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October 11, 2006 6:08:55 AM

OK boys .... we all saw what you hate most .....
lets see what you like most ......

i`ll start

LG-dvd rw...great stuff...not even one failed ....i`m talking expecially lg4163...lg4160......

lg10ah..and lg20ah..are too new too see whether they are reliable or not

ok next..

seagate baracuda 7200.x series ...good stuff.....few of them came back but overall they are good enough....
also the new wd stuff is very good too...wd2500js or ks are good enough and reliable...

i adore the his ice-q stuff .....mine is not ice-q but still a his brand

sony trinitron

gigabyte mobos...they are well cooled and well build

and the list could continue ...but ..i want to hear you guys too :mrgreen: ...what`s you favourite brand or piece of hardware ....also give same reasons ..why that and not samething else

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October 11, 2006 7:00:47 AM

MSI NX6800GT
Man that was a nice video card, loved that thing to death was able to clock passed a Ultra card.

Amd64 San diego 4000+ 1mb cache (crazy mofo :)  )
OCZ Gold Series 2x512 2-2-2-5 timings able to do 235-245 its some of the best ram ive had my hands on Ram voltage being 3.2v Yeah there hungry mofos just like TCCD samsung ram.
Lets see...
Ocz Modstream 520w, super nice psu

ATI Brand x1800xl 256mb great card ive had before.

DFI Lan Party Ultra-D - Man if you like bios options this board will give you options for stuff i dont even know what they mean.

IF anyone says the 7950gx2 sucks ill kill them, i havent owned one but that card is like the 6800ultra its a Epic card.
October 11, 2006 7:07:45 AM

yes Seagate Hard drives are excellent, 6 years old and still goin strong mine is!

Crucial RAM
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October 11, 2006 8:01:14 AM

Quote:
yes Seagate Hard drives are excellent, 6 years old and still goin strong mine is!

Crucial RAM


word..
seagate are well known for that ...

when it cames to old drives .... the one that got away...will live long...

as for the new ones ... i can say that all of them are quite reliable.....maxtor was bought by seagate 8O ...
the faulty ones were either dead ...or fell in minutes..


hardware that i like also:
Hyper psu units.......solid build...nice cable sleeving...great performance .....and i quess what i like the most at this piece of hardware is the power off component protection capability

cooled memory modules.......(many good brands included in here) the metalic cage not only cools the modules but also protects them from mechanical damage

lga775 cage......great ideea..... :wink: ...you can place the cooler in any position ...(square).....unlike socket 462 ..which killed a lot of cpu`s..many inserted the cooler in the wrong position and smashed the exposed die pad of the cpu....

will be back...as soon as i can remember other things that i like ... :p 
October 11, 2006 8:28:42 AM

1. MSI KM4M-L. V. good budget board w/ AGP 8x slot (of course killer slot for the AMD Barton days), and is generally faster than my MSI K8N Neo + Palermo. By faster I mean more responsive to mouseclick on the 'My Computer'.

2. Kingston ValueRAM. We've sold thousands in the past 8 years and never had to replace one (they give a 5 yr warrantee so see how longlife they are). I'm an engineering student and they teach us stats and probabs so I find it very hard to imagine how efficient their manufacturing line or the effectivity of QC team is.

3. Celeron 300. OCed like hell (on stock cooling).

4. The Intel 440BX chipset. Usu paired up with the abovesaid Celly.
October 11, 2006 8:58:38 AM

GF 6600 i have played on many different company makes of this card and the are always great.. for an old midrange card it is the greatest. i still play games on high!
also yes my Seagate is old and still works great :) 
October 11, 2006 9:25:37 AM

Since no one else pointed it out already, I have never loved anything like my opty 165. Great chip.

I also never thought I would enjoy a keyboard as much as my G15. And the whole line of Logitech gaming mice.
October 11, 2006 9:27:36 AM

my hardware loves...

seagate harddrives
gigabyte motherboards
corsair memory
intel :D 
viewsonic monitors

have worked with, sold and own them...

never a disappointing moment (touch wood)
October 11, 2006 9:52:17 AM

I love my Hiper Type R 580w PSU :) 
Also my X800XT
And for some strange reason high end Epox Mobos
a b B Homebuilt system
October 11, 2006 10:29:18 AM

For those of us on tight budgets:

* AMD Barton & 64's, until C2D came out
* Corsair Value ram (I know not everyone likes them, but I've installed in 7 different rigs and haven't had one fail)
* Raidmax cases w/PSU's (haven't had one fail yet, guess I'm lucky)
* ASUS/Gigabyte motherboards, Chaintech for barton core wasn't the best I have had (1st build in 2003)
* Powercolor 9600xt, Saphire (spelling) 9800 pro and x1800xt
* Liteon DVD and CD-R drives
October 11, 2006 10:48:23 AM

Apple ][ Plus / Apple IIe

I grew up on this one, my parents kept various ][ pluses and IIes running with a green screen for 18 years. before upgrading to a P100 in '96 (it was months before I stopped saving stuff on floppys and figured out I could use the HDD for that). It had hundreds of games to play, like Karateka & Moon Patrol, and some good solid office applications, like Bank Street Writer. Nice work Steve.
October 11, 2006 10:53:58 AM

6600gt,850XT,Athlon 2400XP, and my 805D, they are the most solid items ive ever had and still have!
October 11, 2006 11:27:13 AM

Hardware that i love :

Processor ? I've changed too much. I just love the speed.

RAM, if i'm not wrong on name i think it's VSSburst CAS 2 128 SDRAM.

Aopen mobo with its famous unbeatable Intel 440BX chipset.

Voodoo3 3000 AGP 4x and GeForce4 MX 440.

Creative Live! Soundcard

Quantum KA 18.2 GB 7200 RPM with its "breathing" hole. This HDD is a real jet engine when its just spin the platters. And it still alive 'till now.

Teac 4x burner without BurnProof. I throw lots of unsuccesfull CD because of this but i learn how to make backups.

Canon CCD scanner which is take lots of place on my table and Canon BJ210 printer.

LG Studioworks 563N 15" monitor and MAG 986PF 19" Monitor.
October 11, 2006 11:55:10 AM

-Mobile Athlon XP
-Athlon 64s (especially 1M cache ones, like mine)
-P4 Northwoods (especially the 800MHz FSB models)
-Pentium M (start of the Core architecture)
-Pentium 3 (predecessor of teh Core architecture)
-65nm Celeron D (4GHz+ on stock cooling)
-65nm Celeron M (Core Solo with less L2 cache)
-9700/9800Pro (amazing in its prime; still plays any game out there)
-7300GT GDDR3 (amazing for the price; too bad it disappeared from newegg)
-Cheap X1800XTs
-Voodoo5 5500 (Two GPU's on one card. In the year 2000.)
-Seagate HDDs
-Floppy Drives
October 11, 2006 12:00:07 PM

always been a fan of DFI mobo's
(hoping that their nforce 590 intel will be good :p  )

indeed seagate owns

just got the MX revolution for my birthday (yes it's today!! 8) :wink: )
and it ROCKS

love my samsung syncmaster lcd screen
a b B Homebuilt system
October 11, 2006 12:13:43 PM

Quote:
1. MSI KM4M-L. V. good budget board w/ AGP 8x slot (of course killer slot for the AMD Barton days), and is generally faster than my MSI K8N Neo + Palermo. By faster I mean more responsive to mouseclick on the 'My Computer'.

2. Kingston ValueRAM. We've sold thousands in the past 8 years and never had to replace one (they give a 5 yr warrantee so see how longlife they are). I'm an engineering student and they teach us stats and probabs so I find it very hard to imagine how efficient their manufacturing line or the effectivity of QC team is.

3. Celeron 300. OCed like hell (on stock cooling).

4. The Intel 440BX chipset. Usu paired up with the abovesaid Celly.


Ah yes, number 3 and 4 are the sweet spot.
I remember my Abit BH6, (Intel 440BX) Celeron 300A @ 450 mhz.
Faster than a Pentium II @ 450mhz, and cost 1/3 as much.
Stock cooling, ran cool and solid, those had to be the best piece of hardware/perfomance/price ratio deal of all time.
Those were the days!
October 11, 2006 12:44:11 PM

An Oldie but a goodie.

I always liked my old SOYO Dragon+ for the Socket A Platform. Worked well raid built on. Just a nice solid board (for me anyway...no OC or anything crazy)

My older Sony CD-RW ...it was only 8X when i bought it in 99' and it actually still works to this day (although bundled with crap software)
October 11, 2006 12:47:37 PM

-floppy drives ??

Funny story.... have a plethora of old floppy drives runnin around....but went to do some bios flashing on a system that wasnt working....NO FLOPPIES looked all over the house...and not a floppy to be found.
October 11, 2006 1:21:27 PM

Quote:
Hardware that i love :

Processor ? I've changed too much. I just love the speed.

RAM, if i'm not wrong on name i think it's VSSburst CAS 2 128 SDRAM.

Aopen mobo with its famous unbeatable Intel 440BX chipset.

Voodoo3 3000 AGP 4x and GeForce4 MX 440.

Creative Live! Soundcard

Quantum KA 18.2 GB 7200 RPM with its "breathing" hole. This HDD is a real jet engine when its just spin the platters. And it still alive 'till now.

Teac 4x burner without BurnProof. I throw lots of unsuccesfull CD because of this but i learn how to make backups.

Canon CCD scanner which is take lots of place on my table and Canon BJ210 printer.

LG Studioworks 563N 15" monitor and MAG 986PF 19" Monitor.


Speaking of voodoo cards
My voodoo2 3dfx was pretty sweet back in the day
a b B Homebuilt system
October 11, 2006 1:26:28 PM

"Speaking of voodoo cards
My voodoo2 3dfx was pretty sweet back in the day"

I second that, unfortunately I had a PCI version:( 
October 11, 2006 3:13:54 PM

Yeah, Voodoo was the one before.
If i remember well with Voodoo5 with its dual GPU (i didn't buy it though, my friend did, it costs too much) you really need to change your casing just to put this card. It was a huge card.

Floppy disk/drive ? Yes, a 1.44MB floppy. I love this hardware, i think everybody love it too. It's the only hardware who can exist for nearly 20 years in the history of PC.
October 11, 2006 3:29:12 PM

Athlon XP-M CPU - It served me well, moved it over to my HTPC since I have a C2D system now

IBM Deskstar 75GXP 60GB - A.K.A. the IBM "Deathstar" from 2000. It never gave me problems and I'm still using it.

Seasonic S12 500 - Great PSU. Quiet & Efficient.

Planar PX191 LCD - Not a gamer's LCD (16ms - 20ms response time GTG) , but I like it a lot. I don't think any company can beat their product support policy. I'm hoping they will release a 20" or 21" LCD in their PX line.

Corsiar RAM - Never let me down.
October 11, 2006 3:40:07 PM

I always liked my XP2800 that worked great for me for almost 3 years and still runs well enough for my brother now.
My old 200GB seagate has never let me down and my Logitech mx518 mouse also rocks.
As far as newer stuff goes, my 19" Samsung LCD does the job nicely.
October 11, 2006 3:53:27 PM

My favorites so far is AVD4400+, MSI NEO2 Platinum, BenQ LCD.
October 11, 2006 4:12:36 PM

I also loved my P3 800 and GeForce 256 (not 256 mb ;) ) Strangely it ran games better than my mates FX5600, i think his card was bust though :p 
October 11, 2006 5:05:12 PM

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"Speaking of voodoo cards
My voodoo2 3dfx was pretty sweet back in the day"

I second that, unfortunately I had a PCI version:( 


I used to have a Voodoo2 PCI 8MB... there were 3 graphics chips on it... and you could plug two of those cards in your PC, connected together with a ribbon cable... reminds me of some "recent technology"...



this card was awesome... especially for playing UT (coded for Glide) : on this game, it ran as well as TNT2 32MB...
October 11, 2006 5:09:19 PM

1. nVidia nForce Mobo's-most others I have tried were never as rock solid as theirs...especially the NF7-S2 by ABIT

2. Ti series vid cards

3. AMD Mobile Bartons: Overclock like a mofo. Especially liked the "wire trick"

4. Hanns-G LCD monitors. Perfect picture, bright, fast, cool looking and $100 AR for a 19"?!?! Fuhgettaboutit!

5. ITX or Nano mobos. Yah, bigger, faster, better IS a lot of fun and way cool...but designing and building ultra small systems is cool, too. But sometimes size DOES matter...

A few years ago my GF and I were in a crowded bar when I pulled my new, tiny cellphone out of my front pants pocket to show her. She gasped, painted down to my phone and exclaimed WAY too loudly "That is the smallest one I have ever seen"!!!

Wanna get away??? lol
October 11, 2006 5:52:05 PM

Quote:
"Speaking of voodoo cards
My voodoo2 3dfx was pretty sweet back in the day"

I second that, unfortunately I had a PCI version:( 


I used to have a Voodoo2 PCI 8MB... there were 3 graphics chips on it... and you could plug two of those cards in your PC, connected together with a ribbon cable... reminds me of some "recent technology"...

3dfx invented SLI (at the time, it stood for Scan Line Interleave), and they were acquired by nVidia in 2000.
October 11, 2006 7:18:58 PM

Quote:
My Rosewill 19" LCD monitor. Ex g/f threw a big glass of water on it and yet it still works great.


Is that why she's your ex?
October 11, 2006 8:10:46 PM

Quote:
My Rosewill 19" LCD monitor. Ex g/f threw a big glass of water on it and yet it still works great.


Is that why she's your ex?

LOL
post of the day :D 
October 11, 2006 8:25:29 PM

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3dfx invented SLI (at the time, it stood for Scan Line Interleave), and they were acquired by nVidia in 2000.


I know... nVidia even said they had called their Geforce 5 series "FX" to refer to the integration of 3Dfx into nVidia... Not a great honor for 3dfx if you consider how crappy geforce FX were (my G4Ti4200 used to run better than a friend's FX 5600)
October 11, 2006 9:23:43 PM

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3dfx invented SLI (at the time, it stood for Scan Line Interleave), and they were acquired by nVidia in 2000.


I know... nVidia even said they had called their Geforce 5 series "FX" to refer to the integration of 3Dfx into nVidia... Not a great honor for 3dfx if you consider how crappy geforce FX were (my G4Ti4200 used to run better than a friend's FX 5600)

If that's true, then 3dfx died a terrible death.
October 11, 2006 10:40:30 PM

Yeah i knew that voodoo had this sli thingy built in but at the time just after i got it i got my hands on a nvidia asus tnt2 32mb card which was real nice for the time being.

And btw the FX5900Ultra (either 128 or 256mb) was real nice, but that was the only nice card out of the fx series.
October 11, 2006 10:43:25 PM

Man back when the 9800xt came out i wanted that sooooo bad i still love that card. Its another one of the Epic cards like the 6800ultra and 7950gx2
a b B Homebuilt system
October 11, 2006 11:03:32 PM

I had an Amdek 310A amber monitor in the late 80's that was always crisp and clean; great for text work.

I had a Tripplite 450W UPS; it would power on "cold" unlike a lot of units of its day. I bought a house and before the utilities were on I had to do some stuff in it so I took that UPS over there with a 60w bulb and had plenty of light. I think my sister might have it now; not sure. It's needed a couple of battery changes and an internal fuse change, but has worked well for 20 years.
October 11, 2006 11:46:16 PM

I would certainly put my hand up for my Athlon XP2000+ and Radeon 9700PRO combo I once had. My friend has it now. Ran everything without a hitch (still does, for most titles), hehe, it has gone through two Maxtor 30GB drives, but that is a different story alltogether.

Also can't forget the good ol' budget Geforce2 MX400! for however cheap it was it ran most things pretty well.
October 11, 2006 11:53:37 PM

ATI 9800pro. Killer card.

Patriot memory. When i bought the 2 gigs of DDR1 i have from them it had some of the lowest latency/$ (might still be that way). Doesn't OC half bad either.

Coolermaster Centurion cases. They are a little quirky when it comes to removing the front bezel but they're build quality is amazing for the price (30-50 dollars!).
October 12, 2006 6:50:43 AM

aahhh yes...

the days of having a ''piggy-back'' 3d card. i remember when my friend got a canopus card, we all went to see his quake 1 framerate!!!

my 3dfx voodoo3 - 3000 16mb agp, now THAT was state of the art when I bought it!
October 12, 2006 6:56:46 AM

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aahhh yes...

the days of having a ''piggy-back'' 3d card. i remember when my friend got a canopus card, we all went to see his quake 1 framerate!!!

my 3dfx voodoo3 - 3000 16mb agp, now THAT was state of the art when I bought it!


great stuff dudes ...keep it caming

yahhh..those were the days ..... i remember when i got my first gf2mx200
......max payne ruled
October 12, 2006 4:06:22 PM

Ohh another card i put in my "epic" catagory.

GeForce4 Ti 4800 Amazing card.
October 12, 2006 6:08:07 PM

the best graphics cards of all time is definitly Voodoo2 and Geforce 256

other than that I have to say the Amiga 600 is one of the best gaming comps of all time


oh and Razer mouses (mice?)
October 12, 2006 6:16:45 PM

love my
epox mpv3gs mother bd and k6-2,500 [any one wanna give me thier k-3 ?]
lite-on cd[r] s
logitec trackman Marble [not made anymore]
the wheel version [ is smaller=dang french]

this is still my back up to my 3.2 gig amd system ,and used to test other components
October 13, 2006 12:12:06 AM

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I love my Hiper Type R 580w PSU :) 


And I love mine too. Never had a bad time with a Seagate drive either.

I like my eVGA 7900GT. Nice quiet card.

I loved my old GeForce4 GPU. Had to put that one to pasture last year as it didn't have Pixel Shader 3 support. Stupidly bought a 6200 card to get going again - I wanted a 6600, but they weren't in stock and I wanted to play that weekend. Like I said, stupid me.

I liked my first CD-ROM drive. Single speed, had built in play functions you could control from the front with it's own headphone jack and volume control knob... Ah, memories. I didn't need to run any kind of program to play my music CDs.

Oh and my old Comodore64 especially after getting a 1541 disk drive. Tapes were such a PITA.
October 13, 2006 12:31:32 AM

My Opteron 170, my first dual core CPU. Love being able to multitask without slowdowns.
October 17, 2006 12:48:25 AM

Well - you can all laugh - but I'm running a 1G PIII now with 512MB. Bought it in 2000 I think, with 128MB and a TNT2 card and Win ME. Huge upgrade from my 486. Yep. 486. Anyway, this worked fine ( since we weren't gamers) until my daughter came home with a zoo simulator game from the school book fair running in 3d (DX8 I think). Daughter was all excited - we loaded the game and got literally about 3 seconds per frame. Well - that sent me to this forum where a friendly poster sent me looking for a Ti4200. $40 on ebay later, we were in business - that was a great card.

I wound up giving a friend the Ti4200 (and some $) since the 9700pro (used) I had bought for his new build was giving me fits on an NF2 board. It just wouldn't install no matter the drivers, etc. The Ti4200 worked fine.

So, now I still have the PIII with the 9700pro - and I'm amazed at the performance (relatively speaking). We don't do much to tax the machine except rip CD's and play some Harry Potter Quiddich and TrackMania games - and I'm impressed with the performance for the age of the equipment and the money invested.

I just bought a S754 A64 3200+, MB, GF6600GT, and Antec 430W PS all for $110 on ebay to build my second machine - it'll be interesting to compare the two. I know - its already way outdated - but for the money - I couldn't pass it up.
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