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Galen B.

Galen B.

Joined on 02/03/05

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Great Value

XFX Radeon R7 250X 1GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 CrossFireX Support Video Card R7-250X-ZNJ4
XFX Radeon R7 250X 1GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 CrossFireX Support Video Card R7-250X-ZNJ4

Pros: Power Efficient and Powerful Mid-range card. They are efficient for 3 of them to be in a system with an AMD FX-8350 with only a 600W PSU with headroom to spare. They have enough power individually for 1080p gaming with most bells and whistles turned on in modern games. Crossfire scales well if you need more oomph. A nice variety of connectors is a plus. The media encoding/decoding engine works really well with a large number of software titles and PowerPoint 2010/13 can use the card's hardware acceleration for slide transitions, effects and animations. I own 3 of these cards and use them for multi-screen PPT shows. I also have some edge-blending software that can be used with these GPUs.

Cons: The only con would be they can't do 3-way Crossfire. But, with only 1GB of RAM, that's probably for the best. N

Still working after 6 years of continuous use

CORSAIR CMPSU-450VX 450 W ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply
CORSAIR CMPSU-450VX 450 W ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply

Pros: Silent, reliable, lots of connectors. I've had this in my HTPC since February of 2009. I bought it new for this purpose when I built the new machine. It's powering an Athlon II X4 630 @2.8GHz w/ 8GB (4x2GB) DDR3, + a gigabyte GA-890GPA-UD3H mobo, + AMD HD 6450 + Ceton InfiniTV 4 quad HD TV tuner + WD 500GB Black + WD 640GB Green + WD 2TB Green + LG Blu-Ray/HD-DVD/DVDRW drive all housed in a Silverstone LC10B-E HTPC case. It's been running 24/7 the whole time. It's allowed to go to sleep and wake for recordings and maintenance. It's been a super-great buy. I paid $79.99 way back when.

Cons: None.

Overall Review: I have had a great experience with all Corsair products.

Great little fan

GELID Solutions Silent5 FN-SX05-40 50mm Case Fan
GELID Solutions Silent5 FN-SX05-40 50mm Case Fan

Pros: I bought several of these to cool the VRM heatsinks on the motherboards in my systems since I'm using liquid cooling for the CPU's. Once you remove the stock HSF, the VRM's no longer have any active cooling unless you again add a fan to the area. These seemed like the perfect choice after reading some reviews.

Cons: They weren't free?

VEry stable, feature-rich motherboard

GIGABYTE GA-990FXA-UD3 AM3+ AMD 990FX + SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
GIGABYTE GA-990FXA-UD3 AM3+ AMD 990FX + SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: Crossfire/SLI support. Quality components, noise-free, good sounding onboard audio w/ Dolby Home Theater features including SPDIF and Dolby Digital Live upmixing, UEFI, USB 3 and support for the latest FX Processors.

Cons: Can't do 3-way Crossfire or SLI. The GA-990FXA-UD5 is required for that. I own one of those, too.

Overall Review: I only build systems with Gigabyte motherboards. Never a problem with them and they offer solid performance, a large feature set and stability for a lower price than most competitors.

Great Rackmount Case

iStarUSA D-400 Black Aluminum / Steel 4U Rackmount Compact Stylish Chassis - Black Bezel 4 External 5.25" Drive Bays
iStarUSA D-400 Black Aluminum / Steel 4U Rackmount Compact Stylish Chassis - Black Bezel 4 External 5.25" Drive Bays

Pros: I've built 2 PC's for clients using this case. Both of the builds were for high-end video work either doing editing or video mapping. Both clients were very impressed with the build quality of the unit.

Cons: No cable management. Use wire ties and plan your cable routes for best results.

Overall Review: iStarUSA makes plenty of accessories for this case including hot-swap bays, colored doors for the front, and even wood-grain if that's your thing. It's a super nice looking case with fantastic build quality. No sharp edges. The steel is rigid and lightweight. Not flimsy at all like.

Happy with this case

SILVERSTONE Black Aluminum / Steel Lascala Series LC10B-E ATX Media Center / HTPC Case
SILVERSTONE Black Aluminum / Steel Lascala Series LC10B-E ATX Media Center / HTPC Case

Pros: Fairly roomy. Do you need more than 6 HDD's + Optical drive in an HTPC? Stylish. Quiet when used with intelligent fan control from Motherboard. Matches with modern AV components. People are always surprised that it's a PC.

Cons: No removable intake air filters. Cable management leaves something to be desired. Just need to use a modular PSU and wire ties.

Overall Review: I'd like the newer model with front panel USB 3.0.