Deal-of-the-Week

TAG Tech Deal of the Week–BYO AMD PC Kit

This week’s Deal-of-the-Week is a Build Your Own AMD PC Kit from Tiger Direct for $349.   Including an MSI Motherboard, AMD 8-core CPU, Sony DVDRW drive, RAM, Case, and 1 TB Hard Drive, this would be hard to go past for a PC to get you up and running after a failure, or anyone looking for a good PC on a budget.
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Deal-of-the-Week

TAG Tech Deal of the Week–Amped Wireless AP600EX

This week’s Deal-of-the-Week is the Amped Wireless AP600EX Access Point.   This is most definitely NOT your run of the mill Wireless Access Point, with a range of miles, available from the vendor at $   Suitable for both indoors and outdoors use, and able to be used as a wireless network bridge, it is well worth checking out!
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Back Up / Storage

Mushkin Callisto 120GB SSD Install and Performance Specs

So last weekend I put and Mushkin Enhanced Chronos (MKNSSDCR120GB) 120GB SSD ($150) in my personal PC here at home and saw some amazing #160; I posted about it #160; Later that weekend, I was talking to the Worship Guy at our church and he had seen the post as ask if I thought an SSD drive could speed up the PC the church uses for video #160; It is a Dell XPS 630i with (Core 2 Duo Quad Core, E8200, , 6MB Wolfdale, 65W) but came into our hands with a 500GB OS spinning drive and just 3GB of #160; Of course my answer was YES and how fast can we get one in!  He smiled. Later the next day a Mushkin Callisto 120GB SATA II ” drive was ordered from and shipped with 8GB of new RAM ($100).  Since the PC does a lot of video rendering, more RAM is always #160; The upgrade was smooth and #160; Added the RAM ( DDR2-800 4x4GB) first and turned the PC back on to make sure it was working #160; Checked the Windows Experience Index (Control Panel\System and Security\System) and noticed that the Memory number had changed from a to a #160; A good sign that all was working well. I then pulled the SSD from the box and mounted it to the included ” #160; It was an easy mount into the plastic hard drive mounting brackets and slid it back into the #160; Attached the power and SATA cable plugged the machine back in. I had burned Windows 7 Home Premium x64 to a DVD earlier and used that to reinstall the #160; It took 7 minutes from beginning to #160; Another good sign!  Usually install time on a normal spinning drive can be 30 minutes or #160; After the PC rebooted a couple times, I started in on the Windows Updates as well as some of the normal software that I install on every PC I work #160; A few of the titles are Microsoft Security Essentials, Malwarebytes, Window Live Essentials and such. Below are some of the dramatic improvements that were made with this $250 upgrade: Before After Looking at the results, we see that the scores for both the RAM and the Primary Hard disk went up #160; Both those items had been the #160; RAMs score moved from to and the Primary hard disk moved from to a best score of ! The processor score also jumped up .1 from to #160; Now the Graphics Card is the bottleneck at Bellow is difference between the spinning 500GB HD and the Solid State 120GB #160; You can really see the difference in performance. Before with Spinning Drive After with SSD
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Deal-of-the-Week

TAG Tech Deal of the Week–Build your own RAID 5-0 box

For those of you who can never get enough storage at home, this weeks’ Deal of the Week may be for #160; The Intel RAID SAS/SATA Controller Card from allows you to build a RAID array in every combination you care to think #160; Not the cheapest deal we’ve ever bought you, but definitely a useful one! Match this card up with some SAMSUNG EcoGreen F4 2TB hard disks from , and the sky’s the limit for your new storage array.
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