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Paul D.

Paul D.

Joined on 03/13/04

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Most Favorable Review

Fantastic!

Microsoft Windows Home Server 2011 64-bit - OEM
Microsoft Windows Home Server 2011 64-bit - OEM

Pros: If I would have known building and executing a home server was this easy, I would have done it a few years ago. My server is connected to 2 desktop computers, an HTPC, Samsung Blu-Ray player, a Boxee Box and 2 wireless devices. I am using it for backups and streaming my massive multimedia collection (DVD, Video and Music). Speaking of DVD’s, to make life easy for me, all I did was decrypt the disc, and copied it all to the appropriate server folder – yes I own 100% of them. It takes up more space but storage is cheap and both my Win 7 HTPC and the Boxee box allow me to access the DVD just like I had dropped the physical disc in a DVD player. I will be doing the same to my growing Blu-Ray collection as well.

Cons: A simple manual would have been nice.

Overall Review: Build: -Antec EarthWatts Green EA-430D Green 430W -Intel Core i3-2100T -(1) WD AV-GP WD5000AVDS -Microsoft Windows Home Server 2011 64 -MSI H67MA-E35 (B3) Micro ATX Intel Motherboard -CORSAIR XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 -Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Case -(3) WD Caviar Green WD20EARS 2TB

Most Critical Review

Location, Location, Location.

TP-LINK TL-WN781ND Wireless N150 PCI Express Adapter, 150Mbps, IEEE 802.1b/g/n, WEP/WPA/WPA2
TP-LINK TL-WN781ND Wireless N150 PCI Express Adapter, 150Mbps, IEEE 802.1b/g/n, WEP/WPA/WPA2

Pros: Cheap N adapter. With Win7 64-bit, just plug it in and you are good to go.

Cons: Just not enough “oomph” for my needs.

Overall Review: My wireless setup: D-Link DIR-655 Extreme N Gigabit Wireless Router with an ASUS RT-N12 Wireless-N set to Repeater mode. Avg. about 8 Mbps. I purchased this adapter for my HTPC. Unfortunately, the machine sits in a large, wooden cabinet under and slightly behind a separate blu-ray player and TV. Reception outside the cabinet is acceptable for streaming Netflix but once inside the cabinet, reception goes down significantly. Understandable IF the modem was 75 feet away but I have the repeater about 12 feet to the side of the cabinet with no obstructions. Depending on your needs, this could be a 5 egger because of the price but for my setup, only 3.

Bad, bad, bad

Corsair Force F40 CSSD-F40GB2 2.5" 40GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
Corsair Force F40 CSSD-F40GB2 2.5" 40GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: I know this is no longer carried at Newegg, but if you are searching the Internet looking for information about purchasing one from a different dealer, etc. DON'T! Only pro was its initial speed.

Cons: Drive one: Last about 13 months. Replaced by a Refurbished drive (thanks for nothing, Corsair) It lasted 8 months. Replacement replaced by another Refurbed drive. It lasted 7 months.

Overall Review: Going to the recycling center. I can't do a 4th drive. Fool me once......

11/11/2013

Fan Died

MASSCOOL 8W2002B1M4 90mm Ball Bearing CPU Cooler for INTEL Socket LGA 1155/1156 Cooper base
MASSCOOL 8W2002B1M4 90mm Ball Bearing CPU Cooler for INTEL Socket LGA 1155/1156 Cooper base

Pros: When it worked, it worked well.

Cons: Fan died after about 6 months of usage. That being said, I was folding 24/7 so the fan, once installed, was never shut off – until its untimely demise. I liked the rest of the HS so much that I replaced the dead fan with an old fan I had on hand. Two minor modifications with the Dremel and BAM, back in business.

Overall Review: 2 eggs because I liked the unit as a whole. At $13 it was a win for me either way. Bearings went out in the fan. The one I replaced it with is still going strong though. With a better quality fan, they could charge upwards of $20.

10/23/2013

Works Fine

WD Blue 500GB Desktop Hard Disk Drive - 7200 RPM SATA 6 Gb/s 16MB Cache 3.5 Inch - WD5000AAKX
WD Blue 500GB Desktop Hard Disk Drive - 7200 RPM SATA 6 Gb/s 16MB Cache 3.5 Inch - WD5000AAKX

Pros: Price. Truth be told, I am asking it to do next to nothing (most of the time) but when it is running, it has no problem recording 2 HD OTA shows and shifting previously recorded HD content to my server. Triple duty. Runs cool for an HDD. That's a plus since it sits in a low profile HTPC case.

Cons: None so far. It would be nice if WD just dropped their color designators. How about using something like VR for Video Recording, SV for Server environments, etc, etc. Green for power saving is logical but blue and black?

Overall Review: I needed a place to store recorded OTA HD content while it was waiting to be downloaded to my server. I had just enough working space on the SSD to hold 2 hours of HD recorded video. That is until I added a second tuner card. At that point, shows stopped recording because previously recorded shows were either still waiting to move to my server or were in the process of being downloaded. At about $60, this HDD fit the bill nicely.

10/23/2013

Picked Up The Pace

Plextor M5S Series 2.5" 128GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) PX-128M5S
Plextor M5S Series 2.5" 128GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) PX-128M5S

Pros: Speed. Why else would you buy an SSD? Heat? None. Electric usage? My machine is a pretty hefty rig (oc’ed 2600K, 680 SLI, RAID 5) so any reduction in electric usage is just a drop in the bucket.

Cons: None so far. Real test will be to see how it is running a year or two from now.

Overall Review: I don't believe in synthetic benchmarks. I need to see some tangible change in my everyday work load. I upgraded to this from a SATA II SSD and yes, I do see a quickening of some of my video editing tasks. Also, the size is just enough that 75% of the time I don’t have to use a secondary SSD as a scratch drive (Photoshop, etc).

10/23/2013