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Patriot Supersonic Boost XT 16GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Model PEF16GSBUSB
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: I bought the 16GB version to install Windows with. Another reviewer said to avoid using these drives for Windows installations, however I had no problems during installation.

Cons: None that I can think of.

Rosewill CHALLENGER-U3 - Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Dual Front Mounted USB 3.0 Ports, Three Preinstalled Fans: 1 x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1 x Top 140mm Fan, 1 x Rear 120mm Fan
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: -Keeps my i5-4670k cool, which was my top priority for purchasing.
-Bottom-mounted PSU.
-Decent amount of workspace when installing.
-Looks really nice, IMO.

Cons: Was missing a standoff hole for my mobo. Someone else noted this too in a prior review; they drilled the hole themselves, I opted to leave it as is. If you do that just be careful when you're plugging things in to the board in that area so you don't damage it.

Other Thoughts: My old case, a Rosewill R519-BK, was a decent case for my budget-gaming, non-overclocked clarkdale i3 build. However, the step up to the notoriously toasty Haswell platform with a 4670k (OC'd to 4.4GHz) had my temps at around 35-40C idle and up to 90C during stress testing. I transferred everything into this case, added one 120mm side fan, and my temps at idle can actually get into the 20's! 29-31C at idle, stress testing it maxes out at around 75C. This is a tremendous improvement and I wasn't expecting that much difference just from a case.

Hauppauge WinTV-DCR-2650 Dual Tuner Digital CableCARD Receiver
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Excellent 06/02/2013

This review is from: Hauppauge WinTV-DCR-2650 Dual Tuner Digital CableCARD Receiver

Pros: I paid $60 after $40 manufacturer rebate. However, I feel this is a great product even at full price. It works extremely well. My HTPC stays on or in sleep mode almost 24/7--the only times I've ever had issues with this is when I've turned the computer off or had a power outage. And by issues, I'm talking very minor things like the remote not working until the computer was restarted. It only very rarely fails to record something, and I'm almost positive that's on my cable company's end.

Cons: There aren't many. If I had to pick something I'd say I'm not a big fan of the lights on the unit because the big, dull green lights clash with the crisp, blue led's on my HTPC. But that's obviously minor and has nothing to do with how this product performs.

Other Thoughts: Even at full-retail I feel like this is a great deal. I never paid for DVR service prior to building my HTPC due to the high cost, but the price difference between having DVR through my cable company and using this tuner is $25/month. This thing pays for itself in a matter of months. I would (and have) recommended this to people that have inquired about my DVR setup.


Casey P.'s Profile

Display Name: Casey P.

Date Joined: 07/13/09

  • Reviews: 7
  • Helpfulness: 3
  • First Review: 12/09/11
  • Last Review: 06/18/15
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