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David Y.

David Y.

Joined on 09/02/03

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Most Favorable Review

Works for Windows and Ubuntu

HighPoint RocketRAID 640L PCI-Express 2.0 x4 Low Profile SATA RAID Controller Card
HighPoint RocketRAID 640L PCI-Express 2.0 x4 Low Profile SATA RAID Controller Card

Pros: It's fast, even a six TB array only took about 18 hours to setup fully. Easy to configure, very easy to understand with the slightest knowledge of RAID Arrays. Works in Windows 7, Also works in Ubuntu 9.04, 10.04, 11.04 and 12.04.

Cons: Ubuntu Drivers must be installed, but once installed as a package (You need to find it as a package) it'll port from version to version. I installed this on Ubuntu 9.04 and have upgraded from version to version without issue, or without re-installing the drivers.

Overall Review: While I would love the Ubuntu drivers to just work out of the box, it took me (First time Ubuntu User at the time) about 2 hours to work out what needed to be done, what questions to ask Google, and how to install it. Since then I have not had a problem using it. Although I do only use it as a storage Array, I do not have Ubuntu installed on the Array.

Most Critical Review

Did what I needed it to do...

PNY Verto GeForce 210 1GB DDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 Low Profile Ready Video Card VCGG2101XPB
PNY Verto GeForce 210 1GB DDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 Low Profile Ready Video Card VCGG2101XPB

Pros: I wanted a cheap, HDMI Video card, to connect to a 1080p Plasma TV. This does that. Has all the makings of a decent low cost single application type card which you will not be playing game on. The stock heat/sync and fan are quiet and keep the card at about 40C doing what I wanted it to do.

Cons: Has DDR2 RAM which is an issue with large screen sizes. Some screen tearing happens every so often which is the sign of the card's limited speed on the RAM, it can't work the amount of data coming in fast enough at large resolutions. Playing a DVD is fine, but using it for the Media Center was a little disappointing, and it's because it's DDR2 RAM. PNY Should have focused on reducing the bits and GPU power in favor of DDR3 or Better RAM.

Overall Review: I'm glad I only paid what I paid for it because the card will not feel like a huge mistake when it's replaced with a slightly better card. Media Centers will become more popular as people stop renting DVD's from stores and simply use places like Netflix (even though they are going under). People will want a video card with HDMI that doesn't focus on 3D Gaming power but 2D Movie and Video/Picture processing. Whoever comes out with a sub $40 card with HDMI that doesn't 3D great but makes Movies/DVD's/BluRays/Videos and Pictures look awesome, will have a great advantage. I didn't want to dump $100 into a DDR3-5 RAM Card and I though DDR2 would be enough but it wasn't.

Fortunate Dead

PC Power & Cooling ModXStream Pro Series 700 Watt 80+ Semi-Modular Active PFC Performance Grade ATX PC Power Supply (OCZ700MXSP)
PC Power & Cooling ModXStream Pro Series 700 Watt 80+ Semi-Modular Active PFC Performance Grade ATX PC Power Supply (OCZ700MXSP)

Pros: Purchased this Sep 7th 2009, Was good price, has lasted non-stop for all this time, has both molex and sata power connections, and works in Pentium 4 all the way to I7 Motherboards...

Cons: Died Aug 26th 2012.. For no reason either, was up and running then all of a sudden - power off.. Wouldn't turn back on. Tested another PSU and everything was find, Was on surge protector as well, and it wasn't storming when it died. Needed more SATA Power connectors, or at least spread out the SATA on different cables, four of them on single rail is probably why this unit died. It's powering four harddrives on that one rail. Over all the PSU was not over burdened, but it's entire load was on a single rail :( Have six power connections on a single rail is not fun, you're often left with connections you just don't use. The cables themselves are also VERY long so you need to tuck them away. This may be a Pro to some but for Cable Management it is NOT a Pro.

Overall Review: Unusual for something to die 2 weeks before the warranty expires. The Warranty however requests you return ALL the cables.. This seems odd and actually a little annoying because I have find two cables :/ I never used somewhere in my massive spare cables box. I could care less about the cables just give me a new PSU.. I took 1 star off even though it died and the warranty terms are a little annoying, but it did die before the warranty expired. The the fact it's a three year warranty is WHY it has 4 starts instead of just 3..

Cheap..

LITE-ON DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model iHAS124-04
LITE-ON DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model iHAS124-04

Pros: Cheap, can read and burn everything but Blu-Rays and HD-DVDs, and does it fast.

Cons: None.. Though I would have liked to see 52x CD-ROM.. Why they are stuck on 48X is beyond me..

Overall Review: CD Drives are almost extinct, the only reason they are handing around like Floppy drives did is because every so often you need a drive to do something. Get the cheapest one you can find, and blow the dust off it in the extremely rare instance you'll actually need to use it.

Wireless

Microsoft 5SH-00001 Black USB RF Wireless Standard Desktop 800 for Business
Microsoft 5SH-00001 Black USB RF Wireless Standard Desktop 800 for Business

Pros: Light.. Small.. No cables.. Not many Pros for Wireless devices apart from no cables.

Cons: Shiny surface marks easily, if you're obsessive about fingerprints and shininess this is NOT for you. Maybe a little too flimsy.. While it is light, that is not what I mean by flimsy, if you twist the sides in oppisite directions you can hear and see the movement like you're about to rip it apart (Price for being light I guess).. Keys are REALLY close together. There is no spacing between the backspace and "Insert" keys.. (Price for being small)

Overall Review: I've used several wireless keyboards and have come to the conclusion that for general usage they are all the same. For Gaming however they just plain suck.. Mouse not so much, keyboards, yes. The biggest issue is the battery power doesn't just die all of a sudden like on a PS3 or XBox controller with lithium batteries. They start to simply not transmit every so often. This is because of the power source. It's a normal battery. Mice do not appear to suffer from this problem in gaming, it is probably because of the usage. In FPS Games you're constantly pressing "W","S","A","D","C","Crtl", "Space" you have to keep moving. Mouse, not so much, so the battery on keyboard dies considerably faster while gaming. For normal usage however, the keyboard battery will outlast a mouse batter. It's all about how the wireless device is used. For Games, go with cable keyboard, for general usage, wireless is just fine. Mouse, Go wireless ALWAYS.

Much better than expected

Intel Pentium G850 - Pentium Sandy Bridge Dual-Core 2.9 GHz LGA 1155 65W Intel HD Graphics 2000 Desktop Processor - BX80623G850
Intel Pentium G850 - Pentium Sandy Bridge Dual-Core 2.9 GHz LGA 1155 65W Intel HD Graphics 2000 Desktop Processor - BX80623G850

Pros: It is cheap, fast, 65W, LGA1155 (The socket set for the yet to be released Intel Processors). I wanted a CPU that had the same socket as the next generation CPUs for upgrade-ability. But it needed to be cheap because it will be used by 60 year old in-laws that use Facebook and email only. The Box will most likely be gifted to their grand-kids (my kids) in a year or two. So I wanted it to be cheap as possible but be upgrade-able to the newest tech down the road. This CPU fit that requirement.

Cons: None really, it's a CPU, what I was expecting in performance was well an truly surpassed. No Cons here.

Overall Review: I originally hated the idea of spending almost $100 on a CPU when I could spend $200 and get an i5. However price was a constant, I needed to build a system under $250, this was one of the most expensive components, but it really made the machine. While I wouldn't brag to friends about having it, it is surprisingly fast..