Joined on 12/27/06
CPU Thermal Paste
Pros: 200 Grams......Wow Plenty!!! Does a Good Job
Cons: A little messy if you are not careful. You have to use a good cleaner to remove it. It is best to find a plastic syringe that has a cap on the end. I found one online easily on my favorite shopping site. I was able to put about half of the paste inside and keep it sealed. The price of these are very inexpensive so I ordered two just to have a spare or to use in a technician travel kit. Be sure to use protective gloves (painter's gloves) and use a small blade like a screwdriver to load the syringe. Once it is loaded, simply keep the syringe in a heavy duty zip lock bag (like a freezer bag for durable storage). Once you have it in the syringe, it only takes just a small dab in the middle of the CPU. Be sure to not apply to much paste. The heat from the CPU will make it spread so think conservatively so the paste does not run too far from the center.
Hitachi SATA Hard Drive
Pros: Nice quiet drive. Easy to install. Be sure to order an extra SATA serial cable.
Cons: None observed.
Overall Review: Good advice: Invest in a USB external hard drive. Save all your data files on a routine basis (at least once a month) just to ensure you are not left with a paperweight one day. If your ATA or SATA hard drive ever fails to boot because the drive suddenly (without warning) could not find the boot sector, at least you can reload a new drive and salvage most of your documents and images. Once you get the new drive running, reinstall the old drive as a seconadary drive and transfer all the files you still need. Completely reformat the drive if possible and then send it back for the warranty replacement if available.