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Keith C.

Keith C.

Joined on 03/31/08

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AMD Phenom 9950 - Phenom X4 Agena Quad-Core 2.6 GHz Socket AM2+ 125W Black Edition Processor - HD995ZXAGHBOX
AMD Phenom 9950 - Phenom X4 Agena Quad-Core 2.6 GHz Socket AM2+ 125W Black Edition Processor - HD995ZXAGHBOX

Pros: Nice default clock speed. Unlocked multiplier and also came with a very nice copper core cooler which was a great plus, normally black edition cpu's from AMD dont come with one. :-) In my opinion the cooler is great. Upon boot, 28c 10-15mins after load 32c idle and have yet to see anything over 40c with a heavy load @ 3.0ghz

Cons: $20 price drop just 3 days after purchase

Overall Review: Small Tip to those running this chip w/ ddr2 800 @ default speed...After a few tests I found that downclocking my ram (gskill ddr2 800) to 400mhz gives a great performance gain due to giving the system a even 1/1 cpu/ram ratio also allows you to tighten up the timings. Im currently running 3-3-3-8-1T in dual channel as opposed to default 5-5-5-15-2T. I cant say for certain that you will see the same performance increase with 1066 ram since I dont own any but i would assume the increase would be even greater possibly allowing you to run it in CAS 2, Hope this helps you power junkies tweak your system for an extra boost =)

So far, so good

MSI GeForce GTS 250 1GB GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 SLI Support Video Card N250GTS Twin Frozr 1G
MSI GeForce GTS 250 1GB GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 SLI Support Video Card N250GTS Twin Frozr 1G

Pros: Great "on demand" power when using the afterburner software while not being overclocked ( 40c idle 50-55c load). massive overclocking headroom. Just to test the oc ability I cranked it to 825/1900/1225 on auto fan speed and it never once topped 63C The 1 gig of ram is great for those running dual view monitors or a single large lcd. It handles 1920x1080 res in gaming perfectly. Just a few examples DiRT2 maxed out 45-60 fps GTA IV on high 35-60 Sniper Ghost Warrior maxed out at 35-50

Cons: having to hassle around with msi about the rebate. I was having trouble finding all the required info for the rebate so I emailed MSI support a day ago and they have yet to respond. A simple 2 min chat with a newegg support rep solved my problem. He tracked down the forms and numbers I needed instantly. Really is great to know newegg cares so much about helping their customers! 'possible con to some" - on anything over 50% fan speed, you can hear it spinning. Wont go as far to say its loud. No rattling or vibration just a slight whirling sound from the dual fans. Not a problem at all for me, just wanted to state that for those seeking a super quiet card.

Overall Review: all in all its a A++ buy. fast shipping as always. upgraded from a HD3870 512mb to this model, the difference is night day Im sure this card alone will last me a few yrs but to future proof my system even further I think ill be purchasing a second for sli in the coming months. Great card to have, handles games with ease, bluray movies look outstanding on it and it also comes with a fair warranty. I only rated it 4 stars due to MSI's lousy support. The product itself is a 5 star item. Hope this helps :)

Odd price?

Kingston 2GB DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Desktop Memory Model KVR800D2N5/2G
Kingston 2GB DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Desktop Memory Model KVR800D2N5/2G

Pros: Great speed and reliability. Also overclocks a bit.

Cons: The price? I own 2 sticks of this ram in a spare PC. At the time I purchased them, the price was only $20 per stick

Overall Review: For the current price, i would personally stick with G-Skill. Thats the ram I use in all my power build. The lifetime warrenty is also great

12/23/2009

Odd price?

Kingston 2GB DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Desktop Memory Model KVR800D2N5/2G
Kingston 2GB DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Desktop Memory Model KVR800D2N5/2G

Pros: Great speed and reliability. Also overclocks a bit.

Cons: The price? I own 2 sticks of this ram in a spare PC. At the time I purchased them, the price was only $20 per stick

Overall Review: For the current price, i would personally stick with G-Skill. Thats the ram I use in all my power build. The lifetime warrenty is also great

12/23/2009

UPDATE TO PREVIOUS POST

AMD Phenom 9950 - Phenom X4 Agena Quad-Core 2.6 GHz Socket AM2+ 125W Black Edition Processor - HD995ZXAGHBOX
AMD Phenom 9950 - Phenom X4 Agena Quad-Core 2.6 GHz Socket AM2+ 125W Black Edition Processor - HD995ZXAGHBOX

Pros: I am seeing a ton of great reviews on this chip tho alot of ppl are complaining about the heat issue. Personally I would try and re-seat the heatsink or double check your bios or fan controll utilities to make sure the cpu fan is running at spec speed. I am running a gigabyte mb with this chip @ 3.0 on stock voltage. Idle 32-34c load mid/high 40'c with the fan @ 3440rpm.

Cons: AMD from time to time changes the style of heatsink. This can be from size, sticker or even the compound of the heatsink(aluminum / copper )

Overall Review: I used the supplied "thermal pad" that came with the stock heatsink simply due to wanting to test the system asap. also another thought....AMD may possibly use differnt heatsinks from time to time. I have noticed when i bought a 7750 kuma it came with a standard heatsink....purchased another a few months later and it came with a amd copper core cooler. Why they do this is beyond me but it DOES happen. The heatsink supplied with my 9950 is the SAME identicle heatsink the came with my second 7750 and its for a lack of better word..amazing for a stock cooler. Im unsure as to how you would go about knowing which sink is included......Just a little food for thought to you guys with heat issues. goodluck

Great quality

Acer V173 b 17" SXGA 1280 x 1024 D-Sub LCD Monitor
Acer V173 b 17" SXGA 1280 x 1024 D-Sub LCD Monitor

Pros: Nice look, the monitor anyway. personally Im not a huge fan of the square base but for the price i can live with it. Picture is crisp and I think the acer ADM software is a lifesaver.

Cons: tacky looking base and no DVI connector

Overall Review: not sure if this is a monitor issue or system issue but in gaming (Grid, NFS undercover, Dirt) after about 10 mins of play the monitor drops signal and i need to reboot my system. has never once done that for standard use, web browsing ect only in gaming :-|