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Aaron F.

Aaron F.

Joined on 05/11/05

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Most Favorable Review

Wow

Enermax Marathon 80mm Silent PC Case Fan UC-8EB
Enermax Marathon 80mm Silent PC Case Fan UC-8EB

Pros: Quiet. Not just "quiet" like a lot of "silent" case fans, but absurdly quiet. After initial installation, I hooked them up to a fan controller, since I don't need them at max RPM all the time. With my ear right next to them, I'm pretty sure I can sort of hear them. Yes, THAT quiet.

Cons: None. In fact, Newegg had them discounted $1 each over the usual low price, so that made it an even better purchase.

Overall Review: If you think I'm exaggerating, buy a couple and see for yourself how quiet they are. You won't be disappointed.

Most Critical Review

Garbage

ZOGIS GeForce FX 5500 256MB DDR AGP 4X/8X Video Card FX5500 256M AGP
ZOGIS GeForce FX 5500 256MB DDR AGP 4X/8X Video Card FX5500 256M AGP

Pros: None.

Cons: Video continued to freeze after installing this card and the latest nVidia FX 5500 drivers. Finally gave in and did a fresh install of XP Pro, installed SP2, then latest drivers. Now I get nothing but 99% black screen, and only see the taskbar. During shut down (which takes time since Ctrl+Alt+Dlt is my only option) the screen flickers horribly. Worst product I've ever wasted money on.

Overall Review: Nothing but trouble, and I threw away a week of my time trying to get it to work.

Great netbook

Acer Aspire AS1410-2954 Ruby Red Intel Celeron M 743(1.30 GHz) 11.6" 2GB Memory 250GB HDD Netbook
Acer Aspire AS1410-2954 Ruby Red Intel Celeron M 743(1.30 GHz) 11.6" 2GB Memory 250GB HDD Netbook

Pros: Small, cool, quiet, Win7 Home Premium, room for upgrades I bought this for my wife two weeks after my friend bought another netbook for his wife. He paid slightly more for an Atom CPU, 1GB RAM, 10.6" screen, 160GB HDD, Win7 Home Starter (bleh!), no HDMI, 2 USB ports, and no room for additional RAM. I've been smug ever since.

Cons: Battery life is a bit short, but that's typical Probably makes a lousy frisbee, but I'll confirm that at a much later date

Overall Review: Overall, very happy with this purchase. If you run multiple user accounts, I'd suggest logging off before switching to a new user, just because it can only handle one at a time if you expect any speed. When/if RAM prices drop a little, I plan on upgrading to 4GB. A 7,200RPM HDD and 4GB of ReadyBoost would also improve the performance, both of which I plan to do at a later date. For now, though, I'm satisfied with the speed. It sure beats XP Pro on my previous desktop PC. I've run the HDMI-out on my Sony 40" LCD TV and the picture was freaking excellent.

Failed

Western Digital Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive
Western Digital Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: None

Cons: Used as a backup drive in an external case. Failed after about the 3rd time I used it, right after I finally had all my files backed up, of course. Makes a clicking noise, and does little else.

Overall Review: I *finally* got around to contacting WD about it today, after forgetting about it for a few months, and they gave me an RMA # and are sending a new one. I'm hoping the new one lasts longer than a few hours. WD used to be the only brand I'd buy, then I went to Seagate due to quieter/cooler drives. If the replacement WD drive dies, I'm done with them.

Decent for the price

MSI GeForce 8400 GS 512MB GDDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 Video Card N8400GS-TD512
MSI GeForce 8400 GS 512MB GDDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 Video Card N8400GS-TD512

Pros: Cheap, quiet, works, runs dual 17" LCDs just fine

Cons: Does a lousy job of running a 24" + 19" dual monitor set-up. Got one for my wife's PC, and runs her dual 17s without issue, but my 24" + 19" set-up causes the graphics to slow down so much that I had to ditch the 19" for now. I don't game, so this is just basic thumbnail rendering, video, etc that runs slow. Also, just on the 24" LCD, if I have Hulu Desktop or VLC playing in the background, with Firefox on top, I can see artifacts coming through when viewing images in the browser.

Overall Review: Great card if you're running just one monitor and just need something cheap and basic.

Quiet

Rosewill Green Series RG430-2 430W Continuous @40°C, 80 PLUS Certified, ATX12V v2.3 & EPS12V v2.91,Active PFC "Compatible with Core i7, i5" Power Supply
Rosewill Green Series RG430-2 430W Continuous @40°C, 80 PLUS Certified, ATX12V v2.3 & EPS12V v2.91,Active PFC "Compatible with Core i7, i5" Power Supply

Pros: Ridiculously quiet. I had to turn off the central A/C in my house just and put it to my ear just to hear the fan. All the cables are sleeved, and Rosewill even tossed a baggy full of cable ties in the box Right-angle SATA power connectors (awesome)

Cons: None. Only had it a few days, so let's see how long it lasts... My old Vantec PSU had a 120v pass-thru plug that I plugged my monitor into so everything lost power at the same time. I wish this model had one, too.

Overall Review: Exhaust fan is dimpled like a golf ball to cut down on turbulence. It's nice to see they skipped the stupid glowing blue lights that every other manufacturer thinks we still need.