- (October 22, 2004) BACKROUND: My previous system is 3 years old, (an Athlon 1900XP) and while still very good, is showing its age with newer software. In deciding which CPU/mother board combo to purchase, I spent 4 months watching reviews for AMD 64s and P4s at various sites, while tracking prices at Pricegrabber. Based on my results, I decided on the AMD 64 3500. DECIDING PURCHASE FACTORS: Ultimately, I reversed my descision and purchased this unit (AMD Barton Athlon XP 3200+ ) for the following reasons: 1) No 64 bit Operating Sytem available yet(AMD64) 2) Very limited 64 bit optimized software available in the near future (AMD 64) 3) Very limited hyperthreading optimized software available
- (July 08, 2004) This processor is powerful. And if you want to save on household utility bills, you can heat at least one room with it. I’m not joking at all here—it runs that hot. I recommend this processor, only if you are willing to go the extra steps to ensure better CPU cooling. This CPU’s normal operating temperature was near 60-62°C in a PC with: a 4-fan Aluminum Coolermaster Praetorian case, all round system cables, wrapped, and stowed for maximum “wind tunnel” system airflow; no system load; a video card that runs cool; HDDs that run very cool; no overclocking; and on a cool Spring day (60°F ambient room temperature). This was with the stock Intel heat sink and fan. I have m
- (January 15, 2006) I have discontinued this review because as any tech geek knows, times change and better products are manufactured. If you are currently in need of a high end processor then take a look at the Intel Core 2 Duo series. Intel has come back from the edge and has now bested any of AMD's latest offerings. (My review from here was written in March of 2006) When I first got into building power computers for my graduate research a few years back, I said, "Amd, smay-m-d". Nothing was better than a Pentium. Then I noticed the fans in my box making a hell of a whirling sound. Even later, I noticed my BIOS reporting 77 degrees C for the CPU ! (WTF !!!) To cap it off, I saw my friend's AMD box run game
- (08/27/2013) Apple Mac Pro for video editing. It has increased our production due to the speed over our old video card.
- (08/03/2013) As I said, the first board had big problems. However, I will congratulate Provantage with how well the handled the RMA. I informed them of the problems on Wednesday, and had the RMA on Thursday. They paid for the return shipping, and shipped me the replacement board on Friday, before I was able to get the old board to UPS. Very happy with the response, although it would have obviously been better if the first board had been OK
- (08/03/2013) I have been a proud owner of the Corsair Graphite 600T Black/Silver Mid-Tower version for a 6 months now. I've also the opportunity to work on many cases over my 15+ years of tech support work. I looked at the CoolerMaster HAF series, all the Corsair line, and a few others which i wont name( at this time). I eventually ordered am currently using the 600T. I was going to get the white version, but I got a great bundles deal on this one. Overall this is one of the niceset cases I ever worked on. Roomy is an understatement. My reasons for geting this over all the others was price, expandability, and ease wire/cable management. I'm currently running my system with 6 fans internally (yet I can further expand it further, with an additional 4-120 fans on the Mesh sidedoor panel), with Corsair's H60 Liquid Cooling. Furthermore I overclocked my i7-3770 to 4.4 Ghz from 3.5Ghz, all on a Gigabyte mobo with mSata slot, (currently populated with a 90GB mini mSATA SSD. If I have to find fault, it would be that for a few dollars more i could have had both the Mesh AND the windows side panel. At least corsair has tons of accessories to replace or add to this Chasis family. Thanks for reading. Remember this is the Largest Midsize case I have ever seen. All you custom system builders and entree level startups, You CAN"T go wrong buying this case! Enjoy..