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Noctua NF-F12-3000 PWM 120mm 3000 RPM 43.5 dBA 4-pin SSO2
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5 out of 5 eggs High Performance Fan! 01/20/2017

This review is from: Noctua NF-F12-3000 PWM 120mm 3000 RPM 43.5 dBA 4-pin SSO2

Pros: Makes a low cost CPU cooler perform like a costly one with the air it moves.
As always, with Noctua, well packaged product, 6 year warranty.
If you need the cooling & can put up with some noise (if case isn't insulated), this one's for you!
More than capable of using in a twin cooler setup (normally with twin fans), running only this fan.
CPU temps nosedives instantly, assuming the CPU cooler is installed properly, to include proper thermal paste application.
The brown soft rubber (or silicone) corners will ensure there's no vibration, important to leave these intact.

Cons: This is NOT a Con for me, though may be for some. At 3,000 RPM, there's going to be noise, as the air is forced through the heatsink to the rear of the computer. So if you want a quiet fan, choose another.

Other Thoughts: As always, Noctua produced a winner here, if one could carry their PC around on wheels, may make a good leaf blower at 3,000 RPM. While the product is fine, replaced the flimsy fan that shipped with my Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO, purchased here. Temps fell off fast across most of the interior of the PC.

That stated, I should had Googled 43.5 dBA to learn more, even lowering the fan to 'regular' speed, still spins at over 2,000 RPM & is very audible, though may not be in a more sound dampening case, such as the Fractal Design Define R5. This one was installed in the same brand's Core 3300, which is no longer carried at Newegg (wished I had purchased two at $49.99 each). All of these components were purchased here.

With the extra set of supplied brackets by Cooler Master, was able to get this installed, although CM obviously wanted to ensure that only their fans were used, it was a very tight install, was afraid that I'd break the plastic clips.

And with that extra speed, even though it has to blow through a CPU cooler, by sheer force causes the exhaust fan to spin at higher than rated RPM's (according to HWMonitor), that part scares me a bit, may be best not to replace the rear fan when it goes out.;-)

Still, I don't regret the purchase, it's a rock solid fan, the brown corners are actually soft rubber so there's no vibration, and when it comes to fans, though many says the brand is overpriced, Noctua is #1 in terms of quality, performance & ease of install. The fan was carefully packages & 4 screws are included for mounting. Those with Noctua coolers will probably use the wire clips instead, saves a lot of work. This fan is fast & powerful enough for a dual type CPU cooler that normally uses two fans, plus having two may tax the fan circuit on some computers.

Final rating, 5 eggs.

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EVGA GeForce GTX 1060 DirectX 12 06G-P4-6368-KR 6GB 192-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 FTW+ GAMING ACX 3.0 Video Card
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: As usual with EVGA, very nicely packaged, with some extra, a poster & metal tag to install on your build.
Serials on the outer wrapper & viewable in the window to verify it's genuine before unwrapping (check this before opening).
Great card for the dollar.
Everything needed in the box, just be sure to download the latest NVIDIA drivers for your OS before install, the ones on the CD will usually be older.
EVGA has done a great job with the GTX 1060 & backed by a 3 year warranty with fast customer service.
Benches great for this pricemark & Passmark scores are higher than with what appears to be a more powerful Radeon Nitro+ RX 480 8GB card.
Linux compatible!
4K UHD ready with HDMI 2.0b & Displayport 1.4 connections! Plus DVI-D.
Future proofed for years to come!

Cons: That it wasn't produced when the GTX 960 was.;-)

Other Thoughts: For those not wanting to pay $400 for a GPU, this is about as good as it's going to get, especially for those who dual boots between Windows & Linux, or runs Linux only. Drivers can be added for Linux with a PPA (Google how to). On Windows 10 Pro, this is an outstanding card, and haven't really got into the overclocking yet that EVGA Precision X has to offer, have bumped up both GPU & MEM Clock Offset by +125, am sure that MEM will go higher, as the 960 that it replaced was running at +600 over default. NVIDIA has a website, same as where the drivers are, with how two's on these things, helpful tips to get the best performance out of the card.

EVGA is the #1 distributor of NVIDIA GPU's and again, this card follows tradition of quality & performance, along with Customer Service when needed. If there's a widespread issue with these cards, EVGA will likely contact you before you're aware of an issue, just like they did with the 1070 models needing thermal pad replacement.

So far, so good with this card on both Windows 10 Pro & Linux Mint MATE, both 64 bit editions, and through the side fan grille, the glowing 'EVGA GeForce GTX 1060' is a beautiful touch, another sign of quality engineering.

If $300-325 is your budget limit, this is the best card your money will buy.;-)

That said, where are the Displayport 1.3/1.4 monitors to get the most out of this beast?

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Seagate Desktop HDD ST1000DM003 1TB 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
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5 out of 5 eggs Almost as fast as the first SSD purchased in 2012! 11/22/2016

This review is from: Seagate Desktop HDD ST1000DM003 1TB 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: Not to small, not too large
Packaged well
Segate reliability in the 1TB size
As in the title, almost as fast as my first SSD, a 128GB Crucial m4 (seriously)
Backup/cloning software online if needed

Cons: Didn't install itself.;-)

Other Thoughts: HDD has been going & fast since purchased with as a bundle with a 120GB Samsung 850 EVO last year (May 2015). If it's a lemon, would have shown by now, in it's 3rd & final for sometime to come PC. While I run SSD's for OS's installs, did once install Windows 7 to this HDD & was shocked, much faster than the previous gen (SATA-2, 32MB cache) WD Caviar Black, among my first purchases from Newegg. What a difference a generation makes!

And while was a loyal WD fan (still am for their RE4 drives), this Seagate won me over, in fact, one exactly like it shipped with my XPS 8700 in late 2013, have saved 'as is' for now because have an extended warranty that expires in 2017. Then will have two of these babies.;-)

Note that while I trust this model, don't care to go over 1TB, because when reading the reviews (I actually take the time to go at least 15 pages deep if possible), the larger the drive, the more percentage of negative reviews. That's why I chose this model, and while I wasn't looking for a SSD at the time, the Samsung 850 EVO added only $30 to the cost (or the other way around), was a killer deal for a total of $99 plus shipping.

Finally, if I had to do it all over again, would still go for this HDD, because compared to the newer version which will eventually supercede it, the reviews are better as a percentage. May purchase another just to have it, when one finds a winner, that's what matters the most.

Get one of these while you can, because when gone, will be on the secondary markets, likely used & 2x the cost.

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