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David U.

David U.

Joined on 12/18/06

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Most Favorable Review

Fast and silent

Intel X25-M Mainstream 2.5" 80GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) SSDSA2M080G2GC
Intel X25-M Mainstream 2.5" 80GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) SSDSA2M080G2GC

Pros: These drives are very fast (see the reviews and tests on anandtech) and like all SSDs they are silent and seem to run cool to

Cons: The finish on the casing of these drives isn't that good looking. I was worried that the drives might not work because the silver cases had lots of scuffs on them, but perhaps this is just how these OEM drives are produced. These are pricey compared to ordinary hard drives but worth the expense I think.

Overall Review: I have a pair of these drives set up in a RAID 0 array which I use to store programs and temporarily store photos while I work on them. They are far faster than any drive I've had before and are one of the best investments I made since I use a lot of disk bandwidth for working on and organizing photos.

12/24/2009

Good case

Antec P183 Black Aluminum / Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Antec P183 Black Aluminum / Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: The two compartment (upper and lower) design is nice. The ability to put wiring behind the motherboard is extremely handy and makes the wiring much neater.

Cons: Not enough width behind the case for thick cables (CPU and motherboard power) to comfortably fit, but it can be done with a little effort. I don't like the front door because it gets in the way of the power button and airflow too.

Overall Review: You'll need to figure out your own mounting solution for narrow SSDs or other devices smaller than the one 3.5" bay the case offers.

12/24/2009

Very configurable; perfect for i7-920 overclock

ASUS P6T SE LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard
ASUS P6T SE LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Excellent for overclocking -- I was able to overclock my i7-920 by over 1GHz on this motherboard without any trouble at all. It supports very fast memory and has a layout that worked well with my P183 case.

Cons: Others may want more PCIe slots, but one was enough for me. A bit pricey without the rebate.

12/24/2009

Excellent value for overclocking

Intel Core i7-920 - Core i7 Bloomfield Quad-Core 2.66 GHz LGA 1366 130W Processor - BX80601920
Intel Core i7-920 - Core i7 Bloomfield Quad-Core 2.66 GHz LGA 1366 130W Processor - BX80601920

Pros: Cheap. This chip has a lot of potential - I overclocked mine by over 1GHz which means it runs faster than the stock speed of even the fastest i7 line processor.

Cons: n/a

Overall Review: I cool my chip with Noctua NH-U12P. Check out the overclocking guide on http://www.clunk.org.uk/ ...

12/24/2009

Quiet and powerful

ZALMAN ZM850-HP 850W Continuous @ 45°C
(Maximum Continuous Peak: 1050W) ATX12V V2.2 / EPS12V V2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Modular Heatpipe-Cooled SLI Power Supply
ZALMAN ZM850-HP 850W Continuous @ 45°C (Maximum Continuous Peak: 1050W) ATX12V V2.2 / EPS12V V2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Modular Heatpipe-Cooled SLI Power Supply

Pros: The 140mm fan is extremely quiet. This power supply is modular so most of the cables are detachable so you only cram what you need into your case. The cables were all just about the right length for my P183 case except for the CPU power cable -- I needed an extender cable in order to run it up the back of the case (well worth the little extra investment).

Cons: It could be even more modular, though it is already pretty well done.

12/24/2009

Works well, looks good

Rosewill RCR-IC002 - 74-in-1 Internal Card Reader with USB 2.0 Ports & Extra Silver Face Plate - Fits 3.5" Drive Bay
Rosewill RCR-IC002 - 74-in-1 Internal Card Reader with USB 2.0 Ports & Extra Silver Face Plate - Fits 3.5" Drive Bay

Pros: Reads my CFII cards without any problem. The reader hooks in to an internal USB port and fits into a 3.5" bay. It has a black face (but a white face is also included).

Cons: n/a

Overall Review: This inexpensive drive is well worth the money. It is much more convenient than my external card reader and much faster than directly hooking my camera to the PC.

12/24/2009