Date Joined: 12/31/08
Overall Review: Buying a refurbished computer is a bit risky but the HP I received works great and has very few signs of use.
The HP was well packaged and delivered promptly.
Pros: Moves a lot of air without too much noise. Comes with rails to install 3 HDDs. Filters are easily removable for cleaning. (Just slide the chrome filter housings up and they lift right off.) Install videos available at Titan's site. Plenty of screws in the package. Well packaged at Titan. Inexpensive here at Newegg.
Cons: The nuts that hold the cooler to the case can pop out during the installation. You have to press them back in and try again.
The fan has only a 4-pin Molex connector. I used a adapter cable (N82E16812201009) to connect to my fan controller. (N82E16811997022)
Overall Review: I installed it in a CoolerMaster Sileo case. (N82E16811119207) Tool-free cases offer many advantages but they do make projects like this more challenging. I was already modding the case to make cable routing easier so I chose to remove the tool-free drive locks and drill a few holes to accommodate the cooler and HDDs.
You may wish to consider alternative cooling options if you have a tool-free case.
Pros: Attractive functional look. Doesn't look like a jukebox. No windows. No bright lights. Lots of bays. Deep enough for a tall aftermarket CPU cooler. Sound damping makes it quieter than it would be without it. Sound damping mounts for the power supply. I got it on sale with free shipping. Arrived quickly and in good condition from Newegg.
Cons: Runs hot with stack fans. Cable management requires a lot of creativity. Expansion slots require screws to hold PCI boards because the tool free locks are not secure enough. Front panel switches block fan and require lots of creativity if a filter is desired. Sound damping pads are a bit crumbly and are not cut or installed accurately.
Overall Review: I removed the hard drive cage to allow more air flow and mounted the hard drives in optical drive bays. I put a pad on my bench and set the case on its top to let gravity help rather than hinder power supply installation. I added speedier fans to so the noise level increased. Even with a modular power supply cable management is very difficult. When I get some time I'll bring out the drill, nibbler tool, and Dremel so I can stuff some cable next to the optical drive cage. It's possible to remove the tool-free optical drive bay devices and use screws. I may try the CoolerMaster 4-in-3 bay kit (N82E16817993002) or the Titan (N82E16835192016) to get more cooling.
Pros: There's not much to add to what the other reviewers have said. This is an amazing CPU.
Cons: Initially I was unable to run it as a quad but I was still pleased with the performance. The system would boot but Windows wouldn't start. See Other Thoughts.
Overall Review: In my rush to fire up the new build, I had neglected to check the BIOS setting for the new RAM. When I finally got around to checking, I found the AUTO settings to be off. I switched to manual and set everything to recommended numbers and I became the proud owner of a quad-core system.
I next bumped the CPU up to 3.5Ghz by raising the multiplier to 17.5. I left the RAM at 1600Mhz. I ran Prime95 for 17 minutes without error. CPU reached 56 C from 29 C idle. Not too bad. I'll do a longer test when I get time.
Gigabyte GA-MA785GPMT-UD2H mobo
OCZ Gold AMD Edition 4GB DDR3 1600 RAM
ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 64 Pro CPU Heatsink/fan
OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ600MXSP 600W Modular PSU
COOLER MASTER Sileo 500 RC-500-KKN1-GP case
Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit
Everything except the software came from Newegg. Great place to shop but you already knew that.
Pros: Easy installation and firmware upgrade. Plays BluRay and HD-DVD at 1080P with no problems. Burns CDs and DVDs with no problems. Included PowerDVD software works fine for me.
Cons: None right now.
Overall Review: I don't have a surround sound system right now so I don't need the multichannel decoding that requires another $100 for the software upgrade. I'll have to add that sum when budgeting for a sound system upgrade or get one that uses the S/PDIF mobo output. I'm grateful to the reviewers who pointed out the digital audio option.
I may be the only person who failed to notice the protective film on the front of the drive right away. It took me a couple of months to detect and remove it. It looks much better without the film. D'oh!
Gigabyte GA-MA78GM-S2HP mobo using the onboard GPU
AMD Athlon 64 X2 4200+ CPU
Kingston 2x2GB PC2-6400 RAM
ASUS VH226H 21.5" 2ms 1080P HDCP Monitor
XP Pro SP3 32-bit