Joined on 03/18/09
Recycle that old PC with this CPU
Pros: Cheap and Fast processing! Absolute best bang for the buck unless you're building a super-gamer and need a quad-core.
Cons: None for my budget PC purpose.
Overall Review: I bought this CPU w/ an ASRock N68PV-GS Micro MOBO. This CPU installed perfectly on the MOBO & both perform fantastically. The combo were used to upgrade a 5 yr old Dell Celeron that was hanging out at the in-laws collecting dust. Thanks to this combo, & 2 gigs of DDR2 533 RAM I had laying around from another PC, the build turned out great for a quick budget upgrade ($100) to an otherwise obsolete PC. Fortunately I was able to recycle the Hard Drive (including the XP Operating System), DVD drive, etc. Even if I had to purchase the RAM, which would have been $25 (for a combined price of $125 + shipping), I couldn’t get a comparable new PC for even twice that, which made recycling the old Dell a no brainer. My ultimate goal was to create a budget gamer, & after the build was complete & the system was played for a few days, I ended up upgrading the integrated video card on the MOBO to a $50 512mb MSI. Now I have an awesome budget system for playing WOW when bored at the in-laws.
Can a case be too big?
Pros: Stunning and sleek case with more than enough room for many large components. Case construction is very durable. Excellent airflow from the fans, which are very quiet considering their number, and the case is always cool to cold to the touch. Port selection is adequate, and I like their placement at the top of the case near the shelf; makes it easy and convenient to set an external HD, camera, or other portable device nearby.
Cons: For my personal needs, this case is too big, bulky, & heavy. I should have paid better attention to the measurements before I made the purchase. This thing won't fit in my computer cabinet, which is a huge bummer (no eggs deducted). There are many other cases available that appear to offer similar amenities that are a couple of inches smaller. In my opinion, this case would be ideal for use as a small server. Case came with a 3.5 bay converter tray, which seems to be designed to accommodate floppy drives & not media card readers, at least not the ones I tried. The orientation of the screw holes would not allow me to attach a 3.5 media card reader, so I had to pick up a sleeve for the card reader to make it work. Also, the power button clips broke after a few months of use. The button began to push back into the system and I had to continually get into the system to push the button back out. I let NZXT know & they sent me a new switch, but what a bi*ch to take apart & switch out.
Overall Review: Unless you're specifically looking for a very HUGE case, or are building a micro server and don't plan on moving your system around very much, I would suggest going elsewhere. There are tons of cases in this class that are a bit smaller that offer the benefits this Tempest case does.
Best case for budget build, hands down.
Pros: 485 Watt PSU, good solid construction, plenty of room if using micro components. Better case than any OEM case you'd get from Dell, HP, or the like for under $500. Small enough to fit very well in my desk cabinet. I bought this case to recycle and revitalize an old Dell Celeron PC. Bought a new MOBO and CPU, this case, and 512 MB video card, and reused some old DDR2 533 RAM (2 gigs), DVD drive, Hard Drive (Operating System) etc., and for $225 in new parts plus the recycled, I have an awesome little budget gamer that plays WOW darn near as good (if not as good) as my daily PC. An extra fan (via Y cable on the MOBO) was added to the case to make the system run cooler.
Cons: For it's purpose as a budget build, I can't think of any cons.
Overall Review: To build a sweet budget gamer I used this case; ASRock N68PV-GS AM2+/AM2 Micro ATX AMD MOBO; AMD Athlon 64 X2 5200 Brisbane 2.7GHz 2-Core CPU; MSI N94GT-MD512 GeForce 9400GT 512MB Video Card; Recycled 320gig Hard Drive w/ MicroSoft XP Pro (32 bit); Recycled DVD drive; Recycled 2gig DDR2 533MHz RAM; Recycled Foxconn fan (needed Y cable). Being able to recycle a bunch of components saved me $200, so don't throw away anything potentially reusable from those old PC's! Even without these components, I figure I could have built this awesome little budget gamer for about $425, and it would be hands down all around better than picking up something in that price range from Dell, Gateway, or HP.
Upgrade that old PC!
Pros: CHEAP unit, easy install, and great performer with AMD Athlon 64 X2 5200 Brisbane 2.7GHz 2 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM2 65W Dual-Core Processor. The combo turned a 5 yr old obsolete Dell Celeron into a revitalized, contemporary system.
Cons: The integrated Nvidia GeForce 7050 useless for gaming. I was trying to be cheap and hoped it would suffice for playing WOW, but even at low settings it was too choppy. I upgraded to a MSI N94GT-MD512 GeForce 9400 GT 512MB PCI Express Video Card, and now for a budget gaming system, it freakin rocks. Had to buy a Link Depot Power Y Cable to power two fans, otherwise it would only power one fan, no biggie as cable was only a couple bucks. No eggs deducted for the preceeding comments, as this MOBO was obviously not made for gaming right out of the box, even as a budget gamer. However, if you have a Video card laying around to use, or are planning on picking up an independent card, this MOBO is fine. I had real good luck with the CPU, MOBO, and MSI Video Card combo on my build; for a budget system WOW plays great!
Overall Review: I bought this MOBO along with the aforementioned CPU. Both installed perfectly & perform fantastically. This CPU & MOBO combo were used to upgrade a 5 yr old Dell Celeron PC that was hanging out at the in-laws collecting dust. Thanks to this combo, coupled with 2 gigs of DDR2 533 RAM I had laying around from another PC, the build turned out great for a quick budget upgrade ($115 shipped) to an otherwise obsolete PC. Fortunately I was able to recycle the Hard Drive (including the XP Operating System), DVD drive, etc. Even if I had to purchase the RAM, which would have been $25 (for a combined price of $140), I couldn’t get a comparable new PC for even twice that, which made recycling the old Dell a no brainer. My ultimate goal was to create a budget gamer, & after the build was complete & the system was played for a few days, I ended up upgrading the integrated video card to the aforementioned MSI. Now I have an awesome budget system for playing WOW when bored at the in-laws.
A perfect upgrade for my budget PC
Pros: Cheap 512MB VC making it perfect for my budget gaming PC build. Easy install on a ASRock N68PV-GS AM2+ Micro ATX AMD MOBO, with AMD 5200 Brisbane 2.7 GHz Dual-Core Processor. Using 2 gigs of recycled DDR2 533 RAM off a 3yr old HP.
Cons: None yet.
Overall Review: I bought the ASRock N68PV-GS AM2 MOBO with integrated Nvidia GeForce 7050, hoping the integrated video would be good enough for a budget PC build to play Word Of Warcraft when stuck at the in-laws house. Unfortunately the integrated 7050 was way too choppy for my liking. Not wanting to spend a lot for an independent VC, I found this baby and the reviews were good enough for me to chance it. I am more than happy with the outcome, and have to say that thanks to this VC, my budget PC is preforming about as well as my daily user for playing WOW.