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5 out of 5 eggs Early review it is basically perfect for my needs. 01/23/2016

This review is from: Seagate 4TB Expansion Portable External Hard Drive USB 3.0 Model STEA4000400 Black

Pros: It is 4tb. It is small. It is quiet it runs cool off the usb3 port of my mac mini.

Cons: None for the moment but I have only had it for around a week.

Other Thoughts: I am a newegg eggspert reviewer but I purchased this drive from newegg because I wanted a 4tb external portable drive. To use with my mac mini. I have been around pc's since the 70's yeah I am not a kid.
I do your normal youtube, netflix and other streaming on the net. I used to tear down older mac minis and make them a lot faster with bigger hdds for friends and family.
SO I have purchased hundreds of hdds and put them inside lots of macs. Since newer macs do not let you get at hdds that easy I am always on the lookout for good external portable hdds. This drive is great for what I want.
I want large reliable boot drives that are small and will run off usb3.
With this drive I can have two partitions 1 is a boot drive of 3tb the other is a blank 1tb partition.
I have 10.9.5 on this at the moment. I can boot on any of my 3 mac minis using this. I can then rescue any info on the internal mac mini's hdd and clone it to the blank partition.

Finally since I have so much room I can shrink the 3tb boot size and expand the 1tb rescue blank partition so if the mac in need has 2tb of info I am still good.

This item is almost perfect for my needs . To be perfect it would be free of charge and last for 10 years.
I know it is a 5400rpm drive but super speed is not that important for my needs. I will most certainly be looking for a second one soon.

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ASUS Z170-A LGA 1151 Intel Z170 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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4 out of 5 eggs Nice look to it goes well in a white fractal case. 12/21/2015

This review is from: ASUS Z170-A LGA 1151 Intel Z170 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: I have a white fractal case and a white fractal design newton psu. So this went very nice with it. price is okay.
It works well with a m.2 ssd as your boot drive. I was able to clock it to 4.6 on my i5-6600k

Cons: The io shield is thin bendy flimsy and it will cut you like a knife if you do not watch out for it. The VRM heatsinks do not use screws and the pcb board is flexy bendy. The sound chip is the lower cost ALC 892

Other Thoughts: I have my own dac so the sound is not a big deal. Should I buy this is the question? I am a newegg exggpert reviewer so I got to give it a test run. Frankly I would go bigger then this ASUS and get the ASUS Maximus gene Viii.

I have owned The maximus gene iv , v , vi , vii ,viii all were my favorite mATX mothers boards.
You are entering higher price with the maximus but all of mine have worked really well.

I will get back to this with a second review as I am giving it to a crazy gaming buddy that plays for hours on end. He will use a 390x on it and maybe a 980 ti.
I used the older 290 and a hd7970 both were good.

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Corsair Gaming STRAFE RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard - Cherry MX Red
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4 out of 5 eggs Nice colors + usb port = Winner 11/14/2015

This review is from: Corsair Gaming STRAFE RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard - Cherry MX Red

Pros: Well lite . usb port . heavy weight nice construction.
My second corsair gaming board. This one unlike the first has a usb port. It allows for my mouse to have easy attachment. It is really heavy which makes you feel like it is good gear. Software downloads are on corsair site and I will need more then a week or two to understand them. But plug n play on my windows 10 build with an intel 6600k was easy enough.

Cons: Pricey. next con is true of just about every gaming keyboard and mouse there every was. It has a right handed bias.
I am left handed and as always it favors righties just a bit.
As for other cons none that I have found. My older corsair gaming board lack a usb port that was a big flaw.

Other Thoughts: I am older then most gamers. I always gamed but I go back to pinball in the 70's and played many hours with 'pong' as my first video game then space invaders pac man and up.

This key board heft and weight and feel kind of made me remember playing pin ball. For me that is a good thing. Oh my brothers kid's are looking forward to using it they like the other corsair keyboard and this one is much better.

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Display Name: Philip A.

Date Joined: 12/13/08

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