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Daniel P.

Daniel P.

Joined on 12/16/05

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Most Favorable Review

Great AM2 board

BIOSTAR TFORCE 550 AM2 NVIDIA nForce 550 MCP ATX AMD Motherboard
BIOSTAR TFORCE 550 AM2 NVIDIA nForce 550 MCP ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: FAN ON THE NORTH BRIDGE. low cost Excellent overclocking features in the bios, both for new overclockers and those who want to fine tune their settings.

Cons: You get the features you pay for. Single ethernet, no SLI support, etc.. Nothink that really matters if your low on cash anyways.

Overall Review: I popped in an Athlon 3000+ and straight up overclocked it from 1.8 GHz to 2.4 GHz without the system failing to boot once. The fan on the north bridge is nice so you can step up the FSB without blowing your chipset.

Good Deal

XPG 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model AX3U1600GB2G9-2G
XPG 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model AX3U1600GB2G9-2G

Pros: I didn't have any obvious defects. Going a little passed stock speeds didn't cause a problem.

Cons: ... none that I have encountered, it's just ram. Well, it isn't CAS 7 I supppose.

Overall Review: I have never found memory speed to affect system performance all that much. I just needed faster ram than my MB spec so I could overclock. And this ram fit the bill at a reasonable price.

Clocks so nice

Intel Core i5-750 - Core i5 Lynnfield Quad-Core 2.66 GHz LGA 1156 95W Processor - BX80605I5750
Intel Core i5-750 - Core i5 Lynnfield Quad-Core 2.66 GHz LGA 1156 95W Processor - BX80605I5750

Pros: After a few hours of reading benchmarks and reviews I settled on this proc. Price was a concern for me, but so was performance. This CPU fulfills both of my needs. It lies about it's speed. I can't see how it can run at stock speeds, it will always want to turbo itself up to higher clocks. Even when fully loaded on prime95 it was using a 21x multiplier. Easily clocked it up to 3.4 GHz at 1.3v vcore with turbo, single threads run at 3.9 GHz and when fully loaded it runs at 3.5 GHz. I love Turbo.

Cons: THE STOCK COOLER IS TINY, my bro bough a different brand of cpu and his was huge and came with heatpipes. When I got the box I though "this is a bit small," and when I opened it I nearly cried. It was surprisingly quiet though. Luckily I realized this shortly after ording so my Cooler Master Hyper 212 plus was already on its way.

Overall Review: The Cooler Master Hyper 212 plus keeps it at 60c under load and like 30c (or less really) at idle. REally good CPU though, especially for the money. This is my first Intel CPU that I have purchased retail and I'm not disappointed. Can't tell if this is CPU of MB, but the CPU fan won't dynamically change speed based on temps, my old comp did. I can change the fan speed, but it won't change itself, weird.

If I can't hear it, then I'm happy

Antec TruePower New TP-650 650W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.3 / EPS12V V2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC "compatible with Core i7/Core i5" Power Supply
Antec TruePower New TP-650 650W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.3 / EPS12V V2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC "compatible with Core i7/Core i5" Power Supply

Pros: It is modular, kinda. It is so much quieter than my stupid, cheap, old power supply (this is for a new build though). Nice big fan. Cables come wrapped. Looks nice, feels nice.

Cons: See other thoughts and decide if it's a con for you, it isn't really for me.

Overall Review: You know how I said kinda? Well it has a few attached cables: 24-pin atx, 8-pin CPU, 4-pin CPU, a SATA with 2 or 3 connectors. A 6 pin GFX, some molex and a floppy power. All attached, plus some extra you can plug in if you need them.

Good for speed, could use some more features.

ASRock H55M Pro LGA 1156 Intel H55 HDMI Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
ASRock H55M Pro LGA 1156 Intel H55 HDMI Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Overclocks like a champ Has a PCIe X4 slot (hard find on H55) People online asked if I got a new mic because my voice was so much cleaner. Same mic, this mb. Price performance is really good IMO

Cons: Yeah... Maybe I missed something, but my old motherboard with a different manufacturer's CPU (starts with an A) had WAY WAY better fan control settings. I can't figure out how to get the fan to spin at more than 1 speed. I can change that 1 speed, which is nice, but it won't change based on temps. My old mb didn't even have the cpu fan on most of the time, I fear that having the fan on all the time will cause more dust build up. and no IDE, bummer. I have a really quiet IDE dvd drive, and a really loud SATA one. No RAID.

Overall Review: Don't use their OC tool, just do it by hand. I think their tool turns off Turboboost and throttling down to save power. I run a Core i5 at 3.4 GHz with vcore at 1.28 and it turbos up to 3.9 GHz for a single thread.

Well designed for the price

Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: Great airflow Comes with 2 fans More extra thumbscrews than you can shake a stick at Fit my Cooler Master Hyper 212 plus (with millimeters to spare) Has a hole in the motherboard backplane which allows you to install new HS/fan brackets without removing mb, HUGE plus for me.

Cons: Not the Antec 900 I guess...

Overall Review: Both fans have speed controls so I set the fans to the lowest settings, and it stayes pretty dang quiet.