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Michael E.

Michael E.

Joined on 10/21/05

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Smooth RAID

areca ARC-1110 PCI-X 64bit/133MHz SATA II (3.0Gb/s) Controller Card
areca ARC-1110 PCI-X 64bit/133MHz SATA II (3.0Gb/s) Controller Card

Pros: Runs great, and easy for an average guy like me to setup. They send you a book with it, which helped me immensely.

Cons: Costs more than the others.

Overall Review: My geek son is in "server integration" at a firm I won't mention. They use these cards, so I got one. They never have problems with them. They are true RAID, with all sorts of backups and redundancy built into them for power loss, drive failure and the like. I use it for a RAID5 but it has a RAID6 engine in it. If I can configure it, you can, too

11/22/2007

was easy for me

GIGABYTE GA-X48T-DQ6 LGA 775 Intel X48 ATX Intel Motherboard
GIGABYTE GA-X48T-DQ6 LGA 775 Intel X48 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: I followed the instructions, put the stuff on the board, and ran the CD install. All worked fine and booted right up. I was amazed that something that complex worked so well for me. I haven't put anything together in 5 years.

Cons: none that i see. don't know what the others are talking about, but I'm not a gamer. i didn't overclock it, but the included software allows it easily. just wanted a nice big horse to use, also for A-V.

Overall Review: I went nuts, used a Q9770, Corsairddr3 2-2 gigs of ram. Oh, they don't tell you up front, but if you are going high, like 1600, you only get one set of ram per channel, even though there are 2 slots. I went with the 2-2 gigs, because I don't think from what i read, that the board will take 4-1 gig sets at the higher speed. Used a 850 W supply, Arctic Cooler, and an 8800 GTS, too. I'm so happy it worked out, and oh yeah, i stayed with XP. no vista for me. The board sees 3.25 gig of the ram, but its there for the next and hopefully better OS.

nice and smooth

Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Pros: run nice and quiet, move a fair amount of air. I am using 3 of them in my case.

Cons: none.

Overall Review: comes with inline power connectors, too

works ok

Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD7500AAKS 750GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive Bare Drive
Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD7500AAKS 750GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: works as advertised. i bought 2 and they both worked fine in a RAID 0 strip

Cons: i suppose because they aren't 1 T. but a lot cheaper. i got about 1.5 T with the stripe RAID

works ok

nMEDIAPC ZE-C98 All-in-one USB 2.0 Card Reader with USB/ IEEE 1394/ e-SATA Port/ HD Audio Ports
nMEDIAPC ZE-C98 All-in-one USB 2.0 Card Reader with USB/ IEEE 1394/ e-SATA Port/ HD Audio Ports

Pros: works as advertised. the card readers and the plugins

Cons: plastic

Overall Review: it is plastic, so don't break it jamming the phone jacks in and out...they are sticky. The headphone didn't work on one channel. i took the thing apart...all small screws and boards to get to the plugs. pushed them in and out a few times and the cables to the motherboard and all worked. the metal just needed to get through the plastic.

silver glue

Arctic Silver 5 High-Density Polysynthetic Silver Thermal Compound AS5-12G
Arctic Silver 5 High-Density Polysynthetic Silver Thermal Compound AS5-12G

Pros: silver, so the conductivity is good.

Cons: is not cheap.

Overall Review: I got it because my geek son, in the industry, said it was the one to use.