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Kingston SSDNow V300 Series SV300S37A/240G 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Low price
Not the best performance, but you won't notice it (entitlement much?)

Cons: firmware issues

Other Thoughts: I have been having issues with both my v300 series SSDs (a 120GB and a 240GB) where Windows hangs up, and upon restart, neither SSD is recognized by the BIOS. Troubleshooting ensued, and there was much wailing and gnashing of teeth.

The problem seems to have been solved by updating both drives to the latest 525ABBF0 firmware (after previously having shed many a nerdy tear over 505 vs 506 firmware issues). The firmware updates via special software that can be found on Kingston's website. It worked without complaint.

Points to Kingston for fixing the problem, and slaps on the wrist for the problem existing in the first place.

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ASRock Z75 Pro3 LGA 1155 Intel Z75 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: asdf

Cons: jkl;

Other Thoughts: Both the SATA 3 ports randomly stopped working one day.

Plugged the SSDs that were in those slots into the SATA 2 ports and kept on working.

Not going to bother with all the hassle of dismantling my build and RMAing just to replace a motherboard for an ageing 1155 socket.

Not happy with my purchase, but not horribly dissatisfied either. Hey, it's almost $60....

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Fractal Design Define R4 with Window Arctic White Silent ATX Mid Tower Case
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Built like a tank, silent, and dust-free

Cons: If the bottom dust filter could be pulled out the side, instead of the back, would make cleaning a bit easier.

Other Thoughts: I have mine set up so that it cools primarily via heat convection. The top vents are open, the rear exhaust is closed off, and the bottom and front intake spots all have 140mm fans, all spinning as low as the PWM will let them.

The i5 3570K is running at stock speeds, as is my Radeon 7850, and everything is slightly undervolted. I wanted mid-range, powerful components and longevity, so no overclocking for me.

Very happy with this case and its quietness.

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Thomas T.'s Profile

Display Name: Thomas T.

Date Joined: 12/11/11

  • Reviews: 23
  • Helpfulness: 7
  • First Review: 08/25/13
  • Last Review: 09/06/14
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