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Todd D.

Todd D.

Joined on 09/09/07

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Most Favorable Review

Smooth, Stable.

Microsoft Windows XP Professional SP2C 64-bit for System Builders
Microsoft Windows XP Professional SP2C 64-bit for System Builders

Pros: WinXP64 is an excellent choice, folks. Stable, secure, smooth, and a little quicker than standard XP... Locating appropriate drivers/programs for a few peripherals is a minor (an hour or so) detail only. Setup is very 'Windows-like', and is very smooth with a more recent (12-18 mo.) motherboard design which is more likely to include the 64-bit drivers for chipsets.... Doesn't consume resources like Vista (500MB ram is fine, but 1GB is noticeably better). Runs 32-bit applications (i.e. Firefox, AVG Antivrus) well, supported by JAVA, Flashplayer, etc...Definitely recommend.

Cons: 'May' need to find a few drivers - and may not if using more current hardware. Free ZoneAlarm edition 'No', and 64-bit firewall not availale

Overall Review: Microsoft keeps dragging us down a road that requires more of our $$$ to support their R&D... VISTA is a completely unnecessary and wasteful option when WinXP64 harnesses the best of XP AND a 64-bit architecture.

10/25/2007

Truth to 173.6 watts...?

AMD Phenom II X2 555 Black Edition - Phenom II X2 Callisto Dual-Core 3.2 GHz Socket AM3 80W Desktop Processor - C3 Revision - HDZ555WFGMBOX
AMD Phenom II X2 555 Black Edition - Phenom II X2 Callisto Dual-Core 3.2 GHz Socket AM3 80W Desktop Processor - C3 Revision - HDZ555WFGMBOX

Pros: QUESTION... With the 2 cores unlocked, is there any truth to a problem with the 173.6 max watt readings shown on CPUID HW Monitor related to the processor power...?? Mine usually stays around 58w, but will jump to a max of 173.6w... and does this negatively impact the motherboard inany way....Otherwise the system is quite stable and temperatures are excellent. Thanks.

Cons: no

Overall Review: no

Great, Reliable Ram

HyperX 2GB (2 x 1GB) DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model KHX6400D2LLK2/2G
HyperX 2GB (2 x 1GB) DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model KHX6400D2LLK2/2G

Pros: Quick, very stable. 4GB runs smooth and can be overclocked to close to 900 MHz...

Cons: None, really.

Overall Review: With the Kingston name and lower latency, I'm not sure why any other ram would be purchased. Rock solid.

11/11/2010

Superb

GIGABYTE GA-MA785GM-US2H AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 785G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
GIGABYTE GA-MA785GM-US2H AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 785G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: Board is well-built, very stable, numerous features, with great Bios. Install is straight-forward and easy...

Cons: None.

Overall Review: The box says/shows it is equipped with a USB 3.0 Boost - not sure that's true... Don't forget you may need to use the GIGABYTE drivers CD that comes with the package. Key Facts: AMD 64 x2 6000 Zerotherm B80 Kingston HyperX PC6400 Win 7 Professional

Smooth

AMD Phenom II X2 555 Black Edition - Phenom II X2 Callisto Dual-Core 3.2 GHz Socket AM3 80W Desktop Processor - C3 Revision - HDZ555WFGMBOX
AMD Phenom II X2 555 Black Edition - Phenom II X2 Callisto Dual-Core 3.2 GHz Socket AM3 80W Desktop Processor - C3 Revision - HDZ555WFGMBOX

Pros: AMD, Silky, Quick and with great future potential. Runs at 38C idle and 44C loaded with Zerotherm BTF80 cooler and Arctic Silver.

Cons: Really, None.

Overall Review: Nothing better for the price.

Handy, Works well

MITSUMI Black 1.44MB 3.5" Internal USB 2.0 Internal USB 2.0 digital card reader with Floppy Drive Model FA404M BLK
MITSUMI Black 1.44MB 3.5" Internal USB 2.0 Internal USB 2.0 digital card reader with Floppy Drive Model FA404M BLK

Pros: Both floppy, SD media seems to work well. Needs both USB (4-pin) & Floppy motherboard connections along with normal floppy power connection. Be sure a floppy round cable has 'red wires' in the device's middle to ensure the proper end is plugged into both mobo and drive...

Cons: Not at this time.

Overall Review: Can install with new OS/system build - just leave the USB connection undone until the OS is finished. A 'no-brainer' purchase.

11/15/2007