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Patrick C.

Patrick C.

Joined on 12/12/04

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Great Drive Another good move Plextor!

Plextor M5M 256GB Mini-SATA (mSATA) MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) PX-256M5M
Plextor M5M 256GB Mini-SATA (mSATA) MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) PX-256M5M

Pros: Great drive, fast, larger than the Mushkin which has only 240 gigs for the same price, the Crucial M4 256G that was also the same price had slower specs. Was able to buy it for 30.00 off from the original price. Didn't even have to do anything to the Lenovo Y400 that I installed it into, the UEFI bios picked it up right away. I was able to get the software NTI echo and it moved windows 8 over no problem. I cannot confirm at this time if the onekey restore has been affected, I clicked on it and it started up but I didn't go as far as trying to reinstall with it.

Cons: No software included to move data/set up bootable drives like the 2.5 SSD drives do, you should be able to register the drive's SN and download them at the manufacture's website. *Take a hint Plextor and do this, NOW before the others catch on!

Overall Review: So far, so good, Glad I went with Plextor! I know that all mSata drives are considered OEMs but really guys, you should include the software no matter what manufacture you are. I will check back in 6months to a year and let you know how its working still. If you hear from me again its either a really bad or really good product =P

Great video card! One of which is still going today!

PNY XLR8 Enthusiast Edition GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) 1536MB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 SLI Support Video Card VCGGTX580XPB-OC
PNY XLR8 Enthusiast Edition GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) 1536MB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 SLI Support Video Card VCGGTX580XPB-OC

Pros: Was able to play all games at highest settings on my old i7 920 x58 setup and this is still in my HTPC as of 12/2016 working like a champ even tho it is on 24/7 but 20 hrs of the day is in sleep mode. I had 2 of these and when I replaced my computer with newer 780Tis-I gave one to my friend who had it for over 2 years of constant gaming before it died on him just last month.

Cons: Did not work correctly with second PNY card purchased 6 months later in SLI mode. Both cards would work great independently but when placed together in SLI mode would produce strange cattycornered green lines like you would see on older 80s TVs with a bad aerial signal. Tried all sort of trouble shooting even on another MB it did the same thing and switched out SLA bridge to no avail. I waited for about a year and several driver revisions before I took one of the cards out and gave it to a friend as a birthday present. Dealing with PNY over the product over SLI problems, they didn't care to deal with it, had to RMA the second card to Newegg who sent it back after a week of testing. These also have the mini HDMI connectors which is a pain to find a cable for and are twice as expensive!

Overall Review: I have not bought PNY since went with another manufacture for the 780Tis who didn't use the standard cooler. HTPC set up: Rosewill 850 watt PW supply (RX850-S-B - Xtreme Series 850-Watt Active PFC) & case (R519-BK) BIOSTAR H61MGC LGA 1155 Intel H61 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard Intel Core i3-2120 Sandy Bridge Dual-Core 3.3 GHz PNY XLR8 Enthusiast Edition GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) 2x G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 Seagate 600 Series 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) ST3500413AS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SAMSUNG Black Blu-ray Combo SATA Model SH-B123L/RSBP Was running Windows 7, now 10! Boots up in 15 seconds

12/19/2016

LG 34UC97 is SWEET **Update 1.5 years later**

LG 34UC97 34’’ Cineview Curved Ultrawide 21:9 MAC Compatible/ Thunderbolt LED Monitor IPS 2HDMI WQHD 300 cd/m2 100,000:1
LG 34UC97 34’’ Cineview Curved Ultrawide 21:9 MAC Compatible/ Thunderbolt LED Monitor IPS 2HDMI WQHD 300 cd/m2 100,000:1

Pros: Great visuals, love the IPS screen - first time coming from an old HP 2207 monitor that still works today, hope this LG lasts just as long! I just wish more games were configured for 21x9!

Cons: I really dont like the controls on the bottom, under the screen and really for the most expensive monitor we should be able to make it vertical like some of the less expensive LG 21x9 models. The back and underside of the monitor gets pretty hot for having the power supply outside the monitor itself (its a power brick like a laptop uses) **using a single display port connection on dual 780Tis when I am in windows and scrolling on IE the screen will tear in half for a spit second exactly in the middle of the screen, this just started happening after upgrading to windows 10, not sure why, but does not happen when gaming. this might because I turned off the response time off. I will play around with it more and report back my findings **

Overall Review: As far as light bleed in the corners, I am really not seeing the problem, looking it from a normal viewing angle I do see something that looks like light bleed, but as soon as I move my head my head to the corners, its the same color as where I saw right before the color change, I am wondering if it has to do with the matt finish rather than IPS screen itself or maybe they fixed it since this one was built in April of 15

12/19/2016

Pretty good lil board changing it to 5 stars now (see below)

ASUS P5G41T-M LX PLUS LGA 775 Intel G41 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
ASUS P5G41T-M LX PLUS LGA 775 Intel G41 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Great little motherboard has an I3 2120 proc in it and runs 8 gigs of ram with no problems, a 120 gig SSD and a 1.5 tb HDD as storage for my mom with an old ASUS 4870 graphics card and it will play most games pretty well at low-mid settings.

Cons: For some strange reason it forgets what drive is the bootable one, have to go into the bios and select the SSD again instead of the HDD. 3 times in a year and a half that I have owned the board. ***I have since found out that this was the fault of the Kingston SSD, it failed finally and replaced it with an inexpensive Sandisk SSD since she doesn't use the computer for anything cutting edge.

Overall Review: Its been working now for over 4 years for her and handles all of her media and other than that Kingston SSD, no problems!

12/19/2016

2 thumbs up! Still going strong 12/2016 altho I do need 2 new Lion batteries they only last about 5 mins each worth of vacuming!

Hoover LiNX Cordless Stick Vacuum Platinum Collection, BH50010RM
Hoover LiNX Cordless Stick Vacuum Platinum Collection, BH50010RM

Pros: Great little vacuum! Has lots of power and no bag, love the wind tunnel, and its easy to dump the collection bin!

Cons: Short battery life, The connection tube from the brush to the wind tunnel container needs to be periodically (once a year) cleared and cleaned. I have a cat and somehow his hairs get caught in the crevices of where the 2 halves of that chute fit together and just start to ball up I may take it fully apart one of these days and see if there is some flash plastics that its hanging up on, but I cannot see any and a bottle cleaner seems to do the trick. You will have to take the front half of the bottom off with 6 screws to clean it tho. you can also maintenance the brush at the same time.

Overall Review: This was almost a steal! I bought another battery for it and I can clean my whole apt! I hope that hoover keeps making these better and better, I tried the Electrolux stick vacuums and they couldn't hold up to this one and you cant switch batteries to continue cleaning. I cannot wait for the next generation of these, hopefully longer battery life and larger chutes!

12/19/2016

Excellent Proc! best bang for the buck! Still running strong!

Intel Core i3-2120 - Core i3 2nd Gen Sandy Bridge Dual-Core 3.3 GHz LGA 1155 65W Intel HD Graphics 2000 Desktop Processor - BX80623I32120
Intel Core i3-2120 - Core i3 2nd Gen Sandy Bridge Dual-Core 3.3 GHz LGA 1155 65W Intel HD Graphics 2000 Desktop Processor - BX80623I32120

Pros: I bought this for my HTPC setup, used several parts off my older 2009 gaming system when I built a new one and am really surprised how this processor doesn't flinch at all with windows 10 and running any media like Netflix, Crunchyroll and other media apps. I don't game much on it but even running World of Tanks and World of Warships at nominal settings ~40PFS.

Cons: Wish it was like the newer i3s with 2 more virtual cores

Overall Review: Great for desktops that are not graphic intensive or for HTCPs! Keep it up Intel! HTPC set up: Rosewill 850 watt PW supply (RX850-S-B - Xtreme Series 850-Watt Active PFC) & case (R519-BK) BIOSTAR H61MGC LGA 1155 Intel H61 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard Intel Core i3-2120 Sandy Bridge Dual-Core 3.3 GHz PNY XLR8 Enthusiast Edition GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) 2x G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 Seagate 600 Series 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) ST3500413AS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SAMSUNG Black Blu-ray Combo SATA Model SH-B123L/RSBP Was running Windows 7, now 10! Boots up in 15 seconds

12/19/2016