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Michael B.

Michael B.

Joined on 08/31/11

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Most Favorable Review

Really quiet!

Antec EarthWatts Green EA-430D Green 430W Continuous power ATX12V v2.3 / EPS 12V 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
Antec EarthWatts Green EA-430D Green 430W Continuous power ATX12V v2.3 / EPS 12V 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply

Pros: I've had the opportunity to install two of these within the last two weeks. One in a brand new custom build for a new AMD Llano machine and another in my older Dell Inspirion 5150. First off this think is FREAKY quiet. I took what sounded like a jet-engine out of the Dell and put this thing in and reduced the background noise to zilch. (I've never heard the Dell's hard-drive till yesterday when I installed.)

Cons: Nothing at all

Overall Review: I'm very satisfied. I'm looking forward to using a higher-end one in the gaming system I plan to build in the next few months.

Most Critical Review

Bump.......Bump.......Bump

WD Black 4TB Performance Desktop Hard Disk Drive - 7200 RPM SATA 6Gb/s 256MB Cache 3.5 Inch - WD4005FZBX
WD Black 4TB Performance Desktop Hard Disk Drive - 7200 RPM SATA 6Gb/s 256MB Cache 3.5 Inch - WD4005FZBX

Cons: This is the first time out of a dozen WD Black that I've had a problem with. It has a steady rhythmic "BUMP" sound every 5-10 seconds. It, like a faucet dripping at night, drove be crazy. Had to take it out and replace it.

Overall Review: Only WD product I've ever had a problem with. Its a shame too...I had a lot of expectation (and investment) in this product.

11/22/2019

Failed in 10 months - Expected FAR more from a Gold Level PSU

Seasonic FOCUS GX-550, 550W 80+ Gold, Full-Modular, Fan Control in Fanless, Silent, and Cooling Mode, 10 Year Warranty, Perfect Power Supply for Gaming and Various Application, SSR-550FX.
Seasonic FOCUS GX-550, 550W 80+ Gold, Full-Modular, Fan Control in Fanless, Silent, and Cooling Mode, 10 Year Warranty, Perfect Power Supply for Gaming and Various Application, SSR-550FX.

Pros: Pros? Its modular

Cons: Cons? It failed in a standard machine using integrated graphics. This system runs nesting software for a high-def plasma.

Overall Review: I've put this PSU in (3) builds at the same time. One of them has failed. Watching the other two carefully. I've been building systems since 2012 for work and private and previously always used Antec or Evega. This was my first experience with Seasonic and my LAST.

Decent Case with a few things to be wary of

Corsair Carbide Series 200R Black Steel / Plastic Compact ATX Mid Tower Case
Corsair Carbide Series 200R Black Steel / Plastic Compact ATX Mid Tower Case

Pros: Overall build quality is good. This is my second build with this case so it must have some good qualities, right. Cost is one. Ease of dealing with installing the drives and such were fine and by the numbers.

Cons: 1) Watch the center standoff! The first time I built with the case I opened it up and wondered what I had missed in the description when I ordered it. It removes with a pair of pliers easy enough. 2) The existing standoffs are HORRIBLE! You will have to work (uncomfortably) with a standard ATX board to get it to work.

Overall Review: If you've built a system or two then you should have no trouble with this case. Corsair should seriously do something with the standoffs though. It would be a five-egg machine if not for that.

Mixed Feelings

ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: As with all ASROCK mobos packs a lot of bang for the buck.

Cons: Labeling on the board and the owner's manual could be a LOT better. I would love to see ALL manufacturers do better diagrams of the front panel connections. Also, as other reviewers have mentioned there could be confusion centering around the SATA III connections for the HDD and the bootup time. The label that they put on the ports actually made what should have been straight forward more confusing. Also, attention first time ASROCK builders: 3rd PARTY UTILITY SOFTWARE will be downloaded if you hit 'download all' from the driver disk. Some of it is useful....some of it is annoying though. Took me a few minutes to get the annoying ones adjusted or deleted. But hey, that's why these boards cost less.

12/10/2013

Overall Decent Case for the Price

Antec Gaming Series One Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Antec Gaming Series One Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: Compact, toolfree and straight-forward.

Cons: The plastic legs are out of level so it wobbles just a bit. I didn't notice till I had the build installed on the desk. I'm going to look to see if they adjust or if I need to shim. I guess there's worse problems that I could have had. Still....

12/10/2013