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Western Digital WD Green WD20EARX 2TB 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Worked well, until.....

Cons: Failed after ~1.5 years. I used to buy a mix of WD and Seagate, but I've come to the conclusion that Seagate has more reliability issues than WD. This drive died a slow death. If I had a bit more time in the 2 weeks leading up to the crash I might have been able to save a lot of time recovering data.

Other Thoughts: I'm about to do a warranty RMA. WD warranties are good.

I was using it primarily as a backup drive but I did have a bit of data that I hadn't backed up in a while due to building/transferring files from a new build. I had roughly 300GB that I wanted to recover. I was able to recover it all but copying took around 5 days (but it did copy!)

I'll still buy WD, but this particular drive didn't last. I have a pair of 200GB WD's that have been going strong for over 7 years. Bigger drives, bigger problems. Better do a good job of keeping backups.

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GIGABYTE GA-Z87M-D3H 1.0 LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: It's a motherboard with the features I was looking for. 4 ram slots, plentiful overclocking capabilities, PCIe3.0

Cons: I used a GTX 670 with this motherboard. I should have taken the double width size into account as it makes the PCI slots useless. The PCIe 2.0 slot is, far enough away to still be useful. I actually had a PCI card I was going to use with this...ah well. It's my fault, not the boards!

Other Thoughts: It has tools for easy overclocking. I've only had it running for a few days with a 4670k. I'll eventually go water cooled but for now I'm on a stock cooler. I can't even get a 20% overclock on the stock cooler. I don't think it's a motherboard problem. The UEFI bios screens are nice with options to create your own categories. This was my 2nd Gigabyte build after many ASUS builds. It's safe to say I'm a fan of Gigabyte now. Quality stuff.

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Compucase Enterprise Black SECC Micro ATX/ ATX HEC Enterprise ATX tower case with front USB/Audio, rear 8cm Fan and Internal Black Coatin
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: For $10, this is a great case. Edges were smooth and the case arrived with no damage. If you want a no frills case for a mATX or uATX, this case is ok.

Cons: With a full ATX motherboard, the bottom of the motherboard is right at the bottom of the case. This makes it difficult to wire the chassis pinout. Also, With a 'normal' videocard, the rear of the videocard I was going to use was running into the hard drive mounting bays. I ended up using a spare HTPC style card instead. Long cards just won't fit.

Other Thoughts: The front of the case isn't flush from the top to the bottom. There is about 1/8" gap at the bottom which bleeds blue LED light. I wasn't expecting much for $10 and I got what I expected. This wasn't for my everyday computer and is fine for a simple no frills case.

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John E.'s Profile

Display Name: John E.

Date Joined: 05/28/04

  • Reviews: 7
  • Helpfulness: 3
  • First Review: 08/11/08
  • Last Review: 01/21/14
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