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Greg B.

Greg B.

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Good, Sturdy Power Supply

CORSAIR Enthusiast Series CMPSU-550VX 550 W ATX12V V2.2 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply
CORSAIR Enthusiast Series CMPSU-550VX 550 W ATX12V V2.2 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply

Pros: Sturdy and well built, fans are ultra quiet (I actually had to take a flash light and look at the fans to make sure they were running)! Has very long, meshed cables, which are perfect for the case it's in.

Cons: I have seen none so far, it's handling all workloads I give it just fine.

Overall Review: I have an older PC running a Tyan Tiger motherboard and dual AMD MP 1900+ (1.62ghz) processors, in an old Antec server case (hence the need for long cables). This thing is loaded with hard drives and DVD burners, and tons of fans (makes for a very loud computer). In the past, this thing has chewed up and spit out almost every PSU that has ever been in it (except the 1 PC Power and Cooling I had in it, but that went into another build a long time ago), so it's been hard to find a good PSU for this computer. This computer's role changes daily: it's my backup rendering box, video and audio encoder, network storage, and many other things - a pure workhorse. It had been down for a long time, and I finally needed it again. Because I couldn't afford a $200+ PSU for an 8 yr old box, I went with this Cosair, since it was a good price and highly rated. Never owned one of theirs before, but after running for 6 months and still going, I'm convinced. Now, I trust two PSU manufacturers.

12/16/2010

Superb Drive

Western Digital Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive
Western Digital Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: This is a fast and stable drive with a good amount of storage. Before the flooding, these drives were a steal at their previous price range.

Cons: This drive does get warmer and is little noisier when compared to the Green drives. Unfortunately, prices have gone way up, but there is a real reason for that (read other thoughts).

Overall Review: I've had this drive in my computer for 2 years now, and it has run flawlessly. It's the storage drive for my gaming rig. This computer gets hot, but since I have good cooling in my case (and in this day and age, why wouldn't you), the drive has been completely unaffected. Wanted to get a couple more for a storage system, but will have to wait. About the price: as others have said, and the news reported, flooding in Thailand has created the price hike. I won't get into it as you can Google and find all the info you want. What I don't believe is in this digital age, with everyone connected 24/7, very little people know about this. What gets me even more are those who rate themselves 5/5 in the tech level, have no clue what is going on. Also, believe it or not, some believe this is a conspiracy because of the release of SATA 6.0Gb/s. What happened in Thailand was a tragedy, and hopefully in 6-12 months, they will get everything back in order. Until then, be patient.

11/28/2011

Understand What You Are Buying

Western Digital WD Green WD20EARS 2TB 5400 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive
Western Digital WD Green WD20EARS 2TB 5400 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: - Huge amounts of space - Low price (used to be lower) - 64MB of cache - Low power and low heat

Cons: - Apparent high failure rates Seems to me that WD is slipping in quality control. It could be from rough handling during shipping, but I believe the real problems with these drives lie in the actual manufacturing. My guess is cheaper/inferior parts were used in the construction and production of the drives, hence, the lower prices.

Overall Review: I ordered 2 of these drives, and one failed during format. The other one is in a 4x storage bay, and still running just fine. I bought these drives to use in a external network storage bay for streaming movies. Because I knew the risk I was taking with these drives, I did not use them internally or for storing important data - I know better than that. "Because I had one drive fail, I'm switching to another brand; WD has betrayed my trust forever!!" Yeah, this is my first WD drive since 1994 to fail (my first drive, a 384MB WD, still runs to this day). I still put more faith in their drives than any other, even these drives. So, please, read the reviews and understand what you're buying first. If you don't want to take the risk (or have the money to), get another model or brand. No one is forcing you to buy these drives.

Could This Be The One?

WD My Book 3TB Desktop USB 3.0 External Hard Drive Storage  WDBACW0030HBK-NESN
WD My Book 3TB Desktop USB 3.0 External Hard Drive Storage WDBACW0030HBK-NESN

Pros: - Huge amounts of space for a great price - Sleek design - Automatic on/off with PC - Powers down into a sleep mode when idle for long periods of time (good energy saver; obviously WD is using some version of their new 3.0TB Green drive) - USB 3.0 - Preformatted to NTFS (yay, I don't have to spend 3 days formatting!) - No SmartWare installation? (see other thoughts)

Cons: Seems to get a little warmer than than my 1.5TB Elements drive. Since the USB cable is a 3.0/2.0 combo cable, I could see this being a con if you happen to lose it. Also, I can't test the USB 3.0 speeds as my motherboard has no support, but that isn't the drive's fault (but it's there for the future).

Overall Review: I jumped on this without really looking into anything about it. I know about the issues with the WD SmartWare software on the other Essential drives, and was kind of worried with this one. When I plugged it in, Win 7 started the driver installation, and then failed - but the drive works fine (I checked, and the drivers were properly installed). SmartWare never forced me to install - never even bothered to ask. So, I removed it from the software from the drive, and haven't heard a peep from the software since. So, maybe WD finally made the software completely optional this time? Don't know, but I'm not complaining!! If so, I say get this drive now before they change their minds!! Also, I was unable to thoroughly test the drive, as WD Lifeguard couldn't even see the drive, and HD Tune just reported 100% bad blocks, which I know isn't right as I've been transferring data to it without issue. So, I will update if anything happens, but so far I've been happy!!

12/17/2010

Made Me Feel Like I Was Cheating!

Razer Destructor Professional Gaming Mat
Razer Destructor Professional Gaming Mat

Pros: - Large surface area (originally was a con for me) - Increased the tracking of every mouse I used on it (even non-gaming mice) - Comes with a pretty sweet carrying case - Unlike others, I have been using it heavily for 8 months, and the pad shows no signs of wear yet

Cons: This things is huge. I can see it being an issue for someone with limited desk space. I originally had a problem with it, but after rearranging my desk, it fits perfectly. Might be a bit pricey for some, also, but I think it's worth it (see other thoughts).

Overall Review: Since 1997, I had used the same black, economy mouse pad (I know, kinda nasty). It was fine for what I used it for. That was until I built my new system that could handle all the modern games, and was able to get back online to play. I started noticing the problem in Bad Company 2: I was constantly having to reposition my hand (especially when turning the turret of a tank), and by the time I refocused my shot, I was dead. This was a constant frustration. Then I got this pad. I began to have less issues aiming and looking around, and my kill count started going up (and that only improved once I got my Razor Death Adder mouse). I became much less frustrated playing online, and began to improve so much that I thought somehow I might have been cheating! Also, the case my be a little much, but it is pretty cool to walk into a LAN, and start unzipping this baby!! It's like unloading and adding another weapon into your gaming arsenal!

12/17/2010

Great Headset At A Great Price

PLANTRONICS .Audio 355 3.5mm Connector Circumaural Stereo Headset
PLANTRONICS .Audio 355 3.5mm Connector Circumaural Stereo Headset

Pros: These headphones are lightweight and are of a fairly durable build. I can wear this headset for hours without discomfort. The volume through this headset is also louder than any other headphones/headset I've own. These are a steal if you need if you need a good headset - of course, I paid a little more when I originally got them.

Cons: The padding around the ear cups are a little stiff, and can cause my ears to become sore after extremely long periods of wear. It's not a huge deal as almost every set of headphones I've ever owned have done the same thing. Also, there's not as much bass from the 40mm drivers that I would like, but that's easily fixed in my soundcard.

Overall Review: I'm a headphones guy. Yes, I have 5.1 surround setup, but 99% of the time, I'm wearing headphones. I just feel more comfortable having the audio pumped directly into my ears. And I can be pretty brutal with my headphones, too. So far, this headset has held up. Usually, if it isn't the headband that breaks, it's one of the wires going bad, usually within a year. So far, neither with this headset, especially for being less than $30. Overall, I'm very pleased with these, and may just by another set to have as a backup.

12/17/2010