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Pros: I have owned this hard drive for SIX YEARS with zero issues. Just in case it croaks I'm currently using it as a backup drive, but it's no slower than when it was new.
Cons: Due to all the new builds I've cycled this warrior through, the SATA port is a bit wobbly - and roughly 1/10 boots the system won't recognize the drive. It's been doing this for about three years, but there are zero drive errors so it's merely a mild inconvenience. A single restart fixes this EVERY time.
Other Thoughts: Probably a better deal to get something higher-end these days, but this is the most reliable single piece of hardware I've ever owned, period.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: This thing COMPLETELY blows away everything I throw at it. I have yet to test anything above 1024x768 resolution due to being stuck with an old CRT monitor, but Bioshock, COD4, Oblivion, and source games all run FLAWLESSLY at absolute maximum settings - AA and AF higher than cheech and chong combined. the Crysis demo runs pretty decent (20-40 fps about) on a mix of high and medium settings and at full strength minus AA if I switch to 800x600; this setback is almost certainly due to my apparently insufficient RAM though. After coming from an integrated GeForce 6100, I'm absolutely in awe of what I've been missing!
Cons: I had some self-inflicted trouble with ordering (credit card issue) and the package thus arrived a bit later than I'd hoped. Also, I had some issues installing, but this was because I was so excited to finally have the thing that I forgot to completely uninstall my integrated card BEFORE inserting the new one. Once I realized my error, it took 10 minutes if not less to install all the drivers.
So just to make sure, disable your intergrated graphics and then do a restart to be certain they're disabled and won't try to re-enable.
Other Thoughts: my specs:
Biostar Tforce 6100 939 microATX mobo w/ Athlon X2 3800 (OC'ed to 2.2 Ghz)
1 gig DDR 400 Kingston RAM
80 GB Maxtor IDE HDD
500W Aspire PSU
This review is from: ENCORE ENL832-TX-RENT Fast Ethernet Adapter 10/ 100Mbps PCI 1 x RJ45
Pros: This card is unbelievable for the price. I bought it because alot of people had trouble with my motherboard's onboard LAN, and I didn't want to take any chances. It comes in an adorably tiny little box, and works perfectly without installing any drivers manually.
This little thing is FAST! it doesn't hold back my 1.2 MBPs connection at all (every other system in my house seems to peak at 70-80 KBPS), and downloads are blazingly fast - they even sometimes reach 1 MBPS, on a router even!
THey shipped my entire new rig to my ALTERNATE shpping address, which caused alot of confusion, and worst of all, left it all outside in the freezing minnesotan cold! if it had snowed, my $600 dollars of parts would have been utterly ruined.
Other Thoughts: my setup:
AMD Athlon X2 3800
Biostar TForce 6100
Intergrated GeForce 6100
2x512 MB PATRIOT memory
ASPIRE X-Navigator case
500 watt PSU
This network card
Display Name: Samuel W.
Date Joined: 10/30/05
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