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michael

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Most Favorable Review

UPGRADE FIRMWARE!

Intel X25-M Mainstream 2.5" 80GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) SSDSA2M080G2GC
Intel X25-M Mainstream 2.5" 80GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) SSDSA2M080G2GC

Pros: Great drive -- Win7 64 installed awesome.

Cons: it's not bigger --

Overall Review: MAKE SURE you upgrade the firmware! I ordered and received mine at the end of March 2010, and it still had 2CV102HA -- Windows 7 will NOT unlock the great features of SSD without 2CV102HD! http://downloadcenter.intel.com/Detail_Desc.aspx?agr=Y&ProdId=3044&DwnldID=18363&lang=eng

Most Critical Review

SINGLE GPU ONLY!

RAIDMAX VOLCANO RX-630A 630 W ATX12V V2.2/ EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Full Modular Modular LED Power Supply
RAIDMAX VOLCANO RX-630A 630 W ATX12V V2.2/ EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Full Modular Modular LED Power Supply

Pros: Great for SINGLE GPU ONLY!

Cons: THIS PS will NOT handle 2 8800GTs! I added a second 8800 GT this week and COD4 powers my machine completely OFF after about 90 seconds!

Overall Review: I ordered the PC Power and Cooling 750 watt PS today - due to it's great specs. Do NOT skimp on power people! you will regret it.

works fine BUT NO RAID!!!!!

GIGABYTE GA-EP35-DS3L LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard
GIGABYTE GA-EP35-DS3L LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Good solid board. loaded vista <10 minutes.

Cons: NO RAID! I can't believe I assumed that it would have RAID. GODDAMNIT!@

Works as advertised!

AVerMedia MTVHBVMXR AVerTV Hybrid Volar Max
AVerMedia MTVHBVMXR AVerTV Hybrid Volar Max

Pros: Plug and GO! We're 30 minutes north of Salt Lake City and get all of the channels perfectly.

Cons: none so far -

Overall Review: Running WinXP on an older Dell -- can't remember the specs on the Dell but I am thinking of getting another one of these for my VISTA SLI box --

dropped my temps 20C under load (SLI 8800GT KO/SC)

ZALMAN VF900 – CU 2 Ball VGA Cooler
ZALMAN VF900 – CU 2 Ball VGA Cooler

Pros: easy installation (15mins or so); great packaging; great dissipation of heat; 2 VF900s FIT in my SLI rig (motherboard - evga AMD 590SLI -- EVGA 8800GT KO/SC cards)

Cons: cleaned ram with 70% isopropyl alcohol and let dry -- 2 heat sinks for RAM didn't stick that well; they're on there - I let sinks sit on RAM for 5 hours. They are still in place -- just wish the 3m tape on sinks was a bit tackier

Overall Review: I got 2 of these for my 8800GTs in SLI. MAKE SURE YOU HAVE ENOUGH POWER. The power feed for the zalman fan WILL NOT FIT ON THE 8800GT card. I had to subsequently order a MOLEX(4pin) to fan (3pin) power adapter because my motherboard only had 1 extra 3pin power source. My "under load" temps dropped from 92C/80C (gpu1/gpu2) to 72C/60C. That is after about 60 minutes of CoD4 online.

ONE stuck pixel!

SAMSUNG 245BW 24" WUXGA 1920 x 1200 D-Sub, DVI-D LCD Monitor with Height Adjustment
SAMSUNG 245BW 24" WUXGA 1920 x 1200 D-Sub, DVI-D LCD Monitor with Height Adjustment

Pros: Monitor is gorgeous. Colors, clarity and brightness are fantasic

Cons: ONE STUCK PIXEL! This is the second samsung widescreen LCD I have had in the last 10 months with a stuck/dead pixel! the ONLY good thing is that 1900x1200 is so many pixels that you have to really look to find it. But it's still there and I'm hoping I get 9 more to replace this monitor.