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Joseph M.

Joseph M.

Joined on 12/06/04

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AMS DS-3141SSBK 4-IN-3 SATA Module
AMS DS-3141SSBK 4-IN-3 SATA Module

Pros: good price. moderate build quality. like the other reviewer said: this module has "side slits" so it should fit in most cases. Other SATA hdd modules have flat sides and may require case modification to fit in most cases. purchased for a windows home server build.

Cons: the fan is extremely annoying. on "low" speed setting it doesn't start at for me, so i have to keep it on 'high'. I think the drives would get pretty warm if there wasn't a fan in it.

Overall Review: I am considering replacing the fan, however it is a slightly non-standard size (80x80x20mm). You can't put a standard 80x80x25mm fan in it, but you can probably fit a 80x80x15mm fan, which aren't too hard to find. The 3-pin power connector is not the standard 3-pin you find on most fans either, it is more like a CDROM audio cable (ie: a smaller 3pin connector). Not sure where to find one of these yet, or I would have replaced the fan already.

wow, nice drive

Western Digital Blue WD6400AAKS 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
Western Digital Blue WD6400AAKS 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

Pros: Very fast and great capacity. Probably the best value in 7200rpm sata drives on the market right now.

Cons: it's not 10k rpm at the same price point? =)

Overall Review: I purchased this drive after one of my 250GB drives in a raid-0 set started to die and seeing all the buzz on the forums that the 640gb has generated since it's release. I was debating wether or not to stick with a raid-0 volume, but ultimately ended up just buying a single 640GB drive, and so far i'm very happy. I'm not done with all my benchmark comparisons between the 250x2 raid-0 and a 1x 640gb, but so far everything is looking very good for the 640gb. you can't go wrong with this drive!!!!!!

This RAM is amazing

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR2 1000 (PC2 8000) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-8000CL5D-4GBPQ
G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR2 1000 (PC2 8000) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-8000CL5D-4GBPQ

Pros: This stuff is rock solid. I originally bought a pair to go into a new Q6600 build, running at 400x9 (DDR2-800) with 4-4-4-12 timings. The stuff was stable as can be for months and prices were low, so I bought more. I now have 2 sets of this stuff (8GB) running at DDR2-800 4-4-4-12 and it is perfect. I bet this stuff could even clock higher, but I haven't tried yet (no need right now)

Cons: isn't free (but close!)

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan
Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

Pros: Great price for a big case that fits a lot of stuff and provides a lot of room to work with. often has rebates available.

Cons: heavy. not quite as easy to work with as i had hoped. I thought it had a vent hole with a fan on the top surface, but it doesn't. The top surface is open, but no fan. No big deal tho.

Overall Review: I replaced the 2 120mm fans and the 250mm fan that came with it with faster ones. I left the 90mm fan that came with it. I had to move the 250mm fan to the outside of the case for the Thermalright Ultra-120 eXtreme HSF to fit. Very easy mod to do.

Newegg 4GB USB Flash Drive Model L4GB-RBST
Newegg 4GB USB Flash Drive Model L4GB-RBST

Pros: Great price, high capacity. Small form factor

Cons: Removable USB cap is just asking to be lost. Add a better cap mechanism that's harder or impossible to lose, and this product gets 5 stars instead of 4.

Overall Review: there is a small loop on the back of the device.. if i can find a usb replacement cap with a string or at least a loop/hook too, then i can connect the usb cap to the rear of the device, forever coupling the two! any suggestions?