Date Joined: 09/05/05
Pros: The disk performs well:
hdparm -t /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
# Format BOOT partition as EXT2
# Format ROOT partition as EXT4
# See: ext4.wiki.kernel.org/index.php/Ext4_Howto
# Format and activate SWAP
mkswap -L SWAP_PARTITION /dev/sda2
# Label partitions
e2label /dev/sda1 BOOT_PARTITION
e2label /dev/sda3 ROOT_PARTITION
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!!!
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.
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.
Pros: I have not tried to overclock this memory, but it was plenty stable, and that's what I wanted.
Overall Review: Worked will with this motherboard, but YMMV:
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:
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.
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:
Pros: Great dual-core with reasonable L2 cache size. Has decent overclocking potential.
Overall Review: Assembled a very nice $500 budget box using this CPU and:
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.
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.