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William G.

William G.

Joined on 04/03/05

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Most Favorable Review

Massive and fast

Hitachi GST Deskstar HD32000 IDK/7K (0S00164) 2TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Retail
Hitachi GST Deskstar HD32000 IDK/7K (0S00164) 2TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Retail

Pros: 2Tb. 7,200RPM instead of those 'green' drives which take forever to spool up. Nice phat 32Mb cache make this a very fast reader. Quiet? I couldn't even hear this spin. I almost thought it was dead until the BIOS posted.

Cons: None what-so-ever.

Overall Review: If you're looking for a fast drive, this is one smoker! Just remember to not pack hard drives so tight in the cage - to let air keep the drive cool, and it will last longer. Also, don't forget if anyone is trying to RAID-0 or RAID-5 these drives, about the 2Tb Windows Limitation (unless you're using a UEFI motherboard, a GFI file System and a 64-Bit OS) and even then it might not work.

It Works!

Vantec 2.5" / 3.5" / 5.25" SATA / IDE to USB 2.0 Adapter - Model CB-ISATAU2
Vantec 2.5" / 3.5" / 5.25" SATA / IDE to USB 2.0 Adapter - Model CB-ISATAU2

Pros: Handles all current interfaces nicely. Quickly recognized by my computers. Works well.

Cons: A huge Power Brick like a laptop? Really? I'd rather see a wall-wart.

Decent Value

ZOTAC GF6100-F-E AM3/AM2+/AM2 NVIDIA GeForce 6100 / nForce 430 MCP Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
ZOTAC GF6100-F-E AM3/AM2+/AM2 NVIDIA GeForce 6100 / nForce 430 MCP Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: Easy set-up. Recognized all hardware right away. Stable even with mild overclock.

Cons: Took three reboots to 'discover' all 4Gb of memory.

Overall Review: I'm usually an ASUS or Gigabyte buyer. I was a bit wary at first with 'bargain' or 'value' boards. I'm pleased to say any fears are vanquished with this Zotac board!

Schweet Upgrade

EVGA GeForce GTX 460 SE (Fermi) 1GB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 SLI Support Video Card 01G-P3-1366-TR
EVGA GeForce GTX 460 SE (Fermi) 1GB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 SLI Support Video Card 01G-P3-1366-TR

Pros: Rocking quick card for the money - this chip is still the sweet spot for Folding@Home. A bit shorter than my EVGA 9800GT it's replacing. Fast for just about anything I'm going to throw at it.

Cons: On my Gigabyte 3D Aurora 570 case, the tool-less card feature now does not work. :(

Great Speed - Easy Set-up

ASUS USB-N13 300Mpbs Wireless-N USB Adapter IEEE 802.11b/g/n, USB 2.0
ASUS USB-N13 300Mpbs Wireless-N USB Adapter IEEE 802.11b/g/n, USB 2.0

Pros: Quick Set-Up - Windows 7 recognizes it immediately and found the driver on the CD. After putting my passkey in, got 270Mbps at 115' form my D-Link DI655 router. Hasn't dropped or lost signal yet, nor diminished the bandwidth one bit.

Cons: None at all

Overall Review: Comes with a 6-8" long USB extender for those who need the extra length - I didn't need that.

Solid Value

Patriot 8GB Compact Flash (CF) 266X Flash Card Model PSF8G266CF
Patriot 8GB Compact Flash (CF) 266X Flash Card Model PSF8G266CF

Pros: Nice capacity and speed. Very fast writes and transfers.

Cons: None.

Overall Review: I wish the camera manufacturers would go back to CF cards - with the built-in IDE controller, they are much faster than SD/MS/xD cards; especially with the high megapixel point-and-shoot cameras without large buffers.