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Rosewill R379-M Black/ Silver 0.8mm SGCC Steel Slim MicroATX Computer Case with ATX12V Flex 300W Power Supply
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Lots of space, case quality seems good. Plenty of room to install extra drives if you know what you are doing.

Cons: Laser bright power LED and bright flashy red HDD LED. Case fan is also loud. These issues can however be corrected (See below). I do not like how the CD drawer does not stay closed if the case is used in a horizontal configuration. This forces you to use the case vertically, I would not have bought this case if I knew this beforehand. I will deduct one egg for this.

Other Thoughts: To dim the power button, pull the green wire Pled+ wire and cut it about 3 " back from the black MB connector. Insert a 11k ohm 1/2 Watt or larger resistor in this wire. For the overly bright HDD LED, cut the red HDD connector wire likewise about 3" back from the black connector and insert a 7.5k ohm 1/2 watt or larger resistor. These changes will dim the LED's quite well for use as a HTPC. For the overly noisy case fan, cut the red wire going to the case fan and insert a 100 ohm 1/2 watt or larger resistor. This will drop the case fan to approx. 1100 rpms and quiet it down substantially. Be sure to insulate all of the bare wires, heat shrink is best but electrical tape will work in a pinch. These changes make this case a much better HTPC case option.

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Actiontec PWR511K01 500Mbps Powerline Network Adapter Kit Up to 500Mbps
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  • Owned For: less than 1 day

Pros: Cheap and they do connect with each other!

Cons: You get what you pay for! Connection speed is 12 - 16 Mbps which is worse than my wifi connection and worse than my 5 year old 200 Mbps AC adapters. Adapters were only used for a hour or so at a time, but they were getting quite warm. As other reviewers have stated, this is likely to cause issues down the road.

Other Thoughts: Pure junk! Returning My first and last Actiontec purchase.
I bought these 500Mbps adapters to replace a pair of 5 year old Zyxel 200Mbps adapters that had recently quit working.
My 5 year old AC adapters were capable of 40 -50 Mbps in the exact same AC sockets. I need a reliable 25 Mbps connection for streaming from my Silicondust tuners, these adapters were not even capable of that. I tried moving the second adapter around to different AC sockets throughout the house and the only thing that affected the speed was when the second adapter was installed in a socket on the alternate phase of power in which case the download speed dropped to around 4 - 6 Mbps. Do yourself a favor and buy some quality adapters from a good company. To the manufacturer, don't bother replying, these have been sent back for a refund.

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Kingston SSDNow V+100 SVP100S2/96G 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Low cost, paid less than .80/gb AFTER REBATE. Almost 1 year old and still running fine. Much faster than the 640 gb WD black drive it replaced.

Cons: Speed is not as good as SSD models in the similar price class. Wish I had bought 2 of them when the prices were low.

Other Thoughts: Hard to complain about the speed when many of the SSD competitors have horrible reliability issues.

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Richard C.'s Profile

Display Name: Richard C.

Date Joined: 06/10/09

  • Reviews: 6
  • Helpfulness: 3
  • First Review: 11/26/10
  • Last Review: 07/10/14
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