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XFX Double D Radeon R9 280 DirectX 11.2 R9-280A-TDFD 3GB 384-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 CrossFireX Support Video Card
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: With rebate, price is great. Lifetime warranty is great.

Cons: When playing games, driver will crash quite often. Not sure if this is an AMD issue or XFX issue. Have tried rolling back to older drivers, with the same issue.

HGST H3IK40003272SW (0S03363) 4TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Lots of storage space, with decent (100MB/sec+) read/write speeds. Once I found working drives, no other issues encountered so far. I use these in a RAID configuration for a home rolled HTPC (Ceton InfiniTV 4). They are able to keep up with 4 simultaneous recordings, as well as playback to 3 extenders at the same time.

Cons: Bought 2 of these, and had to RMA 9! (yes, NINE) drives to find 2 working drives. All of them just clicked like they couldn't access the platters. I don't know what the root cause problem is, but there is NO reason that I should have to go through 11 drives to get 2 working. Poor quality assurance. I want more, but will definitely wait for the next generation of drives to correct the DOA issues.

GIGABYTE Ultra Durable VGA Series Radeon HD 6850 DirectX 11 GV-R685OC-1GD 1GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Bought this as part of a HTPC super build. I was looking for something that could go easily from Blu-Ray to internet browsing to gaming. This card fits the bill nicely. Price vs. performance is pretty good.

Not the best card on the market, but more than sufficient for my needs (when it works).

Card runs at 33C when idle, but has hit 61C under stress test loads. Real world conditions will def. keep it on the cooler side of these temps.

Cons: Runs fine most of the time, but will occasionally black screen requiring a hard reset to get the computer running again.

It doesn't matter what I am doing, from surfing internet, to watching movies, to being RDPed into it. The computer will be running along just fine, when the display suddenly drops out. The fan speeds immediately ramp up to max speeds, and it requires a hard reset to be brought back online. I have been running speedfan, and the temps are reasonable (around 35-37C) when it happens. Doesn't seem to be temperature related, as I can run furmark for quite some time and it is stable.

Other Thoughts: Processor: AMD Phenom II X6 1090T
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3
Memory: Corsair Vengeance DDR3 8GB @ 1600MHz (2x4GB)
Graphics Card: Radeon HD 6850 (GV-R685OC-1GD)
Cable Capture Card: Ceton Infinitv 4 PCIe card
PSU: 650W
Case: Cooler Master
OS Drive: 90 GB SSD
Other Drive: 2 TB green drive


Joel P.'s Profile

Display Name: Joel P.

Date Joined: 07/10/07

  • Reviews: 3
  • Helpfulness: 2
  • First Review: 01/10/12
  • Last Review: 05/23/15
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