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Ryan H.

Ryan H.

Joined on 04/11/04

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Most Favorable Review

Good Case

APEX TM-302-3 Black/ Silver Steel Micro ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 300W Power Supply
APEX TM-302-3 Black/ Silver Steel Micro ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 300W Power Supply

Pros: Cheap! Sturdier than I expected, and better laid out than I expected. Mechanism for mounting drives in the bays is a clever device, making it much easier to add and remove items. Installing motherboards is pretty easy, and case fans are surprisingly quiet.

Cons: Power supply is very cheap. I'm using this as a lab machine so I don't really care, but if you are planning on building a gaming rig, I'd think twice about using this PSU. Side panels stick and take quite a bit of elbow grease to remove.

Overall Review: Removable motherboard tray would be nice, but not necessary considering the room in the case. Very good case for the money.

Most Critical Review

Get the WG311T instead

NETGEAR WG311 Wireless Adapter IEEE 802.11b/g PCI Up to 54Mbps Wireless Data Rates
NETGEAR WG311 Wireless Adapter IEEE 802.11b/g PCI Up to 54Mbps Wireless Data Rates

Comments: I was very unhappy with this card. It seemed to work well at first, then it begain dropping my connection. The drops were random, and occured several times per day. I had to disable and re-enable the card to get the connection back each time. The poor reception (40-50%) only 12 feet from the access point didn't help matters. Upgrading to the latest drivers had no effect. It wasn't until I changed to the WG311T (the T is important, its a completely different chipset) that I was able to get a stable connection since.

Wish it would have lasted longer

BELKIN PURE AV AV20601-06 6 feet Mini-Stereo Audio Cable Male to Male
BELKIN PURE AV AV20601-06 6 feet Mini-Stereo Audio Cable Male to Male

Pros: Thick cable, flexible, excellent sound with my IPOD plugged into the AUX jack of my car radio.

Cons: I go through these things rather quickly. I ponied up the extra $$ for this guy as I thought the build quality seemed superior to the other cables I tried. It lasted a bit longer, but not much. One year later the right channel cuts out if you don't wiggle the cable.

Overall Review: Time to get another, and there are much cheaper choices out there. My thought is I could get comparable sound quality and durability for half the cost.

Good drive deal

Seagate BarraCuda 7200.10 ST3250310AS 250GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive
Seagate BarraCuda 7200.10 ST3250310AS 250GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: Hard drive prices seem to get cheaper all the time, these seem like a great value for the price. Quiet, and very responsive.

Cons: None

Overall Review: Note that if you are connecting these to a SATA I controller instead of SATA II (and I hope you're not) you'll need to jump the first two pins on the jumper board to put the drive in SATA I compatibility mode. It is NOT automatically backwards compatible. No biggie, just something to be aware of.