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SAMSUNG 850 EVO MZ-75E250B/AM 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: ridiculously fast boot times, stable

Cons: kinda pricey compared to similar SSDs

Other Thoughts: first PC build using an SSD for the OS. Got a Samsung due to numerous claims of it being the most dependable SSD on the market. I don't think I can return to the old HDD standard SSD is so fast.

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Phanteks PH-F140SP_BK_OLED 140mm Orange LED Case Fan
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs pretty good 04/13/2015

This review is from: Phanteks PH-F140SP_BK_OLED 140mm Orange LED Case Fan

Pros: moves air. pretty orange lights. Other reviewers say its loud, its not at all loud to me.

Cons: the LED light is not diffuse. When on, they will produce cones of orange light just like in the display pic. Rubber pads around screw holes stepped off fan enough to make it difficult for case screws to reach screw holes.

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SAPPHIRE  11221-00-CPO  Radeon R9 280X  3GB  384-Bit  GDDR5  PCI Express 3.0  CrossFireX Support Video Card Factory Refurbished
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: So far so good. Excellent performance. Handles every game I've thrown at it on highest settings. Fans run very quietly. Great price point for a 280X when I bought it.

Cons: As I stated in last review, shoddy refurb issues. TIM is cheap and applied horribly - recommend replacing it (don't know if it voids warranty). Card is fairly long and cooling device is heavy. Card has no backplate (misstated as bracket in last review). Also had a manufacturer sticker placed over leads - this can cause a short circuit.

Other Thoughts: geeks usually dismiss replacing TIM on video cards for some odd reason. The worst only cite before and after idle temps never taking into consideration how well the change in compound manages temps. In short, the better the TIM, the better the health and performance of a video card. In the case of this refurb, they got really cheap and lazy. Not only is the TIM poor quality, but waaaaaaaay too much of it was spread all over the PCB. Bad application like that is counter productive to heat transfer. Removing it and applying some arcticsilver 5 has resulted in some impressive temps and thermal acrobatics. I haven't seen this card crack 70 C. When returning to idle from a load, it drops temps very quickly.

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Display Name: Tom K.

Date Joined: 02/13/04

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  • First Review: 06/17/08
  • Last Review: 04/13/15
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