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EVGA 01G-P4-2751-KR GeForce GTX 750 1GB 128-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 Video Card
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Quiet (much quieter than my CPU fan at 50%)
Build quality, style
55 watts, runs cool
New generation 'Maxwell' NIVDIA GPU architecture

Cons: Not super cheap, but I'm not complaining - EVGA's price seems worth it @ $119 for what you get.

Other Thoughts: This card runs is very quiet, much quieter than my CPU fan at 50% (I don't hear it). At 55 watts maximum, I didn't need to upgrade my 300 watt PS. I got this instead of the 750 ti because I don't need the extra CUDA cores (not using Photoshop, or Roxio, Nero, etc.) and only needed 1GB of memory instead of 2GB since I don't game much (the extra memory would only seem to help when playing games at higher resolutions). Maybe I could have purchase the overclocked version, but I mostly watch videos (YouTube, Comedy Central, etc.) and this improved the image quality a lot, especially in full screen mode compared to my onboard HD4200 graphics, though these drivers seem to need some extra time to improve the image quality sometimes, like when starting to watch videos at full screen (1400x900) on Comedy Central for example.

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Crucial M500 CT120M500SSD1 7mm (with 9.5mm adapter) 2.5
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Compatiblity with my older SATA II AMD-based motherboard
TCG Opal 2.0 compliant so it runs fast in WIndows 8.1 using bitlocker
Intel/ Micron NAND reputation for quality
Haven't had a single problem after 3 months

Cons: Not as fast as some SSDs for this size, but it's so much faster than my new HDD, especially using virtual machines.

Other Thoughts: After Samsung and I couldn't get an 830 drive to work on my MSI 785G based motherboard last year (nor a replacement) I didn't have much choice but to go with Crucial (An Intel SSD was probably not the best choice for an AMD based system either). I'm glad I went with the M500. Since Windows 8.1 supports Opal 2.0 compliant drives, I have full disk encryption in hardware with no performance issues at all. In fact, when I run a Windows 8.1 VM under Hyper-V on the M500, I can barely notice the difference between it and the host OS, and I'm picky about such things. This drive didn't disappoint.

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PLEXTOR Duplication Grade DVD CD Burner Drive 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM SATA Model PX-891SAW
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Inexpensive (for a Plextor), no problems so far.
Duplicator class chipset. Plextor firmware for accurate copying of CDs, DVDs compared to cheaper drives.

Cons: Costs a little more than other similar drives.

Other Thoughts: Not sure if the firmware is cross flashable.

My last Plextor DVD writer (IDE-based) was recommended as better than most other drives for higher than normal accuracy when reading disks, back when I digitized my CD collection years ago. But the tray mechanism started having problems just a few years after I bought it. Still works well enough today though, I just need a SATA-based drive now.

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Display Name: Timothy A.

Date Joined: 02/19/06

  • Reviews: 10
  • Helpfulness: 8
  • First Review: 08/15/08
  • Last Review: 05/05/14
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