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HIS H597F2GDG Radeon HD 5970 (Hemlock) 2GB 512 (256 x 2)-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Dual GPU Onboard CrossFire Video Card w/ Eyefinity
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Upon opening the box, it was a beautiful card. Performed well in every game I threw at it, and did very well...for a few months anyway. Please see Cons.

Cons: If you're thinking of being an early adopter like me, and wanting a 5970, beware that there aren't many around...which means that if it fails, you have to RMA it, and will have to wait forever to get it back. First of all, HIS deals with a third-party distributor called "Lexy-Corp Pacific", and once you send the card to them, they wait until HIS in Hong Kong sends them a replacement to send to you. Naturally, Lexy-Corp gives you no status whatsoever, and tells you "Expect 2-4 weeks to get your replacement". Its been more than four weeks, and all they can tell me in broken english is "It takes 2-4 weeks. Be patient".

But its BEEN more than 4 weeks, and all I get are representatives who can barely speak any english, telling me "2-4 weeks..2-4 weeks".

Other Thoughts: Avoid HIS if you can. Great card, but if it fails, you might as well just buy a new one from a more trusted source. I will personally never buy HIS again.

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Antec Twelve Hundred Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Great Air Cooled Case!! 04/21/2010

This review is from: Antec Twelve Hundred Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case

Pros: Solid Case Overall. Has a multitude of fans to keep your parts cool, and fits even the largest of video cards (ATI 5970). Looks great, black with blue lights, and has an individual fan controller for each fan, which is great. Good design, well done Antec!

Cons: The only downside I see is that this case is truly built for air cooling, not water cooling. You can put a 3x120mm radiator in the front of the tower, but its a bit difficult if you want to mod it out. Any experienced user could turn a cardboard box into a computer case, so its not a huge deal, but I figured it was worth mentioning.

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SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3EG HD203WI 2TB 5400 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: This is the 8th drive in my HTPC so far, but I was worried about its spin speed. All my 1TB drives are 7200RPM 1TB samsung's and I wanted to stick with the brand, and could only find this 5900RPM drive. Popped it into my Bravo case and I'm getting FTP intranet speeds of 102MB/s (over 1.0gpps) which is awesome! I get around the same for my 1TB 7200 drives. I believe that the spin speed is only relative for seek/write times, which could be critical in a main OS disk or for games, but for watching movies? Maybe it will take a second longer to load the movie...big deal. Also, don't believe anyone about using GPT. MBR (master boot record) still works just fine as GPT is needed for disks OVER 2TB and this is 1.81 TB when formatted.

Definitely a great buy!!!!

Cons: It didn't expand itself into a robot and clean my house

Other Thoughts: Don't go with those hitachis that have mixed reviews and unreliable hardware. I am a huge WD and Samsung fan, but for an HTPC 2TB drive, this one is the BEST! If you want a 1TB drive for an HTPC, may I recommend the HD103UJ or HD103SJ..I have 7 of those =)

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Richard G.'s Profile

Display Name: Richard G.

Date Joined: 09/07/06

  • Reviews: 9
  • Helpfulness: 6
  • First Review: 09/19/07
  • Last Review: 04/22/10
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