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Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2CCA 2.5
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: -SPEED
-Price/Size ratio is good.
-DOUBLE the speeds in Raid 0
-Reliable
-Unparalleled firmware support(0009) update improved speeds 30% for me.
-517mb/s Sequential Read Speed
205mb/s Sequential Write Speed
In RAID 0
1022mb/s Read
217mb/s Write

Cons: -Takes a little tweaking to set up an SSD for the first time, but once you get it figured all out and get it runnning in top speed it's worth it. It's fairly new technology so you can't expect seamless plug and play.

Other Thoughts: I have never owned a high performance hard drive, when I built my new PC, I was going strictly for budget and had a WD Caviar Green 5400RPM Drive. It was $50 at the time so it did it's job well. Now it's my other drive. I finally upgraded to an i7 2600k,new ASUS p8p67 pro rev 3.1, a second HD6850 for CF, and an SSD. Well worth it you will not regret buying this drive unless you get a defective unit which is ALWAYS a possibility with anything you buy. I haven't dealed with their customer support fortunately.

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CORSAIR Gaming Series GS700 700W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: -Good power. 56A on 12V.
-Looks nice
-LCD with button to change colors (red/white/blue) and turn off.
-Black sleeved LONG cables that look good.
-Runs cool and quiet for the most part, it has a slight humming noise that isn't audible over my quiet PC. Most people probably wouldn't notice.

Runs an i7 2600k, OC 4.7Ghz 1.36Vcore
2x4GB Corsair Vengeance 1600
2x PowerColor HD6850's CF
7x Case fans, 2 CPU Cooler fans, 3GPU Cooler fans(and its own PSU fan) so it runs.. 13 fans total, none smaller than 120mm, except the 3 GPU fans
1x Fan controller
1x SATA DVD Combo drive
2x Crucial M4 SATA III SSD's
1xWD Caviar Green 5400rpm HD
1xXonar DG Sound Card/Headphone Amplifier
3x+- USB devices
on a ASUS P8P67 Pro rev 3.1

Cons: -A tad expensive. I was looking for a 750+ watt for my crossfire setup, but I settled for this for 115$ at Best Buy. My second option was a ThermalIntake Black Widow 850 Watt which is modular but I regret not getting that instead.

Other Thoughts: I originally bought a Corsair CX600 and ran this system on it. Worked fine until I installed the second card. Everything turned off when I started AS:Revelations (after 24 hours of use) the PSU didn't fail but the MB and CPU are fried. Never found out why but pretty sure it was insufficient power, or a faulty PSU or MB. Should've gotten the GS800 for my particular situation but I didn't research first. But the GS700 works for low powered cards like the 6850. Two of them only pull a little over 200 watts at load. One 460 pulls that itself. So I would recommend it but make sure you researh first.

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ASUS Xonar DG 5.1 Channels 24-bit 96KHz PCI Interface Sound Card
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs SUPERB soundcard/amp for headphones!!!! 12/17/2011

This review is from: ASUS Xonar DG 5.1 Channels 24-bit 96KHz PCI Interface Sound Card

Pros: -Has built in amplifier that supports headphones with upto 150ish ohms(MOST headphones) but it will still power all headphones well even if its not perfect.

-Is better or the same then DS and DX models for headphones only.

-Really brings headphones to life. Whole new sound and it is an incredibly huge difference.. 100% improvement from onboard sound.

-Even though it has an older sound processor for speakers it is still high quality and sounds better than most onboard sound for speakers.

-Automatically detects Front mic/headphone input and the headphone amp DOES work for the front input on your case as long as you plug it into the sound card.

Cons: -Only supports 5.1 surround sound and is an older sound processor but it still sounds better than onboard.

-Connecter for Case front panel feels flimsy, I thought I broke it when I plugged it in but it's okay. I'll probably never remove it again though.

-You have to make sure you don't set the ohms on the Xonar software too high or you could blow your headphones. You should read up on it before you mess with the settings. You will know if they are going to blow because you will hear crackling and other noises if the power is too much. This is more of a pro because you know its pumping plenty of juice to your cans.

Other Thoughts: -I bought this card off another website due to having a free month of Prime(free 2day and $3 overnight shipping on most items) but I usually order from Newegg so I figure I'd drop a review here too.

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Patrick K.'s Profile

Display Name: Patrick K.

Date Joined: 11/17/07

  • Reviews: 24
  • Helpfulness: 8
  • First Review: 12/21/07
  • Last Review: 02/17/12
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