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GIGABYTE GV-R787OC-2GD Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Card works great, I had an Nvidia 650 TI that kept giving me the Windows TDR crashes in both Skyrim and Crysis 3, but worked fine in less demanding games. I stress tested everything and not much seemed to be wrong, other than the occasional GPU crash in extreme benchmark tests. I bought two of these cards just for the heck of it to see if I would still get the crashes and I didn't. One card could handle Crysis 3 at Very High setting and 2x AA with no problem, and at around 30-50 FPS.

Cons: One card was dead on arrival. Fans would spin up but wouldn't get any video output. When used as the sole card in my system, it wouldn't get beyond initializing the CPU/NorthBridge/SouthBridge.

Also the cards are HUGE and require two six pin connectors each.

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Zotac ZBOX-AD02-PLUS-U AMD E-350 APU 1.6 GHz Dual Core AMD Hudson M1 w/ 2GB RAM, 250G HD All-in-One Mini PC
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Love it, I threw 2 more gigabytes of RAM in it and an SSD and this thing handles whatever I throw at it. I've had Windows 7 on it and it ran great, I had Linux on it and it ran great and for about a year or so I've had OpenELEC on it. I'm actually going to repurpose it now as a firewall.

Cons: I upgraded the BIOS on it to fix an issue with it not waking up from sleep, but it ended up bricking the device. I followed the correct procedure to upgrade the BIOS and after it ran the check it said everything was ok. I rebooted it and it bricked itself. I was able to RMA it and get a new one quickly though.

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WD My Book 3TB Desktop USB 3.0 External Hard Drive Storage  WDBACW0030HBK-NESN
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Nice looking, tons of storage and fast!

Cons: Proprietary USB 3.0 connection to the actual case, mine broke and I asked WD if I could get just the adapter card and they said no, so instead of waiting I ripped the drive out of it's case and put it in my PC. It died on me about a week ago, but that may have been because it was 5 years old and I had just put it in a RAID 5 array.

Other Thoughts: I always go with Western Digital for my HDD choices because their advanced RMA policy (they overnight you a drive if you put up your credit card as collateral) is awesome!

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Brandon G.'s Profile

Display Name: Brandon G.

Date Joined: 05/17/05

  • Reviews: 24
  • Helpfulness: 4
  • First Review: 12/10/08
  • Last Review: 06/22/14
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