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Albert B.

Albert B.

Joined on 08/04/05

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Most Favorable Review

Edit to: "Another win from Cooler Master"

Cooler Master Silencio 450 RC-450-KKN1 Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Cooler Master Silencio 450 RC-450-KKN1 Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: - VERY Quiet stock fans - Noise dampening foam - Removable front dust filter - Solid Construction - Lots of room for components as well as space to hide cables - Magnetic front flip panel for front bays - Sleek design - Power button located on top (good for people with button-pushing, crawling babies) - SD Card reader I know it sounds like the marketing rhetoric, but this case is exactly what they say it is. Quiet, sleek and awesome.

Cons: - USB 3.0 front panel port is nothing but an extension cord. I had to run mine out of the rear cooling port and plug it into the back of the motherboard. It works, but it's a little tacky for such a sleek case.

Overall Review: This case is designed around being quiet, yet being able to keep a standard system cool. If you're going to build a big system, consider a self-enclosed liquid CPU cooler, like the CORSAIR CWCH60 Hydro CPU cooler. It does not have a side vent, which will increase CPU temp with a standard CPU cooler/heatsink. In my case, my system is fairly high-end, and with the stock CPU fan, the CPU runs a little hot. The other components are fine, so I'm going to install a CORSAIR CWCH60 Hydro liquid CPU cooler, and probably use the stock Cooler Master Fan for it. My build: - Intel i7 2600k 3.4Ghz - 8GB G-Skill 2133 mhz - GeForce GTX 560 Ti - GIGABYTE GA-Z68M-D2H Mobo - 240GB Kingston Wildfire SSD - SeaSonic 460W FANLESS PSU Edit to my original review: Installed the Corsair cooler and it completely solved the heat issues. The CPU idles at ~35C and maxes out at 60C under full load. (Instead of 40C-idle/90C-load with stock cooler)

Most Critical Review

Fast, but unreliable

Crucial RealSSD C300 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) CTFDDAC128MAG-1G1
Crucial RealSSD C300 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) CTFDDAC128MAG-1G1

Pros: Fast drive. Although I didn't see the same OS start up speeds nor program launch speeds as the Intel Sata II. That's with an even faster processor and ram than the other machine that the Intel SSD sits in. (Intel drive model#: SSDSA2CW080G310)

Cons: It died on me after 4 months. Refused to boot, BIOS wouldn't recognize it. Couldn't recover it or update the firmware, even after 3 full "super-secret power cycles". Over-priced, even for an SSD.

Overall Review: RMA service from Crucial was pleasant, but when you lose a hard drive and 5 hours of work (that you haven't backed up because you did it the day before), a simple hard drive replacement isn't enough. Good customer service doesn't excuse faulty hardware, though.

They work fine

TP-LINK TL-PA211KIT AV 200Mbps Mini Multi-Streaming Powerline Adapter Starter Kit
TP-LINK TL-PA211KIT AV 200Mbps Mini Multi-Streaming Powerline Adapter Starter Kit

Pros: - No config necessary, just plug it in and it works - Decent speeds for being over the power grid

Cons: Price. It's a little high.

Overall Review: This is definitely not an equal replacement for a lan cable, but it's a perfect solution for putting the internet in a room with no/low wireless signal. I recommend this product.

You get what you pay for

TP-LINK TL-WR1042ND Gigabit Wireless N300 Router, 300Mbps, USB port, 2 Detachable Antennas, IP QoS / QSS Button
TP-LINK TL-WR1042ND Gigabit Wireless N300 Router, 300Mbps, USB port, 2 Detachable Antennas, IP QoS / QSS Button

Pros: - Cheap. - Works. - 27Mbps transfer over lan

Cons: - USB file sharing is slow as molasses. 700kpbs on average. Son, I am disappoint. - Wireless range and speed are mediocre at best - Set up is not as easy as other routers I've owned

Overall Review: I should have bought a better/more expensive router. HOWEVER, this router is a great buy for the price, if you're looking for an inexpensive, yet highly effective router.

Fast, and sometimes furious...

Patriot Wildfire 2.5" 240GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) PW240GS25SSDR
Patriot Wildfire 2.5" 240GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) PW240GS25SSDR

Pros: + 5 Eggs. Very fast. Windows boots like lightning, and loads programs like lightning. Drive operates at cool temps, etc.

Cons: -1 Egg. Drive would freeze every few hours and require a couple of reboots to come back up. I upgraded the firmware and it's been fine since.

Overall Review: A firmware upgrade for your drive is pretty common when purchasing SSDs. Most SSDs have a high failure rate as well, when compared to HDDs. With this drive, as with other SSDs, keep a backup of important files. If you have secondary storage, make an image of your OS install to save you time/hassle, if your drive bites it.

Not bad, but "Meh"

CORSAIR Hydro Series H60 (CWCH60) High Performance Liquid CPU Cooler
CORSAIR Hydro Series H60 (CWCH60) High Performance Liquid CPU Cooler

Pros: Keeps CPU a lot cooler than the stock heat sync.

Cons: - Noisy pump. The fan is nice and quiet, but the pump is pretty noisy, even at idle. The instructions say that the pump is to be plugged straight into power, and the radiator fan into the CPU fan plug. That's what I did. - Didn't fit in the case right, I had to modify the case a little to get the side panel to fit back on after installing. (Cooler Master Silencio) - Cooling was definitely an improvement, but not as drastic as I would have liked (went from 40-90C stock to 35-60C)

Overall Review: The pump is so noisy that I can even hear it through the noise dampening material in the Cooler Master Silencio case. Not sure if you can tweak the pump noise by plugging it into a fan slot on the mobo, and adjusting the "speed".