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CORSAIR CX-M series CX500M 500W 80 PLUS BRONZE Active PFC ATX12V & EPS12V Modular Power Supply
  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: - Only $35.99 after $20 MIR at Newegg
- Quiet
- Modular
- Includes zip ties
- 500W is more than enough power for the average user

Cons: - Main connector cable a bit too long for mid-sized towers and therefore takes up a lot of room
- SATA cables are very rigid so it can be hard to twist them into the correct direction to plug into devices (minus one egg for this)

Other Thoughts: Overall a great PSU, especially if you're upgrading from a non-modular unit. Now my case isn't so full of cables!

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CORSAIR CX-M series CX500M 500W 80 PLUS BRONZE Active PFC ATX12V & EPS12V Modular Power Supply
  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Easy install
Silent
Modular means less cables and better airflow

Cons: Absolutely none

Other Thoughts: Bought this here at Newegg for $36 after rebate. Now I see it's $1 less.

This PSU replaced a non-modular Thermaltake PSU. There was nothing wrong with my old one which I had been using for several years, but the conversion to a modular PSU made it much easier for me to tinker inside my tower without having cables in the way.

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Toshiba 128GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) HDTS212XZSWA
  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

3 out of 5 eggs Installation issues 11/10/2013

This review is from: Toshiba 128GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) HDTS212XZSWA

Pros: Price - Got this for $80 here at Newegg

Includes transfer cables, clone software, mounting bracket

Speeds up boot up/shut down times, apps open faster

Cons: Clone software - I cloned the OS partition of my old drive to the SSD but for some reason I could not use either drive to boot up afterwards. It seems the boot files somehow got messed up and the only fix was to use the Windows install disc and its repair function, which is fine... if you have the install disc. Luckily I was able to [legally] download one online on my laptop. If the software was just cloning the OS partition then I have no idea why the original partition could get messed up because I couldn't boot off of it after when the SSD wasn't working. Perhaps this issue could have been avoided if I used a different software.

System freezes - I'm not sure if it's an issue with the drive or with Windows 7, but I've noticed the system freezes more often than when I was on a regular HDD.

Other Thoughts: While boot times are definitely faster, I'm not getting 4-second star ups. This probably has to do with the fact that my system's a few years old though.

Installation was definitely a huge pain in the behind and there were many headaches but things were better once the drive was finally up and running.

I've got the SSD connected to a SATA 3 6GB/s controller card since my motherboard didn't have enough SATA connections and was limited to 2GB/s. I may try connecting it directly to the mobo sometime to see if that helps reduce the system freeze issue though.

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Display Name: Anonymous

Date Joined: 11/09/13

  • Reviews: 3
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  • First Review: 11/10/13
  • Last Review: 11/26/13
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