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Corsair Air Series SP120 High Performance Edition CO-9050008-WW 120mm Twin Pack High Static Pressure Case Fan
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Fan moves a good amount of air for the noise it makes. The real thing that impresses me about it is the power that it has pressure wise. This fan can move air through a Black Ice GTX 560 and still have enough to start turning the other fan up top (if you have one) when it is off. The three rings (red, white, and blue) are easy to remove and change out. I appreciate the fact that I can choose which color I want it to be. The fans are not TOO loud, but I am not one to pay much attention to noise to begin with.

Cons: One of the biggest cons about these fans is the wiring itself. It's NOT bad....so if you are one to just drop in fans then its a non issue. However, if you are like me and plan (planned) to sleeve the cables on these things you are in for a headache. The cables are thin and flat much like a ribbon cable. They are not just the standard multicolored wires like we are used too on lesser fans. If it were not for the fact that this makes these hard to sleeve this would be a con. Just a *con* from my perspective.

Other Thoughts: If you need fans to move a lot of air (like a case fan) then these are not the fans to get. IF you need a fan to push air through a restriction then these are great fans to use. I have two Black Ice GTX 480's and one GTX 560 with these mounted on both sides and let me tell you, these bad boys will move some air through those monstrous rads. I have the two 480's bringing air in and the 560 exhausting air on top and if I cut power to the fans on the 560, the fans from the two 480s will still generate enough pressures to move both sets of the 560s fans with decent pace. Its pretty amazing. Of course this is at a full 12v. I have not run these fans undervolted yet. That will happen soon enough though.

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Western Digital WD VelociRaptor WD1000DHTZ 1TB 10000 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Fast (for a mechanical drive).

Cons: Noise?

Other Thoughts: Does it compare to a 15K SCSI drive? Obviously not. Does it hold a candle to a SSD? Nope. Is it fast for a 10k lower end (relative to the 15k SCSI drive) drive? You best believe it. If you need a fast drive that wont break the bank but still holds a TB of data (steam downloads anyone?) then this should do the trick. Sure it will never be as fast as an SSD but that much I never expected. I was, however, quite surprised with its performance compared to even the best 7,200 RPM drives when it came to game load times and texture loading. For me, it was worth the money.

One thing to note though, ALWAYS stress test your mechanical drives before using them. If they are bad drives they should show it during the stress test. Don't make the mistake of not testing these (or any hdd for that matter) before loading them with data you are not prepared to loose. I like to test the drives by running a pass with HDAT2, then DBAN (7 passes or so) then HDAT2 again. If after that it comes back with no bad sectors then I would call that a good drive. If it comes back with bad sectors then promptly get it replaced.

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SeaSonic SSR-450RM 450W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply New 4th Gen CPU Certified Haswell Ready
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Seasonic is the company that makes most of the better quality power supplies on the market, even if they are not under their name so it should make sense to go straight to the source (at least I think so). That said, I have been using Seasonic power supplies for a little over a year now since switching from another popular brand and I have been nothing but pleased. This model has adequate power output to cover a wide variety of usage, which is why I use this model so frequently at work and at home. I have installed them into cheesy little compaq computers and in 24/7 always online DVR's and so far they have performed perfectly.

Cons: I can't really think of any real cons for this thing....I guess the only "con" would be the cables. They look/feel a little "basic" or cheap if you will, compared to some other lower end modular cables. Let it be known though that I use these in lower end systems where I really don't care about aesthetics to begin with. Might be something to think about if you do though.

Other Thoughts: I installed this particular one that I bought on my own account in my personal pfsense box. The cheap no-name one that was installed in the old p4 box finally bit the dust after who knows how many years of service. While it lasted quite some time, it certainly used its fair share of wasted power in its lifetime because that thing would put out some heat. It ran so hot that it put out more heat than the Pentium 4 @ 3.8 GHZ that it was powering (if you remember the old netburst cpu's from Intel you know the kind of hot im talking about). After putting this Seasonic unit in, I can definitely tell the difference in the heat load on the room. It is noticeably cooler which can only be a plus since its that much less that I have to cool back down (live in Fl so heat is useless here :P). So if you need a good all around basic psu that is efficient, cool, and backed by a reputable name then this unit just might be what you are looking for.

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