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WD Black 1TB Performance Desktop Hard Disk Drive - 7200 RPM SATA 6 Gb/s 64MB Cache 3.5 Inch - WD1003FZEX
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5 out of 5 eggs It's the "Western Dog" Black label (Caviar) ! 01/22/2016

This review is from: WD Black 1TB Performance Desktop Hard Disk Drive - 7200 RPM SATA 6 Gb/s 64MB Cache 3.5 Inch - WD1003FZEX

Pros: WDC Black label are the best internal drives for desktops. (And their USB drives too.) This is my second 1TB 1003FZEX. Fast, quiet as can be. The"black label" series were known as the "Caviar Black label". Only get the black label for internal use. The best HDD drives bar none.

Cons: OK here's the con. I have an external 1TB WDC USB where I use dedicated backups for the 0 drive, your O/S C:. I thought this time to use the Acronis clone software off their site. Called tech support as I wasn't familiar using Acronis. Big mistake. The tech walked me thru for the cloning but failed to say to unplug the USB drive. What happened? It cloned my Samsung 840 EVO 120GB to the 1003FZEX fine. It also cloned the same partition to the USB external !!! Wiped all the backups, data, from the USB. Had to unplug the USB and use another desktop to ZERO out the drive, format, etc., 15 hrs worth of time wasted. Make sure that you unplug your USB externals when doing cloning using Acronis. Else you will suffer the same fate. Agggh! Live and learn...It still doesn't make sense, because: one is directing drive A to be cloned to drive B. I should have just used my backups off the USB and skipped Acronis cloning. Anyway...a word to the wise.

Other Thoughts: I used a Samsung 840 EVO 120GB that is barely 1.5 years old as the O/S C: From 12/2015 it had 44GB left of free space. Then everyday it would lose free space out of thin air. It lost 10GB down to 34GB. At that rate I'd have no space left by now. How can a drive lose free space when you never used 10GB of that free space. Total mystery....The 840 was fast initially, 10-15 seconds on reboot for Win-7 64bit with a i7-4770K CPU. Then as time marched on it took almost a minute. I see no difference in performance using an SSD vs. a HDD. The reset with the 1003FZEX takes about 1m. 15 secs. If I'd do a "clean install it likely would be less. No big deal. But using programs etc., the WDC is blazing fast. I see no difference in performance. And no loss of free disk space with the WDC drive.

Drive was packed nice and safe and got here quick using the free ship option. Life is good.

The SSD's thing? A touch of hype IMHO. And on top of that, the SSD got 33% fragmented--and you shouldn't defrag SSD's. You can defrag a HDD. Again, I see no performance gain going back to a HDD for the O/S 0-drive. For $75 here at Newegg for 1TB? Peanuts. The 2nd 1003 is a data drive. They run nice and cool, about 27C.
Will have to call Samsung as it's still under warranty....

G.Skill 32GB SDHC UHS-I/U1 Class 10 Memory Card (FF-SDHC32GN-U1)
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5 out of 5 eggs They work fine 12/19/2015

This review is from: G.Skill 32GB SDHC UHS-I/U1 Class 10 Memory Card (FF-SDHC32GN-U1)

Pros: Great price. Using with Q3HD video recorder. Format fine.

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: Used Transcend SDHC cards, same speed of 10. These G.Skill are the same quality. A good buy at the $7.99 price.

EVGA SuperNOVA 650 G2 220-G2-0650-Y1 80+ GOLD 650W Fully Modular EVGA ECO Mode Includes FREE Power On Self Tester Power Supply
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Pros: Looks like a quality build. The modular setup will reduce temps in your desktop. Seems stable at this point. This PSU replaced a hardworking 5 year old Antec EA-650. The EA-650 was/is superb. I usually only get Antec PSU's, but this EVGA is doing its job. It's too early to tell how it will perform a year or two from now, but thus far A-OK. One more thought. The modular wiring will reduce temps by a few 2 C's at least. That's what the 5 year old EA-650 didn't have, modular wiring. Less wires, more airflow. It came with an adapter to check the PSU for power up. No need for the "paperclip" test. That's nice.

Cons: The PSU doesn't have a good manual. Antec OTOH is detailed. The labeling on the EVGA case has Sata 1-2-3. Well I didn't know whether those cables could be plugged in to power other peripheral devices. Tech support helped out. That needs to be corrected. The cables used only used black color. No traditional color coding on any of the cables. Also, on the 24pin ATX plug in to the PSU you will have to plug in the cable to the left on the PSU for power-up. This wasn't explained in the manual. I don't use the "eco" on the fan thingy. My suggest is just let the PSU run the fan full tilt.

Other Thoughts: 7 year warranty? Let's see what it can do. Checking voltage specs. it's stable thus far. I'm surprised that EVGA seems to have a winner here in the PSU department. I do like their video cards. Picked this up from Newegg for $85 in November 2015 with a $25 rebate. Haven't got the rebate yet, but EVGA seems to be a good outfit. I doubt that they will fail on the rebate. All in all, a nice PSU.
One more thought. Never skimp on your PSU's. Get the best, always.


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Display Name: JOHN L.

Date Joined: 12/21/07

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