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Mushkin Enhanced 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1066 (PC3 8500) Dual Channel Kit Memory For Apple Model 976643A
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Fit right and booted up on the first try in my MacBook (late 2008).

Cons: Failed after about a week with the dreaded three beeps upon boot up.

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Vantec IDE to SATA Converter - Model CB-IS100
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Connected to boot drive 02/23/2012

This review is from: Vantec IDE to SATA Converter - Model CB-IS100

Pros: When my old Compaq workstation went kaput, the only components worth keeping were the drives when building a new system from scratch.

Since all of my drives are IDE and the new motherboard had just one IDE port that was inaccessible due to its location in the Antec P180 Mini case, I used two of these adapters to convert both the hard drive and DVD burner to SATA.

The hard drive is a 400gb 7200rpm unit, circa 2006 (can't remember the brand) and the motherboard is an Asus M3A78-EM.

I installed Windows Server 2008 R2 and this adapter, used as the boot device. Once it's up and running, everything is just fine (see cons below for more info).

I used Diskmark recently and my converted hard drive returned 45 mb/sec read and 35 mb/sec write.

I've been using these adapters in my machine for over 3 years now.

Cons: About 25% of the time, upon boot up, the system simply says "cannot find boot device" or "cannot load operating system".

My machine takes one or two hard resets before finally booting up... really not sure why this happens, but once up and running, everything is fine.

Other Thoughts: I'd buy these again and am considering it for some spare IDE drives sitting on the shelf.

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Antec Mini P180 Black Steel MicroATX Mini Tower Computer Case
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Tons of room, easy to work with 02/26/2009

This review is from: Antec Mini P180 Black Steel MicroATX Mini Tower Computer Case

Pros: 1) Cable management is awesome (the width of this case may turn off some, but the extra half inch behind the motherboard really allows you to hide everything). Lots of holes in and around the motherboard area, to pull cables through directly to areas they plug into.
2) Panels are padded nicely, can really tell that they are solid sound dampers. Super quiet.
3) Separate PSU chamber, while allowing for distinct ambient air supply, also allows for a place to hide those extra (unsightly) power cables.
4) Neat little hidden box attached behind one of the 3.5 slide-out bays, allowing a place to put screws and other miscellaneous supplies.
5) Huge 200mm fan up top, unusual for any case, much less an mATX one. Really pulls a lot of air, even at low speed.
6) Lots of drive bays for an mATX case. Can have up to 5 hard drives in the 3.5 bays alone.
7) The rubber grommets to mount the 3.5 drives are soft and thick, so no vibrations.

Cons: 1) NEC DVD drive did not fit (too long) in upper 5.25 bay, had to mount on bottom.
2) Cannot mount optional front fan w/out losing a few 3.5 drive bays (though can still mount up to 3 in other drive 3.5 bays, plus the 5.25 bays).
3) Front power led is super bright.

Other Thoughts: (Quick note: I bought the white one)

After owning three cookie cutter desktop PCs (IBM in 1996, then a Dell in 1999 and finally a Compaq in 2003), I decided to finally leave the sidelines and take the plunge to build my own computer.

Obviously, this is my first build, and I couldn't have been happier. This case is excellent for a starter and it made assembling a breeze.

Everything fit as advertised (Corsair 400w ATX PSU, Asus M3A78-EM motherboard, AMD Phenom X4 940 cpu with stock fan, 3 old 3.5 hard drives and an old NEC dvd burner).

I was blown away at how easily it was to hide cables (perhaps due to the fact that I finally exited the stone age of IBM, Dell and Compaq). I need to take a picture as you can barely tell there are any cables around the motherboard. That area is just a hollow chamber now.

All in all, this is a system that will be my foundation for at least the next 5-7 years, having suffered with a Compaq workstation for 6 years, this should be no problem.

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Display Name: JIM L.

Date Joined: 12/26/04

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  • First Review: 07/07/07
  • Last Review: 07/05/12
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