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John H.

John H.

Joined on 07/17/04

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Most Favorable Review

Fast & Sweet

Corsair Force Series GT 2.5" 120GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) CSSD-F120GBGT-BK
Corsair Force Series GT 2.5" 120GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) CSSD-F120GBGT-BK

Pros: Paired this Corsair 120 GB SSD with a BIOSTAR TA990FXE AM3+ AMD 990FX motherboard and some Geil RAM (GOC316GB1600C10DC). Picked this SSD up in late June and used it for a few weeks on my old system for file storage to test it out. About 2 weeks ago (late July) I built a new system using this SSD as a primary drive with Windows 7 (64 bit). So, I have been using it nearly 2 weeks at this point and it is very snappy, smooth and a pleasure to use. If you game a lot, I did notice that load times on games (City of Heroes fan here) are notably faster and Windows shut down is probably less than 10-12 seconds.

Cons: None

Most Critical Review

Rubbish

Vantec USB 2.0 58-In-1 Internal Card Reader/Writer with Built-In USB Port for 3.5" or 5.25" Drive Bay - Model UGT-CR905
Vantec USB 2.0 58-In-1 Internal Card Reader/Writer with Built-In USB Port for 3.5" or 5.25" Drive Bay - Model UGT-CR905

Pros: It somewhat worked for a few months.....

Cons: Issues immediately with the Compact Flash slot. I rarely use Compact Flash, so I ignored the problem. Within 3-4 months, the card reader would occasionally be lost by Windows 7 64 bit and then within seconds be discovered again. This became more frequent however. Eventually by about 10-12 months, it went on so repeatedly in an infinite loop, that it became unusable. I thought maybe it was the motherboard, an ASUS M4N75TD, so I moved it to 2 different motherboards, a MSI NF750-G55 motherboard using Windows 7 64 bit and finally on a Foxconn SFF R10-A1 AMD E-350 using Windows XP. Same issue on all boards. Basically the Vantec reader is pure rubbish and I will never buy another reader from Vantec. I also noticed below that many other users are having the same problems I have experienced. Avoid like a case of athletes foot!

Solid & Reliable

Foxconn SFF R10-A1 AMD A45 (Hudson D1) 1 x HDMI Barebone
Foxconn SFF R10-A1 AMD A45 (Hudson D1) 1 x HDMI Barebone

Pros: Decent little system. Used as a backup computer for VPNing into work and I have had no issue in the past 2 months using it. Paired it with 4 GB of Kingston RAM (KVR1066D3S8N7K2/4G) and use it 5-6 days a week (on call for work). Low power, quiet, reliable and no worries.

Cons: None

Solid & Reliable

Kingston Value 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1066 Desktop Memory Model KVR1066D3S8N7K2/4G
Kingston Value 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1066 Desktop Memory Model KVR1066D3S8N7K2/4G

Pros: Paired 2 sticks of this Kingston RAM with a Foxconn SFF R10-A1 AMD E-350 APU barebone system. No issues whatsoever and runs perfectly (been in use for nearly 2 months). Great price and completely reliable.

Cons: None

Sweet & Affordable

BIOSTAR TA990FXE AM3+ AMD 990FX + SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
BIOSTAR TA990FXE AM3+ AMD 990FX + SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

Pros: Excellent motherboard - 2 USB3 ports on the back and if your case supports it, there is a header for 2 additional USB3 ports. I used a NZXT Phantom 410 case which has the cable for these USB3 headers and it worked out sweet. The motherboard came with the 99FADB24 BIOS (11.24.2011) and I flashed the BIOS within Windows 7 to the latest available 99FAD308 BIOS (03.08.2012) with no issues using the Bios Utility (1.9.4.2) available on the Biostar website. Paired with an AMD FX-4100 Zambezi CPU and 32 GB of Geil RAM (GOC316GB1600C10DC) @ 1600 MHz and a nice Corsair 120 GB SSD (CSSD-F120GBGT-BK). Runs smooth as butter and it is very affordable for a nice gaming rig and/or development workstation if you do some work from home. Other notes, 4 sideways SATA connection (great if you have a long videocard and have worries about clearance for SATA connections) and one regular straight down SATA connection a little below the first 4 sideways SATA connectors. Ability to monitor 3 fans via BIOS.

Cons: None

Works As Advertised

VIZO VIZO-AVK-120 Anti-Vibration Kit for 120mm Fan
VIZO VIZO-AVK-120 Anti-Vibration Kit for 120mm Fan

Pros: Does the trick and minimizes vibration issues. There are two sleeves per package (good for 2 fans). Worth getting if you have a side case fan (my reason for getting these) that is giving off vibration/noise.

Cons: None