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Guy M.

Guy M.

Joined on 05/05/08

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Most Favorable Review

Refurb FTW

HGST/Hitachi Ultrastar A7K2000 HUA722020ALA331 2TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
HGST/Hitachi Ultrastar A7K2000 HUA722020ALA331 2TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

Pros: Two 2 TB Enterprise HDDs for $60? Yes please! I'm completely satisfied after 30 days of use and won't be upset if they go belly up (back up what you value!). I've been using refurbed parts for years at great value. 5 eggs and no taking back. ;) No bad sectors. One is the primary with under 40,000 hours and the other is a back up with under 25,000. That use is a fraction of what the drives are rated for. Each runs around 40 C inside the case with fans directly on them. Newegg delivers with their usual and much appreciated expeditious order processing. As mentioned by others these drives were packed well.

Cons: Not hot enough to fry bacon.

Overall Review: Speaking of refurb .... I'm still lurking around for a 600+ W Corsair PSU. That and a bit more RAM and my modest rig is set.

Best Aftermarket GPU Cooling

ARCTIC Accelero L2 Plus VGA Cooler - nVidia & AMD, 92mm Efficient PWM Fan, SLI/CrossFire
ARCTIC Accelero L2 Plus VGA Cooler - nVidia & AMD, 92mm Efficient PWM Fan, SLI/CrossFire

Pros: - At least a 30° F improvement over passive cooling (OEM heat sink only) - 27 CFM (I did not measure, but this spec seems to hold true - air flow is outstanding) - Adaptive (multiple fastener options and both 3 and 4 pin fan connectors) - Quiet - Value (price) If your choice of GPU cooling is a heat sink and fan, then this should be your choice. It is notable that this cooler's success relies on a heat sink that is HUGE. It absolutely needs space and could block access to expansion slots. The cooler blocked my PCI-E x1 and a PCI slot on the micro-ATX board I was using at the time (I have since switched to full size ATX which eliminated that issue), While some may see the size as a problem, I don't since the design accomplishes effective GPU cooling. Please note that I own this product and the fan failed after about two years of service. That is the only reason for my rating loses an egg. I requested a replacement from ARCTIC and they replied and acted immediately (per their e-mail address at "Warranty and Return" tab). It is also notable that the fan clips to the heat sink so installation couldn't have been easier (no vibration btw). I have extensive experience building PCs had have many OEM graphic card fans fail over the years. I am not making excuses on behalf of ARCTIC, but it seems that the MTTF for these type of fans is short (if there even is a MTTF calculation). 2 -3 year seems to be typical. ARCTIC's 6 year warranty on this produce combined with their prompt RMA covers that risk quite well.

Cons: None.

Overall Review: I love sensible engineering. I would recommend and use this product again and again.