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Nathan F.

Nathan F.

Joined on 01/19/04

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Most Favorable Review

Quiet & Cool, Drive Testing

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3EG HD203WI 2TB 5400 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3EG HD203WI 2TB 5400 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: If you touch the drive, you can not tell that it is on. The drive is cool and does not vibrate much. It is also quiet, but the high-speed fan for the drive bay makes it hard to judge.

Cons: Slow, but SIZE and RELIABILITY are what matter. Do not expect speed if you use this as your only hard drive in your system. $ sudo badblocks -vsn -c 256 -b 4096 -p 3 /dev/sda

Overall Review: Q: What can be done about poor packing. As this is the normal for newegg Bare/OEM drives. (If you want better packing, you can spend more money and buy retail-boxed drives.) A: Test your drives for a couple of days before putting them into service. You can do this on any computer with a SATA/ESATA connector and an Ubuntu Linux live disk. Unplug all drives other then the drive you want to test. Then open the Terminal application and type the command above to make 3 passes of 1 MB reads and writes. (The command assumes that the drive is the only one in your system. If it is the second SATA drive it would be /dev/sdb the next drive is /dev/sdc and so on. You can test a lot of drives at once as many as you have SATA connectors, just open another terminal for each drive.)

Most Critical Review

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APEVIA ATX-TL450W 450 Watts ATX12V Power Supply
APEVIA ATX-TL450W 450 Watts ATX12V Power Supply

Pros: The price was low. The fan was quiet.

Cons: Does not have the features & protections of a modern power supply.

Overall Review: Could not power my system that should not need more then 300 watts. I did not know why until I read about this PSU at Hardware Secrets.

Best Value KB, Bad Cap Puller

Nixeus MODA Mechanical Keyboard (Brown Soft Tactile Switch) MK-BN14 Keyboard
Nixeus MODA Mechanical Keyboard (Brown Soft Tactile Switch) MK-BN14 Keyboard

Pros: * Good key feel: light with a break and lots of post-activation travel. * Tenkeyless: I do not use the number pad, and like to put my mouse in that area of the desk. * Mute and Volume: Media keys are dedicated; rather then requireing cording keys with an "Fn" shift. *USB: USB devices with a newer KVM system

Cons: * Not Quiet: Reviews had lead me to believe that "Brown" switches were quiet. The switches are quiet, but the sound of the key caps hitting the steel plate inside the keyboard is still a bit noisy. * Key Cap height: The included blue key caps are taller then the caps they replace. It creates an odd feeling on the home row when the A/S/D keys are a little taller then the F key.

Overall Review: I've used a lot of mechanical keyboards in the past, and continue to use the IBM model M and the Kenisis Maxim. They both cost three to four times as much as the Nixeus MODA, and did not come with any extra keycaps or a pulling tool.

10/27/2014

Remember, laptops are PCs

ASUS Radeon HD 7750 1GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 Video Card HD7750-DCSL-1GD5
ASUS Radeon HD 7750 1GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 Video Card HD7750-DCSL-1GD5

Pros: This card is 100% stable and cool in my system. It runs all mainstream games well. It gets airflow from a 120 mm fan that is about 20 cm (7.5 inches) away.

Cons: You may have to run reduced (720p, 768p) resolutions to get competitively smooth play in shooting games. Uses the full-sized DisplayPort; Mini DisplayPort has more market penetration, due to Mini DisplayPort being used in laptops.

Overall Review: No mainstream games are beyond your reach with this card. The PC gaming industry is being held back by laptops being the majority of PC sales.

All you will need

HIS Radeon HD 6570 1GB DDR3 PCI Express 2.1 x16 Low Profile Ready Video Card H657H1G
HIS Radeon HD 6570 1GB DDR3 PCI Express 2.1 x16 Low Profile Ready Video Card H657H1G

Pros: Works with Linux and Windows 7 (both x64). It is plenty fast for WoW (World of Warcraft) at 1080p (Min. 28fps). Other games play well at "768p" or 720p.

Cons: Not as fast as the more expensive cards that make more noise. It can be too slow for the newest FPS, unless settings are lowered. Might be faster if it was not using slow & outdated DDR3 memory.

Overall Review: Currently the best budget fan-less card. I can watch reruns of my shows on one screen, while admiring myself in a webcam mirror on a second screen. All without fan noise.

Apple fan? All you will need

Seagate BarraCuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive
Seagate BarraCuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: These are like the drives that Apple puts into their storage products and consumer MacOS computers. I have had not problems running Linux on these drives. (I say that as 5400rpm drives are dog slow at times.)

Cons: These drives are much louder then the many Green/Eco/Ect 5000-6000 rpm drives. All spinning drives are slow compared to solid state disks.

Overall Review: At this current monetary toll, buy cloud storage!

11/21/2011