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SeaSonic M12II 620 Bronze 620W ATX12V V2.3 / EPS 12V V2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Full Modular Active PFC Power Supply
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: - Very quiet in my application.
- Impressive fit and finish.
- Built like a tank with quality parts.
- Fully modular, not semi-modular.
- Good for HTPC, Media Center PC.
- Flat black color is attractive in most any case build.

Cons: Whether or not it's true, it has been reported that this PSU does not support the latest energy-saving features implemented in the latest Haswell-series Intel CPU's. With that said, my build employs a Core i7-3770 and this PSU functions perfectly with all the energy saving features it has. And I checked to make sure before writing this review.

Other Thoughts: This PSU is currently replaces the 280W LiteOn PSU in a Lenovo H520 Desktop. Since this PSU is larger than the one it replaces, it was a tight fit. It helps immeasurably if you insert the cables you'll need into the PSU BEFORE installing if you have limited rear clearance in your case.
Next month, I will be moving all the innards into a Fractal Design R4 Silent Case as it is used exclusively as a JRiver Media Center/HTPC. I am planning to add dual pairs of Seagate 2TB NAS drives in RAID 1 pairs using an external controller card which this PSU should handle without breaking a sweat. Well, that's unless I go completely bonkers with upgrade fever and swap out the current Lenovo mobo with an ASRock H77M mobo that has on-board RAID and would also allow me to increase the RAM past the Lenovo board's 8GB RAM limit. Would likely spring for a small SSD for the OS and apps as well as invest in a better CPU cooler while I'm at it. It never ends, does it?

WD My Book 3TB USB 3.0/USB 2.0 3.5
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Great Little NAS Drive with BIG Performance 05/30/2014

This review is from: WD My Book 3TB USB 3.0/USB 2.0 3.5" External Hard Drive WDBFJK0030HBK-NESN

Pros: Reasonably quiet.
Great value.
Runs reasonably cool, just keep it well ventilated so you don't fry the poor thing.
Easy to set up.
Ideal for music and media vault duty in most homes.
Distributes different hi-rez music streams to several locations at once without a hiccup.
Works amazingly fast when using JRiver Media Center.

Cons: LED light on the front can be distracting in dark rooms.
Built-in Twonky server app is horrifying slow if you're releying on it as the primary server software over DLNA. This isn't a problem if you're employing a dedicated computer running media server software like JRiver Media Center, Media Monkey and the like.

Other Thoughts: Absurdly easy to set up. I was stunned that it wasn't far more difficult.
This drive is used primarily as the centralized network storage drive for my music library. It serves multiple computers and Android tablets using JRiver Media Center on Gigabit ethernet and Wi-Fi. The tablets mostly pipe the tunes to the ridiculously good G-Boom bluetooth portable speakers (great for shop, garage and outdoors). Most of the music files are in lossless FLAC format so they're quite a bit larger but far better sounding than MP3. This little NAS has had ZERO problems handing five simultaneous music data streams at once.
If this thing dies, I'll likely get another. To get appreciably better, I would have to upgrade to an Intel Zeon-based FreeNAS server running RAID 1 mirroring, with dual Gigabit LAN connections and THAT runs about $1500 and up, waaay up.

Kingston SSDNow V300 Series SV300S37A/120G 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Great Drive - Just keep it cool. 05/30/2014

This review is from: Kingston SSDNow V300 Series SV300S37A/120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: Solid value, especially on sale.
Stable as a rock.
Faster than HDD.
Read speed is great for OS and app loading.
Great OS/Applications drive for casual users.

Cons: Absolutely none so far.

Other Thoughts: Have had this drive since mid-December on a new build using an Intel DZ77GAL-70K mobo and an Intel Core i7-3770 I received as an hand-me-down from my nephew. I use it only for Windows 8.1 OS and MS Office, Photoshop, Nikon Capture NX 2.x and DXO Labs RAW converter and a host of plug-ins, plus the ubiquitous FireFox browser.
So far it stomps the heck out of my Caviar Black 500GB drive which has now been relegated for storage along with a host of other hard disc drives (5 others of varying capacities).
Keep in mind that you need to keep your SSDs cool if you want them to last. Mine is in a drive cage with a dedicated 120mm 1200RPM fan blowing outside room air directly at it. So far the only SSD's I've seen crashing and burning were in cases with mediocre airflow, didn't have a fan blowing directly on it or were sitting where the sun could shine directly on the case through a window (=certain death). NEVER put any solid state device of any kind (routers, cable/dsl modems, switches, etc,) anywhere where sunlight can shine on it if you want it to last.
Like any other solid state device, keep your SSD cool and it should last FAR longer. Let them get warm and it virtually guarantees an early death.


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Display Name: Craig S.

Date Joined: 12/09/02

  • Reviews: 37
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  • First Review: 07/10/06
  • Last Review: 06/03/14
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