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Christopher B.

Christopher B.

Joined on 11/19/02

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Fits my needs

GIGABYTE GeForce 9800 GT 512MB GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 SLI Support Video Card GV-N98TOC-512I
GIGABYTE GeForce 9800 GT 512MB GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 SLI Support Video Card GV-N98TOC-512I

Pros: I admit I'm not much of a gamer, so my review might not be relevant to most reading this. This card improved my Windows Experience score from a 4.2 (with onboard) to a 6.0. Video playback is flawless on my 42" plasma. I'm using this as a HTPC, so I was concerned about fan noise, but it's not too bad. It's not silent, but I can't hear it over my case fans. It's not a high pitched sound like some other cards have, just the "whoosing" sound of a large fan.

Cons: The fan isn't the quietest, but unless you're trying to build a completely silent PC it's not bad at all.

Overall Review: I admit I only bought this because of the "shell shocker" deal price, I really didn't need it. It just seemed silly to be running a Phenom II 940 with 8 gigs of RAM and onboard video :)

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HP Laptop Pavilion AMD Athlon Neo X2 L335 (1.60GHz) 4GB Memory 320GB HDD ATI Radeon HD 3200 13.3" Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit dm3-1030us
HP Laptop Pavilion AMD Athlon Neo X2 L335 (1.60GHz) 4GB Memory 320GB HDD ATI Radeon HD 3200 13.3" Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit dm3-1030us

Pros: Looks fantastic, feels very sturdy, 7200RPM HD, beautiful screen, well spaced "chicklet" style keyboard. The few benchmarks I've seen for this processor don't look so hot, but to me it feels like a screamer.

Cons: HP Bloatware, fortunately I quickly installed a fresh copy of Windows 7 Ultimate. Runs MUCH faster after doing so. Also, the touchpad isn't as smooth as I'd like. And...the speakers maybe? The sound through headphones is fantastic though.

Overall Review: Overall, a fantastic option in the ultralight category.

11/30/2009