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SILVERSTONE ST1500 1500W ATX 12V 2.3 & EPS 12V SLI Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Active PFC Full Modular Power Supply
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Modular, which doesn't mean much if it doesn't work

Cons: Apparently it can't power a single hard drive

Other Thoughts: Everything was great until I powered it on and it failed less than ten seconds into the boot cycle after adding a single 250GB hard drive. Confused, I switched the power cable AND the SATA cable out and it still failed as soon as the hard drive spooled up. Suspecting the hard drive, I put it in one of my other machines and it worked perfectly, initializing in Windows, transferring files and everything. I then took a completely different hard drive out of another machine and plugged into the ST1500 and the same exact thing happened: complete failure within ten seconds of applying power. The fan stops and everything on the mobo goes dark. I even disconnected the video cards, the SATA connection from the hard drive and everything else except the CPU and RAM with the same result. I tried all of the six pin ports and it still failed. The only way I could get it to work was unplug the hard drive and it would work just fine.

Summary: PSU fails anytime any hard drive is connected.

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Rosewill CHALLENGER - Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Three Included Fans - 1 x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1 x Top 140mm Fan, 1 x Rear 120mm Fan - Two More Optional Side 120mm Fans Supported
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Great price, roomy, 140mm fan included, front fan included, plenty of 5.25 bays, decent room for additional hard drives, accomodates a HyperCooler 212 Evo for the CPU, good room for routing wires out of sight on the backside

Cons: No multi-card reader, included fans could be considered loud, foam dust filter in front is nearly impossible to reach for cleaning, blue LEDs are included (mine is stuffed under a desk, so its not a big deal for me), some of the USB/audio/fan wires are a little short, but nothing terribly problematic depending on your mobo

Other Thoughts: I picked this case for my first DIY build back in 2010 and its still excellent more than three years later. I've changed motherboards, hard drives and video cards more than a couple of times and everything fits with ease with great cooling. Initially this was built as a family PC, but soon morphed into a full-time HTPC/NAS/Family PC/anything else you can do with a PC and has now become my BF4 gaming rig since I built a separate dedicated HTPC/NAS. I could add a few more fans if I wanted to, but the HyperCooler 212 Evo does a great job on my slightly overclocked AMD 1055T six core. I'm also running two GTX 560s in SLI and everything stays nice and cool, allowing me to run BF4 on High with ease at 1080p, all with the original fans still going strong. I might consider some extra cooling with a beefier GPU to try running BF4 on Ultra, but I'm totally satisfied with this. Its such a good case that I'm doing a build for my mother-in-law with the same case in the next couple of weeks.

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NETGEAR XAV101-100NAR Powerline AV Ethernet Adapter Up to 200Mbps
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs Excellent for the price! 12/30/2009

This review is from: NETGEAR XAV101-100NAR Powerline AV Ethernet Adapter Up to 200Mbps

Pros: Ridiculously easy to set up and use. I literally plugged both units into the wall outlets, plugged one ethernet cable from the router to the powerline, another from the powerline to the PS3, turned on the PS3 and BAM, wired internet. I can now stream full quality HD videos to my PS3 with DTS sound with zero stuttering. Set up literally took less than three minutes with no driver install (if you already have a router) or anything complicated at all. Best networking purchase I've ever made (other than my WRT54 router, of course).

Cons: No pass through plug, so choose your outlet wisely. Also, the included ethernet cables are a bit short, so plan ahead with wiring. I anticipated this and already had a longer cable handy.

Other Thoughts: Great if you only need one connection, but a better featured adapter with a 4 port switch or something like that would be better for a larger network.

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Display Name: James A.

Date Joined: 12/26/09

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  • First Review: 12/30/09
  • Last Review: 01/25/14
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