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APEX MJ-16 Black Steel MicroATX Mini Tower Computer Case ATX12V SFX 250W Power Supply
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Inexpensive solid case for a micro-ATX setup. I needed one that could support 2 hard drives and it handles them fine. Easy to assemble parts in it. 250W power supply seems to work fine (I did have to replace it in a second system I built with a more powerful graphics card).

Cons: The rear case fan is loud!

Other Thoughts: I actually stopped using the rear case fan, and the system temperature holds steady at about 35C no matter what I throw at it.

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VMware Fusion (Old Version)
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Nearly perfect 06/10/2008

This review is from: VMware Fusion (Old Version)

Pros: Works great to get not only Windows on a Mac, but also to virtualize Linux and other compatible operating systems. I use it primarily to run one game under XP Pro. I tried Parallels first, but my game didn't run on that.

Cons: Umm, it's not free?

Other Thoughts: The one game I bought this for causes all sorts of nasty lockups when I try to run it in Unity view, but Unity works seamlessly otherwise.

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areca ARC-1160 PCI-X 64bit/133MHz SATA II (3.0Gb/s) PCI-X to SATA II Controller Card
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Slight problem with cabling, but otherwise great 04/29/2008

This review is from: areca ARC-1160 PCI-X 64bit/133MHz SATA II (3.0Gb/s) PCI-X to SATA II Controller Card

Pros: Does what it says, and is easy to configure and set up. I used it as a RAID 6 with 10x500GB disks in Fedora Core 7.

Cons: This is probably a critique of the SATA cable connector, but when plugging cables along the back side of the board, it's easy for them to slide out, especially when they are stacked one on top of another. I thought I had a bad disk once, but it was just an unplugged cable that slipped out of its connector.

Other Thoughts: Fortunately, it does background building and rebuilds, so you can work on the RAID array while it works behind the scenes. Otherwise, it will take all night to build them.

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Michael W.'s Profile

Display Name: Michael W.

Date Joined: 04/03/08

  • Reviews: 6
  • Helpfulness: 4
  • First Review: 04/07/08
  • Last Review: 06/20/08
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