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Andrew K.

Andrew K.

Joined on 04/02/10

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Most Favorable Review

Fast, Reliable

Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 2.5" 240GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) SV300S37A/240G
Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 2.5" 240GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) SV300S37A/240G

Pros: My first SSD, and I have yet to encounter any problems after almost an year! Still going fast, and while getting below the advertised speeds, I can say I'm more than satisfied. Windows 7 boots up in 7 seconds.

Cons: Small disk space? Doesn't come with an enclosure.

Overall Review: You should probably invest in an enclosure.

Most Critical Review

Worked excellently for just over 2 years... then began failing

CORSAIR Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) 288-Pin PC RAM DDR4 3200 (PC4 25600) Intel XMP 2.0 Desktop Memory Model CMK16GX4M2B3200C16W
CORSAIR Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) 288-Pin PC RAM DDR4 3200 (PC4 25600) Intel XMP 2.0 Desktop Memory Model CMK16GX4M2B3200C16W

Pros: Back when I bought it, it was good and affordable. Managed to reach 3200 on an AMD board when at the time Ryzen boards were having significant trouble with it.

Cons: After 2 years or so, my computer began throwing up BSODs and shutting down completely on its own upon running for too long, or in applications using significant system resources. Diagnosing the issue took a long while, but after updating drivers and messing around with them, running Prime 95, messing around with the RAM sticks, and then running Memtest 86, I came upon the same consistent errors being thrown up by the RAM sticks. I've never had issues with RAM like this before, coming after 4 different builds, all running 2-8 years now... until these sets of sticks. I can't say whether this is a fluke or not.

Overall Review: They lasted me just over 2 years before failing, I guess. Am I happy? Now? No. Was I happy with them? Yes, they worked just fine before, and they're a nice white.

12/15/2019

Faster than my old WD Blue, but loud

HGST DeskStar NAS 3.5" 3TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s High-Performance Hard Drive for Desktop NAS Systems Retail Packaging 0S03660
HGST DeskStar NAS 3.5" 3TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s High-Performance Hard Drive for Desktop NAS Systems Retail Packaging 0S03660

Pros: 150 read/150 write sequential Pretty fast, runs relatively cool compared to my old WD Blue

Cons: For some reason, only the first 3 partitions I have on this drive are very loud. Accessing these partitions makes the hard drive make an audible grinding and whirring noise. I do not think the drive is compromised (no warning on Crystal Disk Info), but the sound is very concerning. My 4th partition on the drive is quiet on the other hand, for some strange and unknown reason. If anyone knows why this is happening, please let me know. I have cloned the 3 partitions from an old 1TB hard drive, and this may be the issue.

Will not last

WD Blue 1TB Desktop Hard Disk Drive - 7200 RPM SATA 6Gb/s 64MB Cache 3.5 Inch - WD10EZEX
WD Blue 1TB Desktop Hard Disk Drive - 7200 RPM SATA 6Gb/s 64MB Cache 3.5 Inch - WD10EZEX

Pros: While it worked, the hard drive seemed pretty fast, especially when compared to my older WD Green 5400 RPM hard drive. I haven't really encountered any errors except the hard drive randomly not being recognized, which brings me to my cons. Relatively fast considering its RPM, but limited by cache size.

Cons: My hard drive recently began to fail. As of right now, it refuses to respond, despite however so many reboots and is also causing my shutdown sequence to last 5-10 minutes. I've tried switching out the SATA and power cables and the ports on the hard drive, but I'm getting the same issues. The hard drive itself is being recognized intermittently by my computer, but it disappears, loads incredibly slowly, or freezes my computer upon trying to access it. The drive is dead, but hopefully it's still covered by warranty. There were no warning signs about the drive failing other than it occasionally seeming to disconnect once a month (an issue resolved by rebooting), which seems unrelated to the current drive failure. The drive was working fine until yesterday, and there was no progression to this point of failure. I'm sadly disappointed that this drive hasn't lasted even one year yet (it's 20 days now from being an year old) while my older WD drive has lasted almost 6 years now. Update: I managed to salvage the hard drive by completely reformatting the drive. However, it has started to produce grinding noises and the disk health shows C5 and C6 errors. This drive did end up lasting just beyond its warranty, but it was not without problems. I'm docking an egg considering that this drive didn't even last a full 3 years. I do not recommend buying this drive.

Good so far

HIS IceQ X² Boost Radeon R9 270X 2GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card H270XQM2G2M
HIS IceQ X² Boost Radeon R9 270X 2GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card H270XQM2G2M

Pros: It works well! Cheap, comparatively. I didn't get the rebate though. I honestly wouldn't have wanted to bother, but that seemed like a good deal. Games are running much smoother, it's running Bioshock Infinite at 60 FPS with all settings maxed out, haven't tried any newer games as of yet. It's also running decently off a 500W PSU, and doesn't seem to be getting very hot under load, it maxed out at 55C during Bioshock.

Cons: Well, this Graphics card is much chunkier than I expected it to be... It also seems to be sagging under its own weight, and I'm not sure whether to attribute it to the build quality or if all video cards do that... If it becomes a problem I'll definitely update this review. I also received a graphical glitch I've never had happen before- my computer froze upon waking up from sleep and displayed a multicolored screen. I'll see if that problem occurs again, hopefully not. Docked an egg for what could be flimsy build quality and a possibly malfunctioning video card.

Overall Review: Just realize how big this graphics card really is. It takes up the whole interior of my case and is just almost touching my hard drive bay.

REVISED Review

EVGA GeForce GTX 550 Ti (Fermi) 1GB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 SLI Support Video Card 01G-P3-1556-RX
EVGA GeForce GTX 550 Ti (Fermi) 1GB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 SLI Support Video Card 01G-P3-1556-RX

Pros: Runs cool, and fits (sort of a snug fit though) into my old HP case (HP p6310f). I barely hear the fan over the other components. Surprisingly, it doesn't get as hot or loud as my old hd 4650 (which sucked). Power draw seems to be minimal. It's running fine on a 500W PSU (updated from the original 300W PSU). There seems to be no defects with the video card as of yet, and it's running everything else beautifully. However, be aware that due to my monitor, I'm restricted to running everything at a 1366 x 768 resolution. Almost any video card in the medium range can run settings like this at that resolution. Specs: Athlon ii x4 3.0 Ghz (quad core) Ram: 6GB PSU: 500W (Have not benchmarked or run fraps yet, so no fps details, sorry) BF3 runs perfectly smooth. All settings are at High, it looks beautiful to be honest. SCII runs at Ultra, and while BF3 looked beautiful, honestly I'm seeing details and effects I've never seen before at Medium/Low. All settings are at Ultra. This is the perfect buy for anyone looking for a low-budget video card for a lower wattage power supply unit. It also isn't too clunky. Drivers were also a cinch, just go on the nvidia website and download from there.

Cons: The biggest con here really is the fact that my shipping took so long, however this wasn't really newegg's nor UPS's fault, but rather Hurricane Sandy's and Black Friday's. The card is sort of clunky. This comes with NO adapters or wires of any sort, which is annoying. Luckily I had a DVI-VGA adopter on hand. HDMI isn't full HDMI. I honestly have no clue WHY. My hd 4650 had full HDMI support, it also had a VGA port. It doesn't stand to reason that a video card like this can't have those features. No stickers, driver cds, nothing else comes with this video card other than the box and packaging. However, this is a refurbished unit. So I will not dock eggs.

Overall Review: I've only had the video card for one day though and it's a refurbished unit. I have stressed it out frequently today (SCII, BF3 and Borderlands were tested out), and nothing out of the ordinary has occured so far. We'll see how it lasts (I really hope it does). No stickers :[