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Brandon B.

Brandon B.

Joined on 10/20/03

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Perfect for my Unraid Build (Home media server, and HomeAssistant Home Automation server)!

Fractal Design Node 804 Black Window Aluminum/Steel Micro ATX  Cube Computer Case
Fractal Design Node 804 Black Window Aluminum/Steel Micro ATX  Cube Computer Case

Pros: Holds lots of drives, 12 by design and even more if you are creative. Very spacious and cleverly separates the drives from the CPU/MB/HBA Card so they are in very different heat zones! Holds lots of Fans and can cool quite well if you put a few extra in! Great cable management to hide cables on the HDD side that isn ot visible so the CPU/MB looks really clean. Looks slick as heck -- esp. with AMD Wraith RGB Cooler!

Cons: Very little noise dampening so fans can be heard . . . but using high quality fans and fan controller greatly helps.

Overall Review: Fantastic for my Unraid Build . . . supporting my new home media server and Home Assistant home automation server via Docker Containers! Runs well, no heat problems (with additional Noctua fan blowing directly on the HDD PCIe card (LSI SAS 9207-8i), and looks slick as heck! I love this case, and design supports tons of drives in a clever layout, separate heat zones, and the support for Micro-ATX leaves alot of room for performance upgrades too! Couldn't ask for anything more!

Perfect for an Unraid build (with 6+ drives)

CORSAIR CX Series CX450 450W ATX12V 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply, CP-9020120-NA
CORSAIR CX Series CX450 450W ATX12V 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply, CP-9020120-NA

Pros: Plenty of power for an Unraid server with 6+ drives.

Overall Review: Used to power my new Unraid build with 6 NAS HDDs (mixed types WD Red, Toshiba NAS, and older Seagate drive). Also running an AMD Athlon II X4 620, on an ASUS M4A785-M, with LSI SAS 9207-8i HBA PCIe HDD extension card (running IT mode by default), and 5 fans . . . without breaking a sweat. Reviews all give this particular Corsair very high reviews for stable, clean power, and high quality internal parts... so my experience so far implies that this is accurate!

Works perfectly!

ARRIS SURFboard SB6141 8x4 DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem
ARRIS SURFboard SB6141 8x4 DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem

Pros: Connects easily, great speeds, no dropouts, no issues with Comcast cable, etc. Motorola quality with rebate made it worth the purchase price.

Cons: It is a little pricey, would love to see modems like this in the $50-$75 range vs. $95. But I did get it with a rebate so that made it worth it.

Overall Review: It's white, not black, sticks out a little.... oh well.

Works perfectly!

ZyXEL Powerline AV500  4 Port Gigabit Switch Wall-plug Adapter with PLA4205 Powerline (PLA4225KIT), up to 500Mbps
ZyXEL Powerline AV500 4 Port Gigabit Switch Wall-plug Adapter with PLA4205 Powerline (PLA4225KIT), up to 500Mbps

Pros: Works perfectly, and provides the realistic speeds I was hoping for at approx. 70-80 Mbps network speeds. Windows networking and Homegroups, Teamviewer & Remote Desktop control, SMB shares, UPnP, XBMC media streaming, MKV HD movie playback over network, Onkyo network connection, and HTPC internet all work perfectly connecting to this hub and then to my main router which has the internet connected to the WAN and another switch for my Office connections. All this for only $70 at Newegg!

Cons: The brand Zyxel is a bit of an off brand to me and you never know if there will be long term support. The software is pretty aweful and NOT intuitive -- luckily you really don't need it.

Overall Review: They are dramatically faster and more stable than my wireless client bridge via DD-WRT on Linksys wireless N router. In addition, Windows HomeGroup works perfectly now, where DD-WRT would not let it work across the wirless client link without WDS enabled leaving half bandwidth -- half of already low teens transfer rate -- uggg! These are simply awesome. Just follow the other tips in the reviews such as initialize them together in the same socket to enable Encrypted connection, don't plug any other high voltage item into the same outlets, etc. and they should work perfectly.

Beautiful and works fantastically with laptop Display Port

Dell UltraSharp U3011 30" Black IPS-Panel Height, Swivel Adjustable Widescreen LCD Monitor 370 cd/m2 DC 100,000:1 (1000:1)
Dell UltraSharp U3011 30" Black IPS-Panel Height, Swivel Adjustable Widescreen LCD Monitor 370 cd/m2 DC 100,000:1 (1000:1)

Pros: Beautiful monitor with great viewing angles and consistent color. Extreme real estate but manageable as the pixels per inch of 2560x1600 is easier to handle at 30" than 27". Note, I was surprised to find that it INCLUDES a Display Port cable in addition to a DVI cable -- I had already ordered one from M0n0price so that was totally not necessary.

Cons: It is a bit pricey but for work the ROI is still very good. With discount I got it for $980 here at Newegg and don't regret it at all. The CCFL based display does take a little bit to reach full brightness as it warms up. Noticeable with my TN panels that pop up just about instantly, but it's really not a big deal -- only noticeable after resuming from power save mode.

Overall Review: I do not play any games that require high frame rates except perhaps Street Fighter IV Arcade... but I am a software developer and the advantages of this monitor are substantial. I have two samsung 23" HD monitors turned vertically on the left and right and this created a whole new work experience for me. I never imagined how much vertical monitors would help in web page reading and working with documents. Also, I had tons of screen corruption issues for the first week, and was very unsatisfied until I started really troubleshooting before sending it back. I finally discovered that my laptop integrated AMD video card drivers had somehow gotten the power save settings out of whack. After turning on the power save features and then back OFF again to force it to refresh it suddenly stabilized and with the power save stuff out of the wasy (ie disabled) it hasn't corrupted once in nearly a month now!

Works perfectly - Pleasantly surprised it INCLUDES Half Height adapter

Intel EXPI9301CTBLK Network Adapter 10/100/1000Mbps PCI-Express 1 x RJ45
Intel EXPI9301CTBLK Network Adapter 10/100/1000Mbps PCI-Express 1 x RJ45

Pros: Works as expected, super easy installation, recognized automatically by Windows but has far more advanced features once you run the Intel driver update suite from Intel.com site. More powerful than I needed but as fast as I hoped! Intel quality for a good price at $30.

Cons: Could always be cheaper, wish I had a coupon but still $30 was worth every cent for Intel quality vs the more affordable off brands.

Overall Review: I installed into my HTPC because my Realtek integrated card had been causing nothing but trouble with intermittent connectivity and consitent outages 10 min after bootup. But, I forgot to validate if it was half height PCI express. Thankfully however it comes with the half height adapter -- saved me a lot of hassle!

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Redux are great affordable options to get the Quiet and Quality of Noctua at reasonable prices.

This model is designed specifically for case cooling (not heatsink mounting), and they work very well as described. My ASUS ROG Strix X470-F motherboard is able to controll them very well and keep them silent -- and even turned off -- the majority of the time until thermals require ramping up their speeds. My HTPC is much quieter now with the mother board control and updated PWM fan support than it did with my older 5.25 manual speed controller and 3-pin fans!!!

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