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Ross L.

Ross L.

Joined on 10/08/03

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A nice upgrade, not referring to Win7!

HP Desktop PC Pavilion Elite E9240F(NY554AA#ABA) Phenom II X4 945 (3.00GHz) 8GB DDR3 1TB HDD ATI Radeon HD 4650 Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
HP Desktop PC Pavilion Elite E9240F(NY554AA#ABA) Phenom II X4 945 (3.00GHz) 8GB DDR3 1TB HDD ATI Radeon HD 4650 Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

Pros: It is very quiet. The fans are nearly off when it is at idle and while I do not play processor crunching games, it stayed quiet while converting an HD video file using nearly 100% of two cores and 25% of the other two. I used a small DTV rabbit ears and it works great with the tuner. Currently I have it hooked up to a massive 55" HD TV but today I'm looking on Newegg for an actual monitor. I used it with a 720P flatscreen and then my 1080P Sony and it did not fit well on the 720. I also wanted this one for the blu ray drive. While it is read only and I have yet to play with it, it was an important feature. Oodles of power but that is compared to my 3 yr old Mac.

Cons: Graphics card is not adequate for any high intensity games. Haven't opened it up to see how easy it would be to replace. My main game is Everquest 2 and it runs that easily.

Overall Review: This is my first PC in years because I'm tired of dual booting a Mac to play Everquest 2. It was the best deal I could find with all of the options I was looking for. I'm still an OSX guy and find Windows 7 quite annoying. Maybe I'm just getting used to it.

Best processor on the market

AMD Athlon 64 3500+ - Athlon 64 Winchester 2.2 GHz Socket 939 Processor - ADA3500BIBOX
AMD Athlon 64 3500+ - Athlon 64 Winchester 2.2 GHz Socket 939 Processor - ADA3500BIBOX

Comments: 64bit (winXP 64 is available now!), relatively inexpensive, fast, cool and reliable. Definately faster than my 3000+. With SATA RAID 0, I can uncompress a gigabyte of data in seconds. I certainly can't understand why anyone buys intel.

Awesome performance for the price

AMD Athlon 64 3000+ - Athlon 64 Winchester 1.8 GHz Socket 939 Processor - ADA3000BIBOX
AMD Athlon 64 3000+ - Athlon 64 Winchester 1.8 GHz Socket 939 Processor - ADA3000BIBOX

Comments: I have this in a Gigabye motherboard and it runs everything great (HL2, Everquest 2 all the time). It is a bit slower than the 3500 in my second computer but the price difference makes this chip a bargain. Runs cool and quiet and I'm sure it can overclock easily but I have not needed to nor tried.

No problems here

GIGABYTE GA-K8NS Ultra-939 939 NVIDIA nForce3 Ultra ATX AMD Motherboard
GIGABYTE GA-K8NS Ultra-939 939 NVIDIA nForce3 Ultra ATX AMD Motherboard

Comments: I have two computers, each with one of these motherboards in it. Never had a problem with them and they were simple to install and set up.

Economical Performance

ASUS GeForce 6800GT 128MB DDR AGP 4X/8X Video Card V9999GT/TD/128
ASUS GeForce 6800GT 128MB DDR AGP 4X/8X Video Card V9999GT/TD/128

Comments: This card runs everything I need it to from the older MOHAA to Half Life 2 without a problem. My other computer has an FX5500 and it cannot come close to the performance of this card in Everquest 2. It is a bit cheaper with only 128mb RAM but that is not a handicap in anything but the highest resolutions.