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Raymond G.

Raymond G.

Joined on 12/25/06

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Most Favorable Review

My first modular PSU

SeaSonic M12II 620 Bronze 620W ATX12V V2.3 / EPS 12V V2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Full Modular Active PFC Power Supply
SeaSonic M12II 620 Bronze 620W ATX12V V2.3 / EPS 12V V2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Full Modular Active PFC Power Supply

Pros: Reasonably quiet, runs cool. I'm not even sure how to describe how much I like the layout of the thing and the fact that unused cables are in a neat (manufacturer-provided) drawstring storage bag and aren't gathering dust inside the case.

Cons: You can hear it running. Personally I find the barely-noticeable hum of a fan mildly reassuring but others may not think so.

Overall Review: For once I don't have to fiddle with tie wrapping and tucking disused cables and for that alone I love the choice I made here.

Most Critical Review

It's Windows. Meh.

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 32-bit 1-Pack for System Builders
Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 32-bit 1-Pack for System Builders

Pros: Reasonably stable and not nearly as wonky as Vista. Still responds to a "dir" request in a command window.

Cons: Ridiculously large price for OEM copy.

Overall Review: If I thought I could get drivers for new hardware on XP Pro I never would have spent the money.

Not bad, not great, price makes it reasonable

ZyXEL NSA325 Diskless System 2-Bay Power Plus Media Server
ZyXEL NSA325 Diskless System 2-Bay Power Plus Media Server

Pros: Slapped a couple of WD Red 2TB drives in it, cranked it up, set for no raid (4TB total) and not much in the way of fuss for setup. Didn't bother with the setup disk as the web management tool works just dandy. Comes with a bundle of mildly-useful applications including a download manager that will deals with FTP, HTTP, and Torrents. It's small, seems to manage heat fairly well, and hasn't had any disconnects in the 1st month or so of use. Serves files to both workstation and HTPC (LinHES with MythTV) without much of a sweat.

Cons: The uPnP in the current BIOS is hosed - won't even allow itself to be touched in the management interface. Hafta get a ticket open with ZyXel on that bit. So if you're buying this to use as a media server with your un-rooted Android device, probably best to look elsewhere for the time being. I have plenty enough experience with networks but if you don't I suggest having a geek on-hand to set it up and review some of the goodies. Net speeds are adequate but not much to brag about. The blue power LED is obnoxiously bright. Doesn't make me breakfast.

Overall Review: It's a decent, inexpensive NAS with some minor glitches and performance issues commonly associated with pretty much any other decent, inexpensive NAS I've come across.

An Epic Beast

Rosewill THOR V2 ATX Full Tower Gaming PC Computer Case, Supports: E-ATX & XL-ATX, 4 Dual-Speed Fans, 10 Expansion Slots
Rosewill THOR V2 ATX Full Tower Gaming PC Computer Case, Supports: E-ATX & XL-ATX, 4 Dual-Speed Fans, 10 Expansion Slots

Pros: Holds everything. Cable pass-thrus everywhere. Numerous, fuss-less drive bays. Front expansion ports and power switch on the top where they should be. Fans and places for more fans everywhere. And it's black with red lights and lots of diagonal styling that makes it a case that Darth Vader would use for his office PC.

Cons: It's BIG. This is not going to sit on your desktop, or on a shelf - it's strictly a floor model. Comes with riser feet but should probably have wheels and a small tractor to pull it around with. The pass-thru grommets do indeed require gentle handling, but they're not really bad.

Overall Review: Reviewers (including me) have made the sheer monstrosity of this case a "Con", mostly by way of comedic relief, but it really doesn't deserve any negativity - it's an excellent product.

10/20/2012

Flop

Silverstone PCI Express Card with USB 3.0 Internal Connector Model SST-EC01-P
Silverstone PCI Express Card with USB 3.0 Internal Connector Model SST-EC01-P

Pros: It's small

Cons: Most likely a DOA or just did not want to play with my motherboard with its existing USB 3 ports. Never showed up in Win 7 devise manager.

Overall Review: Purchased a different product not available on NewEgg made by USpeed - worked perfectly. I think it's lovely that you can buy automotive parts, handbags, home and outdoor products, and various other goodies from NewEgg. However, its shows a definite slip in purpose when I need to go to another market named after a long river in South America to find a better brand selection of geek toys for my computer. I really do love Newegg, but as a shopping experience for computer parts go, this was a complete bomb.

10/19/2012

Excellent main for the price

MSI 890FXA-GD65 AM3 AMD 890FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
MSI 890FXA-GD65 AM3 AMD 890FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: Installed without a hitch. Overclock and core unlock features work flawlessly with AMD Phenom II X4 820 and G.SKILL Ripsaws though I didn't max out OC settings with either CPU or memory.

Cons: No temp/performance monitoring software? Cmon MSI, you can do it.

Overall Review: Unlike others, I had nary a fuss with USB devices (using Win 7 Pro 32) however the USB 3.0 ports do require the driver to be installed before becoming available.