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DELL XPS 8500 (X8500-4726BK) Desktop PC Intel Core i7 3770 (3.40GHz) 12GB DDR3 2TB HDD Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Great configuration:
i7
Kepler GPU wt 1 GB GDDR5
12 GB RAM
2 TB HDD
Front and back USB 3
Memory card reader
WiFi
Bluetooth
Win7-64

Runs fairly quiet and cool. Good performance all around.

Dell is good about keeping drivers and BIOS available for update.

Cons: Has only 1 SATA III (6 gbps) port.

Does not include drive rails for adding another HDD.

"Front" headphone jack is actually on top of the machine towards the back (need long headphone cable).

GPU is not as powerful as you might expect from a Kepler-based board.

Does not have an LED to indicate when the PC is sleeping.

You may want a better keyboard.

Other Thoughts: Adding an SSD as you primary drive, the included 2 TB drive will need to move to an SATA II port (or you can add an SATA III controller card to the machine).

This PC is such a solid deal, I purchased two of them.

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SYBA USB 3.0 PCI-e Card with HDD Power Connector (3 + 1 Ports) Model SD-PEX20080
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs Just Needs Some Explanation 08/30/2011

This review is from: SYBA USB 3.0 PCI-e Card with HDD Power Connector (3 + 1 Ports) Model SD-PEX20080

Pros: Provides 3 external USB 3 ports, 1 internal USB port.

Cons: Needs 5V power to be supplied via Molex connector. This is not optional as might be implied by the included instructions; the card will not function at all without it. Works fine with this power connection.

Other Thoughts: Uses a x1 PCI Express 2.0 slot. The included instructions point you to a third party website for the drivers (VIA). The drivers found there are newer than those found on SYBA's website. SYBA's website does not mention the third party website. Performance of the card is fine; I deducted a star due to the sketchy documentation.

OptiPlex 790, i7, Q65 chipset, Windows 7 Pro 64-bit.

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HGST Touro Mobile Pro 500GB USB 3.0 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Sweet Mobile Drive 08/30/2011

This review is from: HGST Touro Mobile Pro 500GB USB 3.0 2.5" External Hard Drive 0S03105 Black

Pros: USB 3 speeds. USB 3 cable included (can be plugged into USB 2 port if need be). Requires no additional power (just that which is delivered via a single USB 2 or USB 3 port). Compact, lightweight, and stylish, with a nice blue LED access indicator (not too bright). Runs cool and silent. Included software for Hitachi Backup is surprisingly good (slick and simple). I was offered a plan for 250 GB of on-line storage for 3 years at $110 total (that's only $3 per month, breakthrough pricing for cloud storage). This allows me to back-up data from any number of computers (not just the data that is on this Hitachi drive).

Cons: The included USB 3 cable is short (like, 18"), so it is just barely long enough to be usable if your ports are located behind a desktop computer.

Other Thoughts: Rarely am I so pleased with a purchase. Very smart design. The on-line storage deal solves my ultimate problem by securing my most important files off-site.

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Display Name: Chris B.

Date Joined: 08/11/04

  • Reviews: 6
  • Helpfulness: 4
  • First Review: 03/22/05
  • Last Review: 02/21/13
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