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LaCie Porsche Design P'9230 2TB USB 3.0 3.5
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  • Owned For: less than 1 day

Pros: I've messed with Lacie drives before, but this is by far the most aesthetically pleasing drive they make, if not the best for any external HDD casing. The dark aluminum is beautiful, heavy, and very durable. It has a nice weight to it, and the white slit for the LED is not overbearing. It's also insanely quiet.

Cons: None so far. Hopefully the drive is just as reliable. Firewire would've been nice for Macs, but it's Apple's fault for not supporting USB 3.0 yet. It beats everything but Thunderbolt, and those drives are crazy expensive. Also, hopefully the Porsche branding isn't adding too much fluff to the price, which still isn't bad.

Other Thoughts: I build PC's, and own Macs. This is currently used as a video storage drive for an HVX200. I've used and seen a lot of external HDD's, and this just nails it home with quality and performance.

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SAPPHIRE  Radeon HD 7950 OC 3GB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card  ( 11196-02-40G)
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  • Owned For: less than 1 day

Pros: Well what can I say? Coming from a 5770, this is a massive upgrade. I can't get over how quiet this thing is. Games like BF3, and Desert Strike (Starcraft 2) run beautifully, liquid smooth, maxed out at 1920x1200. I haven't even started overclocking the card, so it's running at the stock O.C. of 900mhz. I have two 24" 1920x1200 monitors running through Display Port, and there's no slow down in any games when one is idle.

Cons: Let's face it, the card is expensive, way more than I'd care to spend, but I did it anyway. I plan to have this card for 2-3 years, so I see it as a reasonable purchasing decision. My last splurge on a high-end card was a Nvidia 7800GT, and had that for almost 4 years.

Other Thoughts: My system it's plugged into:

Core i7 920 @ 3.6ghz
ASUS P6T X58
12GB DDR3 1600
4 HDD / 1 SSD / 1 ODD
SeaSonic X650 PSU
2 add-on cards on my mobo (PCIe and PCI)
Fractal Design R3 Case

I've had no trouble with random restarts or power issues. The power efficiency of this card is unbelievable (roughly 3-6 watts on idle). If you go crossfire, I'd absolutely recommend NO LESS than a strong high quality 850W PSU (preferably 1000W).

Out of all the 7950's I've seen in reviews, this Sapphire OC has scored higher marks than any, mainly due to its excellent cooling, low noise, and will overclock well. I almost bought the XFX version, but glad I didn't. It tested much louder, a bit hotter, and didn't have as high of an OC ceiling. Only thing I like about the XFX over the Sapphire is it looks cooler. (not a good buying factor).

THIS IS THE 7950 TO GET. Pay the extra $30 for this magnificent cooler, which is ooooh so quiet. :D

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Fractal Design Define R3 Arctic White w/ USB 3.0 ATX Mid Tower Silent PC Computer Case
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: This is without a doubt, one of the best cases I've ever used. Spending lots of money on one does not dictate its convenience, or quality. This is the best bang for buck case I've seen on Newegg so far. I love its minimalist design. Some features to note:

* silent case
* side mounting HDD's (holds up to 9)
* access hole for heatsink
* great cable routing options
* great cooling options (up to 6 fans total, 120mm)
* big enough to hold video cards past 11 inches (not 6990 though)
* water cooling routing options
* decent amount of room to work and build in, very clean

Cons: The side door could come off and on a little better. Mine also didn't come with USB 3.0 at the time, but it's great they offer the upgrade path for the front cables for a low price. The plastic grill near the front is slightly a different shade of white, but you have to be looking at it directly. It looks beautiful otherwise. Screwless HDD and ODD mounts would've been cherry, but for the price, I'm okay without it.

Other Thoughts: I chose this case because I wanted a silent case. I loved how it wasn't gaudy with LED's, oversized fans, and a stupid looking alien techie design. It also cooled enough that I could consider this a gaming case (doubling as an audio workstation). This case represents class and functionality, for a great price. As long as you don't have ambitious goals with triple SLI setups and liquid cooling, and are after just a decent gaming rig, look no further. This case is gorgeous. I went with white this time! Super sexy!

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Jared H.'s Profile

Display Name: Jared H.

Date Joined: 01/29/03

  • Reviews: 33
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  • First Review: 06/27/05
  • Last Review: 12/03/12
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