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AMD A4-3400 Llano Dual-Core 2.7GHz Socket FM1 65W AD34200JZ22HX Desktop Processor AMD Radeon HD 6410D
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: seems to work fine - I bought a refurbished model
very very low idle temperatures, 5-7c

Cons: nothing bad really
wish it had more cores

Other Thoughts: I've had some llano laptops by HP and ACER which I overclocked to the max and they ran very hot.
this desktop chip is super cold, bench marking at full load it ran around 35c at stock settings.

NZXT H230 White ATX Mid Tower Computer Case Includes 1 x 120mm Front, 1 x 120mm Rear 2 x USB 3.0
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: quiet case, padded doors
mostly metal with 8 hard drive bays
CPU rear can be accessed to change heatsinks

Cons: I bought this case because it had 8 drive bays and looked to be a silent model case. However, the design has a few flaws. The biggest issue is the hard drives are accessed from the REAR door of the case. That's not too big a deal, but all the SATA cables and wiring must also go through the rear. It is pretty cramped and there was not much space back there to begin with. There really is no passage designed for cables to the drive area, you really just have to squish them in there and hope the rear door panel stays on.

Other Thoughts: The fan is pretty silent but the front door of the case is just a huge a piece of plastic slapped on in front of the fans. I'm sure this reduces cooling, but again, it is moderately silent. It has little screen dust filters but they are NOT removable. You literally have to open the case and pry the whole front panel off to clean them, why? I don't even know. It comes with 2 large fans that look nice, but there doesnt seem to be any speed controls. The fans are pretty weak and do not push much air so be sure to add a 3rd front fan.

If you need to run alot of hard drives look into a nicer case or something that is hot-swappable. Otherwise, go with the cheaper NZXT model since you can't really access the drives in this one easily and save some money. I also have an antec P182 which is why I bought this but the NZXT is far inferior in quality and accessibility. If you just need a little cheap case the NZXT 210 is probably what you are looking for.

OCZ Agility 2 OCZSSD2-2AGT160G 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Works fine with Apple,
I have this one installed in a 2008 unibody macbook pro
great value and top of the line speed ratings
I have received all my previous rebates so far
-still waiting on rebate from this purchase, but I just mailed it
-easy firmware update tools

Cons: Does require firmware update before use-
might be a little confusing to some people not used to firmware updates
-the one I received had firmware 1.27 installed
current version is now 1.33 and can easily be updated by using the ocz toolbox on their website

Other Thoughts: Before you do ANYTHING, always update your firmware for any brand SSD! OCZ does work with Mac, but older firmware can cause a few headaches so always update.

-alot of people say intel is more reliable than OCZ. Most of them are just pulling imaginary numbers out of their rear. Even if you bring up the sandy bridge motherboard recall most of them will tell you Intel still loves their mothers.

-All brand hard drives do arrive DOA sometimes. OCZ drives do fail! No reason to get mad, the RMA process is easy and fast and you do have a warranty. Go to youtube and watch a video on how UPS handles your packages, it's just the way the industry works.

-the 32Gbit die issue only applies to 60GB and 120GB Drives!
incidentally my die was 64Gbit as it should be.

-I have an OCZ Agility 2 in both my PC and my macbook pro

Remember, this applies to any hard drive or SSD, do not fill them up to full capacity! especially on an SSD leave 20% free space.


Maya K.'s Profile

Display Name: Maya K.

Date Joined: 10/10/06

  • Reviews: 9
  • Helpfulness: 6
  • First Review: 07/14/08
  • Last Review: 11/16/14
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