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Western Digital Black WD2002FAEX 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: 5-year warranty, good luck with WD, the one I received 6-8-2012 made in Thailand.

Cons: None so far

Other Thoughts: The only thing that matters is whether an HDD stands the test of time. My reason for this review is the one I received was manufactured in Thailand May, 2012. I don't know why those made in Malaysia would be inferior to those made in Thailand but, because a previous reviewer brought up the subject…
I replaced two 1TB WD black HDDs in RAID0 with this drive. The RAID dropped out a couple of times a month so I replaced it with a single 2TB HDD (OS on an SSD). There’s no discernible performance difference to me.

Seagate BarraCuda XT ST33000651AS 3TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
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  • neweggOwned For: less than 1 day

Pros: Huge with ~9GB/$. I've had pretty experience with Seagate reliability.

Cons: If you don't have an option for UEFI in your MOBO BIOS, you'll need to download and run Seagate's DiscWizard software ( to access the entire disk and break it into at least two partitions.

Other Thoughts: MOBOs manufactured prior to 2011 are unlikely to have UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface). I was quite surprised that my ASUS P6T (X58 chipset) didn't have a UEFI capable BIOS update. Without UEFI, when the disk is installed, it'll show as ~745GB. You'll need to run the Seagate DiscWizard to be able to work with the full 3TB. Even then you're limited to a maximum partition size of 2TB. To be able to use the remaining 1TB (actually ~746GB), you'll need to use the Seagate DiscWizard to create an extended partition. The Seagate documentation and software are well-written and simple. I only used Seagate on my own and work computers until one failed prematurely. I now use WD but I suspect they're no more reliable than Seagate. good.

LIAN LI ARMORSUIT PC-P50 Black Aluminum ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Excellent design and build quality, well ventilated, easy cabling behind rear side panel, no LEDs, almost tool less.

Reviewers knock the PC-P50 (very gently) for several things: Only three 3.5” drive bays, non-removable mobo tray and too much emphasis on tool less design. IMHO, these points are all spurious. With the “sweet spot” for HDDs at 2TB and SSDs relatively inexpensive and much faster than RAID I don’t think there’s much necessity for more than 3 bays (I would not have said that two years ago before SSD). A removable mobo tray is difficult if you want to have underside access to the CPU backplate for cooler installation. It also doesn't make much sense when cabling is passing through and behind the mobo tray to have it removable.

Cons: Quite audible, side panels secured by thumb screws, very, very easy to scratch, not completely tool less, no 5.25” to 3.5” adapters.

Other Thoughts: Long-time user of a Lian Li aluminum case know aluminum is soft and the steel screws will, if used even infrequently, strip the holes within a couple of years (instantly if cross threaded). Several of the screw holes for the card expansions slots and for securing the side panels on my PC-60 were stripped within two years after purchase. Making an aluminum case tool less is sensible. It’s unfortunate that the side panels on the PC-P50 are secured with thumbscrews. I’m sure these will soon strip the holes (removal of side panels is first step of any work) so I’m not using them. It would have been nice if Lian Li had secured the panels with latches similar to that used to secure the PS.

Although this is certainly much more sensible than a gaming case (although that’s what it’s called on the box), it’s still far from quiet.

I had not intended to buy a new case until my next new build… but the NewEgg price was $40 less than elsewhere so I bought it on impulse and am not sorry I d


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Display Name: David N.

Date Joined: 03/01/02

  • Reviews: 17
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  • First Review: 07/11/05
  • Last Review: 06/11/12
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