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XFX PVT84JYDF3 GeForce 8600 GT 512MB 128-Bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: This was a nice, solid card. It enabled me to play the games I wanted at reasonable levels. Very reliable. Sipped electricity even at full load.

Cons: The fan was a little loud.

Other Thoughts: The card finally failed last night, almost five years to the day it was ordered. The PC it was in was on 24/7 so this speaks to the card's build quality. Seven of the caps had partially ruptured, and the screen was just colorful, random gibberish. I got my monies worth from it; ordered another GeForce card from NewEgg.

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Seagate Backup Plus 4TB USB 3.0 3.5
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggs Good offsite backup drive 05/20/2013

This review is from: Seagate Backup Plus 4TB USB 3.0 3.5" Desktop Hard Drive STCA4000100 Black

Pros: This is the second one of these I've purchased in the past month. It is used for offsite backups of my important network files. I had been using a 2TB internal (plugged into an external dock) but had grown beyond its capacity. Having two allows me to rotate them from my offsite backup facility (read: parent's home) and gives them space to backup files to, as well.

The device was immediately recognized by Win 7. I did not install any of the Seagate utilities. I immediately began creating a TrueCrypt container on it of 3.1TB. In my opinion, an external drive should always be encrypted.
On my USB 2.0 machine, it took 30 hours to build the container. I then began running my robocopy jobs. I was limited by the older USB 2.0 interface of mine, not by the drive.

Cons: The drive gets hot. Very hot. In the open air on my desk in a cool basement office (70 degrees) it was 116-118 degrees F during the TrueCrypt initialization. It reached 120 degrees during the copies at which point I brought over a USB external fan to blow across the top grill. That brought it to 111 degrees during my copy process. If you plan to use this for extended periods of time, it is mandatory to get some air moving across the vents. For my situation, it was only during this first load that it will be stressed. Future updates should not take that long.

Other Thoughts: I ran this drive hard for a continuous 72 hours. At no point did it so much as hiccup (and hopefully I did not just jinx myself). It was quiet; only a couple times did I hear its head move about and it was sitting 18" from my face. I bought both mine on great sales so the value was outstanding. I have recommended this to others who have a similar need (secondary backups and it won't be powered on all the time). Just understand that this will get very hot unless you throw a fan at it.

My first external has been connected quite a few times to perform updates and it has performed as expected.

I am knocking off one egg just for the heat issue. I have to fan cool it. Not a big deal but you should be aware.

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ALTEC LANSING BXR1220 2.0 Speaker System
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Fantastic little speakers 12/06/2011

This review is from: ALTEC LANSING BXR1220 2.0 Speaker System

Pros: Small but they put out a surprising amount of quality, natural sound. Uses USB for power which eliminates the need for a power plug. Solidly built.

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: This is the second set I've purchased, this time for my parent's new PC. Dad was very happy with the sound, the size, and no power plug. They look (and sound) so much nicer than the big plastic monstrosities he'd had for the past eight years.

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Display Name: Mike T.

Date Joined: 03/28/05

  • Reviews: 21
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  • First Review: 09/03/08
  • Last Review: 08/14/13
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