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michael a.

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Most Favorable Review

cables aren't as bad as people say

CORSAIR RM Series RM750 750 W ATX12V v2.31 and EPS 2.92 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Full Modular Active PFC Power Supply
CORSAIR RM Series RM750 750 W ATX12V v2.31 and EPS 2.92 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Full Modular Active PFC Power Supply

Pros: It's modular, gold efficiency, cables are ribbon-like, silent mode at <40% load, reasonable price. The power cable you connect into your wall socket is noticeably more beefy than my old 650 watt psu. Its 16 awg instead of 18 awg. The 5 year warranty is nice too!

Cons: cheap feeling 4-pin molex 8981 style connectors

Overall Review: I see a lot of reviews about how stiff these cables are and how hard it is to route them around their case...I had no trouble. They are a lot more flexible compared to my corsair tx-650 power supply, and others I have had in the past. I thought the ribbon-style wiring made it rather easy to route the wires around. I also had no trouble attaching the 24 pin and 8 pin connectors to my motherboard. They snapped right in place. The only issue I did have was: if you are using the old 4 - pin Molex 8981 style cables, they seem super cheap and the wires are loose in the connector. Most people probably won't need to use these, because everything is sata these days, but I needed to use it for the FDD power cable which my sound card uses. Once I connected them, it seemed fine, but they are just really really cheap feeling.

Most Critical Review

frustrating

Antec Mult-Station Basic Internal IR receiver and remote
Antec Mult-Station Basic Internal IR receiver and remote

Pros: Looks cool on a black case It turns on and off computer It will play and pause in different media players The angle of the remote doesn't seem to be as bad as some make it out to be. remote is small

Cons: blue LED when computer is off(waste of electricity) Imon software is a headache, but I started to get the hang of some functions with time. volume control from remote does not work. It changes the Imon volume, but that has no bearing on the movie you are watching in VLC, WMP, or other programs. it doesnt change your system sound. I have "trial and error" for a while with no success. not all of the buttons on the remote are programmable it seems.

Overall Review: You can disable the annyoying sound that plays when you push a remote button. You have to change settings in the Imon software. Adds a decent amount of extra wires and cables to your case (3-4).

Died after 3 years, but...

CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650 650W ATX12V/EPS12V 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply
CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650 650W ATX12V/EPS12V 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply

Pros: Great customer service, easy RMA process, power supply worked great while it lasted. Corsair stands behind their products. 5 year warranty.

Cons: Died after 3 years, still under 5 year warranty.

Overall Review: This power supply was much better than my computer recquired. After 3 years of moderate use, I smelled an ozone/ celery smell one night, and the next morning when I turned on my computer, no power. The RMA on their website was easy. I received my new powersupply 2 weeks after they received the dead power supply. Its nice to see some companies still stand behind their product. Thanks Corsair. They do not pay for you to mail the powersupply back to them (cost me $12).

can't install windows 7 with this drive

ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 24X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS
ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 24X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS

Pros: It has worked for 3 years. works fine as a media device if you already have windows installed.

Cons: I have never been able to install windows xp or 7 with this drive. I had to make a bootable flashdrive. The drive is recognized in bios and set as first boot device...it just wont spin up...

working 3 years and counting

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL8D-4GBHK
G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL8D-4GBHK

Pros: 4 sticks still working fine after 3 years.

Cons: none

Overall Review: I installed these in my initial build 3 years ago, and replaced with g-skill snipers. They have been in my girlfriends comp since, working great.

2.5 years and running

G.SKILL Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBSR
G.SKILL Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBSR

Pros: I have 4 of these sticks. Works as advertised. No problems after 2.5 years of gaming. I got them cheaply (all four sticks for less than seventy dollars in 2011).

Cons: none

Overall Review: They look cool in your hand, but obviously once installed into motherboard, you cant even tell how cool they are.