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Joshua R.

Joshua R.

Joined on 09/11/04

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Excellent value

Rosewill RSV-S8 - 8-Bay 2.5" & 3.5" Hot-Swappable RAID Storage Enclosure System Bundled with PCIe Controller Card - 120mm Cooling Fan, Port Multiplier, Tray Design, RAID 0 / 1 / 5 / 10 / 5 + Spare / S
Rosewill RSV-S8 - 8-Bay 2.5" & 3.5" Hot-Swappable RAID Storage Enclosure System Bundled with PCIe Controller Card - 120mm Cooling Fan, Port Multiplier, Tray Design, RAID 0 / 1 / 5 / 10 / 5 + Spare / S

Pros: I have owned this unit for over 2 years now and it is still running strong. The SIL3132 controller is not without it's quirks, however. Still, for around $200 you still cannot find a better cost vs performance ratio. I am debating purchasing a second unit once the hdd prices finally get to pre-Thailand flood prices.

Cons: It was mentioned in another review, but this is IMPORTANT for anyone with WD20EARS drives (WD Caviar Green 2TB 64MB cache): You MUST force these drives to run in sata 1.5Gbps mode!! Use a jumper across pins 5 & 6 for OPT1 setting. You will have instability and ridiculously slow transfer speeds without doing so!

Overall Review: I am currently using BIOS 7.7.03 from silicon image's site. (As was already pointed out, it's quite simple and quick to update the BIOS from within Windows 7's device manager.) I don't and have never used the software RAID management as it is rather limited. Just use the RAID built into your OS, all of them have it nowadays.

quick shipping, decent AC unit

EdgeStar Extreme Cool 14,000 BTU Dual Hose Portable Air Conditioner & Heater - Black
EdgeStar Extreme Cool 14,000 BTU Dual Hose Portable Air Conditioner & Heater - Black

Pros: Cooling area = 650 sq ft Outside ambient (last few weeks) = 75-85F (65-70F night) Fan setting = full/high/3 AC temperature setting = 69F Inside ambient = 70F to 74F (rarely exceeds 75F, which is quite good considering the high ceilings & large area to cover for the unit & proliferation of electronic equipment used in the apt.) Nice style for an AC unit: black & silver, blue led & blue backlight LCD; does not look out of place beside my pioneer elite plasma & other electronics Overall: It works well and seems reasonably well made and the remote is nice to have as well.

Cons: a bit noisy, but expected for what it is... think fan noise, air moving sounds, not mechanical or motor sounds... the vent for cold air is directionally limited, the cold air always has an upward angle of flow which is ok for cooling a room, but it is nice to get some direct air sometimes... it is a bit louder than window units i've had but other portable units of similar BTU ratings are in the same decibel ballpark...

Overall Review: The unit works well enough, but I've not owned other portable AC units to compare. I've had small window units which are intrinsically more efficient designs but don't have the flexibility that the portable unit brings. I have a 650 sqft apartment. It doesn't get very hot in summer but far too hot for me and can be sweltering with all of my PCs & electronics running. This unit keeps up with the demand. It's been in the 80s recently, and my apt is too large for a single AC unit, but rarely gets over 75F in the apartment and usually is cooler. It seems reasonably well made and has good styling (for an AC unit). I'm happy with it so far.

Awesome!

TCELL XS USB2.0 Flash Drive - 8GB (Silver)
TCELL XS USB2.0 Flash Drive - 8GB (Silver)

Pros: Yes, I have only had this in my possession for one day, but I love it. Great gift for a computer nerd. It feels solid which is always a nice surprise in these days of continually increasing levels of outsourced, cheap labor and low quality parts in the battle to be the cheapest and somehow maintain profits. Obviously, this is not the cheapest 8GB drive, but it is one of the coolest I've seen. The LED is a nice bright blue (which happens to match all 3 of my desktop's LEDs). So for review skimmers: -Quality case build -Notches for lanyard attachment which are non intrusive to the design aesthetic -Solid recommend for nerd gifting (any ex computer building nerd has to have some appreciation for this; my co-workers have already commented about it) -USB flash drives are still cool...

Cons: choosing a "designer" usb drive means you pay a little more for the same level of true functionality... there are probably even some USB3 drives at this price per GB, but the price premium is still not much considering the solid construction... I have no qualms with the device, itself...

Overall Review: If it breaks in the next few months, I will update this review but in my experience, USB drives last a long time if they are not DOA so lets hope this one does not prove to be an exception. This will be my new favorite for daily shuffling of files, so it will see a higher than average amount of wear.

Made me a big LIAN fan

LIAN LI Lancool PC-K62 Black 0.8 mm SECC, Plastic + Mesh ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
LIAN LI Lancool PC-K62 Black 0.8 mm SECC, Plastic + Mesh ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: Solid construction, black interior, no sharp edges, tool-less stuff that actually works (expansion slot clamps are particularly impressive/rock solid), great airflow, decent fans, plenty of filters, excellent cable management, rear access for CPU fan back-plates, ports for water-cooling tubes, even thumbscrews to attach the motherboard... LIAN saved money where it was least detrimental to the design quality and functionality (i.e. it's not made of Aluminum, there is some plastic--but it is thick plastic--used for some of the outer pieces) but these sacrifices result in an excellent case for the price... in fact, it is hard to beat this case spending twice as much.

Cons: Only two front-side USB and no eSata on the front... though I rarely use more than two USB for removable devices, and I generally don't use eSata unless it's in a docking bay for internal hdds, so these are not crucial. Also, built in fan controls could be nice, possibly, but I think a modular controller panel w/ a touch screen is nicer, anyway. If you want eSata or more USB, you can also purchase these separate... Also, several people mention it, but it is heavy so it is not a portable case, but I am not sure that qualifies as a con since I don't make a habit of moving my desktop around and it's not as though it will break a desk or something. So none of these "cons" are show-stoppers... other wish lists would possibly be heat-zones but this really starts in the cases well outside of this price zone...

Overall Review: I own two of these cases: 1 @ work & 1 @ home: Home PC w/ this case: CPU: Xeon X5650 @ 4.2GHz (6-cores, think 980x w/ dual QPI buses) Cooling: Corsair H50 w/ TK122MS (amazing radiator fan) NO THERMAL PASTE! I use & LOVE Indigo Xtreme ETI! Newegg please start stocking these, vastly superior! at stock speed, CPU 0.85V: idle - 24C MAX; full load - 35C MAX; 22 C Ambient at 4.2 GHz, CPU 1.325V: idle - 30C MAX; full load - 70C MAX; 22 C Ambient Motherboard: ASUS P6X58D-E Memory: 3x2GB Corsair Dominator TR3X6G1600C8D (will be upgrading soon) GPU: ATI HD4870 Dark Knight (may upgrade, but I don't play many games and this card does not struggle to max out the games that I do play) HDD: 120GB OCZ Vertex 2 SSD 2x WD 750GB CB's in RAID0 Work PC w/ this case: CPU: PII X4 955BE @ 3.6GHz Cooling: CM Hyper 212 push/pull Motherboard: ASUS M4A78T-E Memory: 4x2GB Corsair Dominator CM3X2G1333C9D GPU: onboard HD3300 (for programming not gaming) HDD: Intel 80GB G1 SSD 2 x 640 WD CB'

Excellent Quality Mouse

RAZER DeathAdder Black 5 Buttons 1 x Wheel USB Wired Optical 1800 dpi Gaming Mouse
RAZER DeathAdder Black 5 Buttons 1 x Wheel USB Wired Optical 1800 dpi Gaming Mouse

Pros: I personally love the texture of this mouse. I have used it for close to a year now and I still enjoy using this mouse. I currently use a Razer eXact mat (mouse pad) which improves the precision, but the DeathAdder worked well with a standard mouse pad also. Of course, the response and tracking is excellent and has improved my aiming in FPS's more than I expected. The construction feels solid also, which is much appreciated as well.

Cons: I havent had any problems. The price isnt even high compared to other gaming mice, so I dont have anything substantial to complain about.

Overall Review: I also own a Razer Lycosa keyboard which I am happy with. It also has great response time and has the same smooth texture on the keys. Maybe the texture doesnt seem important to some, but it really adds to the comfort level--especially for long periods of computer usage (not just gaming). I am actually buying a second DeathAdder for one of my non-gaming machines as a result.

Best Cheap Case Out there!

Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: For the price, I don't believe that this case can be beat. It lives up to Antec's construction quality. The large fans just make sense, you can move the same amount of air at lower rpms, which means QUIET & COOL! Sounds simple, and it is... The dust filter in the front is a must as this case does have great air flow--the dust filter is an improvement over its older, slightly more expensive brother the Antec 900. A bag full of thumb screws comes with this case which is great, also an improvement. It was a pleasant experience to build a system with this case as it is very well designed.

Cons: Bottom-mounted power supply is so much nicer in my opinion than top-mounted. Be aware that you may need longer cords from your power supply as a result. Also, this may be considered either a plus or a con, but the fans don't have the fancy leds as the Antec 900 and 1200's do. (Yes, I am a bit of an Antec fan, but only through experience with their cases.)

Overall Review: I had a couple 120mm fans that I stuck in the front of the case to add to the excellent air flow. This was my budget build so: Phenom 9500 (found super cheap), Gigabyte 780G mobo, Sythe Ninja CPU cooler, 2x2GB Patriot 4-4-4-12 DDR2 (will be doubling this), Sapphire VaporX HD3870 (handed down from my high end system), 2x74GB WD Raptors (also from old system), 2x500GB Samsung F1's