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Seagate Barracuda ES.2 ST3250310NS 250GB 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: If it doesn't fail it works ok. The drives we received were not from Newegg.

Cons: The company I work for received these as part of new computers that were ordered. The failure rate is well in excess of 10% in less than 6 months. I would expect a failure rate <0.1% in that amount of time. They are not dead on arrival drives. These are drives that get used moderately and die after being used for a few weeks or months.

Other Thoughts: The drives didn't come from newegg so maybe neweggs will be better. One has to ask why a hard drive needs to be "refurbished" though.

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ASRock Z75 Pro3 LGA 1155 Intel Z75 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggs No Extras but works great. 08/04/2012

This review is from: ASRock Z75 Pro3 LGA 1155 Intel Z75 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: The BIOS detected everything automatically and correctly and it works great. Processor is i5-3470 Ivy Bridge 3.2Ghz. Memory is 2 Sticks of Corsair 2GB XMS DDR3 1333C7. The memory is left over from a Triple channel board but using only two of the three sticks with no issues.

Although there are only 2 of them, the SATA cables lock in nice.

Cons: Only 2 SATA cables came with the mother board. If you plan on using more than 2 SATA drives, make sure you get some cables.

It only has 2 SATA-3 Ports. The rest are SATA-2.

Driver documentation could be better. If you don't just blindly install all software that comes with it and you are trying to figure out what the driver is for "PCI Simple Communications Controller", it is the Intel Management Engine (ME) driver.

Windows 7 Pro did not recognize the LAN controller automatically. Not a big problem since the driver is include on the CD.

Other Thoughts: Don't forget to install the Rear I/O panel shield before the motherboard. (Trust Me. ;)

Be very careful with the fancy heat sink near the CPU Fan connectors.

If your upgrading an old computer and want to use IDE, save the cables. This motherboard doesn't have any.

Instructions say add thermal interface material to the center of the Integrated Heat Sink. I'm fairly certain all new Intel processors have this on the bottom of the stock heat sink in which case you do not want to add more. It is possible to have to much of a good thing.

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NZXT Crafted Series Phantom Black/Green Steel / Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggs Big Case, Lots of Quiet Fans 08/04/2012

This review is from: NZXT Crafted Series Phantom Black/Green Steel / Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case

Pros: Large quality case with lots of quiet fans and lots of extra screws and miscellaneous parts. Overall the case seems solid and well built. 5-1/4" screw-less mounts work well. Room for extra fans if you need it.

Cons: The 3-1/2" screw-less internal hard drive mounts were difficult/impossible get the hard drives in by following the directions which state "Bend bracket to snap in HDD drive." Bending the bracket was challenging at best. I guess I need to exercise my hands more. In the end, there is a little silver tab that fits into the screw hole that I pushed out to be inline with the rubber and pushed back once the hard drive was in place. Still not easy but much easier then the bracket bending.

The picture associated with Part A M3 Screws is incorrect. The pictures shows a round head screw while the actual screws supplied were flat head screws. This led to a small amount of confusion when first building with my daughter.

Other Thoughts: The installation manual is simply pictures with general directions like "Install the motherboard." Don't forget to put the motherboard I/O port plate in before the motherboard. (Trust me ;)

Although it is not clear by looking at the specs/pictures, there are manual controls for each of the fans on the front top right part of the case.

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Display Name: Robert S.

Date Joined: 05/01/05

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  • First Review: 07/15/12
  • Last Review: 03/28/13
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