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This review is from: SAMSUNG 840 EVO 2.5" 500GB SATA III TLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) MZ-7TE500BW
Pros: Amazing performance. (Burst at 1.2 GB/Sec, 600 MB/s sustained on my SATA 2.0 interface with >2GB .iso transfer) The best performance of any SSD I have ever purchased.
Reasonable value $/GB.
Samsung Quality and 3-year warranty.
Less weight than a platter drive
You can mount it anywhere. :)
Cons: Still not as cheap $/GB as a platter drive, but for four times the performance, I'm willing to accept one-fourth the capacity for the money!
Other Thoughts: The reliability ratings on the SSDs from the top tier (Crucial/Micron, Intel, Samsung) are on-par or surpass the top platter manufacturers for most platter-based products (WD, Seagate, etc.) so you should give them a try. Make sure you have a decent power supply, dirty power can cause issues that appear to be bad SSDs. I have had great experience with Samsung drives. Remember, if it hasn't been published, BACK IT UP!READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: LOGISYS Computer PS480D-BK 480W ATX12V Power Supply
Pros: Fantastic, unbeatable value, low cost, superior reliability. This thing is still going strong. Perfect for a budget build.
Cons: Only one small fan. Fan bearing seized up after 2+ years under my desk. Still powering my computer just fine another year later because my case fan pulls a significant amount of air backwards through the power supply... possibly the reason the PSU fan failed! I got one of these with a computer case but moved it over to another case and purchased an expensive PSU for the person that wanted the case.
Other Thoughts: After 4+ years, PSU board shows significant heat discoloration. This is not really a 480 Watt PSU, but it can handle short bursts near that! It is only rated for 330 Watts, so don't plan on using this with a huge video card or ten hard drives. It has been great on my quad core system with several USB-powered peripherals and card reader.
Phenom II X2 560 (unlocked to quad-core B60).
Pros: This is a great value. I have not had any real issues with this motherboard. Everything works great, Windows 7 Professional installed flawlessly, very pleased. This is the only motherboard I have every bought that I could boot into linux through the BIOS.
Cons: Not the motherboard's fault, but I really dislike the mounting method for the CPU heatsinks for the 1155 socket.
Other Thoughts: I have built a lot of computers, and tend to build on the budget-minded side.
I splurged and bought XMP enabled DDR3-2133 RAM, but although it ran fine for several hours, everytime I rebooted it errored and defaulted the RAM back to slower speeds. Not sure whether it is the RAM, CPU, or MoBo limitation, but was satisfied with the performance running at DDR3-1600 speeds.
Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000
MSI Z68A-G45 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2133 (PC3 17000) Desktop Memory
LG CD/DVD Burner Black SATA Model GH22NS70 OEM - OEM
LG Black Super Multi SATA WH12LS30 LightScribe Support - OEM
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3R HE103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000
Logitech Z623 200 w 2.1 Speaker System, THX-Certified