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Ian F.

Ian F.

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Most Favorable Review

Not bad in a desktop, either.

Western Digital Scorpio Black WD3200BEKT 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 2.5" Internal Notebook Hard Drive Bare Drive
Western Digital Scorpio Black WD3200BEKT 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 2.5" Internal Notebook Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: Fast Silent $/GB Ease of installation Western Digital - what else can I say?

Cons: It's not an SSD.

Overall Review: I've owned this drive for over a year now. First bought it to replace a 100GB 5400 drive in my 6 year old laptop. It did good duty in that platform, but yanked it for a Hybrid drive (yes, those are nice, too) with higher capacity. This drive had been sitting around for about 6 months with an outdated backup image of my laptop when my desktop WD Raptor (150GB) ran out of space. Checked the benchmark specs between this drive and the Raptor and, while the Raptor numbers were higher, they were close enough to be negligible. As an interim solution to upgrading to a 256GB SSD, I popped this drive into my desktop and cloned it with the Raptor. The process was easy and I was up and running with approximately 150GB more of usable space. Windows Experience Index rated this drive the same (5.9) as the Raptor, and I haven't seen any significant issues in performance (load screens on Diablo III and Skyrim may be a TAD slower, but meh). Great drive.

Most Critical Review

Absolute rubbish

UBISOFT Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter
UBISOFT Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter

Pros: Graphics are ok. Free with video card.

Cons: The AI is hideous. Your team is more likely to walk into walls than engage the correct target. And when they do engage, watch out. They'll run right into the open against an emplaced .50 cal and, amazingly, die. Wonder if the programmers ever considered cover and concealment in their algorithms.

Overall Review: Glad I got it for free.

12/13/2006

Cheap, but works

Rosewill - FBM-01 Micro ATX Mini Tower Computer Case with Dual Fans
Rosewill - FBM-01 Micro ATX Mini Tower Computer Case with Dual Fans

Pros: Cheap (effectively a $20 case) Aesthetically pleasing Decent amount of room Two case fans is a nice touch

Cons: Very thin metal. I'm talking, you hold the side walls and can bend it with minimal effort. mATX motherboard a snug fit Drive cages not easily accessible

Overall Review: Bought this 6 months ago to have on hand for a Windows Home Server build I'd been planning. Opened the sealed box up yesterday and was disappointed to see that all of the tabs for the front panel were sheared off inside. The panel was just hanging by the cable bundle when I took it out of the box. I had to do some "re-engineering" to get the front panel to stay on in the right position. There was no visible damage on the outside of the box, so nothing clued me in to the fact that there could be anything wrong with the case. Since it's so far out after I bought it, I can't return it. Anyway, I was able to install all of the hardware I needed with minimal problems. I don't know what the person who reviewed this case as not having "raised edged slots for the screws" for the motherboard. The motherboard tray has holes for the mATX pattern standoffs that worked fine. All in all, not a bad little box for what you pay for. I'm knocking off an egg for the cheap materials, another for the condition it got to me in (shipping damage? Or poor packing material?)

So far so good

Intel Core i5-2500K - Core i5 2nd Gen Sandy Bridge Quad-Core 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Intel HD Graphics 3000 Desktop Processor - BX80623I52500K
Intel Core i5-2500K - Core i5 2nd Gen Sandy Bridge Quad-Core 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Intel HD Graphics 3000 Desktop Processor - BX80623I52500K

Pros: Best price/performance ratio I could find at the time of purchase. Easy to install. Overclocks well. Installed on an MSI board. Just using OC Genie (one button OC), and using a Corsair H50 cooler, had the chip running stable at 4.2Ghz with overnight "torture test" using Prime95. With this setup, I'm sure I can go higher. I'm relatively future-proofed for the next couple of years as this is a mid-line proc. I can go up to the i7-2600K next year for about the same price (or a little less), and still get back a decent amount on this proc via "that auction site" (or roll it down to the wife's system). Very happy with this purchase.

Cons: The wife is now complaining about her long-in-the-tooth C2Q 6600 based system and is angling for a new second-gen Core iX system now that she sees how fast mine is. Pricier than a AMD proc...but is that really a problem?

Overall Review: Current Build: MSI P67A-GD55 (B3) Mobo Intel Core i5-2500K Proc running @ 4.2Ghz Corsair XMS3 8GB DDR3 1600 RAM Corsair H50 liquid cooling WD Raptor 150GB 10k RPM SATA HD (OS) WD Caviar Green 2TB 5400 RPM SATA3 HD (Storage) eVGA NVidia GTS 250 1GB DDR3 video card LG Blu-Ray burner & DVD Burner (both SATA) Antec 300 case Raidmax 730W modular PS Yeah, yeah. I know. Time to upgrade the video card to a 5xx series and the OS hard drive to SSD.

Absolute Garbage!!! Don't Buy!!!!

Acronis True Image Home 2009 (CD)
Acronis True Image Home 2009 (CD)

Pros: None. Nada. Zilch. Zero.

Cons: Product would not install. Support is worthless.

Overall Review: This application is absolute garbage. I'd love to review the product's functionality, but I can't get it to finish installing on my brand new, clean and updated install of Vista. I've followed the ridiculous troubleshooting flow chart that they provide on their support site (why, again, is a home user supposed to follow a flow chart to troubleshoot installation of a product)? Honestly, this feels like a beta version (or, I daresay alpha) of their software. I've used Acronis in the past (v.10) and it worked adequately. At least the older version would install. This iteration is complete garbage. Stay away. Unless, of course, you're the <auction site> bidder buying it from me when I post it. Then please...by all means...buy it. Caveat Emptor.

Nice PSU for the price

RAIDMAX HYBRID 2 RX-530SS 530W ATX12V V2.2/ EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Modular Power Supply, New Version with Build-in LED Fan On/Off Switch
RAIDMAX HYBRID 2 RX-530SS 530W ATX12V V2.2/ EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Modular Power Supply, New Version with Build-in LED Fan On/Off Switch

Pros: Great price Aesthetically pleasing lighting (for some) Easy to install Modular cabling Quiet "Modern" power connectors (ATX 12V 2.2 made some minor modifications to power connector requirements)

Cons: Doesn't install itself.

Overall Review: I wasn't looking for a power supply when I upgraded recently. This PSU came up on one of Newegg's ads. Since a modular power supply was a "nice to have" for me, and the price point was right on, I snapped it up. Installed without much trouble. I did have to remove my CNPS9700NT for it to clear the space, but that was to be expected. Fits nicely in a Sonata II case. So far provides plenty of power for the following (admittedly mundane) setup: EVGA 780i Mobo C2Q6600 Proc (running at stock 2.4Ghz) 4GB Corsair Dominator PC28500 DDR2(another fantastic deal through Newegg) EVGA 9800 GT 512MB 74GB WD Ratpor (old, but still does the job) 2X250 Seagate 7200.10's LG DVD/RW SATA Drive Antec Sonata II Finally went SATA all the way, so no more Molex connectors (fantastic). Modular cables that came with this PSU are fantastic for improving airflow. No complaints so far. Upgraded proc, memory PSU and video card for under $300 (with rebates). Thanks Newegg.