cover
Jackson C.

Jackson C.

Joined on 03/19/07

0
0

Product Reviews
Seller Reviews
product reviews
  • 15
Most Favorable Review

Awesome little server!

HP ProLiant N40L MicroServer Server System AMD Turion II Neo N40L 1.5GHz 2-Core 2GB (1 x 2GB) DDR3 1 x 250GB LFF SATA 658553-001
HP ProLiant N40L MicroServer Server System AMD Turion II Neo N40L 1.5GHz 2-Core 2GB (1 x 2GB) DDR3 1 x 250GB LFF SATA 658553-001

Pros: Turns out HP actually cares about their servers. I've been nothing but amazed at the build quality for the price of this box. I had originally bought some for work, and loved them so much that I bought one for home. Holds 4x 3.5 inch hdds. 64bit duel core. Has drive caddies. Quiet Small VGA Port No default OS. Inexpensive ECC Ram Gigabit Ethernet PCIe x1 and x16 slots. Internal USB! Screws and wrench on inside of door. Ubuntu server runs on this like a boss. Able to get these up to 15TB if you're clever.

Cons: Power supply is only 150 Watts. I tried putting in 5 full size non-green drives, but I couldn't get enough juice to power the 5th. I have a few at work with 5 drives, but they're WD Green. At home it's some Samsung's and stuff. (I'm not saying anything bad about the drives, just that they apparently use more power.) Getting the mobo out to add ram, or PCIe cards is a pain. Granted they give you the tool to do all this on the door to the box. eSata Port is hooked up to internal Sata line which is really a Sata to IDE bridge (at least it was on old models). By internal line I mean the internal sata port, not the special port that connects to the drive trays, those are full SATA. I've heard rumors of modified firmware that lets you get full SATA II speeds out of the internal SATA slot but YMMV.

Overall Review: At work I have a few of these running with 5x 3TB WD Greens. I'm using them as a NAS for some of our files in a Raid 6 (Don't judge, I needed redundancy over speed) , and they work pretty well. Linux softraid (mdadm) works wonderfully on this. The ones I have at work boot off of an USB stick plugged into the internal usb slot. You *can* hot swap drives, but I wouldn't advise it. From what I've read if something is not hot swap capable then you can damage your stuff when hot swapping a drive. This hasn't stopped me from doing it mind you, just thought I'd let people know. I got this in a newegg deal with some ram. Home box. Ubuntu x64 11.10 Server Edition. 1x 250GB boot drive (came with this server) 3x 2TB Samsung F3 (or maybe F4) drives. 8GB ram. Work Box Ubuntu x64 11.10 Server Edition. 5x 3TB WD Green in Raid 6 8GB ram.

Great upgrade over my Phenom II

AMD Ryzen 7 1st Gen - RYZEN 7 1700X Summit Ridge (Zen) 8-Core 3.4 GHz (3.8 GHz Turbo) Socket AM4 95W YD170XBCAEWOF Desktop Processor
AMD Ryzen 7 1st Gen - RYZEN 7 1700X Summit Ridge (Zen) 8-Core 3.4 GHz (3.8 GHz Turbo) Socket AM4 95W YD170XBCAEWOF Desktop Processor

Pros: - 8 cores and16 threads of fury - PCIe 3.0 support - Doesn't seem to bottleneck my GPU - Socket AM4 - DDR 4 support - At least basic ECC support - Plays well with Linux - Video encoding is stupid fast

Cons: - Doesn't come with cpu cooler (This is as much my fault for not reading the package more clearly) - Only a current handful of CPU coolers work out of the box.

Overall Review: For gaming on a budget, I'd advise looking at the Ryzen 5 series. The extra cores on the Ryzen 7 series are great for encoding, encryption, running a bunch of virtual machines, doing simulations, etc, but right now not many games can take full advantage of the number of cores and threads this processor can provide. Though I do hope that improves in the future. I'd been waiting almost 9 years to upgrade off of my Phenom II 955. I'd started to get lag spikes while gaming because my poor phenom II just couldn't pump enough data to my GPU and deal with running the game. Also newer games started requiring newer processor instruction sets. I had originally planned to upgrade to bulldozer, but wasn't impressed with the offered price to performance ratio. I had almost went Intel with my latest build, but I'm really glad I grabbed this instead. I've been really happy with this processor.

Good power supply

EVGA SuperNOVA 750 G2 220-G2-0750-XR 80+ GOLD 750W Fully Modular EVGA ECO Mode Includes FREE Power On Self Tester Power Supply
EVGA SuperNOVA 750 G2 220-G2-0750-XR 80+ GOLD 750W Fully Modular EVGA ECO Mode Includes FREE Power On Self Tester Power Supply

Pros: - Fairly Quiet - Powers my stuff - Came with enough cables to plug in 9 sata drives. - Modular!

Cons: - If for some reason you lose the cables, the replacement cables are almost as expensive as the power supply.

Overall Review: So far this has been a good power supply. I'm powering a Ryzen 1700x, a Nvidia GTX 1080, and 5 hard drives no problem.

Fantastic Case

be quiet! DARK BASE 900 ATX Full Tower Computer Chassis - Black/Orange
be quiet! DARK BASE 900 ATX Full Tower Computer Chassis - Black/Orange

Pros: - Minimalist exterior design that looks great. - Fantastic well laid out case that's easy to work on. - Case is extremely modular, You can arrange things so that your motherboard is on the left side of the case instead of the right. - Plenty of room for hard drives, cpu coolers, graphics cards, radiators, etc. - Many of the screws are the type that will loosen but not fall out - Sound dampening material inside of the case, along with design features that also reduce noise. - Filters in front of all the case fans that pull air into the case - Case is very sturdy - Even the feet are removable if you choose. - Came with velcro strips! - Power light is a calming orange, and not an eye-searing blue.

Cons: - I wish there was a little bit more room behind the plate the holds the motherboard for cable routing. - I also wish some of the cable routing options were a bit more obvious - The case is almost too quiet. - Some of the screws will strip if you use the wrong size bit. I almost stripped the screws for the power supply bracket before I figured out the correct bit I needed to use. - Hard drive bays are a little strange to pull in and out. It'd prefer more of a rail system, but that's pretty minor.

Overall Review: Make sure you are prepared for the size of this case, it's big! I really like the dark brushed metal, and the smooth almost minimalist design to this case. I chose this particular model of the case because I didn't want a clear panel on the side of my machine. I'm probably in the minority, but I really prefer not to have the glowing guts of my machine on display. It's hard to overstate how modular this case is. I only took small advantage of that by rotating the plug for the power supply 180° so that it would more easily line up with my power supply. Oh as a note, the front panel doesn't latch. It's just a push pin that will pop the door out when you press in. This isn't a issue except when you're tilting the case forward. Just something to watch out for.

So nice!

DELL S2716DG 27" Gaming Monitor with WQHD 2560 x 1440 Resolution 144 Hz Refresh Rate and NVIDIA G-Sync 16:9 TN Panel
DELL S2716DG 27" Gaming Monitor with WQHD 2560 x 1440 Resolution 144 Hz Refresh Rate and NVIDIA G-Sync 16:9 TN Panel

Pros: Great monitor No dead pixels G-Sync Came with all the cables needed Base feels solid Stand works nicely Really easy to place the monitor on a monitor arm Monitor is surprisingly thin compared to other monitors I have had 4 USB 3.0 ports

Cons: Colors are a bit muted out of the box, but that's pretty easy to correct.

Overall Review: From reading reviews it sounds like I went with the right brand, I have zero dead pixels, and everything works great. I'd read some horror stories from people who bought other brands of gaming monitors on here. This monitor has a matte finish, which I really like, but it does mute the colors a bit, and looks slightly grainy. The graininess isn't really apparent, and the muted colors are easily corrected by adjusting the color vibrance in Nvidia-settings so it's not really a big deal. Not that it bothers me, and the page does call it out, but the monitor only has a Display Port and HDMI connection for video, that's it. Like other people have mentioned, I turned off deep sleep mode in the menu. There is an audio jack on the back on the monitor for what I presume is for outputting to speakers or headphones. I haven't tried running any sound through the monitor so I can really comment on how it sounds. I'm running this on a Linux box at 120 hz, and it looks great. I had to reboot for the frame-buffer consoles to show up correctly, but that's probably more a software issue.

Powerful, but not polished

Buffalo WXR-1900DHPD AirStation Extreme AC1900 DD-WRT NXT Pre-Installed Wireless Router
Buffalo WXR-1900DHPD AirStation Extreme AC1900 DD-WRT NXT Pre-Installed Wireless Router

Pros: Great range and speed. Seperate 2.4 and 5Ghz bands and networks. Can do 802.11ac. Easy to use. USB 2.0 and 3.0 ports Feels well made. Lots of memory and processing power. SSH Access. Actual power button.

Cons: DD-WRT NXT isn't fully mature yet, and lacks many features you'd expect. Though it provides all the basics functions you actually buy a router for. If you want DD-WRT installed, I suggest looking at the other Buffalo routers that come preloaded with regular DD-WRT and not DD-WRT NXT. Can't find anywhere to download the current firmware, so if you mess it up you can only hope a reset will save you. Non-working openwrt repo referenced by opkg, so you can't easily grab extra stuff for the router. Very little documentation.

Overall Review: I was able to ssh into the box and poke around at settings. So if you really want to you can configure a whole host of settings that don't show up in the web interface. From looking around, it does appear that DD-WRT NXT will end up being the same or better than DD-WRT but for now, it's just not as full featured from the web interface. I believe that this can be not just a good router but a great one once the software is better. I'm hoping Buffalo will be able to open source the drivers for some of the hardware. If I'm being honest, this router does everything I need, but I'd love if I could do a bit more with it.

seller reviews
  • 2

Great

Item came quickly, and was packaged well.

On-time
Delivery
Product
Accuracy
Customer Service
Satisfactory

Good experience

Got my giant computer case on time and in great condition. It looked even better in person than on the store page.

On-time
Delivery
Product
Accuracy
Customer Service
Satisfactory