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TOSHIBA X300 HDWE140XZSTA 4TB 7200 RPM 128MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Great price
Lots of space
Well known, name brand

Cons: None really*

Other Thoughts: I've had more had drives than I can count, since 1995, and to me, this is just your normal HDD that anyone would expect to get when they buy a HDD.

Meaning, it does what it's supposed to do, and sounds like it's supposed to sound.

*Under normal usage, it makes little to no sound. Under heavy load, it will make the usual, mildly churning sound as the heads roll across the platters. However, it's not a disturbing sound; no metallic squeals, no scary grinding sounds, no nerve-wracking clicks, just the usual sound of a HDD doing what a HDD does.

For example, I bought this drive specifically to hold my movie and music libraries, for Plex. when I transfer a large TV series (or a large number of movies) to it, there will be the normal churning sound for a short period while Plex scans everything, to add it's artwork, covers, metadata, and so on. To me, this isn't bothersome; it's normal, and really not that loud anyway. I read one review where it was described as "sick", maybe he or she got a bad one, or just doesn't like the sound, but mine doesn't sound sick. =)

As far as performance, I do have benchmark utilities on board, but haven't run them on it yet to compare with my other HDD's (and SSD), and I'm in the middle of doing a movie encode right now, so I can't post the geeky stats, but in everyday use, it "feels" fine to me. No weird slowness, no weird hang-ups, or freezes,etc.

All in all, I'm very satisfied so far (only had it for about a month) with the price and purchase, and would definitely buy it again. Who knows, if the price is right down the road, and I fill this one up, I might buy a second one.

Corsair Carbide Series SPEC-03 Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Gaming Case
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs Friggin' love it 07/27/2015

This review is from: Corsair Carbide Series SPEC-03 Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Gaming Case

Pros: Roomy interior.
Front ports/buttons within easy reach.
"Snap-in" bays.
easy cable routing to "hide" most wiring behind the mobo, & give better air circulation.
Ample room for tons of fans.
Allows both full sized ATX as well as "mini"-ATX mobo's.
Interior is well designed for circulation.
Fans that come with it are nice and quiet.
Clear side panel.
GREAT price compared to other cases with the same features.
Feels and looks like it's of high quality construction.
Style baby!

Cons: None really.

Other Thoughts: I've only had this case for about a week now. Just finished getting it all setup. I had previously cramped all of my hardware into a small, HP Pavilion case, which was basically the only thing I had never upgraded from the original stock HP Pav hardware that was inside of it.

I basically just transferred the mobo and all other hardware over into this case, but added a new SSD drive as well.

This case is beautiful. Tons of space inside of it, I've routed all cables behind the mobo (as it's designed to easily do), and there's all kinds of circulation space in there now. The (smart) way Corsair designed this case, the front fan draws air directly over the gfx card first, and the cpu is pretty much lined right up with the exhaust fan in back, which is near the top of the case in back, and since heat rises, it's in just the right spot. And with the ability to add 2 more big fans directly on the inside-top of the case, you'd probably be hard pressed to get it hot in there without really trying.

I saved the heat measurements of my CPU, HDDs and gfx card before and compared them to after; all of which lowered approx. 10 degrees Celcius, just with the stock fans. Screenshot:

If I had to be just a tiny bit nit-picky, I'd just ask that Corsair included a USB3-to-USB2 header adapter. They're only a couple bucks, and for us lamers who still haven't upgraded our mobo's yet to include the USB 3 header socket right on the mobo, and only have a bunch of open USB 2 headers on it, it'd be nice not to have to hunt one down online and wait for it to come in from China (2-3 months to ship it).

All-in-all, excellent case and so far, very happy with the price/purchase.

WD My Book Studio 4TB 3.5
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Large, Fast (USB 3), runs cool, quiet.

Cons: None that come to mind.

Other Thoughts: MUCH better than the 3TB Seagate Backup Plus. USB 3.0 that I previously bought from here. That drive died after 6 months; had the seagate "chirp" (annoying click of death), ran hot, and I got a refurbished drive as a replacement ...

This drive is the polar opposite of that one, (so far. I've had it for a little over 2 months now.), this one runs cool quiet, no scary sounding clicks, no delays when accessing it, it's fast, and all around nice, no complaints.

If it dies in the future I'll be sure to update this review.


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Display Name: Scott E.

Date Joined: 11/19/11

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  • First Review: 06/28/13
  • Last Review: 12/07/15
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