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Yang S.

Yang S.

Joined on 07/14/07

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Great midrange gamer mobo

ASUS P5Q Pro LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard
ASUS P5Q Pro LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Decent overclocking abilities, solid construction, nice BIOS layout, easy-to-read manual, somehow it survived a short-circuit when I forgot to install stand-offs to insulate the mobo from my case's mobo tray.

Cons: Though it's Crossfire capable, the PCI-e 2.0 x16 lanes both revert down to x8 when two graphics cards are present, so it's not ideal for CF. If you only plan on having one video card, however, this is fine.

Overall Review: Q6600 @ 3.25ghz, 2x2gb G.Skill ddr2 800, HD 4870 @ 790/1100, WD Caviar 640gb, Xigmatek HDT-S1283, Rocketfish full tower case, 3dMark06 - 15810

Most Critical Review
ADATA PD2 2GB Flash Drive (USB2.0 Portable) Model PD2-G20
ADATA PD2 2GB Flash Drive (USB2.0 Portable) Model PD2-G20

Pros: good price, narrow form factor doesn't block adjacent USB ports

Cons: slow transfer speeds, flash memory became corrupted less than 6 months after purchase - it would randomly revert to USB 1.1 or simply stop being detected by Windows altogether.

Overall Review: tried it on several computers, same problem. reformatting the drive did not solve the issue.

11/28/2007

Decent monitor

Acer AL2216Wbd 22" WSXGA 1680 x 1050 D-Sub, DVI-D LCD Monitor with HDCP support
Acer AL2216Wbd 22" WSXGA 1680 x 1050 D-Sub, DVI-D LCD Monitor with HDCP support

Pros: Nice size, nice resolution, nice picture, DVI port is perfect for modern video cards. I like the refined design with no rounded corners or shiny plastic.

Cons: Stand is not very adjustable. Picture quality isn't perfect. Crysis on very high lacked a bit of contrast, and increasing the contrast a bit didn't help too much. Pricier than some other 22" LCDs. I'd rather go for a Samsung.

Overall Review: I don't understand why companies don't make 22" 1920x1200 LCDs... for about $310 you can get a much better Viewsonic 24" 1920x1200 LCD.

A must for the HDT-S1283

XIGMATEK ACK-I7751 Retention Bracket
XIGMATEK ACK-I7751 Retention Bracket

Pros: You basically have to get this for the Xigmatek HDT-1283 heatsink unless you want to waste half an hour unsuccessfully attempting to force it into the motherboard with the terribly designed push-pins. (I actually cut my finger on the heatsink blades in the process)

Cons: SHOULD HAVE COME WITH THE HEATSINK!

Overall Review: Used to mount heatsink onto a q6600 on an Asus P5Q Pro P45 motherboard.

modular design owns

CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-620HX 620 W ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply
CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-620HX 620 W ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply

Pros: Like everyone before me, I love the modular cabling. It keeps my case clean, uncluttered, and improves airflow. Very, very solid design, feels almost like a brick. 620 watts is enough for all but the most high-end systems.

Cons: You can get 750+ watt PSU's for less cash, but they won't be modular. Also, though it's advertised as being SLI capable, in reality this becomes a stretch sometimes. Definitely don't SLI GTX 280's... You don't want a system with a peak load of 550-600 watts running with a 620w PSU, this will likely overload it.

Overall Review: Q6600 @ 3.25ghz, 2x2gb G.Skill ddr2 800, Visiontek HD 4870 @ 790/1100, WD Caviar 640gb SATA, Lite-On SATA DVD-burner, Corsair 620HX, Xigmatek HDT-S1283 CPU cooler, Rocketfish full tower case.

great bang-for-buck high end card

VisionTek Radeon HD 4870 512MB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card 900244
VisionTek Radeon HD 4870 512MB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card 900244

Pros: Really, really fast. Scored 15,810 in 3dMark06 (see other thoughts). Stock 3dmark06 was over 13,000.Plays Crysis on Very High @ 1680x1050 with no AA with barely playable framerates (sometimes dips from 25+ fps down to 14-15 in intense firefights), on High with 2x AA it's perfectly smooth. Plays pretty much all other games at max settings at 1680x1050. Rivals GTX 260 which costs just a bit more at the moment.

Cons: Uses a lot of power. Runs really hot (idle 75C) without the xml fan hack. Dual slot cooler design blocks a regular PCI slot on my motherboard. Catalyst Control Center limits overclock to 790/1100 core/memory (which runs perfectly with no artifacts by the way). Stock is 750/900. Neither Riva nor AtiTool recognizes the card yet, but this should change soon.

Overall Review: Asus P5Q Pro P45, C2Q Q6600 @ 3.25ghz, 2x2gb G.Skill ddr2 @ 915mhz, HD 4870 @ 790/1100, 640gb Western Digital Caviar SATA, Xigmatek HDT-S1283, Lite-On SATA DVD burner, Corsair 620w modular power supply, Acer 22" LCD, Rocketfish full tower case, Razer Diamondback, Saitek Eclipse keyboard, Logitech z-2300 2.1 speakers - all of this cost $1450 after about $50 mail in rebates.