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Matthew K.

Matthew K.

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These drives are the best for mass storage.

WD Green WD30EZRX 3TB IntelliPower 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive
WD Green WD30EZRX 3TB IntelliPower 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: Reliable, power efficient, and huge.

Cons: Work perfectly, unless you didn't do your research and try to use them on a system that doesn't support GPT. ON traditional systems 2GB is the max.

Overall Review: Too many bad reviews from people who don't understand how drives work, and aren't aware of the 2TB limits on their computers. These drives are great. I have two of these, 3 of the 2TB variety and one of the 1TB variety. No DOA's, no malfunctions, no problems ever.

10/16/2012
Most Critical Review

Coupon code works

NVIDIA Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X 2 Game Coupon - Gift PC Game
NVIDIA Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X 2 Game Coupon - Gift PC Game

Pros: - Free is my favorite price! - Unlike some other coupons I've heard of, this one actually works. - Received an additional free game (Blazing Angels 2) for free from Ubisoft for "pre-ordering" Hawx2

Cons: - It was a little tricky to figure out where to go to use it. The link on the front of the coupon didn't work. I eventually wound up on ubisofts store webpage, which accepted the code. - Ubisoft download manager requires administrative priveleges in order to work on my Win7 box. This makes me a little bit uncomfortable and almost doesn't make me want to run it.

Great for ZFS

LSI 9305-24i x8 lane, PCIe 3.0 Full Height SAS SAS 9305 12 Gb/s SAS Host Bus Adapter
LSI 9305-24i x8 lane, PCIe 3.0 Full Height SAS SAS 9305 12 Gb/s SAS Host Bus Adapter

Pros: Works LSI Logic controllers just work better than anything else on the market. Perform great, and work reliably.

Cons: - Can run a little hot. Make sure it has plenty of airflow - Unclear how you are supposed to use the top two ports in a half height system. (Luckily it was going in my 4U full height case) - Sometimes can be a little tricky to flash the firmware.

Overall Review: The above two sections say it all.

Surprisingly good for the price

XION Gaming Series XON-310_BK Black with Blue LED Light Steel / Plastic Micro ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
XION Gaming Series XON-310_BK Black with Blue LED Light Steel / Plastic Micro ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: - Good build quality - Sturdy - Roomy for Micro-ATX - Screwless fan mounting clip was a nice touch

Cons: - Odd drive mounting locations - Odd rear bracket retaining clip for PCIe expansion slots requires removing individual screws, then removing another screw and swiveling a door. - Included LED fan is VERY bright.

Overall Review: Perfect for a low cost system. Don't get me wrong. This is not by any means a high end case, but if you add up what you get you'll be amazed at how little you paid for it. This is why it gets 4 stars. Amazing bang for the buck.

I'm surprised it has lasted this long...

OCZ Onyx Series 2.5" 32GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) OCZSSD2-1ONX32G
OCZ Onyx Series 2.5" 32GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) OCZSSD2-1ONX32G

Pros: - Just keeps on going - cheap

Cons: - Slow for an SSD

Overall Review: I've had this SSD since 2011. First it served as the boot drive on a linux server for a couple of years. For the last few years it has been the boot drive in my Ubuntu Linux based HTPC with Kodi. Every other OCZ SSD I have ever owned (OCZ Agility, 128GB, OCZ Agility 2 128GB, OCZ Vertex 3 256GB, OCZ Vertex 4 256GB) has died within two years of purchase (I don't know why I kept going back) Would I guy it again? Probably not. This thing is likely some sort of statistical anomaly, and I fully expect it to go any minute (no way an OCZ drive - any OCZ drive - has actually lasted more than 5 years), but heck, this one has been a regular old faithful.

Sleep States are broken

BIOSTAR H81MHV3 LGA 1150 Intel H81 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
BIOSTAR H81MHV3 LGA 1150 Intel H81 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: It powers up and works just fine. <br><br>Surprisingly compact for a Micro-ATX board. Its only a TINY bit larger than a Mini-ITX board.<br><br>CPU fan auto speed control seems pretty good and configurable.

Cons: - Board does not have a USB3 header for case USB3 ports. Instead it only has two USB 2.0 headers.<br>- No fan control for case fans in BIOS.<br>- Board requires 4 pin ATX 12v power in order to boot, even on low power 35W "T" series chips which shouldn't really need it. The biggest problem is sleep states. If you care about the system going to sleep and saving power, don't get this board. If you leave ACPI settings on auto in BIOS, initiating suspend instead triggers a hibernate, which can not be woken via USB If you manually configure it, the best you can seem to get is an S1 state (not the typical S3 state, commonly referred to as "sleep") and in the S1 suspend state, the system actually uses MORE power than when left on, and idle.

Overall Review: Yellow color is an interesting choice. The RAM I had laying around for this build was red, which gives my build a little bit of a McDonalds look, but I guess that isn't the end of the world.<br><br>Overall I'm happy, it's a decent motherboard for a rather low cost. I liked this board at first, but I was forced to come back and edit my review and lower the eggs to two. For my purposes this board is useless if it can not enter a proper S3 sleep state. I probably will not buy Biostar again. All the other motherboards in the house from other brands enter S3 sleep state just fine.

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Very professional, handled my problem excellently

Purchased a refurbished Vizio TV from this seller. Unfortunately the refurbished unit had a intermittent fault in it, requiring an RMA. The seller was very professional and courteous and handled the RMA fantastically. Much, much better than certain big brand names RMA departments I've had to deal with in the past. Of course you hope these things never happen, but sometimes they do, even to the best of sellers, and the important part is how they handle it when something goes wrong. I would not hesitate to buy from WeeklyCloseouts again!

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