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When to upgrade

I’m a PC enthusiast and as such long for the latest and greatest hardware.  Every time a new CPU, chipset or video card gets released and receives rave reviews I instantly go to my chosen online retailers and price things…

RAIDCore BC4852

The BC4000 RAID HBA family, comprised of 64-bit, PCI-X low-profile compliant controller cards, are the only 2U compatible SATA RAID controller cards available today. The product family provides both four-drive (BCM4452-H) or eight-drive (BCM4852-H) support and are based on Broadcom’s…

Antec SLK3700AMB

I’m a big fan of Antec cases, having two [intlink id=”629″ type=”post”]SX1000[/intlink] series in use. I’ve been eyeing the new Performance Plus and Performance II series but found the price to be a little steep for my tastes. Recently I was perusing…

Asus A7M266-D

This piece should be prefaced with the comment that this is a commentary on user experience with the Asus A7M266-D motherboard, not a full blown review. I’ve always been a fan of dual CPU designs: the prospect of all that…

Promise S150 SX4

FastTrak S150 SX4 Four-port Serial ATA RAID controller with 1.5Gbps per channel 32-Bit/66MHz PCI 2.2 interface Support for RAID level 0, 1, 10, 5 and JBOD Online array expansion and RAID level migration to add capacity on the fly Supports…

Promise SX4000

I’ve been a big Promise fan since the original FastTrak (later renamed FastTrak33 to fit with the product line). At the time I had a bunch of 2 GB Western Digital hard drives that I didn’t know what to do…

Asus A8V-E SE

I picked this board up as I had a socket 939 Athlon x2 3800+ processor and needed to use it somewhere.  I checked around for a “cheap and cheerful” motherboard; something around $50, which usually means a Via chipset and limited…

Antec Atlas 550

Being a fan of computer cases, especially Antec cases, last year when I was building a new system I came across an excellent price on an Antec Atlas 550. For reference I suggest reading my original review: for this piece…

SME Servers: RAM

This one will be short and sweet with three options available for RAM: ECC (or parity), buffered (or registered), unbuffered.  First step is to match the RAM to your motherboard, so use SDRAM, DDR, DDR2 or FB-DIMM.  You don’t get…

Thermalright HR-05-SLI Chipset Heatsink

I bought an eVGA Nforce4 SLI motherboard a few years ago: nice board, socket 939 and was my main system until I upgraded to Core 2 Duo. Sold my old Athlon 64 x2 4400+ but had the motherboard lying around,…