Mini Tower Computer Case 400W Power Supply
Antec Performance TX640B Black Steel ATX Mini Tower Computer Case 400W Power Supply

Pros: Easy to assemble and maintain, 400watt Antec Power Supply, 120mm Tri-Cool in rear, Plenty of space for a desktop

Cons: Only an 80mm fan in front (shucks), will get cramped with multiple add in cards (dual-video, tv tuner, sound, etc.)

Overall Review: For the money you cant beat this case/psu combo. I've been buying Antec for over 5 years and they are still my number one choice.