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WL 2 Terabyte (2TB) 64MB Cache 7200RPM SATA2 (3.0Gb/s) 3.5
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: None, product I received was not what I ordered.

Cons: This drive is advertised as a 2TB 64MB 7200RPM drive, which would imply it's something fairly top of the line, regardless of brand.

It's not-- it's a Western Digital GreenPower drive, 5400RPM.

Heavily used drive from mid-2010 (4 1/2 years old).

Other Thoughts: This is probably a fine drive (it's an RE4-GP, so to call it a junk drive would be lying), but it really boils my blood when a company tries to pass off a cheaper drive as something more expensive. I really think this is deliberate-- the company takes advantage of the fact that the spindle speed is not shown on the product label. I can't imagine how many people are taken by this tactic.

Any IT person worth their salt, knows that a GP / Intellipower drive is the slower, cheaper version.

I also bought a 4TB "7200" RPM white-label drive from this same vendor. At least on that one, they were clever enough to install a custom firmware (to hide the drive model / specs, and to clear SMART data) making it impossible to tell what you really have. Benchmarks don't lie, however, and it's clear this drive is a WD Purple, Green, or Intellipower drive. I expect some transparency when I'm forking out $150+ dollars. They wouldn't need to hide the model number, except to deceive people into thinking they're spending $150 on a $240 drive, instead of $150 on a $160 drive. I'm sending both back for a refund and paying the extra $50 for new equipment, where I get what I'm paying for.

I'm going to report my experience with this company to Tomshardware, Anandtech, and some other media outlets in hopes that they will test these & publish an article on this. When you sell on Newegg, you are exposed to a HUGE marketplace, and it is extremely unethical (and illegal) to try to pull something like this off. This isn't like burning your next door neighbor, or ripping someone off on a certain online auction company (fleabay) by selling them a slower drive. Pathetic.

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APEX Black Steel DS-539 Micro ATX Media Center / HTPC Case
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Great Case 10/13/2014

This review is from: APEX Black Steel DS-539 Micro ATX Media Center / HTPC Case

Pros: Awesome case for the price. Decent power supply, great looks, easy installation of components.

Cons: None, except that all slim-line cases have some surprises. The fact that this didn't have any I couldn't easily bypass earned it zero CONS.

Other Thoughts: It's a great case for the price. I built two of these cases, both for systems that are designed for 24/7 use. First thing I did was pop open the power supply-- It's an average build, there's evidence of cost cutting, but nothing major.

Everything went together pretty much perfectly. I usually have trouble with 3.5" card readers in 3.5" slots (that are designed for floppies, and having to drill new holes), but I don't recall having that issue in this particular case.

Fit and finish were excellent on both cases, and easily matched the appearance one would expect out of a $600-700 computer (what I sold these for once built).

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Team Xtreme 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2400 (PC3 19200) Desktop Memory Model TXD38G2400HC10QDC01
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Does advertised speed and timings, which makes it excellent memory for the price.

Cons: None whatsoever.

Other Thoughts: For the price this RAM can't be beat. It's literally the same price as many DDR3-1600 kits. I used an Intel I5-4670K CPU and Z97 based motherboard and had no issues simply setting it to XMP settings, and off it went.

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Display Name: Jeremiah E.

Date Joined: 12/16/02

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  • Reviews: 148
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  • First Review: 08/19/06
  • Last Review: 11/22/14
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