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Adrien A.

Adrien A.

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Most Favorable Review

awesomeness

Antec earthwatts EA430 430W Continuous Power ATX12V v2.0 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
Antec earthwatts EA430 430W Continuous Power ATX12V v2.0 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply

Pros: to the reviewer 'bear' who said this isn't designed for multiple HDs - LOL - ya right. SLi yes this isn't designed for HUGE cards SLi'ed, but it could handle a few low/midrange cards. and HDs take a lot less power than a GFX card FYI. i have 8 HDs in my Core 2 Duo overclocked system (E4300 1.8GHz OC'ed to 3.0GHz stable). no problems whatsoever. i'm also only running a GeForce 7300LE (passively cooled too):-P

Cons: none.

Overall Review: it's quiet, efficient so that it's not just wasting electricity, runs wicked cool - what more do you want?

Most Critical Review

not worth the hassle

Western Digital WD Green WD20EADS 2TB 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive
Western Digital WD Green WD20EADS 2TB 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: it holds data

Cons: it developes unreadable parts

Overall Review: good thing i used this drive in my Windows Home Server and have file duplication on, otherwise i would've lost a bunch of stuff on it. so far i've had to RMA 2 of these drives this year, both were barely more than 1 year old. Don't trust these pieces of junk because of the Western Digital name. You're better off going with the S*****g F4 drives - haven't had a problem with those at all, AND they run a HELL of a lot cooler than these behemoths.

11/17/2010

awesome

Rosewill RX-358 V2 BLK - Black, 3.5" SATA to USB & eSATA External Enclosure with Internal 80 mm Fan
Rosewill RX-358 V2 BLK - Black, 3.5" SATA to USB & eSATA External Enclosure with Internal 80 mm Fan

Pros: it does everything it advertises, and to top it off it has a very high build quality for being (what seems like) a budget brand like Rosewill.

Cons: none so far :P

Overall Review: i ordered 3 of these for myself to use with Windows Home Server, but my main review is cuz my cousin bought one a while ago to make an external backup drive, and i was surprised with the quality of it then, and i still am now that ordered a couple for me. go ahead and trust the amount of positive reviews for this, and it's silver counterpart ;-)

works as advertised

ECS 945GCD-M(1.0) Intel Atom 330 Intel 945GC Micro ATX Motherboard / CPU Combo
ECS 945GCD-M(1.0) Intel Atom 330 Intel 945GC Micro ATX Motherboard / CPU Combo

Pros: i use this board for my Windows Home Server, and while it may not feel like the snappiest system while using Remote Desktop, it serves up my files just fine, and i use it as a torrent box too for 24/7 downloading. it handles all the WHS duties with minimal CPU load. i also have this beast LOADED up with 12 hard drives. ...yes 12 of'em - the 3 onboard SATA ports, plus the onboard IDE for the 80GB system drive, 1 SATA PCI card offering 4 SATA ports, and 2 PCI-Express 1x SATA cards offering 2 ports each. yes i'm using a 1x card in the PCI-E 16x slot and it works just fine. all this in a full-size ATX case with a hard drive cage thingy (with 120mm fan) for 3 5.25" bays converting them to holding 4 hard drives, and only 1 80mm fan at the rear, and all my temps are below 40C. note that my 80GB sys drive is the only 7200rpm drive - the rest are 1TB, 1.5TB and 2TB green drives (5400rpm). oh, this lovely CPU, despite bieng an ATOM, shrinks DVDs from the hard drives in ~20mins. not bad eh?

Cons: i haven't had one gripe with this thing! even overclocked mine to 1.8GHz just by bumping up the FSB :-D

Overall Review: i usually never bother writing reviews, but i just felt the need to all of a sudden while looking at how cheap this board is with the mail-in rebate, and how great it's been these past couple of months. If you're wondering what SATA cards i used, for the 4-port PCI SATA card, it's a "MASSCOOL PCI Card, 4 internal SATA Model XWT-RC040" for the PCI-Express 2-port SATA cards, they are "SYBA SY-PEX40015 PCI Express SATA II Host RAID Controller Card" - just remember that you'll need to flash these cards with the NON-RAID BIOS on Sil's website if you wanna use these, ya know, with out RAID (like in WHS). i did this easily by sticking it in my Windows7 computer prior to putting it in my server (cuz my server runs headless). after the flash i just installed it in the server and it ran like a charm. hell i forget if i even needed drivers for it lol. i think i did, but they're on the website too. either way, this mobo and those SATA cards are cheap, and they just work wonderfully!

never again

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner 20X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 20X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model SH-S203B
SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner 20X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 20X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Pros: got this drive for the 'rents computer cuz it's the only one that is the right height for the DVD drive opening - that's all.

Cons: well it was working fine for a while tho they didn't use it much. then a week or two ago i notice the POST seemed to be hanging at the detecting IDE drives part. well waited and waited, windows finally loads and the drive is not there. wat a surprise (sarcasm). i'm guessing the drive finally went. i originally got it so they could copy their own DVDs without my help, but the thing wouldn't burn ANYTHING. it'd start to for like 10 percent, then i'd get a DMA error in Nero even tho DMA was supposedly fine and working. it doesn't surprise me. the last samsung drive that we got was just as bad of a basketcase. i'm surprised i haven't crushed it yet. it didin't like playing well with other drives, let alone by itself. live and learn.

Overall Review: wish i'd never gotten it. i was guessing my mobo, which was new, was the culprit for the DMA errors, now i think i'm gonna be apoligizing at it. good thing i didn't call up biostar and let'em have it like i was going to back then. now i just gotta find a drive that will fit the microATX desktop case and won't have the tray hit the inside of the case...

nice

Rosewill R5717-P SL ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - 120mm Pre-Installed Fan on Top and Slim 80mm HDD Cooling Fan
Rosewill R5717-P SL ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - 120mm Pre-Installed Fan on Top and Slim 80mm HDD Cooling Fan

Pros: 120mm in the rear, optional place for an additional one on the side panel, if the CPU scoop doesn't fit then you can put an 80mm there (i think it's that size), no annoying lights, just a simple blue ring of light around the power button, but it's nice and bright - you won't miss it. the fan that comes with it is silent and moves enough air that the comp won't overheat, but if your rig has some serious firebreathers then consider slapping in a better one (and throw in that optional one on the side panel too while you're at it)

Cons: the 5-1/4 bay panels, if you knock'em into the computer have to be put back in from INSIDE the computer. i was getting mad that it wouldn't go back into place cuz i was trying from the outside...

Overall Review: dunno if it's worth it without the rebate tho... if the MIR comes up again then it's definately worth it again.