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Western Digital WD Blue WD10EZEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Great Price for Size, Speed, and Temp
140-150 MB/s Sequential Reads (Not a SSD speed, but better than USB 3.0)
Runs Cool, very cool compared to my other internal hard drives; 26 C verses three others @ 30 C. Running cool usually means it will last a long time as HEAT KILLS electronics...

Cons: Not considered premiere WD like the Black version which carries a better warrantee (5 yr vrs 2yr) and is supposed to be better for gaming, but is about 15-20 percent more.

WD VelociRaptors are 4 times faster and 4 times more expensive

Other Thoughts: I purchased this to install games on because I have a SSD Sata III Hard Drive for my Operating System. If this fails me before the warrantee is over, I'll be back, but so far I have had decent luck with WD (85% met or exceeded expectations) I ran a benchmark program on this drive with the below reflecting average results, so I am happy :)

G: Test :
Sequential Read : 155.737 MB/s
Sequential Write : 147.446 MB/s
Date : 2013/12/16 21:35:04

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Orico H7988-U3-BK 7-Port USB3.0 HUB - Black
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Works as advertised 12/13/2013

This review is from: Orico H7988-U3-BK 7-Port USB3.0 HUB - Black

Pros: Solid build, all USB devices plug in firm. Decent space between ports.

Cons: None, I wanted this to have its own power supply because I knew it would run better and it does.

Other Thoughts: You need or want a 3.0 hub, I would recommend this one.

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ASUS P8Z77-V LK LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Basic, but exceeded my expectations 12/13/2013

This review is from: ASUS P8Z77-V LK LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

Pros: 1. Small, powerful, included software has tons of options.
2. I expected the 35% increase in my 3DMark scores going to SLI, but I did not expect my windows scores on my SDD and Memory to get better (from 7.6 to 7.9).
3. Price value for options and performance is great.
4. Ability to monitor 3 case fans is nice.
5. Plenty of USB 2.0 slots, but would give up two for one more 3.0 slot; but still has two 3.0 slots (One on face-plate/back of MB and one to plug in for front of case)

Cons: 1. Basic: Installation CD, two HD cords, face-plate and the Sli cord; that’s it.
2. Diodes, or whatever you call them, next to the CPU slot made putting on my stock Intel Cooler harder than it should be. Not comfortable that my cooler is pushing down on the diodes.
3. The included software came with an internet bios upgrade option, but I could not get it to work. I updated the software and an easy option came up to upgrade from file. I downloaded to bios file and updated that way; easy enough.
4. The back end of my large NVidia GTX 670 FTW (Second video card) sits over the Sata 3/6 ports making putting in new cords tough.

Other Thoughts: Just a little annoying that as good as the software looks, the primary thing I wanted to use (internet bios update) did not work quite as easy as I had hoped. I did like you can choose your own boot-up logo. I knew I was going to have some minor issues because I replaced a Intel Motherboard that did not have SLI to this one, so some driver issues were bound to happen. The driver issues were minor and after a deleting the Intel MB programs the board runs fine.
I personally see no need to Over Clock when my rig will play any current game on Ultra settings; but it comes with a lot of ways to overclock and monitor stability if you are into that. It might not mean much, but maxing out the Windows score was nice cap on an otherwise great upgrade.
I gave it 5 stars because I could not give it 4 and a half, but all the cons were pretty minor in the big scale of things so I rounded up.

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Date Joined: 08/03/04

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  • Last Review: 12/16/13
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