Date Joined: 04/15/06
Pros: Great stuff.
Cons: Viscous i.e. thick and gooy
Overall Review: Can be hard to apply a thin coat with this stuff. Try using a razor blade. This will allow you to get a nice, thin coat.
Pros: Good design for the era I bought it in '06. I modded it with success to accommodate a 80x25mm fan.
Cons: A lot changes in two years. An Accelero S1 or S2 would be a better choice nowadays.
Overall Review: Zalman is no longer the king. I would go with Thermalright CPU coolers aka HR-03Plus or Ultra120Ex and the Accelero S1 or S2 if the S1 is too big, for video card duty.
Pros: On the quiet side iirc, but I'm really enjoying the quietness of the Scorpio 2.5" 250GB is ended up switching to.
Cons: I got a couple (one RMA) of these for my Macbook Pro. I own and enjoy a 501LJ, but I would go with a Scorpio for 2.5" needs.
Overall Review: The Momentus drives are good ones too, but then be be slow. I think the Scorpio line is the choice for the 2.5" sector, though as SSDs become more prevalent, that could chance in the not too distant future.
Pros: Best top downer style heatsink I know of.
Cons: Forget about any rebates.
For the same money or close to it, you are better off with certain tower-style designs. I would only go for this if you absolutely need a top-downer.
Overall Review: Check out the SPCR (silentpcreview) review of this heatsink
Pros: The SH-S203B is still the benchmark. And it's remarkably cheap.
Cons: None that I can think of.
Overall Review: If the cdfre aks guys like it, then it must be good. loi at newegg word filtering.
Pros: Excellent capacity for buck. I would personally go with the WD 640GB for desktop use, but these 750GB GPs are serving wonderfully in my Linux Raid5 NAS Server.
Cons: For those buying this for "green" reasons: I wonder how much CO2 emissions would drop if we all held our breaths. ;)
Overall Review: WD 640GB for most purposes, this guy for a little more capacity for a still rather low pricetag.
Pros: After being a Crucial fan for mainstream use and Corsair fan for personal builds, Musking has become my favored choice in recent times. Highly recommended memory modules!
Cons: DDR2 is going up. Go these in late May for upper 70s iirc.
Overall Review: Incredible that memory is so cheap. Sure hope DDR3 becomes this cheap once DDR2 drops out of mainstream usage.
Pros: Stock fan rather loud to my SPCR ears. I would get a Slipstream for it if you are a fellow quiet computing nut. I'm running this PSU as is for a server, but I really enjoy my other Seasonic (500W model) in my P182 with a 800rpm Slipstream @ 6v (superly awesomely quiet). A 500rpm Slipstream would be a good choice for those of you who would like to make the fan swap, but don't want to mess with undervolting or splicing the new fan into the PSU fan controller.
Cons: A bit expensive for a 380W compared to a (Seasonic manufactured?) Antec EarthWatts 380W or even other Seasonic-branded Seasonic manf. PSUs...but you get a cool paint job with this one. ;)
Overall Review: SPCR = silentpcreview (google for it if interested)
Pros: A smaller sized case than the noticeably larger P182, but still had enough hard drive spots for my raid5 NAS build. Inherently quiet design, only a little modding needed to accommodate dual 92mm intake fans rather than 80mm fans.
Cons: Should have picked up another P180/182 when I saw them on sale, but this is certainly doing the job well for server duty.
Overall Review: A bit thanks to SPCR's Mike Chin and Antec for finally coming up with cases I don't need to mod so much.
Pros: Excellent rating at an excellent price. Used to use APC and still will for UPS needs, but Belkin has become my new choice for power adapters. Got a few of these around now.
Cons: Tele in and out are unlabeled -- and it's important to get it right. Comes with a little sheet of paper, but labels on the device itself is, well, um, not to much to ask now is it.
Pros: Serving well for the past few months. Got it for a new NAS-duty server build and have move a good 500GB of data through it with no problems. Got ~32MB/s upload to the Linux software Raid5 NAS from my MacBookPro with a dd [bitsize]=65536 test over a samba share -- 1000Mbs is nice. Great price.
Cons: None that I can think of. Would be nice if the 16porters would this cheap.
Overall Review: loi on newegg flagging a dd option as an inappropriate word (bit size)
Pros: Working great as the OS drive in my NAS-duty server, running a minimal install of Debian Lenny on ReiserFS (only using ~512MB I'd say). Using it with an Addonics CF-to-SATA adapter. Great price too.
Overall Review: Would definitely go with this setup again.