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Western Digital Black WD5001AALS 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: I've been using one of these drives in my current PC for about a year and-a-half (have used it in more than one PC) now and it has never once failed me so far. Have got 16,449 hours (1.87 years) of power-on time on the drive with no bad or weak sectors detected on the disk.

Cons: None at this time, I've never had any problems or failures with the disk.

Other Thoughts: Newer models are now cheaper and easier to find.

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Western Digital Black WD5001AALS 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: I've been using this as my storage drive in my PC for about 8 months now, and have never had a problem. Has good read and write speeds, faster than my OS drive in fact, and it works well for backing up files. Also runs fairly cool, usually around 29-33°C. Price was also nice, as I got mine on sale.

Cons: Can't think of any at the moment to be honest, I've never had a single problem with mine yet.

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CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-520HX 520W ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: I've had this power supply in continuous use for the past two and-a-half years powering my backup pc every time I've had to use it and it has been very stable. Never a crash or lockup due to "dirty" or unstable power, several due to unstable overclocks though (wrong settings, my fault). It is pretty dead-on for voltage outputs. 12V rail puts out 12.02-12.03V under load, 5V rail is 4.96-4.98V, 3.3V rail is 3.38V. I tested it with my digital multimeter. The 3.3V rail is a little high, but still well within the ATX specifications. I will probably use it to power my next backup PC as well when I upgrade it to a newer platform, assuming it is still in good working order then.

Cons: The only cons I can think of is that it only has two 6-pin PCI Express power cables, so no SLI or Crossfire with higher-power cards. Also, the PCI Express cables are a little short, so that could be a problem with bottom-mounted power supplies in large cases.

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Evan B.'s Profile

Display Name: Evan B.

Date Joined: 04/02/11

  • Reviews: 27
  • Helpfulness: 11
  • First Review: 04/26/11
  • Last Review: 07/17/15
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