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Arthur C.

Arthur C.

Joined on 05/07/04

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Most Favorable Review

x1600 pro vs Nvidia 7050

Foxconn M7VMX-K LGA 775 NVIDIA GeForce 7050 / nForce 610i Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
Foxconn M7VMX-K LGA 775 NVIDIA GeForce 7050 / nForce 610i Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Everything on board... No cooling fans for the chipset/video card (less things to go bad). Easy upgrade - Tons of on board features and good support for all sort of hardware combinations. Drivers easy to install. GREAT PRICE.

Cons: None that I can think of

Overall Review: I purchased this board along with a Celeron 1200 Dual Core processor and 2 gigs of 800 MHZ RAM. It is replacing a P4 2.8 Northwood system with 1 gig of 333 MHZ RAM and a Radeon X1600 PRO. I was very concerned that the 7050 was going to be a dog, but was surprised to find that Battlefield 2 (the only game I have on the PC) ran faster, and I was able to go up from 800x600 to 1024x768, and even turn up some of the detail features. Doing so on my old pc would have brought it to a halt. All and all this board/processor/memory upgrade has been a great budget upgrade.

Most Critical Review

Smears when you look at it

HP Q6638A Photo Paper 4" x 6" - Glossy - 100 / Pack - Glossy
HP Q6638A Photo Paper 4" x 6" - Glossy - 100 / Pack - Glossy

Pros: Very glossy, high image quality

Cons: Smears when you look at it the wrong way.

Overall Review: Even using the vivera 110 HP ink, these photos smear and smudge at the lightest touch. We are now using the HP Advanced paper instead. It holds ink so much better.

Good Deal

Wintec FileMate Swivel 32GB USB Flash Drive Model 3FMUSB32GWB-R
Wintec FileMate Swivel 32GB USB Flash Drive Model 3FMUSB32GWB-R

Pros: Easy to use. Works fine with windows 7. I copied 24 GB of photos to it in less than 18 minutes. People are saying this thing is slow, but that is faster than a GB a minute which is about as fast as USB2 goes. I have class 12 sd cards that are only slightly faster at copys.

Cons: Don't like the swing cover, but whatever.

Great for HTPC... if you have the right cable

XFX GeForce 9400 GT 512MB DDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 Video Card PVT94GYAJG
XFX GeForce 9400 GT 512MB DDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 Video Card PVT94GYAJG

Pros: I purchased this card to add an older PC to my HDTV. I already had the NVidia PC to RGB adapter from another card, so I just plugged that in to this one and it worked. Now I can run my TV in HD (1080 i). It was fairly easy to get it working with the TV once the NVidia drivers where installed. I was also impressed with the cards ability to play some older games like Call of Duty 2 (the original, not Modern Warfare) and Battlefield 2 with decent resolutions and graphics settings, even though it is plugged into an older Pentium D system. Its also nice that you don't need a second power connector for this card, so you don't need a crazy power supply to run it.

Cons: No support for HDMI. Not a big deal to me right now, as my HDTV is older and doesn't have HDMI anyway, but I will have to make sure that I purchase a TV that supports DVI or VGA when this TV dies. I wish this card came with the Nvidia RGB cable as these are getting hard to find. As I said, I already have one, but it is nice to have a backup.

Overall Review: I bought this to watch Shoutcast TV, Bluray Movies, Netflix, and any other downloaded content on my HTPC. This card does that with flying colors (Divx movies look amazing!!!), and it even allows me to play some of my older favorite games with my kids over the network with great graphics (better than I expected).

Works well, Stupid formatting ...

HP SimpleSave 640GB USB 2.0 2.5" Portable Hard Drive HPBAAC6400ABK-NHSN Glossy Black
HP SimpleSave 640GB USB 2.0 2.5" Portable Hard Drive HPBAAC6400ABK-NHSN Glossy Black

Pros: Awesome hard drive, single usb cable and no power cable needed. Unlike older hard drives this no longer needs a power brick or second USB connector. The drive is plenty fast and very small and portable. I LOVE it.

Cons: Stupid unremovable "CD" partition that causes the PC to see a second "CD" drive along with the regular partition. They do this to load their 1 touch backup software. I hear that this can be removed with some time and patience, which I have neither.

Overall Review: I have been using the larger 5.25 drives for USB backup ( I am a wedding photographer and am always buying backup drives) and I LOVE the smaller size and the fact that I don't have to deal with a power cable. These drives work great! I bought 2.

POWER!

ZOTAC GeForce 9800 GT 512MB GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 SLI Support Video Card ZT-98GES3P-FSR
ZOTAC GeForce 9800 GT 512MB GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 SLI Support Video Card ZT-98GES3P-FSR

Pros: I upgraded from a 7950GT to this card and WOAH what a difference!!! I get a smooth framerate in GTA with most settings turned up high and a resolution of 1680 x 1050. COD World at War and COD 4 are AMAZING with everything CRANKED at 1680 x 1050. The flight sim X looks better and can have the dynamic scenery cranked up, but still has to have a lot of stuff turned down to get a smooth framerate (bad programming, I would say). This card stays cool with the stock fan and is very quite.

Cons: This card is HUGE!!! I had to move 2 of my hard drives down a couple slots so that this beast could fit in.

Overall Review: I am using this card in a system with a 550 watt pwr supply (a good one), a 2.66GHZ quad core (1066 fsb), 3 gigs of RAM, 4 hard drives = 1.4TB, 2 DVD burners, and windows XP sp3. I was worried about the PWR supply being to low but it is just fine.