Samsung 1TB HD103SI Hard Drive10/22/2009 1:04:16 PM

Pros: Wow, a 1TB for $80. I bought 2. Also got 2 Rosewill docking stations free. The packaging from Newegg was fine, bubble wrap and inside a small box. I installed these drives in my computer, so the docking stations are for the future. I also got a couple of SATA jumpers and the installation went fine. The formatting took a while, I don't think these are real fast, but they are quiet and seem to work just fine.

Cons: I started running the Disk Checkup S.M.A.R.T. program when I installed the drives to look for early issues and to watch long term reliabilty. The "Raw Read Error Rate" started at 253 and dropped to 100 as I started to use the drives. This resulted in a predicted failure the next day. Since the drives are working fine the next day, and the reading is consistently 100, I think 100 is the normal value and the 253 was an initial calibration issue between the drive and the SMART software. I tried to find information about what the normal reading should be, but could not.

Overall Review: Samsung (maybe the other manufactures do) should publish the base normal readings for the SMART values for each drive.

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
1/18/2008 1:28:09 PM

Pros: I went with Vista Ultimate after thinking about XP Pro for a while. It just doesn't make any sense to not use Vista on a new machine. It runs great on this machine and it is very nice visually. I think some of the explorer tools will take some learning before judgement. Right now they just seem different, but they probably have good potential. I think its better than XP, but I wouldn't convert an existing XP machine.

Cons: I am not sure what I got for the Ultimate version.

Overall Review: I built this computer to be fast and good at photo editing, which is my most difficult application. (I do not do games). I also wanted a quiet and reliable machine, so I chose a conservative thermal design, and I will not overclock. I ended up with a Cooler Master Cosmos case, a OCZ 700W power supply, a Gigabyte GA-P35-DS4 motherboard, the Intel E6850 3GHz processor, 4 GB of Crucial Ballistic memory, a Gigabyte 8600 GTS passively cooled video card, 3-500MB Western Digital SATA hard drives, a Samsung DVD burner, Windows Vista Ultimate, and topped it off with a Samsung 305T 30 inch LCD monitor. Its really a wonderful machine. It went together fine and ran first try. Newegg was great. I spent a couple of weeks getting comfortable with the components I purchased, and the Newegg site was where I did most of the research. The selection was great and the navigation superb. The reviews were helpful. Once I had my list, the purchase was easy, fast, and lowest cost. Newegg is all

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1/18/2008 1:26:38 PM

Pros: I picked the Crucial memory as one of the good brands, compatibility with the Gigabyte motherboard, and heat spreaders to fit with the overall conservative thermal design. There is a lot of talk about 4 GB of memory in Windows, but these 4 GB are showing 3.5 in Windows. I wanted as much as I could have for photo editing. It runs fine.

Cons: none

Overall Review: I built this computer to be fast and good at photo editing, which is my most difficult application. (I do not do games). I also wanted a quiet and reliable machine, so I chose a conservative thermal design, and I will not overclock. I ended up with a Cooler Master Cosmos case, a OCZ 700W power supply, a Gigabyte GA-P35-DS4 motherboard, the Intel E6850 3GHz processor, 4 GB of Crucial Ballistic memory, a Gigabyte 8600 GTS passively cooled video card, 3-500MB Western Digital SATA hard drives, a Samsung DVD burner, Windows Vista Ultimate, and topped it off with a Samsung 305T 30 inch LCD monitor. Its really a wonderful machine. It went together fine and ran first try. Newegg was great. I spent a couple of weeks getting comfortable with the components I purchased, and the Newegg site was where I did most of the research. The selection was great and the navigation superb. The reviews were helpful. Once I had my list, the purchase was easy, fast, and lowest cost. Newegg is all

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1/18/2008 1:25:12 PM

Pros: The burner works fine and is quiet. I was going to get the Gigabyte burner, but Newegg had a rare out-of-stock. It runs fine.

Cons: none

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1/18/2008 1:23:45 PM

Pros: The E6850 chip was the easiest decision. I wanted the speed for photo editing. Intel is hard to beat. The computer is a screamer compared to anything I have used. I am most surprised how much faster the internet is. It just goes bang for each site.

Cons: none

Overall Review: I built this computer to be fast and good at photo editing, which is my most difficult application. (I do not do games). I also wanted a quiet and reliable machine, so I chose a conservative thermal design, and I will not overclock. I ended up with a Cooler Master Cosmos case, a OCZ 700W power supply, a Gigabyte GA-P35-DS4 motherboard, the Intel E6850 3GHz processor, 4 GB of Crucial Ballistic memory, a Gigabyte 8600 GTS passively cooled video card, 3-500MB Western Digital SATA hard drives, a Samsung DVD burner, Windows Vista Ultimate, and topped it off with a Samsung 305T 30 inch LCD monitor. Its really a wonderful machine. It went together fine and ran first try. Newegg was great. I spent a couple of weeks getting comfortable with the components I purchased, and the Newegg site was where I did most of the research. The selection was great and the navigation superb. The reviews were helpful. Once I had my list, the purchase was easy, fast, and lowest cost. Newegg is all

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1/18/2008 1:22:17 PM

Pros: I had to get a terabyte in this new machine, I just did. I bought three drives to run a pair in RAID 1 and still have a terabyte of storage. These drives seem to the coolest running 500's from what I could read. I also needed drives that were ok mounted vertically in the Cosmos case, and these were clearly speced that way. So far they are great. Reading reviews of different hard drives one would think they are all junk. There must be some percentage that are defective initially, and everyone who is unlucky enough to get one does a poor review. Everybody else tends to not write a review, what can you say about a silver box that just works.

Cons: none

Overall Review: I built this computer to be fast and good at photo editing, which is my most difficult application. (I do not do games). I also wanted a quiet and reliable machine, so I chose a conservative thermal design, and I will not overclock. I ended up with a Cooler Master Cosmos case, a OCZ 700W power supply, a Gigabyte GA-P35-DS4 motherboard, the Intel E6850 3GHz processor, 4 GB of Crucial Ballistic memory, a Gigabyte 8600 GTS passively cooled video card, 3-500MB Western Digital SATA hard drives, a Samsung DVD burner, Windows Vista Ultimate, and topped it off with a Samsung 305T 30 inch LCD monitor. Its really a wonderful machine. It went together fine and ran first try. Newegg was great. I spent a couple of weeks getting comfortable with the components I purchased, and the Newegg site was where I did most of the research. The selection was great and the navigation superb. The reviews were helpful. Once I had my list, the purchase was easy, fast, and lowest cost. Newegg is all

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1/18/2008 1:20:11 PM

Pros: The Samsung 30 inch monitor is the major luxury I put into this PC. It is wonderful. Its bright with front panel adjustments (its really too bright at full luminescence). The resolution and color is superb. I see no dead pixels. The quality is excellent. The physical design is minimalist, thin and black. The stand swivels and goes up and down. Its has two USB ports in the base for the keyboard and mouse. (I use wired devices as I don't want to mess with batteries) The 305T is just a computer monitor, it displays what the graphics card sends it. There has been a lot written about the abilty to run Blu Ray or HD DVD, and the abilty to plug in other devices for playback. I looked a while at the Gateway 30 inch for those reasons, but at the end of the day I knew I just needed a great computer monitor. I also think it is the cheapest 30 inch LCD. This was the one component where Newegg was not the lowest price, but if you looked closely, they actually had them, most others we

Cons: none

Overall Review: I built this computer to be fast and good at photo editing, which is my most difficult application. (I do not do games). I also wanted a quiet and reliable machine, so I chose a conservative thermal design, and I will not overclock. I ended up with a Cooler Master Cosmos case, a OCZ 700W power supply, a Gigabyte GA-P35-DS4 motherboard, the Intel E6850 3GHz processor, 4 GB of Crucial Ballistic memory, a Gigabyte 8600 GTS passively cooled video card, 3-500MB Western Digital SATA hard drives, a Samsung DVD burner, Windows Vista Ultimate, and topped it off with a Samsung 305T 30 inch LCD monitor. Its really a wonderful machine. It went together fine and ran first try. Newegg was great. I spent a couple of weeks getting comfortable with the components I purchased, and the Newegg site was where I did most of the research. The selection was great and the navigation superb. The reviews were helpful. Once I had my list, the purchase was easy, fast, and lowest cost. Newegg is all

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1/18/2008 1:17:51 PM

Pros: This videocard was the best passively cooled card that was new enough to support DirectX10 (future flexibility). I don't do games, but I needed the high reolution for photo editing. I wanted low noise and the video cards are always talked about being the noisiest fans. This is silent. It runs fine.

Cons: The game that came with the card crashed the system after the intro. I removed it. Didn't do anything to get me to be a gamer.

Overall Review: I built this computer to be fast and good at photo editing, which is my most difficult application. (I do not do games). I also wanted a quiet and reliable machine, so I chose a conservative thermal design, and I will not overclock. I ended up with a Cooler Master Cosmos case, a OCZ 700W power supply, a Gigabyte GA-P35-DS4 motherboard, the Intel E6850 3GHz processor, 4 GB of Crucial Ballistic memory, a Gigabyte 8600 GTS passively cooled video card, 3-500MB Western Digital SATA hard drives, a Samsung DVD burner, Windows Vista Ultimate, and topped it off with a Samsung 305T 30 inch LCD monitor. Its really a wonderful machine. It went together fine and ran first try. Newegg was great. I spent a couple of weeks getting comfortable with the components I purchased, and the Newegg site was where I did most of the research. The selection was great and the navigation superb. The reviews were helpful. Once I had my list, the purchase was easy, fast, and lowest cost. Newegg is all

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1/18/2008 1:15:41 PM

Pros: I purchased the Gigabyte board because of its "ultra durable" design. It seemed to have the best thermal design I could find, which I wanted for long life. I don't plan to overclock, but its nice to know it is all the board I will ever need. The setup was mostly easy, except the RAID setup is buried. The physical quality is very high and it runs fine. It had more connection wires and accessories than needed.

Cons: Picking a motherboard, even just a Gigabyte motherboard, was way too difficult. The number of boards available is crazy. Even the Gigabyte website does very little to help someone sort them out.

Overall Review: I built this computer to be fast and good at photo editing, which is my most difficult application. (I do not do games). I also wanted a quiet and reliable machine, so I chose a conservative thermal design, and I will not overclock. I ended up with a Cooler Master Cosmos case, a OCZ 700W power supply, a Gigabyte GA-P35-DS4 motherboard, the Intel E6850 3GHz processor, 4 GB of Crucial Ballistic memory, a Gigabyte 8600 GTS passively cooled video card, 3-500MB Western Digital SATA hard drives, a Samsung DVD burner, Windows Vista Ultimate, and topped it off with a Samsung 305T 30 inch LCD monitor. Its really a wonderful machine. It went together fine and ran first try. Newegg was great. I spent a couple of weeks getting comfortable with the components I purchased, and the Newegg site was where I did most of the research. The selection was great and the navigation superb. The reviews were helpful. Once I had my list, the purchase was easy, fast, and lowest cost. Newegg is all

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1/18/2008 1:13:45 PM

Pros: The OCZ PSU seems very well made and is a conservative design. The wiring harnesses are flexible, long, and are braided in nylon sleeves. The Cosmos case I put it in is big, but the wires all reached easily. There were many extra wires for expansions. Its runs fine and is probably more than I need, but with rebate it was around $100.

Cons: none

Overall Review: I built this computer to be fast and good at photo editing, which is my most difficult application. (I do not do games). I also wanted a quiet and reliable machine, so I chose a conservative thermal design, and I will not overclock. I ended up with a Cooler Master Cosmos case, a OCZ 700W power supply, a Gigabyte GA-P35-DS4 motherboard, the Intel E6850 3GHz processor, 4 GB of Crucial Ballistic memory, a Gigabyte 8600 GTS passively cooled video card, 3-500MB Western Digital SATA hard drives, a Samsung DVD burner, Windows Vista Ultimate, and topped it off with a Samsung 305T 30 inch LCD monitor. Its really a wonderful machine. It went together fine and ran first try. Newegg was great. I spent a couple of weeks getting comfortable with the components I purchased, and the Newegg site was where I did most of the research. The selection was great and the navigation superb. The reviews were helpful. Once I had my list, the purchase was easy, fast, and lowest cost. Newegg is all

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1/18/2008 1:12:05 PM

Pros: The Cosmos case is a great design and is high quality. Working with this case makes you think you have more luxury than you deserve. It is beautiful, solid, large and roomy, runs cool and is very quite. I wanted a quiet PC, but with 5 fans I never thought that possible. But its just a wisper, and its moving a good amount of air. The case is almost all metal, unlike so many mostly plastic cases. The front door can swing either direction, which is very handy. A wonderful case.

Cons: The screws on the 3.5 inch drives are a little tricky.

Overall Review: I built this computer to be fast and good at photo editing, which is my most difficult application. (I do not do games). I also wanted a quiet and reliable machine, so I chose a conservative thermal design, and I will not overclock. I ended up with a Cooler Master Cosmos case, a OCZ 700W power supply, a Gigabyte GA-P35-DS4 motherboard, the Intel E6850 3GHz processor, 4 GB of Crucial Ballistic memory, a Gigabyte 8600 GTS passively cooled video card, 3-500MB Western Digital SATA hard drives, a Samsung DVD burner, Windows Vista Ultimate, and topped it off with a Samsung 305T 30 inch LCD monitor. Its really a wonderful machine. It went together fine and ran first try. Newegg was great. I spent a couple of weeks getting comfortable with the components I purchased, and the Newegg site was where I did most of the research. The selection was great and the navigation superb. The reviews were helpful. Once I had my list, the purchase was easy, fast, and lowest cost. Newegg is all

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Canon 8800f Scanner11/9/2007 6:27:11 PM

Pros: I am glad I purchased this scanner. I needed it primarily for a large amount of 35mm slides. I am scanning the slides at 4800dpi, with no corrections, and they look great. It has lights above the slides in the cover, which seems to be an important design feature. Each scan takes about 1 minute, but with a preview and load, the 4 that it holds takes about 6 minutes. It runs great and seems to be very high quality.

Cons: The software that senses the slides and makes 4 separate files works well, but masks it a little larger than the slide, and a crop will be needed. I don't know if anything else can do better.

Overall Review: I tried a couple of 35mm negatives and they were also great. Newegg's price and service were also excellent.

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