[conspire] Advice on Building a Computer

Rick Moen rick at linuxmafia.com
Mon Dec 31 19:22:23 PST 2007

Quoting Mark Weisler (mark at weisler-saratoga-ca.us):

> I've found some 68pin LVD SCSI drives here:
> http://discountechnology.com/Seagate-ST373207LW-SCSI-Hard-Drive_2
> and here:
> http://www.compuvest.com/Description.jsp?iid=472668 (thanks Ken for the tip)
> so the SCSI approach is still in the running.

These are highly satisfactory hard drives.  Notice that the second link
doesn't say the Seagate ST373307LW has an LVD-capable interface; yet, it
does.  (Vendors' descriptions aren't necessarily complete or correct.
Most often, they're just missing some relevant data.)

> Thanks for the tip on the OEM aspect.

Buying on an OEM basis is fine, if you're aware of what you're doing.
For example, Central Computer has (or had, last I checked) a sign on the
wall explaining in plain English that many of the store's offerings are
OEM-type components (often called "grey market", elsewhere), e.g,
components pulled from retail units and sold separately, and that many
such parts lack manufacturer warranties but _do_ have store warranties.
It also mentions that Central is able to offer greatly reduced prices
over official, boxed retail kit, by doing that.  All of that is
absolutely true, and fair enough.

> I think I might be better off to get a quality PSU and then use an adapter 
> than buy one of these off-brand units.

Although I know about the GES standard only what you've been posting,
that seems a reasonable approach, to me.

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