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This review is from: WD My Book Live 2TB Personal Cloud Storage
Pros: Simple to get going! 2 TB is going to take a while to fill :D
Cons: First and foremost, the web interface is slow as molasses. After setting up a couple shares and accounts, I don't intend on using it again. While this isn't a big deal for me, I'm sure others will use it more frequently. I'm completely satisfied with ftp access, which is as fast as it should be.
Other Thoughts: I bought this particular NAS based on a smallnetbuilder.com review. Compared to other NASes, this had the best transfer throughput at around 60MB/s.
Yes, there is no USB. This is a NAS. Make sure you get what is appropriate for you needs.
As far as failed drives go, failed drives is the norm, not the exception. If you decided to put all your data on this drive with no backup, well then that's your problem. Always remember this question: how much is your data worth?
This review is from: MSI 760GM-P33 AM3 AMD 760G Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
Pros: It's really a fine board if you're a casual user. Too bad I'm not.
Nice to have the serial port. I'm probably the only one who would list that as a pro lol.
Cons: Cannot handle high TDP CPU's like my 1090t. Without an overclock, I ran Handbrake to encode a movie. An hour later while web surfing, my computer suddenly shut down. It smelled like something cooked. I touched the CPU VRMs and they burnt my finger immediately. Too bad you can't monitor VRM temperature as these were well above what is safe.
Other Thoughts: Currently RMA'd it for a board that can handle the power.
8 GB G.Skill Sniper DDR3
Nvidia 460 GTX
1TB Samsung Spinpoint F3
750W PC Power and Cooling PSU
This review is from: ePOWER TVPS550 550W ATX12V Power Supply
Pros: *Read Other Thoughts first*
Cheap! i got it for $20 shipped on a newegg shellshocker deal.
Cons: Yesterday, I tried to boot, but it would freeze after post. Perhaps i was getting an unacceptable voltage like another reviewer said. I don't know for sure. I was unable to test that. Anyway, I got distracted by my roommate and 30 minutes later I hear what sounds like firecrackers and see sparks coming out of the power supply. I unplugged it and have not touched it since. There wasn't too much smoke, so I was not concerned about the smoke alarms going off, but I opened the windows to air out the smell.
At least this didn't sound like a shotgun like I remember reading a review a while back on a cheap Rosewill PSU.
Also there is no UL certification listed on the unit as another reviewer stated.
Another weird thing, the manufacturer's website says nothing about power supplies, only external drive cases and adapters and "other" - only there is no product information what so ever in the adapters and "other" categories.
Other Thoughts: Backstory: I recently upgraded all of my computer components except for the power supply. This left me another complete computer minus the PSU. I saw the deal and thought I could get the old core two duo back up and running. Unfortunately I did not assemble my old desktop until a month later.READ FULL REVIEW