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Kelly R.

Kelly R.

Joined on 04/10/10

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ADATA Premier Pro SP900 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) ASP900S3-256GM-C
ADATA Premier Pro SP900 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) ASP900S3-256GM-C

Pros: Fast drive, performs well. Great bang for the buck @ $170 dollars Comes with 3.5 tray Free cloning software

Cons: Firmware update process is a pain in the...Free Acronis True Image Software retrieval is a pain in... (be sure to get the code for Acronis software off of the back of the drive before installing the drive as well as the UPC code for registration) For AMD users who have updated from the M$ AHCI driver to the AMD AHCI driver, you HAVE to temporarily go back to the M$ AHCI driver in order to update the firmware. Be sure to thoroughly read all material available for this drive before you begin, it will save you some time and frustration.

Overall Review: Very fast, very happy with performance. 567MB/s Read 511MB/s Write Overall, I recommend this drive, however, novice PC enthusiasts may find setting this drive up correctly quite the challenge.

Excellent cooling

CORSAIR Hydro Series H60 (CWCH60) High Performance Liquid CPU Cooler
CORSAIR Hydro Series H60 (CWCH60) High Performance Liquid CPU Cooler

Pros: Does it's job Easy install Looks great Affordable AMD and Intel compatible

Cons: Hardware machining: I have three of these cooling devices and each one has had an issue with the machining of the securing hardware. See other thoughts.

Overall Review: Test fit each of the machined pieces before you install. If you run into the issue with burring just apply a small amount of Liquid Graphite (WD 40, Sewing Mahine oil or 3-In-One oil may even work but I have not tried) on the threads and slowly work the thumb screw down the threads by screwing/unscrewing until you are able to bottom out the thumb screw without it hanging up. This method has worked great each time I've tried it. Be sure to wipe of any excess lube. Do not force the thumb screws down the threads or your hardware will be ruined. These coolers work great and help to reduce overall noise. Running Prime95 I've yet to see my CPU run hotter than 58C. Hope this helps.

RAID issues

ASUS Sabertooth 990FX AM3+ AMD 990FX + SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
ASUS Sabertooth 990FX AM3+ AMD 990FX + SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

Pros: FYI...BIOS 0705 is available from ASUS's website to address RAID issues.

Cons: N/A

Round two

ASUS Crosshair V Formula AM3+ AMD 990FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Gaming Motherboard with 3-Way SLI/CrossFireX Support and UEFI BIOS
ASUS Crosshair V Formula AM3+ AMD 990FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Gaming Motherboard with 3-Way SLI/CrossFireX Support and UEFI BIOS

Pros: Had to RMA first board due to instability issues, replacement board works just fine. Has a ton of incredible features, new GUI BIOS is easy to get around in and board looks awesome, nice color scheme and, so far, performs beyond my expectations. Excellent board layout, right angle SATA connectors are awesome, ROG Connect rocks! AI Suite software provides super easy OC'ing for lazy people like me :<) and has a host of other useful apps as well. The list goes on and on... Newegg was outstanding in their RMA efforts!

Cons: People who make postings about items they do not own but feel they have to make "clarifications". Some of these boards just have issues...

Overall Review: Updated BIOS, 0506, is available on the ASUS website. My Rig: ASUS Crosshair V Formula AMD 1100T Black Edition CPU Corsair H60 CPU Cooler (push/pull fans) 8GB GSkill 1866 Memory Sapphire HD 6950 2GB GPU OCZ Agililty 3 SSD WD 640GB Black HDD Thermaltake 650W Toughpower Grand CM Storm Enforcer midtower case For what it's worth: This setup scores a 7.6 on the WEI, GPU and SSD scored a 7.9

This case just rocks!

CM Storm Enforcer - Gaming Mid Tower Computer Case with USB 3.0 and Water Cooling Support
CM Storm Enforcer - Gaming Mid Tower Computer Case with USB 3.0 and Water Cooling Support

Pros: EXCELLENT cable management! Plenty of room under motherboard tray for any extra cabling from your PSU. Tons of room, can easily fit extra long video cards. Removable drive cage(s). Great air flow. Front panel connectors work great. Front bezel removes easily, no hassle like a lot of cases. Lots of hardware and installation goodies. Well thought out design and very well built. Front 200mm fan moves tons of air. Bottom mount PSU

Cons: Bottom mount 2.5 drive cage does not work well with modular PSU's. (Had to remove mine to get cables plugged in). May not be a problem with other PSU's though. Does not come with a top case fan.

Overall Review: Very happy with this purchase, would buy again without thinking twice. My set up: ASUS Crosshair V Formula MB AMD 1100T Black Edition CPU Corsair H60 CPU cooler w/push-pull fan setup 8GB GSkill 1866 Sniper memory Thermaltake 650W Toughpower Grand PSU AMD Radeon HD 6950 2GB GPU All contained within this awesome case... By far the best case I've ever worked with, can't say enough good things about it.

Excellent PSU...

Thermaltake TPG-650M Toughpower Grand GOLD 650W ATX 12V V2.3 / EPS 12V 2.92 SLI Certified CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
Thermaltake TPG-650M Toughpower Grand GOLD 650W ATX 12V V2.3 / EPS 12V 2.92 SLI Certified CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

Pros: Modular, very efficient, quiet and nice looking too! 4/8 pin cables are long enough to route behind motherboard tray, no extenders cables needed. Comes extremely well packaged and has some nice accessories.

Cons: Could be a little cheaper :)

Overall Review: Fits really well in a CM Storm Enforcer case, looks great with the ASUS Crosshair V Formula and has ample power for all other components. Little pricey but don't regret spending the money for it... highly recommend this product. This PSU CM Storm Enforcer case ASUS Crosshair V Formula AMD 1100T Black Edition CPU Arctic Cooler Freezer Pro 64 fan/HS Radeon HD 6950 2 GB GPU 8GB GSkill Ripjaws Memory OCZ Agililty 3 SSD WD 640GB Black HDD Makes for a decent gaming rig :)