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Lauren C.

Lauren C.

Joined on 10/29/05

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Most Favorable Review

Excellent Workstation

ASUS Vintage-AH1 AMD Socket 939 ATI XPRESS 200 Barebone
ASUS Vintage-AH1 AMD Socket 939 ATI XPRESS 200 Barebone

Pros: This box makes an excellent office workstation. No cards needed since the soundboard and graphics are on-board the mobo. Terrific! Plus, SATA for the newer HDs. And 939 pin CPU that will run dual core. It also comes with a 3.5 floppy, and, or course, ethernet. Small footprint box. Even front mounted USB/1394/speaker plugs.

Cons: I don't see any -- unless you want to put in huge graphics cards. This box really isn't fit for big cards.

Overall Review: All you need to put in this case, is (a) AMD 939 CPU, (b) optical drive, (c) HD. You're set as a workstation. I put in a slot exhaust fan, but I'm not sure it really needs it.

Most Critical Review

Good Voltage / Questionable Fan

Antec TRUEPOWERII TPII-550 550 W ATX12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready Power Supply
Antec TRUEPOWERII TPII-550 550 W ATX12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready Power Supply

Pros: * Excellent number of leads. * Stable electrical results.

Cons: * Fan rpm maxes out at about 865 rpm.

Overall Review: Very disappointed in this Antec's fan. Sorry, guys, because I really want to like this PS. I'm running an Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe in a Thermaltake DreamCase. Case has two 120 fans and a 90 intake mobo sidefan. All fans are on, unblocked, and wiring is well organized in case. Asus board utility expects Antec fan to spin at least 1000 rpm. I can only get about 870 rpm max out of the Antec fan, giving me a constant power fan spin warning. Furthermore, I suspect the low Antec fan spin is the cause of my mobo running way too hot at 51, although I have not yet confirmed cause and effect. Unless I can stablize my mobo temp by getting the Antec to speed up, I'll have to look for a better overall PS, even though this Antec's power characteristics and lead versatility are excellent. Beware if you're going to run a hot mobo with this particular Antec PS. It's just not doing the cooling job my computer needs.

Nice SLI

EVGA GeForce 7800GTX 256MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 SLI Support Video Card 256-P2-N525-AX
EVGA GeForce 7800GTX 256MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 SLI Support Video Card 256-P2-N525-AX

Pros: Great response in most games.

Cons: Not cheap -- even for a high-end card. Runs HOT! They all do, I guess, but go buy some Vantec slot fans to cool down these critters. Hangs on me in CIV4.

Overall Review: Be ready to address the heating issues when you move to high-end graphics cards.

I Like It.

ASUS A8N32-SLI Deluxe 939 NVIDIA nForce4 SLI X16 ATX AMD Motherboard
ASUS A8N32-SLI Deluxe 939 NVIDIA nForce4 SLI X16 ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: Great mobo. Best I've ever had. Surround it with high quality parts, starting with a great power supply like the SilverStone 650W (not Antec), and it will respond. Do not use cheap junk with this board, or you will not get performance. This mobo can still be bought for $xxx on sale.

Cons: Price, I guess? You know, if you want a cutting edge board, it ain't coming to you on the cheap.

Overall Review: I built and torn down this board several times now (trying to solve other unrelated issues, like temps), and mine, at least, is pretty rugged. Do NOT hook up the "case door open" option as it is not a system warning, but rather, a system shutdown deal. ASUS rules all.

I Got 4 Gig Installed

OCZ Platinum 2GB (2 x 1GB) DDR 400 (PC 3200) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model OCZ4002048ELDCPE-K
OCZ Platinum 2GB (2 x 1GB) DDR 400 (PC 3200) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model OCZ4002048ELDCPE-K

Pros: I run AMD 4400 dual core Toledo, ASUS A8N32-SLI Deluxe, dual 7800 GTX, and 4 Gig of this stuff. And my system screams. Boots in a wink. Can run multiple programs with 100 songs loaded. Games are boss. And no system hangs whatsoever -- even on shutdown.

Cons: If there are any cons I don't know them. I'm not even going to complain about price -- not with the stability of my system. No way.

Overall Review: If you're building, or going to build, a high-end system, this RAM will not let you down, I can assure you. Load up the whole mobo if you're going to run x64 because x64 will find it all.

It's a Screamer

AMD Athlon 64 X2 4400+ - Athlon 64 X2 Toledo Dual-Core 2.2 GHz Socket 939 Processor - ADA4400CDBOX
AMD Athlon 64 X2 4400+ - Athlon 64 X2 Toledo Dual-Core 2.2 GHz Socket 939 Processor - ADA4400CDBOX

Pros: I installed this CPU on an ASUS A8N32-SLI Deluxe mobo, running x64 OS, with 4G OCR. And it boots in a wink.

Cons: This one works so well, I kinda wish I just bought the 4800 now. ;)

Overall Review: While I don't pretend to understand much about CPUs other than reading the specs, I have owned over 30 machines in my life (business owner), and this one performs absolutely the best.