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SeaSonic SS-300ES Bronze 300W ATX12V V2.3 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Extremely quiet. Fits older cases where the power supply sits at the top of the case.

Cons: Screw holes didn't quite fit. To make it work, installed a screw in one corner at a time, flexing the case to make it work. The case I was using is around 15 years old, so the hole positions might be more compatible with slightly newer cases.

Other Thoughts: My five-year-old PS was flaking out. The computer was freezing, not booting correctly, and the PS may have even been implicated in some small data loss. My prior PS was fine, but at 430W, too large. My system required between 135W (measured) and 200W (estimated from a power calculation website), so I went with this, which was one of the smallest available. It wasn't too hard to install, and it worked the first time. The fan is nearly silent.

ZyXEL ZyWALL USG50 Internet Security Firewall with Dual-WAN, 4 Gigabit LAN / DMZ Ports, 5 IPSec VPN, SSL VPN, and 3G WAN Support
  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Has a ton of features that aren't mentioned in the marketing material. Based on Linux, adds higher-level config features, and will route almost anything IP.

Cons: Steep learning curve if you want to make networks with any complexity. Very slow booting, and traffic can be pokey until it's fully booted.

Other Thoughts: I bought this thinking it was just a very basic router with a VOIP ALG, to separate out some phone traffic. Happily suprised to find out it's a full-featured router with a lot of options, a full-featured console command line interface, a very nice looking web interface (using ext.js), and it's ready to use out of the box. It has a 4 port switch that can be configured to be grouped across 3 LANs. Supports VLANs. Has basic bandwidth limiting. Seems to support putting hard drives into the USB ports. This is the best thing I've come across for learning networks since the WRT-54GL was hacked with OpenWRT.

For net installers who like Linux, this is Linux and you can build a clone for experiments or whizzy upgrading, and deploy this low-cost solution for uniformity.

ECS Goal3+(1.1C) AMD Sempron 3000+ 754 SiS 761 GX Micro ATX Motherboard/CPU Combo
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  • neweggOwned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Installed easily, worked with old hardware.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: It was an effective fix for a legacy system that was given to a child. The net cost was less than $100, which I figure is a good price for getting a year or two of computing use from a system.


John K.'s Profile

Display Name: John K.

Date Joined: 03/26/05

  • Reviews: 28
  • Helpfulness: 5
  • First Review: 06/07/05
  • Last Review: 01/01/16
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