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Seagate Barracuda ST2000DM001 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Somewhat cheap. I bought 2 of these drives to start tinkering with TV recording. They seemed to work well until I started networking other HTPCs to pull data (watch the recordings) Long story short, these drives may work well for the casual PC user - but if you are gonna put ANY kind of stress on them, they will fail quickly. Not recommended for video rendering or any HTPC based applications - the controllers are not up to snuff for any substantial work load. Once SMART starts to report errors, its game over - if your are getting SMART warnings BACK UP your data right away.

Cons: Once SMART detected errors, drive failed in under a week. Take SMART warnings seriously, when the controller fails your data is gone - unless you have deep pockets and want to ship out your drive to be rebuilt. This is the 3rd Seagate drive to fail in this manner in the past 6 months. The other 2 were the 3Tb versions used in a DVR setting.

Other Thoughts: These drives might work OK for the casual PC user. But if you put them to work, they will fail. To put this in perspective, I have, in the same system, a WD 1Tb Caviar Black over 8 yrs old (ported from an older PC) with well over 50,000 hours of power on time logged that I use as my applications install drive (the drive that gets ridden hard) and it is still chugging away with no Crystal Disk cautions. The 2 3Tb drives failed in under 4000 hours of duress and the 2 2TB drives in under 20000 hours of more casual use. I felt it important to take this time to save someone out there the headache and hours lost and significant data loss - spend a little more and get a better quality drive and always back up your data. Seagate dont bother contacting me as I am no longer interested in your product line - 4 HDDs over past 3 years (Newegg can confirm this) and 4 complete failures - I am spending a little more for higher quality and dependability - I am sticking with Western Digital (their high end Black line to be exact) My data and my time are too important to waste on this. Hope this helps. BTW - if you own a Seagate drive and SMART is reporting errors - BACK UP your data immediately - the controller failure is instant and unrelenting and the OS wont even see the drive when that happens.

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SYBA USB 3.0 2-port PCI-e Controller Card, VLI VL80x Chipset, with On-board 20-pin Header Model SD-PEX20122
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Looked hard to find this little gem. Had to get this to use the AFT PRO-57U card reader. This one works because of the placement of the 20 pin port. Others would not work because the 20 pin cable end was too big.
This card matches USB 3.0 transfer speeds on all ports and is a great upgrade either for the card reader I mentioned or if you are simply upgrading to a case with front panel USB 3. Detects in Windows 7 with no issues.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: This does require a molex power cable to be properly powered - it is NOT optional, as I found out. If it isn't detected, make sure all cables and card are seated snugly and properly. I forgot about molex power plug on initial install.

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Audio-Technica ATH-A700 3.5mm/ 6.3mm Connector Circumaural Closed-Back Dynamic Headphone
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Look no further - absolute BEST value for your dollar! 07/07/2012

This review is from: Audio-Technica ATH-A700 3.5mm/ 6.3mm Connector Circumaural Closed-Back Dynamic Headphone

Pros: After researching specs and listening/reading endless reviews, I took the plunge and I have to say without reservation, these headphones are awesome. The sound stage is excellent. While they are not noise cancelling, they comfortable cover the ear with the closed cup design and their innovative headband that never needs adjusting regardless of your head size.
Bear in mind that while these will work well with on-board sound, these are designed to be best used with a powered audio jack like the one provided on the Asus Xonar Essence. With 30ohms resistance, when these are properly powered, the quality quite literally is breathtaking. Also I read a couple of reviews that indicated that there is little bass - I will correct them here - when properly powered, these can drive bass so load that it feels like the cups are coming off the ears - of course this isn't good for your ears - but yes these do perform. The high grade braided cord is a huge plus and a nice long length.
Get these!

Cons: Only con I can see at this point is that I see they are currently deactivated - I hope they are bringing them back because these are that good - yes good enough to venture elsewhere if Newegg opts to not carry them.

Other Thoughts: Like any other high quality headphone - remember that these perform best when used with a powered audio jack. The poor reviews indicated thus far seem to indicate poor performance, I can assure you when these are properly powered - they are awesome. Look into also upgrading your sound card when considering these or any other high end headphone - in order to get the quality and performance, they have to be powered properly. For these, the Asus Xonar Essence STX is the perfect combo for the audiophile.

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Display Name: James R.

Date Joined: 02/12/11

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  • First Review: 02/27/12
  • Last Review: 05/16/15
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