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.
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!
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
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.
This weeks’ Deal of the Week, is the Seagate Momentus XT 500GB 7200 RPM ” Hybrid drive from , a worthwhile upgrade at $#160; The drive is larger than an SSD, with improved performance over a regular drive.