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CORSAIR CSM Series CS450M 450W ATX12V v2.4 and EPS 2.92 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Looks nice, appears quality construction, semi-modular construction, cables easy to work with. Fan very quiet and power cord included. Third party reviews are positive.

Cons: Did not work out of the box, potential hassle of rebate. The SATA/PATA/video power cables felt very light weight even when compared to the PS that came in the machine.

Other Thoughts: First off, I have been building computers since the mid 90's and have never had a problem with a power supply. Bought this to install in a Dell Core2Quad machine running Win10 test box I use in the garage. I figured for $25 the swap to a new (Gold cert) power supply would be quick and easy. I messed around with the power supply for over an hour only to find out it was bad out of the box. I even swapped in another know good PS and the Dell worked fine. Swapped in the original PS, requested a refund, and boxed it up this morning.

I know that there is always the potential of stuff not working with Dell machines but swapping the other supply tells me this one is bad.

HP Laptop 350 G1 (G4S61UT#ABA) Intel Core i3 4005U (1.7GHz) 4GB Memory 500GB HDD Intel HD Graphics 4400 15.6
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Windows 7 Pro, optical drive, light weight for size, decent battery life, clear display, and DVI out for projector

Cons: Size (if you are looking for a small machine this is not for you), plastic construction, and unneeded software factory installed

Other Thoughts: Bought this to use at church for MS Publisher, Powerpoint, and to run a projector for Christian education. It does all of these things well but not a great machine for running multiple programs. Keep the open windows down and it does great.

WD Black² Dual Drive 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Mid-2011 Mac Mini Upgraded to Fusion drive 03/02/2015

This review is from: WD Black² Dual Drive 2.5" 120 GB SSD + 1 TB HDD Kit WD1001X06XDTL

Pros: Improved performance and additional storage in the same space as the old drive. Well worth the time and effort. This Mac Mini has been fully hot rodded with this drive, 16Gb of Ram and some other upgrades. My wife uses this for CS and photo tasks.

Cons: The process to set up and install as Fusion drive is tedious and not for those who are not comfortable with doing complex set-up.

Other Thoughts: I have purchased three of these for progressively lower prices and all are installed in Macs as Fusion drives at this time. I find these drives to be a nice balance between speed of SSD and storage of the standard hard drive.


Travis B.'s Profile

Display Name: Travis B.

Date Joined: 09/20/04

  • Reviews: 57
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  • First Review: 09/22/04
  • Last Review: 07/24/15
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