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Jared B.

Jared B.

Joined on 08/06/04

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Most Favorable Review

Awesome performance, awesome LED's and Lifetime warranty

Crucial Ballistix Tracer 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory w/ Blue LEDs Model BL2KIT25664TB1337
Crucial Ballistix Tracer 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory w/ Blue LEDs Model BL2KIT25664TB1337

Pros: High Performance Ram, Reliable Company, great price, Lifetime Warranty Really neat Ram Bank indicator LED's. See Video for a Demo of the LED's

Cons: I haven't had them for that long but with lifetime warranty I really don't have much to worry about as long as they last a reasonable length of time.

Most Critical Review

Do NOT buy

Western Digital Raptor WD740ADFS 74GB 10000 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive Bare Drive
Western Digital Raptor WD740ADFS 74GB 10000 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: Nice fast drive and the cost now is eye appealing, but beware.

Cons: I had 2 of these drives in a mirrored raid config for speed and reliability. They both failed within days of each other leaving me with a mess for data recovery and loss of time. I RMA'd the drives to WD at an out of pocket cost and received 2 recertified drives as replacement. These drives did not last 6 months, so be warned because the warranty on them is only 90 days and there is a reason for that. They know they won't last long, and then you will be offered nothing other than a loyalty discount on new WD products. So do not waste your money, buy something else or you will be sorry and left with a $60-70+ paperweight.

WD My Book 3.0 1TB USB 3.0 3.5" External Hard Drive WDBAAK0010HCH-NESN
WD My Book 3.0 1TB USB 3.0 3.5" External Hard Drive WDBAAK0010HCH-NESN

Pros: Cheap

Cons: These have no longevity whatsoever. They will fail under minimal usage in about a years time. The warranty on them used to be 6 months because WD knew they wouldn't last long after that, now it's 2 years, but what good is that when your back-up solution fails. With this, you need a back-up of your back-up to be safe, so go with another manufacturer. I had lost too much data and spent too much time recovering from using these drives, don't make the same mistake.

Overall Review: the pros lead to the cons

Avoid this

WD My Book Essential 500GB USB 2.0 3.5" Desktop External Hard Drive WDBAAF5000EBK-NESN
WD My Book Essential 500GB USB 2.0 3.5" Desktop External Hard Drive WDBAAF5000EBK-NESN

Pros: Cheap, nice looking, that's about it

Cons: These have no longevity whatsoever. They will fail under minimal usage in about a years time. The warranty on them used to be 6 months because WD knew they wouldn't last long after that, now it's 2 years, but what good is that when your back-up solution fails. With this, you need a back-up of your back-up to be safe, so go with another manufacturer. I had lost too much data and spent too much time recovering from using these drives, don't make the same mistake.

Overall Review: You get what you pay for, like I said in the pro's it's cheap, but the reason is the cons.

ASUS P7P55D LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard
ASUS P7P55D LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Amazing Board with TONS of features and by well known and respected manufacturer ASUS. This board has so many ports and features it's truly an amazing deal for the price. There are warning LEDs for different parts of the board so if a component fails you can easily look at the board and it will tell you where the issue is. It also comes with a TON of OC settings as well as some simple automatic settings for beginners that may be worried or not have the knowledge of how to OC. It also comes with a simple OS (Express Gate) that allows you to get on the internet right from the board in case you might be having system issues that you need to troubleshoot.

Cons: None

Overall Review: I couldn't be happier with my choice in this board. Also many boards put the only PCIe x1 slot right below the first video card so if you get a double video card, this slot is of no use then. This board gives you two, so if you do happen to cover the first one with a double video card, then you still have access to the second one for a high quality sound card or whatever else that might utilize a PCIe x1 slot. The second video card slot is after that so there is no interference. Great Design, Great Performance, everything you expect from ASUS

Thermaltake V9 BlacX Edition Gaming Chassis Mid Tower Steel Computer Case BlacX Top Mounted Dual HDD Docking Stations VM400M1W2Z
Thermaltake V9 BlacX Edition Gaming Chassis Mid Tower Steel Computer Case BlacX Top Mounted Dual HDD Docking Stations VM400M1W2Z

Pros: Great Case, Beautiful design, nice black painted interior, lots of fans and filters with easy cleaning and removal. I love the Dual HDD dock on top which is one of the main reasons I bought this particular case. Tool-less design is handy.

Cons: Like others have said - Cable management. This case could use a tiny bit of room on the backside of the case without changing the aesthetics hardly at all. Just another 1/8 or 1/4 of an inch more depth on the backside and cable management would be a breeze on this case. The Tool-less design is really nice, however the first 5.25 bay clip broke while attempting to install my Optical drive. I just turned the knob and it kept going. So I looked and the little pegs that lock it in were gone, they broke off so easily.

Overall Review: Despite the cons, I did manage to get the cables routed all between the bays and the motherboard but it could be cleaner with just a little more depth. I am still extremely happy with the case and the features and the look.