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Scott D.

Scott D.

Joined on 12/21/05

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Most Favorable Review

Great value

ECS NM70-I2 (V1.0) Intel Celeron 1037U 1.80GHz Intel NM70 Mini ITX Motherboard / CPU Combo
ECS NM70-I2 (V1.0) Intel Celeron 1037U 1.80GHz Intel NM70 Mini ITX Motherboard / CPU Combo

Pros: All in one board has everything but memory. Conspicuous value. I paid $65.00 Very quiet processor fan. Almost silent.

Cons: None that I know of.

Excellent product

JLab Bouncer Premium Home Bluetooth Speaker
JLab Bouncer Premium Home Bluetooth Speaker

Pros: Good sound, Good base for small cabinet, Good compact remote. These sound as good or better than Logitech X230 2.1 speakers connected by wire.

Cons: They are not free

Overall Review: If anyone cares about "power consumption", run them full blast 24/7, it will cost you $1.76 per year.

Silent running

Rosewill RD400S, 80 PLUS Certified 400 W Power Supply
Rosewill RD400S, 80 PLUS Certified 400 W Power Supply

Pros: Very quiet. SATA and PCIE as needed. The cables are wrapped in a fibrous conduit that cleans up the installation and helps the cables to hold a shape and stay put without extra cable ties. I can not hear this PC run from 5 feet away. Very quiet.

Cons: Won't mow my lawn.

Overall Review: Better choice and lower price than the Antec power supplies I usually buy.

Good Stable Board

Foxconn G31MXP-K I7 LGA 775 Intel G31 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
Foxconn G31MXP-K I7 LGA 775 Intel G31 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Very stable with Win Vista 32. No crashes or glitches. Recovers from Sleep/Standby every time. Good built in graphics. Gigabit lan is great for backups to our local network. Using for office applications, email and internet.

Cons: No RAID, only 3 SATA. No HDMI.

Overall Review: You get a lot for $40. Go newegg

Good Drive

Crucial RealSSD C300 2.5" 64GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) CTFDDAC064MAG-1G1
Crucial RealSSD C300 2.5" 64GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) CTFDDAC064MAG-1G1

Pros: Straightforward install. Acts just like a SATA or IDE HDD but faster and silent.

Cons: Cost per gigabyte is higher than HDD

Overall Review: I expected to have some difficulty installing and tuning my first SSD. Not to worry. Motherboard, Windows XP, Windows 7, and Norton Ghost all recognize it as normal disk. I use it as a system disk and it is quite a bit faster than the striped RAID array that it replaced.

WD drives

Western Digital RE3 WD2502ABYS 250GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive
Western Digital RE3 WD2502ABYS 250GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: Excellent RAID drive. It even survived being mismatched with a WD2500YS which is a much less advanced previous generation drive.

Cons: This drive seems a little pricey for 250 GB, but in a fast RAID 0 array, you will end up with almost 500 GB for about 120 bucks.

Overall Review: I returned a few WD HDD in the first few years after SATA introduction. I found out later that the problem was the SATA cables. I have 7 active SATA drives and they all have clip lock data cables now. No problems since.