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HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630 (0J22423) 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 2.5
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: I'll repeat the headline here: you get near-desktop level 7200 RPM performance in a laptop drive. Fast, reliable, very few early drive failures.

Cons: Look at other reviews to find cons.

Other Thoughts: Despite recommending SSDs to some of the user/owners,I installed the HGST 7K1000 in 6 MacBooks and 9 Thinkpads/Latitudes since it was introduced - and only one ever complained of performance or reliability issues. I lived with it myself from 11/2012 to 2/2015 as a principal HDD in a Dell Precision M6600 and found little to complain about. Few people are asking for spinning hard drives anymore, but the 7K1000 could be the best of breed. Despite that, get one soon if you want one - spinning HDs are not long for this world.

Corsair Graphite Series 230T CC-9011042-WW Black on Black with RED LED fans ATX Mid Tower Side Panel Window l  Computer Case
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Very impressed with the metalworking accuracy and solidity of this case. Fine accessibility from both case sides and L and R sides have an easy removal and reattachment, not prone to getting in the wrong track. Front switches and audio jacks are the opposite of flimsy, they're tough and will last. Fan mounting options are nice. PSU mounting is positive and accurate.

Cons: Not a lot of cable management features.

Other Thoughts: I doubt there is any competition in cable management around this price, so not much of a con.

Intel Pentium E6600 Wolfdale Dual-Core 3.06 GHz LGA 775 65W BX80571E6600 Desktop Processor
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Fast* and reliable, overclockable with negligible thermal penalty, and cost-effective.

*relative to $ outlay

Cons: None in this budget range.

Other Thoughts: As an advocate of trailing edge tech, I got an E2180 as the initial processor for my GA-P35-DS3R 2.0 (late 2007) In May of 2012, I pepped up that machine with a new E6600 and am very pleased. There are many options with this combination for overclocking, and the combo is very stable with the stock heat sink/fan, hardly ever budging past 41C at +20% ~ + 30%. I expect YMMV but this "Pentium Dual Core" (don't ask me what the contrast is with a Core 2 Duo)
is a good way to add some pep to a "mature" system.


Richard S.'s Profile

Display Name: Richard S.

Date Joined: 11/11/03

  • Reviews: 5
  • Helpfulness: 0
  • First Review: 11/27/11
  • Last Review: 11/24/15
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