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Western Digital WD VelociRaptor WD4500HLHX 450GB 10000 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Super fast, 2 in RAID0 as fast as second generation SSDs. Quieter than I remember my 36.4 and 74.6 drives being.

Cons: I have 3 of these. 1 of the 3 has been detected with errors and stops booting 2 out of 3 attempts. It's in RAID0 with a second drive. I can reset status with Intel's software and be able to boot again for a while, but it comes back. Software says it has 8 bad sectors...

I've owned these since early November before the floods that gouged all the prices up.

The other drive was doing a solo gig in another PC until 2 weeks ago when it developed a SMART event and will no longer boot. I put it in another PC and was able to get all the data off it except for one file. Drive won't format anymore, just freezes and still has SMART status.

Other Thoughts: So like I said, 1 out of 3 aint bad... which isn't so. It's terrible, in fact. I have 4- 74gb Raptors that were recovered from a recycling event, in a box, bouncing and banging around and were tossed in a bucket. I rescued them a year ago and they are still running strong in a RAID1+0. Sad really.

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NZXT FX-140LB 140mm Enthusiast 3 Speed Fluid Dynamic Bearing 2000RMP Fan
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: High air flow, can be quiet with a fan controller, mounting points for LEDs if you want to mod them, onboard H/M/L switch.

Cons: They are loud are full tilt, they vibrate a bit so use rubber mounts... make sure to get your own LONG rubber mounts. These fans come with a set of rubber mounts but they are design for an open chassis fan. These fans are closed chassis so they do no good.

Other Thoughts: I have used these in two builds now and I like them a lot. No lights, no chrome, but the white blades do grab up any existing case lighting you may have.

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GIGABYTE GA-Z68XP-UD3P LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: So I have always been a Gigabyte fan, this board has great features including the 12 phase vrm for overclocking. When it worked, it work great. Love the black on black colors.

Cons: After I got the Boot loop (which was at random after only a few hours of some gameplay and benchmarking the new build) I started an RMA asap and paid to ship it back. It was only then that I started researching the GB bootloop issues with the new P67 and Z68 boards.

Newegg policy states no refunds, but I really didn't want to me stuck with a board that might fail soon.

I was able to get someone to change it to a refund RMA right as the package arrived to them.

Other Thoughts: It IS a great board, the ONLY issue being reported on this board seems to be the bootloop issue, and before it blowed up on me, it worked great. I personally prefer the old bios style so no UEFI is ok.

I just wish GB had givin me a reason to stay with them but now I'm running an ASUS and I am amazed. So much nicer

If you don't get a boot looper, you will have a fantastic board so maybe another recision is in order.

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Preston E.'s Profile

Display Name: Preston E.

Date Joined: 05/19/04

  • Reviews: 8
  • Helpfulness: 4
  • First Review: 07/10/11
  • Last Review: 02/05/12
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