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Autumn L.

Autumn L.

Joined on 09/08/05

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Most Favorable Review

Beautiful Case

LIAN LI PC-Q08B Black Aluminum Mini-ITX Tower Computer Case
LIAN LI PC-Q08B Black Aluminum Mini-ITX Tower Computer Case

Pros: -Beautiful aesthetic -Multiple large, quiet fans supported/included -Easy installation -Full size PSU supported -Tool-less HDD and PSU screws -Plenty of room for drives and a large card

Cons: -Wiring can get tight, but it's manageable -Sata cables get pushed into drive cage from mobo side -Power and sata cables get pushed against cover from front -5.25" bay may be needed just for stuffing excess PSU wiring -Finish can be scratched, but not to easily or badly

Overall Review: I bought this for my home NAS and it's served well for over 2 years. I've had 2 different mobo/CPU combination in it; it fit a stock Intel heatsink/fan just fine. I have 6 3.5" drive installed; they stay nice and cool from the large front fan. This has been the only Mini ITX case I've owed (I've had many full ATX). I'm surprised at it's usefulness as a form factor and am considering another of this specific case for my main desktop.

Most Critical Review

Good for the price if you've got time

Rosewill RSV-S4-6G - 4-Bay 3.5” Hot-Swap Spanning & JBOD Enclosure - RAID 0 / 1 / 10 / 5 / 5 + Spare - Controller Card Bundle - Up to 6 Gbps Transfer Rate
Rosewill RSV-S4-6G - 4-Bay 3.5” Hot-Swap Spanning & JBOD Enclosure - RAID 0 / 1 / 10 / 5 / 5 + Spare - Controller Card Bundle - Up to 6 Gbps Transfer Rate

Pros: -Price! -All sorts of RAID configurations possible -Compact and stylish -Bundled port multiplier (with included small form-factor bracket!)

Cons: -No USB (but I knew that going in) -Compatibility issues (see below) -Poor documentation -You need a free PCI slot for the bundled card (unless you already have a eSATA with port multiplier)

Overall Review: -My configuration is a 9TB RAID 5 with 4 3TB Seagates (no, not the kind that is know to be bad in RAIDs) -It's been a while since I set this up, so I don't remember every step I went through; it was far from plug-and-play. The biggest issue was that Windows 7 didn't handle the drivers it came with very well, causing my entire RAID 5 to drop. I should know by now to ignore bundled software and immediately go for the newest version online. Even after uninstalling these and installing newer ones, I continued to have problems. After a month of constantly resetting, crossing my fingers for the RAID to come back on properly, and resetting again, I finally reinstalled Windows and went straight for the newest drivers. It works a charm, now! -tl;dr: Works best with clean Windows install and newest drivers from Internet

Could have been great.

CM Storm Cooler Master SGK-4040-GKCM1-US QuickFire Rapid-i Fully Backlit Tenkeyless Mechanical Gaming Keyboard with Individual Key Lighting Profiles
CM Storm Cooler Master SGK-4040-GKCM1-US QuickFire Rapid-i Fully Backlit Tenkeyless Mechanical Gaming Keyboard with Individual Key Lighting Profiles

Pros: Nice, professional, compact design. Fn key and media keys and well-layed-out. I love Cherry MX Browns. Individual LEDs for each key.

Cons: Backspace key rattles as if the guides are misaligned. In less than a day, one of the LED back lights went out. I may be picky, but I'm unwilling to deal with these since this is in less than a day and more issues are sure to come up; at this price, even these are unacceptable.

Overall Review: I should have known from other reviews that this would be a problem, but thought I'd give it a try. RMA'd.

Great card!

XFX Black Edition Double Dissipation Radeon R9 290 4GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card R9-290A-EDBD
XFX Black Edition Double Dissipation Radeon R9 290 4GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card R9-290A-EDBD

Pros: -Quiet! The two large fans really do their jobs, making this quieter than the last 4 cards I've owned. I'm never going back to single fan or turbine style. -Fast! But that's what I figured when I shelled out this kind of money. -Cool! At least pretty cool for the power.

Cons: -Big! But then, what card isn't these days? My card scrapes the front of my case--I thought it might not fit. Check depth if you can before you buy!

Overall Review: The XFX logo lights up on the card. Neat if you're into that sort of thing, I guess. When I bought this it was the best card in its price range. I would still highly recommend it.

12/31/2014

Great laptop

ASUS Laptop Intel Core i5 4th Gen 4200U (1.60GHz) 6GB Memory 750GB HDD Intel HD Graphics 4400 15.6" Touchscreen Windows 8 64-Bit Q501LA-BBI5T03
ASUS Laptop Intel Core i5 4th Gen 4200U (1.60GHz) 6GB Memory 750GB HDD Intel HD Graphics 4400 15.6" Touchscreen Windows 8 64-Bit Q501LA-BBI5T03

Pros: -Full-HD screen -Touchscreen -$510 when I bought it -Intel HD 4400 (good for this price range) -i5 -Sleek design

Cons: -Windows 8 (but we can't really blame the laptop for this) -No SSD (but in this price range that'd be crazy) -Some WiFi problems, but nothing to write home about -No optical drive, but I knew that going in

Overall Review: This is the nicest laptop I've owned. It has the sleek sophistication that Mac users pay an extra thousand for. I don't see the point in owning a powerhouse laptop, since extreme components, graphic especially, drive the prices really high. I'll save that money for my nice desktop; this laptop is really useful for what laptops are good for.

11/13/2014
Linksys EA4500 App Enabled N900 Dual-Band Wireless Router with Gigabit and USB
Linksys EA4500 App Enabled N900 Dual-Band Wireless Router with Gigabit and USB

Pros: Great range and easy to use. I have mine in my basement and it is strong on the second floor. I could move it to the first floor but have no need to. I don't use a lot of its features, but port forwarding is easy to set up (once you find it). This is the best router I've ever used, never needing to be power-cycled (which I've had to do a lot on slower models of different brands).

Cons: Web setup is a maze. Runs a little hot, but it's doing a lot. Can't handle wirelessly streaming HD to several computers while Skyping and transferring files via remote desktop... but that seems reasonable.

Overall Review: Like so many other products, it's really amazing how many people list their tech knowledge as "high" then say something really dumb.