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Matthew N.

Matthew N.

Joined on 06/25/06

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Most Favorable Review

Nice, cool, small. Watch the drivers

SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 5770 1GB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card 100283-2L
SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 5770 1GB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card 100283-2L

Pros: Fast. Runs cool. Smaller than the average 3D cards on the market, as of the time I'm writing this review (which means the thing isn't protruding into the 3.5" bays where you hard disk drives and case fans are generally located). I put this into a machine that had an older Socket 939 AMD Opteron 170 processor (overclocked to 3.0ghz), 4gb corsair XMS2 DDR memory, and a RAID 0 HDD setup. The FPS in Crysis, World in Conflict, Fallout 3, Empire: Total War, and all other games I own was in the 30s on benchmarks or very "busy" situations onscreen. (I used a 3rd party utility to get average FPS over 2 hours of play, in games that didn't have a built-in benchmarking utility)

Cons: ATI/Sapphire drivers for this thing are hit and miss. AMD's "unofficial" forums (that are linked directly from the AMD website) are not helpful. The moderator of the driver support forum is a complete jerk. As far as I can tell, ATI/AMD just aren't as good as Nvidia, when it comes to getting working drivers together. When installing the drivers for this thing, I ended up having to "manually" install a lot of stuff, instead of just using the install utilities provided by Sapphire or ATI.

Overall Review: As usual, make sure you have a power supply on your machine that will pump out the juice for a high-end video board.

12/25/2009

Awesome

Cooler Master HAF 912 - Mid Tower Computer Case with High Airflow, Supporting up to Six 120mm Fans and USB 3.0
Cooler Master HAF 912 - Mid Tower Computer Case with High Airflow, Supporting up to Six 120mm Fans and USB 3.0

Pros: -Bottom mounted Power Supply -Lots of fan spaces -removable 3.5" cage to give better clearance for large video cards -2.5" SSD can go in either 2.5" cage or 3.5" cage -Easy cable management -Water cooling ready -Easy to install 3.5" HDD -Easy to install optical drive

Cons: doesn't fly around the room on command

Overall Review: I swapped out the two 120mm fans that came with the case with 6 corsair high-speed fans. Air cooling on a budget? Get this. First time watercooling? Get this. I cannot say enough nice things about this case. Only semi-downer is it doesn't have removable air filters, so you have to pull off the entire front bezel to clean the filters.

Neato!

Antec EarthWatts EA650 650W Continuous Power ATX12V Ver.2.2 / EPS12V version 2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified  Active PFC "compatible with Core i7/Core i5" Power Supply
Antec EarthWatts EA650 650W Continuous Power ATX12V Ver.2.2 / EPS12V version 2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC "compatible with Core i7/Core i5" Power Supply

Pros: I run an air-cooled case that sounds like an air-conditioner. Noise was no object to me. I needed juice for fans, a pair of hard-drives, a DVD burner, an opteron 170 processor (substantially overclocked), and an HD 5770 video card. This thing cuts the mustard. Having said that, it is arguably not "quiet", so if you are looking for some low-noise desktop PC build, I'd pass on this.

Cons: None, unless you want to count the noise.

Overall Review: Mounted in an Antec 300 case (meaning the powersupply is in the bottom) with no problems. Getting the 4-pin motherboard power connector to the opposite end of the case was a stretch. If you aren't POSITIVE that it will be long enough, buy an extender.