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Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO - CPU Cooler with 120 mm PWM Fan
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Quiet, as advertised. Quite cool. Accommodation for two fans.

Cons: Size, if that's really a con...bigger it is, faster it dissipates the heat. Just make sure you have a full ATX case and you should be fine.

Other Thoughts: lol 10/10 would destroy old heatsink retention bracket again :P

But seriously, was worried it may not fit in my case (Raidmax SMILODON) but it fits just fine. The stock AMD retention bracket for the heatsink was a ***** to remove, though.

Rosewill RFA-80-BL - 80mm Computer Case Cooling Fan with LP4 Adapter - Transparent Frame & 4 Blue LED Lights, Sleeve Bearing, Silent
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  • neweggOwned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Where to begin? lol I bought two of these; one for front intake, one for rear exhaust to replace the stock fans. They are more than powerful enough and rather silent as well. Lighting is more of a dark blue, and quite intense; I love it. As far as versatility, see other thoughts.

Cons: The metal grates are a pain and a half to get on; the screws aren't fitted for the holes on the fan, so you need something sturdy with a solid grip on it to secure them both to the case and the grate to the fan. At least I know they won't be going anywhere!

Other Thoughts: Yes, the fan controllers included take up an expansion slot. Make room for them, don't rely on the motherboard/Speedfan to adjust them. They are far more powerful and versatile with the included controllers, which also allow you to use molex power connectors instead of your motherboard's fan connectors.

Seagate BarraCuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
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  • neweggOwned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Three year OEM warranty. Lots of space. What more can you want?

Cons: Not a complete con (see other thoughts), but Seagate changed from a 5 year to a 3 year warranty OEM. Something to be aware of, all the same.

Other Thoughts: Little disheartened they changed their OEM warranty to three years instead of five, but at least I've never needed it! I have never once had a Seagate drive fail, and this one is no different.


Eric S.'s Profile

Display Name: Eric S.

Date Joined: 09/18/04

  • Reviews: 18
  • Helpfulness: 3
  • First Review: 09/19/10
  • Last Review: 01/23/15
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