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SAMSUNG 830 Series 2.5
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Huge speed and performance boost, easy install and data migration (once you find the right software to do the job)

Cons: None so far. Prices still high but coming down. I finally picked one of these drives up. I'd wanted one for a couple years now!

Other Thoughts: Beauty of a drive! No problems turning on AHCI in BIOS. No problems with Samsung Magician SSD software. Cloning wasn't as easy as I hoped though. After having a rough go trying to clone my system drive with Acronis, I found a great little piece of software called Casper 7. Everything was smooth sailing from there on out. I downloaded over at CNET for free (trial version, but only limit is no volume resizing, nothing windows native disk mgmt can't handle). I can't say enough about how much simpler, quick, and worry free using this was compared to even EaseUs, Acronis, Clonezilla. It was seriously one click to upgrade my windows disk... and after cloning, it was a piece of cake to copy and delete partitions on my other drives too (backups, music files, etc). Whole system was upgraded in an afternoon... and what a difference a day makes! I basically have a new computer just from a single drive upgrade. Amazing!

Crucial Ballistix Tracer 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory w/ Blue LEDs Model BL2KIT12864TB1608
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Love crucial memory. Have used it for ages. Always a solid performer. I put these sticks into an Asus M4A79XTD EVO board. It auto sets them at 1333Mhz... so you have to go into the BIOS to manually set the timings to 1600Mhz - 8-8-8-24 @ 1.65v. The machine hiccuped a couple times after doing that... but then has run fine ever since.

Cons: Again, just the couple BSOD's the first week. But none since. Machine parts just learning to play nice with each other i suppose. ;)

Other Thoughts: The blue lights dancing across the top of the memory sticks is cool at first... but in the future, i think i'll stick with regular memory sticks without the LEDs.

Thermaltake Element T VK90001N2Z Black SECC/Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Cool looking case. Lots of airflow. Great fans included. Temps inside are much improved over my last case. Plenty of room for installing. A ton of drive bays ~ wow! Thumbscrews galore make installs easier ~ also i love the the 2 clip-in, screwless drive bays.

Cons: Some people like the lights... I don't know if I like the lights. They're not too bad though ~ red LED fan, red power, red reset. I'm thinking of disconnecting the power button LED... but it's the only thing that let's me know when the machine is sleeping or totally off.

Also, the location of the buttons on the front and the tight space under my desk means that one small slip of the knee (or other body part (calm down ladies, i mean my hand or foot (yes, "ladies" is part of the joke... i know this site is all guys -haha))) causes an accidental power down or reset!! Workarounds: pull the desk out and push the tower back further or attach some kind of power switch cover to avoid accidents. It would be nice though if thermaltake put a hinged plastic cover over the buttons though... so you could just flip it up to power on/off and flip it back down to avoid a big "Oops!" while you are working on those important documents, editing audio/video, chatting with a hot chick, gaming, etc

Other Thoughts: I wish the audio connectors on the front were 1/4 inch instead of 1/8 inch. Not sure if that would be a popular choice with everyone though.


LEE R.'s Profile

Display Name: LEE R.

Date Joined: 04/11/04

  • Reviews: 7
  • Helpfulness: 1
  • First Review: 07/31/04
  • Last Review: 08/21/12
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