Date Joined: 02/26/06
Pros: Seems rugged
Cons: Signal to monitor drops frequently. When it does transmit signal, there is a flicker.
Pros: I did a lot of research about this monitor and the higher end MPG version. I ultimately selected this version, because although I do game a lot, I also have a budget and have environmental considerations about power use. This monitor makes my NVIDIA 960 GTX look amazing. Some older games (2015-2016) run very smoothly at 2K with high details. New games run well at 2K with some details reduced, but the frame rate and 2K more than make up for it.
+ Curved display feels very natural
+ Colors great out of box - my display did not require additional adjustment
+ No dead pixels
+ Viewing angles are quite wide without compromising image
Cons: Nothing yet.
Overall Review: This monitor replaced an ASUS VX238H, which was a fine monitor for a long time (5 years).
Pros: Worked flawlessly for about 19 months. Now, locks up.
Cons: Failed after 19 months. I am probably going to pursue a claim on the warranty and keep as a backup. Changing to another brand for my primary SSD.
Pros: This inexpensive motherboard comes is feature rich. Most importantly, it just works as promised.
Cons: Doesn't have a lot of LEDs, like my previous 790FX board.
Pros: This CPU replaces an Athlon II X4 640 propus. The difference is very clear in increased performance - 30 more FPS in Just Cause 2, for example. Here are a couple more advantages. Although the 750k runs a little warmer by 2-4C at load, overall system heat is considerably cooler. My previous board's northbridge ran near 33 C over ambient and the CPU ran near 5C over ambient, in a CPU-only custom water loop. In a very similar water loop, the northbridge is only 2-4C over ambient and the CPU at load is only 10C over ambient resulting in a much cooler overall system. I live in a hot climate, therefore, a cooler system is appreciated. Lastly, this CPU is making much better use of memory than my previous CPU. Overall, I'm very pleased.
Cons: I guess that other chips might be faster, but cost and cool running are getting my vote.
Pros: 1) silence really is golden
2) stays cool running latest games, like Skyrim, at moderate settings (1280*1068*32) with smooth frame rates
Cons: I had to RMA the first one. Replacement has been problem free.
Overall Review: This card replaced a 9800GT. Although these cards should be similar, I have noticed improvements in graphics, specifically frames. The biggest feature is the silence. I cannot get over how quiet that I have got my system and can still enjoy gaming.
AMD Athlon II X4 630 watercooled with 2 Scythe Gentle Typhoons on the radiator
2 Yate Loon an one Antec Tricool case fans in Antec P180b
Pros: This card performs smoothly on a wide variety of games at medium-high settings, including Fallout 3 and New Vegas.
Cons: Fans were always noisy and died after about a year and a half.
Pros: I bought the previous version of this fan in 2006 to cool a Pentium D. It did a remarkable job of lower idle temps (by >9C) and lessening temp. rise at load. Recently, I recycled this fan in a new build with an adapter to fit an Athlon II X4 630. Again, its amazing! Idle temps dropped by 7C under stock fan and load temps are 8C below stock fan.
Overall Review: MSI 790fx-GD70
AMD Athlon II X4 630
8 gb Corsair DDR3
Sparkle 9800 GT
Antec Earthwatts 430
MS Vista 64bit
Pros: *Runs Fallout 3 and Oblivion smooth and crisp at Very High settings
*Relatively quiet operation
Cons: *Daughter card is useless if you don't have a window
Pros: *Very customizable
*Higher quality construction than other boards that I've used
*Sideways SATA and IDE ports fit my case very well
*BIOS easy to navigate
Cons: *No SLI, but you knew that already
Pros: *More than enough power for system below
*Nice variety of connectors
Cons: *Not modular
Pros: Well, after a year, I still rate this chip highly. I've compared it with C2Ds in intense number crunching and geospatial anlayses, and the 950 performs well.
Cons: It runs very, very hot. It seems designed for a climate-controlled workspace, so be fore-warned. It works best when ambient temps are less than 22C, unless water cooled.
Overall Review: After a year of loud fans, I water cooled the 950. Its now the perfect chip, even at 28C ambient air temps.
Pros: I have one of the hottest CPUs out there - a B1 stepping Pentium D 950. This Swiftech unit dropped idle temps by 15C over stock and 5C over my previous air-cooling unit. Even better, load temps only rise about 5C, if at all. Currently, I'm only cooling the CPU, but I'm so impressed that I'm going to add a GPU loop next using Swiftech.
Cons: It took a long time to install in my Antec P180B. It would probably take less time in another box.
Overall Review: I'll probably end up swapping the supplied radiator fan for a quieter one.
Pros: This laptop features a nearly full-sized keyboard with integrated numeric keypad, which is a big plus. The monitor is big and easy on the eyes. Overall, weight is right.
Cons: The mouse is too sensitive.
Overall Review: The included O.S. is half-baked, at best. We've had lots of compatibility issues.
Pros: 1) nicely labeled board. 2) not terribly expensive. 3) original BIOS with board kept my Pentium D 950 in the 50Cs (decent considering my house has ambient 27C during the day).
Cons: 1) newest BIOS raises CPU temps into the 70Cs. 2) could use more USB connections. 3) useless front 3.5" media port.
Overall Review: As the previous poster noted, the new BIOS is defective. My CPU temps skyrocketed after upgrading. I now run my CPU fan without motherboard control. I don't want to go 3rd party on the HSF because of warranty concerns, but I might because this BIOS is ridiculous!! I would have given it 4 eggs, and might again if the BIOS is fixed. Final thought, my board works with a brand new 7600 GT so I don't know what the other guys was encountering.
Pros: 1) Not as difficult to work with as previously described. 2) No warping despite high ambient and internal temps. 3) quiet as advertised. 4) lots of extra bays for expansion
Cons: 1) need long cables for power supply, and any IDE devices.
Overall Review: I am very pleased with this case. I'm not sure what other people found hard about installation in it. This is only my second build, and with planning it wasn't difficult. Lots of options for customization and future expansion.