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Intel Core i7-4820K Ivy Bridge-E Quad-Core 3.7GHz (Turbo 3.9GHz) LGA 2011 130W Desktop Processor BX80633i74820K
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Chews through anything I throw at it with ease. Gaming is the lightest activity this CPU sees from me. Video editing and encoding as well as 3D modeling analysis is where this chip shines. 2011 socket and the X79 chipset is made for being a powerhouse of a workstation. I run CFD and stress/ fatigue analysis simulations with this and it makes my work computer look pathetic.
Overclocking was great as well. I was able to run firestrike at 5GHz with just 1.48 Vcore and never saw more than 70C. This was just stable enough to do the firestrike run and I only overclock while bench testing.

Cons: I haven't found any yet.

Other Thoughts: I use Solidworks for my design use and simulations. If I just wanted a gaming rig I would have gone with something a lot less than this as games are not CPU dependent.
My overclock at 5GHz was just stable enough for me to run Firestrike. My physics score was a 12881 (28% increase) but my overall score was a 7553 (only a 2% increase). I use a MSI X79A-GD-45 Plus MB and a Cooler Master Seidon 240M AIO.

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Seagate Barracuda ST2000DM001 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Capacity and Seagate reliability. I've never received a DOA drive from Seagate and hope that I never do.

This resides in my home server alongside 3 other 2TB Seagate drives the oldest being about 3 years old now. All are running well and I have not lost any data using these.

Cons: These are not the fastest drives out there. It is most evident when read/ write speeds drop down to almost nothing and that happens mostly when a drive gets to about 90% capacity. This causes me to use a drive leveling program to even out the usage per HDD in my server as WHS likes to fill up one drive before moving onto the next drive.

Other Thoughts: I am using the now long gone Windows Home Server (version 1) and have been since late 2009. I don't run any programs directly from the server, it is just used as an online storage device that also does all the backups every night for my other 2 machines. Seagate drives have done me well throughout the years. Every now and then I get someone else's drive to see how they are but I always seem to come back to a Seagate drive in the end. Keep up the good work.

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KitchenAid 5-Quart Stainless Steel Replacement Bowl Fits Artisan ksm150ps Models NEW
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

1 out of 5 eggs This bowl better me made out of gold 02/20/2014

This review is from: KitchenAid 5-Quart Stainless Steel Replacement Bowl Fits Artisan ksm150ps Models NEW

Pros: The bowl is made well and should last a lifetime. It's stainless steel so it shouldn't rust. It locks down in my mixer well and does not come loose, even when mixing heavy items like bread dough or when mashing potatoes. Clean up is easy with just a sponge, but it can also be washed in the dishwasher if you're feeling a bit lazy.

Cons: $350 for just the bowl might be a little steep for most folks but hey, some people may think it's a bargain.

Other Thoughts: Seriously hope this is just a listing error and that there isn't some reseller out there that thinks this bowl should be sold for this high of a price. Then again, maybe it's one of those deals where you buy the bowl and get a free stand mixer???

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Chris C.'s Profile

Display Name: Chris C.

Date Joined: 01/26/06

  • Reviews: 6
  • Helpfulness: 3
  • First Review: 06/22/09
  • Last Review: 06/15/14
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