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Mushkin Enhanced Chronos MKNSSDCR120GB-G2 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: 1. 9.5mm height so it fits in a laptop drive bay with no adapter needed.
2. Typical SSD speed - basically night and day compared to an old platter drive.
3. Designed and assembled in the USA.

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: I bought this to replace the ancient and dying mechanical HD in my sister's six year old Dell laptop. It was giving a S.M.A.R.T. error of imminent failure and ran so incredibly slow it took a full five minutes to boot. With the Chronos Windows 7 installed as quickly as it did on a gaming desktop and menu input is instantaneous. Not to mention that applications start very quickly and boot and shut down are in less than 30 seconds now. Breathed new life into an old laptop and mad my big sister very happy.

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MSI GTX 960 GAMING 100ME GeForce GTX 960 2GB 128-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support ATX Video Card
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: 1. Very cool running - never tops 65C in an old case with only two fans. Usually averages mid 50s while gaming.
2. Very quiet - the fans are off at idle or while doing light tasks. While gaming the most they've ramped up to has been 850 RPM - slower than my case and CPU fans.
3. Backplate included for cooling and structural rigidity/protection.
4. Beautiful, well made video card
5. Good performance in most RPGs and MMOs are max or close to max settings @ 1920x1200.
6. Energy efficient compared to the competition.

Cons: 1. A bit pricey for the performance level - the whole GTX 960 line should be about $20 cheaper than what they are.
2. 2GB of VRAM "might" be an issue for some people (but doesn't affect any of my games.

Other Thoughts: I bought this from Newegg's main competitor last week. At the time it was the same price as the standard MSI GTX 960 Gaming so I figured I might as well go for the black and green scheme and get the backplate included. Pretty satisfied so far. I know a lot of people in various forums lambast the card mainly for the 128 bit bus width and 2GB of memory, but they need to put the card in proper context. Is a midrange GPU meant for 1080p. Its faster than an R9 280 or GTX 760 and is often the equal of an R9 280X. Really not too bad for the price. Its also 35-50% faster than the GTX 660 (which is really what it's replacing). I had a GTX 660 paired with a Pentium G3258 @ 4.4 Ghz and the GTX 960 Gaming 100ME is a good upgrade that was definitely worth it. Even with that very basic dual core it maxes WoW and Skyrim no problem (my two most played games).

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MSI Z87 MPOWER MAX AC LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Solid construction with quality materials.
Stable and fast.
Easy overclocking with OC Genie button in BIOS.
Intel Wireless module included

Cons: BIOS isn't the most intuitive coming from an ASUS Z97 board.

Other Thoughts: The Mpower Max was one of the easier builds I've done. It fired right up after flashing the BIOS to support a Pentium G3258 (easy process done via USB). I updated Windows and just hit the OC Genie button out of curiosity. It game the G3258 4.5 Ghz with 1.3v. Its stable at this speed and I was surprised to get a decent overclock with the touch of a button. The motherboard and its entire package exudes quality. Very satisfied with the purchase for a mere $97.74 after the promo code. There's no need to get a cheap board to OC the Pentium G3258 - just one generation back with a Z87 MPower works great. If you don't need SATA Express or M.2 support a Z87 will work just as well as a Z97 motherboard.

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Display Name: Jeffrey M.

Date Joined: 09/29/03

  • Reviews: 36
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  • First Review: 04/22/10
  • Last Review: 07/08/15
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