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Jereme M.

Jereme M.

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Good USB 3.0 Flash Drive

Mushkin Enhanced Ventura Pro 32GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Model MKNUFDVP32GB
Mushkin Enhanced Ventura Pro 32GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Model MKNUFDVP32GB

Pros: Quad-channel architecture that gives me the following tested specs on CrystalDiskMark 3.0.1 (not good tester for flash memory) with a nearly full capacity drive (26.28 GB of 29.4 GB full) with a USB 3.0 port controlled by a Renesas D720200 chip on a VLI VL810 hub (not the greatest controller): USB3, 1000MB, 5 runs- Seq Read=129.2MB/s, Seq Write=72.4MB/s 512K Read=102.0MB/s, Seq Read=1.2MB/s 4K Read=8.0MB/s, 4K Write=0.13MB/s=130KB/s USB3, 500MB, 5 runs- Seq Read=123.9MB/s, Seq Write=69.41MB/s 512K Read=101.8MB/s, 512K Write=1.4MB/s 4K Read=8.0MB/s, 4K Write=0.17MB/s=170KB/s USB3, 100MB, 5 runs- Seq Read=118MB/s, Seq Write=58.1MB/s 512K Read=97.8MB/s, 512K Write=8.1MB/s 4K Read=8.0MB/s, 4K Read=0.7MB/s=700KB/s USB3, 50MB, 5 runs- Seq Read = 83.1MB/s, Seq Write=43.8MB/s 512K Read=81.6MB/s, 512K Write=19.7MB/s 4K Read=8.0MB/s, 4K Write=1.1MB/s Real-world read/write on 4.4GB .iso gave 131/83 sustained (210+/110+ initial) and 2.15GB/2400 folder gave 102/29 sustained (1

Cons: None, considering the price! :)

Overall Review: Would love to have tested it on an Intel USB 3.0 port from a Z77 chipset...but could not do that. I have a Gigabyte Z68 motherboard that uses the Renesas chip. Maybe it might have increased the speed a little? Eh, someone will do the research soon enough on this topic.

Durable Board with Some Limitations

GIGABYTE GA-EP43-DS3L LGA 775 Intel P43 ATX Intel Motherboard
GIGABYTE GA-EP43-DS3L LGA 775 Intel P43 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: - The usual GIGABYTE durability is demonstrated again with this motherboard - Allows some overclocking but it's really limited (see cons) - Has a good layout - PCI slots are nice for legacy devices (well, back in 2009, PCI was still common but now-a-days, late 2014, it's pretty much dead) - IDE (again, dead at consumer level for 2014) is nice for older HDDs and ODDs - Stays cool if not overclocking Had this matched with an Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 and 8GB of Kingston HyperX DDR2 1066 from January 2009 to July 2009 before I realized I needed to get an Intel P45 chipset motherboard with more robust overclocking features. It is a good motherboard and is really meant for a no-frills setup (again, limited overclocking).

Cons: The overclocking on this board is not up to par with what I was used to. Sure, you can get memory to 1066 but you are not going to get 4 sticks of memory to 1200 even though the specifications do say it is possible. I could NOT get my E8400 to overclock a single bit even though there are all the usual settings to do so in the BIOS.

Overall Review: Ok, sure, this review is like a really long-term review of the motherboard and no one sells this anymore except on auction or bargain sites. However, I do have to say that it is still going good in my friend's computer (she's not really that needy with computer performance) when I sold it to her as a used motherboard and built a new system in July 2009 with this. Like all things in life, you keep it tidy and clean and it will last. Over the years, it has gone through 3 HDDs (current one is a 500GB HDD), has an older Samsung 470 SSD (thing is still amazing), 2 GPUs (9600 GT to GTX 460 I got for $20 last year), and gone from 4GB of G.Skill memory to 8GB (4x2GB DDR2 1066/PC2-8500) of same G.Skill. I keep it maintained for her and it still runs circles around newer computers that have been just flat out abused by their owners (you know, not keeping it clean, garbage processes, etc.). She's happy with it. It's an average and satisfactory board with good features (albeit, it tries to hard on claiming overclocking ability) and excellent durability. That is why I am giving this 4 eggs: 3 eggs for average performance with similar priced models at-the-time (January 2009) and 1 extra egg for the really durable design.

Still Going...

Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 - Core 2 Duo Wolfdale Dual-Core 3.0 GHz LGA 775 65W Processor - BX80570E8400
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 - Core 2 Duo Wolfdale Dual-Core 3.0 GHz LGA 775 65W Processor - BX80570E8400

Pros: - Works as intended with no surprises - Overclockable (though, you need a good motherboard, P45 is a good Intel chipset for this CPU) - Durable (Still using it and went from main --> backup --> home server from January 2009 to present) Ran @ stock speeds for a long time (January 2009 to summer 2011) and then overclocked it after getting a better cooler (Zalman CNPS9900ALED) for a good deal around summer 2011. It has stayed overclocked to 3.6 GHz (20% OC) with 400 FSB x 9 multiplier. The Kingston HyperX 4x2GB = 8GB had to be adjusted to 2.66 x 400 = 1064 @ 7-7-7-20 @ 2.0V afterwards from the original 3.2 x 333 = 1065.6 @ 7-7-7-20 @ 2.0V. Did a lot of work with this in my main system for the first couple years before I phased it out to home server/networking duties. It has survived through my college years. This Core 2 Duo E8400 CPU is just a great product of engineering. I expect this to be one of the proud artifacts humans dig up hundreds to thousands of years from now, assuming humans are still around.

Cons: - Will be fine with stock Intel cooler for normal spec'd operation but will definitely need a good Intel P-series chipset motherboard (I recommend P45) and a good cooler if you plan to overclock it.

Overall Review: You can get these CPUs still on other online auction or retail sites for $5 to $20, a good P45 DDR2/DDR3 motherboard for $50, 4GB of DDR2 for $10 to $20 (or 4GB of DDR3 for dirt cheap), and the other stuff (cooler, tower, GPU, hdd/ssd) for $80 to $150, and you got yourself a very capable PC for $145 to $240. Almost makes me want to try that just for the heck of it! ;)

Good HTPC case

LIAN LI Black Aluminum PC-C50B Micro ATX Media Center / HTPC Case
LIAN LI Black Aluminum PC-C50B Micro ATX Media Center / HTPC Case

Pros: - Very customizable - Has room for smaller HS+fan designs (such as the Cooler Master GEMIN II S524) - Has plenty of room for a larger GPU IF you remove some of the SSD/HDD/ODD cages (up to 250mm = 9.84in) - All aluminum design keeps everything cooler (everything is aluminum) - Plenty of ventilation and room for 5 120mm fans (2 on each side and one on top) and 1 80mm rear exhaust fan - Having 3 USB 3.0 ports right up front is very nice along with e-SATA (very few people use this anymore since USB 3.0 came out), MS/SD card reader and HD audio port and microphone - The case stands have rubber feet on them and the stands are extremely durable unlike the kind that break off or bend easily with other cases - The SSD/HDD cages can be further broken down by themselves to make room for taller hardware on your motherboard (you can easily fit 2 3.5" HDDs and 1 SSD for each cage or take some screws off and make a slimmer cage to fit 1 HDD and 1 SSD or make it even slimmer and fit 1 2.5" HDD or SSD or remove it completely) - Extremely light (all aluminum design helps considerably)

Cons: - Can get a little annoying having to take at least 6 screws off (2 thumb-screws in the rear and 4 for a HDD/SSD/ODD cage) just to get to some components on the motherboard - maximum PSU length is 150mm (5.9in) and that is, literally, the maximum length - Micro ATX, Mini DTX, and Mini ITX standards only (although, this is not really a con because Lian-Li makes it very clear in their specifications) - Would be wise to pick up dust filters - You can fit more than 1 GPU in this case but you will have a nightmare of a time getting them to fit without hitting the aluminum center structure beam (it can be removed first though but you will need it if you plan to have at least one of the cages installed) - Just be careful with the screws so that you do not strip the threads on the aluminum (duh) All of the cons are not worth taking an egg off

Overall Review: This case looks great with dark Korean furniture and matches it very well. In my particular build, I had a Cooler Master GEMIN II S524 that, basically, wiped out the front HDD/SSD cage (so, not mounting HDD/SSD in that location). This left me with the rear cage above the PSU open. The ODD cage was needed for a Blu-ray drive (it is an HTPC case, after all). Also, I seem to be in this habit of giving out a lot of 4 and 5 egg ratings. For those of you that challenge me on this, yes, you have a good point. However, have you stopped to consider that I do a LOT of research, calculations (can't help that I'm a mathematician), and, just, flat-out planning? That might be the reason why I don't make very many "mistake" purchases! The stuff I do buy is because I do my homework. Think before acting.

Amazing Two Core CPU

Intel Core i3-2105 - Core i3 2nd Gen Sandy Bridge Dual-Core 3.1 GHz LGA 1155 65W Intel HD Graphics 3000 Desktop Processor - BX80623I32105
Intel Core i3-2105 - Core i3 2nd Gen Sandy Bridge Dual-Core 3.1 GHz LGA 1155 65W Intel HD Graphics 3000 Desktop Processor - BX80623I32105

Pros: - Efficient architecture (only surpassed by the newer Ivy Bridge and Haswell) but leaps-and-bounds better than initial Nehalem architecture (ja ja, they were quad cores, but core-for-core, Sandy Bridge was a huge improvement over Nehalem and Lynnfield) - Runs cool enough even with the stock heatsink and fan (never got past 62C in a somewhat airflow restricted HTPC case) and with the claimed power and thermal increase from hyper-threading - Will not be a bottle-neck for mid-level GPUs (such as Nvidia GeForce GTX 660 or AMD 7850/7870)

Cons: No overclocking at all, period! Everyone should know this already but I thought I might be able to get a base clock increase of +5 to +10 Mhz and that failed miserably. A nice 110 MHz base clock (+10 MHz, 10% increase) would have translated to 3.41 GHz and would have this CPU sniffing in the ideal frequency territory for decent gaming. Intel, if you are reading this, please, please, please, offer a K-model i3 in the future. These Core i3s are awesome values and an overclocking i3 would send shockwaves in the community.

Overall Review: Overall, great piece of engineering that rivals first-generation Lynnfield Core i5 CPUs and lower end Bloomfield Core i7 CPUs (former being about 10% less in performance and latter being 20 to 30% less in performance) with only 2 physical cores and 4 logical threads.

Solid Motherboard

GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3P LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard
GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3P LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: - Tough and durable board as their advertising indicates - No signs of degradation - Has older connectors for legacy devices - Tons of features - Stays cool

Cons: - BIOS settings have some limitations (if you overclock a lot like I do with several CPUs over the years) but not bad enough to drop an egg - A little finicky with overclocking memory (and somewhat limited options in BIOS)

Overall Review: This motherboard is a feature-rich and is a good, solid, tough piece of engineering. A Core2 Quad Q9550 CPU was overclocked and stayed stable without any degradation (no uptick in voltage) for 5 years (3.61 GHz @ 1.268V). The memory sticks (4x2GB = 8GB @ 2.0V and 5-5-5-15 timings) have stayed at 1021 MHz the whole time too.

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Nice, Inexpensive Speakers But...

Speakers are great, if it came in working order. The speakers came with all of the fluid/liquid leaked out. The vendor needs to package and ship the product appropriately.

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