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CORSAIR Hydro Series H60 (CW-9060007-WW)  High Performance Water / Liquid CPU Cooler. 120mm
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Good price with rebate. Once I got it mounted, which took extra effort (see below), the CPU runs under 30 degrees C.

Cons: This suffers from what one reviewer noted as "thin motherboard syndrome". The posts on the backplate extended above the system board, thereby making the assembly very loose, so my first attempt yielded CPU temps in the 40's C.

Other Thoughts: In order to rectify the situation, I had to completely remove the motherboard from the case, due to the fact that I have an older Antec Sonata II, and the other side panel is not removable. To fix the loose posts, I used some thin pieces of cardboard from the motherboard packing as washers on the bottom of the motherboard. If a few, inexpensive fiber washers could be included, that would be helpful with the new, thinner mobo's.

ICY DOCK EZ-Fit Lite MB290SP-B 2 x 2.5” to 3.5” Drive Bay SATA/IDE SSD/HDD Mounting Kit / Bracket / Adapter
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Easy to install the SSD's. I picked this up on a sale deal.

Cons: Not the fault of the manufacturer, as this doesn't quite work with an older Antec Sonata II case. Of course, I've had this case for a number of years and hate to "retire" it.

Other Thoughts: Should have picked up 2 on the sale deal, although I was hesitant knowing that my case is older.

PNY Optima SSD7SC240GOPT-RB 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Good price for a lot of SSD storage.

Cons: I'm replacing a 64GB Crucial for a friend with this and used Clonezilla. I have done two other builds with other SSD's using the software and have had no issues. I did find that after cloning, I had to change the drive letters for the two rotating memory drives, so the system would at least work; some programs were installed on drive D:, since the 64GB was limited in space. Once I had all that fixed and rebooted, the PNY had much slower boot times than the Crucial, plus just navigating through Windows Explorer and browsing the web weren't as snappy. Thinking maybe something was flaky with the clone, I installed Ubuntu 14.04 with the PNY as the only drive. It seems OK, but nowhere near what the Crucial can do. I have an Adata with Win7 on my computer, along with a Samsung with Win8, since my mobo has a boot menu. Both of those drives just work with phenomenal boot times.

Other Thoughts: As one other reviewer noted, this may be dependent upon the controller, although I had a number of "not responding" errors, even after sorting out the drive letters. I didn't change any of the cables - used the same one that the Crucial did.


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Display Name: Michael F.

Date Joined: 12/11/06

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  • First Review: 07/11/12
  • Last Review: 07/14/14
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