1 DOA, 1-week for NewEgg RMA2/19/2011 6:02:03 AM

Pros: The disk performs well: hdparm -t /dev/sdb /dev/sdb: Timing buffered disk reads: 436 MB in 3.00 seconds = 145.15 MB/sec And, it has a great price-point.

Cons: The first one was DOA. I was able to clone my old drive to the new drive, but it acted very badly: Slow reads, lots of timeouts, format operations taking WAY too long (days vs. minutes). smartctl showed the number of bad sectors to be very high, ranking the drive as PRE-FAIL. I RMA'ed the drive with NewEgg. The replacement appeared in a week. It seems to be fine. Performance is great. However, with all the bad drives, I have to wonder about the lifetime of my "good" replacement. My drive is working now, but I don't sleep good at night, when I think about it.

Overall Review: In Linux, here is how I formatted mine: # Format 1.5TB drive on 2048 sector boundaries with 250M boot, 16G swap, and remainder for ROOT fdisk -u -c -H 224 -S 56 /dev/sda > n > p > 1 > 2048 > +250M > n > p > 2 > 514048 > +16G > t > 2 > 82 > n > 3 > 34068480 > w # Format BOOT partition as EXT2 mke2fs /dev/sda1 # Format ROOT partition as EXT4 # See: ext4.wiki.kernel.org/index.php/Ext4_Howto mkfs.ext4 /dev/sda3 # Format and activate SWAP mkswap -L SWAP_PARTITION /dev/sda2 swapon /dev/sda2 # Label partitions e2label /dev/sda1 BOOT_PARTITION e2label /dev/sda3 ROOT_PARTITION HTH

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nice kit6/20/2007 1:16:50 PM

Pros: I have not maxed out the bandwidth on this in any FPS games, but it has worked great for me in multiple home and business user setups. I like OEM - I don't have to pay for a lot of fluffy packaging. I get just what I need: Keyboard, mouse, receiver, and driver CD in one compact box!

Cons: still a little pricey, but cheapest with laser mouse

Overall Review: No rechargeable batteries included, so be sure to purchase 2 AA and 2 AAA rechargeable batteries too, if you don't already have them. I wish Newegg would do more OEM deals like this!!!

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no problems here - repeat buyer6/20/2007 1:10:42 PM

Pros: I have bought 4 of these, and I have not had any problems with any of these. SATA is very nice. Has read all my disks that I could not read with my old NEC.

Cons: none

Overall Review: Make sure you have SATA cables, because this is an OEM drive - bare-drive only. But, most motherboard packages should come with SATA cables, and most new power supplies should come with SATA power cables.

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good for the money6/20/2007 1:08:17 PM

Pros: I have not tried to overclock this memory, but it was plenty stable, and that's what I wanted.

Cons: none

Overall Review: Worked will with this motherboard, but YMMV: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131014

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what more would you want?6/20/2007 1:06:05 PM

Pros: Has everything you need to build a decent low-end to mid-rarnge box. It has 2 firewire ports and integrated graphics. Works great for a set-top or mother-in-law box.

Cons: A little pricey for a budget box with a NVIDA 410, but it is an ASUS. Not so many PCI slots, but that's expected for this size.

Overall Review: I had good success with this RAM, but YMMV: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16820211064

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good for the money6/20/2007 1:05:57 PM

Pros: Great for the money

Cons: wish it had modular cabling, but that's expected in this price range

Overall Review: Overkill for most budget or low-end boxes, but provides good headroom to grow.

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awesome case - repeat buy6/20/2007 12:59:53 PM

Pros: Have built multiple boxes using this case. It's very good for the money. Nice look, very sturdy, helpful "screwless" install for hard-drives and DVD-burners, and nice front-access panel

Cons: Wish it had eSATA on the front, but no biggee

Overall Review: Have used this case multiple times, and I really like it for the price. Most recent box had these components: Assembled a very nice $500 budget box using this CPU and: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16819103046 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16817153023 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16813131014 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16820211064 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16827106070 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16822148140

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great entry level or budget box CPU6/20/2007 12:56:09 PM

Pros: Great dual-core with reasonable L2 cache size. Has decent overclocking potential.

Cons: none

Overall Review: Assembled a very nice $500 budget box using this CPU and: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16811119068 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16817153023 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16813131014 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16820211064 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16827106070 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16822148140

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no problems here - plug-n-play!6/20/2007 12:51:08 PM

Pros: Reasonable price - good performance - WPA2

Cons: no Gigabit Ethernet support, but that's expected in this price range

Overall Review: Used this at two locations, both with Bellsouth DSL extreme and the Westell 6100. No problems, except on an older version (almost 3 years old), I had to put the modem in "bridge" mode. A weird requirement for some older Netgear/Westell combos.

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rock solid6/20/2007 12:46:35 PM

Pros: Reasonable cost, good performance, and great reliability

Cons: they are not free :-)

Overall Review: I have used these to build several home computers and some for work. I've never had any trouble. You need SP2 install disk or Vista to install Windows.

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