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Windows 8 Pro Upgrade 32/64 Bit (Product Key Card) - w / Free Updates to 8.1 Pro - And Free Updates to Windows 10 (when released)
Windows 8 Pro Upgrade 32/64 Bit (Product Key Card) - w / Free Updates to 8.1 Pro - And Free Updates to Windows 10 (when released)
Offered by Tech-Select
Price: $69.99
8 used & new from $69.99

5.0 out of 5 stars An Easy Way to Upgrade to Windows 8 while Waiting for the Release of Windows 10, May 3, 2015
Verified Purchase(What's this?)
This product contains only a printed key to Windows 8, no media, not disk, just the product key. You then go to the Windows 8 download link (the link is provided on the card), enter your provided key number, and the Windows 8 software is downloaded to your computer. You are given the option to install directly or to create a .iso file on your hard drive. Once the .ios file is created, you then transfer it to a DVD or bootable flash drive, and then you use that for installation.

The installation goes relatively quickly, and mine had no kinks or problems at all during the install process. As is typical, once the install is completed, there will be a number of upgrades that are necessary, so you have to go through the updating cycle, and if you are installing the system on a new machine, you will also likely have a number of customized drivers and programs that will also need to be installed.

Windows 10 should be released for free to anyone running Windows 7 or 8, so if you want to use the latest system until that time, this is the best way to do it. It's a reasonable cost, too, and works great. Five stars.


Thermaltake Toughpower 750W 80 Plus Gold ATX12V 2.3 & EPS12V 2.92 Power Supply, Black PS-TPD-0750MPCGUS-1
Thermaltake Toughpower 750W 80 Plus Gold ATX12V 2.3 & EPS12V 2.92 Power Supply, Black PS-TPD-0750MPCGUS-1
Price: $96.55
52 used & new from $96.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Great Looks, But More Importantly, High Quality Design and Low Noise Power Supply, May 1, 2015
Verified Purchase(What's this?)
This model of power supply by Thermaltake, which puts out 750 w of power, is very well constructed, and looks great in a computer case, particularly if you are going with a black and/or red scheme (motherboard, RAM, fans, etc.). But regardless of the asthetics, this is ahigh quality fan that is stated to have a very stable and clean electrical output. I do not have the electrical equipment anymore to test those claims, but I can confirm that this thing runs very smoothly, has a beautiful, quality assembly, and runs pretty quiet, too. It's the noisiest fan in my box (but it's not noisy; the thing is, I'm using Noctua fans and a Nanonxia box with their special fans, both of which are essentially inaudible). So, you can use this power supply for a very quiet build.

Another nice thing about this unit is that it supplied with a series of very high quality cables that plug/unplug into the unit based on what you are using in your own build. These include SATA connectors, molex connectors, and are color coded. Thermaltake also supplies a heavy duty Velcro c\sealed pouch that can be used to hold cables you are currently not using (nice touch, I must add, and very helpful indeed).

You may not need 750 watts, and if not, you can look into the lower wattage Thermaltake PSU's. At 750W, you have enough power to run extra video cards (probably two), additional audio cards, multiple hard drives, and so on. It's a good model for someone who has a case that will be used for future extensions and builds. I highly recommend it. Five stars.


Rockport Men's Essential Details Water Proof Apron Toe Oxford,Dark Brown,10 M US
Rockport Men's Essential Details Water Proof Apron Toe Oxford,Dark Brown,10 M US
Price: $82.50
7 used & new from $82.50

4.0 out of 5 stars Somewhat Diminished Model from Earlier Versions, April 30, 2015
Verified Purchase(What's this?)
I've purchased these shoes from Rockport for many years, and although I will keep these shoes and try to break them in, they are not as comfortable to me as the previous models, the leather top looks no where's near as good, and the arch support is pretty minimal. They are OK for general use if you don't have to be too dressy, but it's been three days and I'm still not very comfortable in them. I hope they are waterproof as they are supposed to be (all my previous models were), but I don't know that yet until we get some rain. I'm not trying to be terribly negative here, because they are OK shoes and I plan to keep them, but they are not as nice as the older model (which I've purchased for about fifteen years now). I would rate them four stars, and I would wait until they are on sale.


Rosewill 2-Port USB 3.0 4-Port USB 2.0 Hub eSATA Multi-In-1 Internal Card Reader with USB 3.0 Connector (RDCR-11004)
Rosewill 2-Port USB 3.0 4-Port USB 2.0 Hub eSATA Multi-In-1 Internal Card Reader with USB 3.0 Connector (RDCR-11004)
Offered by antonline
Price: $36.42
9 used & new from $30.94

4.0 out of 5 stars High Quality, Well Built, and Attractive Port at a Great Price, But Read On Before You Decide ..., April 30, 2015
Verified Purchase(What's this?)
This is a good quality hub for an entire set of flash cards, plus two extra USB 3.0 ports, and even a eSATA port. The unit is well built, and attractive, and reasonably priced, as well. Why not five stars then, instead of four? What you will find is that, as nice as this unit is (and it is a very nice unit, well built and attractive), the flash card ports are only operating at USB 2.0, not USB 3.0. (The USB 3.0 ports, of course, are operating at USB 3.0 speeds, and there is a USB 3.0 connector that you use to connect the card to your motherboard), but the flash card slots only connect at USB 2.0.

Is that a big deal? It depends. If you only occasionally use the card slots, it may not be. But if you take lots of digital photographs and are constantly copying them to your computer, its a big letdown, and will take up much, much more time in your transfer process.

So, I would say that if this issue is not terribly important to you, this is a five star device. If it is important (and to me, it is), then it's a four star device. It is certainly constructed of high quality parts, and the front face is very attractive with an etched metal look, an I love having an eSATA port right up front, but the flash cards operating at USB 2.0 for me is a deal breaker.


Rosewill 10-Inch Serial ATA III Flat Cable with Locking Latch (RCA-RU-10-SA3-90-RD)
Rosewill 10-Inch Serial ATA III Flat Cable with Locking Latch (RCA-RU-10-SA3-90-RD)
Price: $2.49
4 used & new from $2.49

5.0 out of 5 stars Good Quality SATA 3 Cable, Reasonably Priced, Too, April 29, 2015
Verified Purchase(What's this?)
This is a very high quality SATA 3 cable that has a 90 degree plug on one end (to attach to your drive) and a straight plug on the other (to attach to your motherboard), The cable comes sealed in a magnetic resistant plastic package that must be cut opened, so you know you are getting a cable directly from Rosewill. The cable is flat and semi-flexible, and the quality appears high enough to last for some time. These cables are not that expensive, and since Rosewill has a very good reputation for much of their equipment, why not spend the few extra cents to ensure you have a cable that optimally performs up to SATA 3 standards.


Transcend JetFlash 710 64 GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive (TS64GJF710G)
Transcend JetFlash 710 64 GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive (TS64GJF710G)
Price: $34.91
9 used & new from $30.17

5.0 out of 5 stars Who Says that Large Storage USB 3.0 Keys Need to Be Expensive?, April 29, 2015
Verified Purchase(What's this?)
This miniature USB 3.0 key is quite good, when one considers the cost. It is small enough that you have to be careful about loosing it, and so I assume most people will put this on a keychain or a lanyard, etc, because if you stick it in your pocket, it may well get lost. It has no moving parts, which is a real plus, and it fits snugly into your USB port (no slop or play in the fitting). At 64Gb, its large enough to do a lot of things with, and at its price point, it really cant be beat. Transfer speeds are very good on read, and reasonably good on write (my Black Magic Speed test reports about 38Mb/s on writes, and about 60 Mb/s for reads).

Note, too, that, if you are buying a device of this storage size, you are probably planning on copying lots of huge files to it, and that can be a problem due to the limitations of the FAT file system. The solution? Easy. Just format the stick as "exFAT," and you'll be able to copy files of nearly any size to it, and both Macs an PCs will be able to read them.

So, comparing price, storage size, transfer speed, and a one-piece design, this is an easy five star item.


Noctua NH-U12 S for Intel LGA 2011,1156,1155,1150 and AMD AM2/AM2+/AM3/3+,FM1/2 Sockets, U Type, 5 Heatpipe,120mm CPU Cooler Cooling
Noctua NH-U12 S for Intel LGA 2011,1156,1155,1150 and AMD AM2/AM2+/AM3/3+,FM1/2 Sockets, U Type, 5 Heatpipe,120mm CPU Cooler Cooling
Price: $67.57
26 used & new from $64.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Cooler, and It's Incredibly Quiet, Too, April 26, 2015
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This Noctua CPU fan cooler for the LGA-1150 socket processors is simply amazing. What else can I say but that the construction is superb, with all high quality components, and excellent thermal paste included. But beyond the obvious high quality is something else you'll notice right away ... or WON'T notice, because this fan is so quiet that you cannot hardly hear it in operation, even when you put your ear up to your open CPU case. It really is that quiet, and it is quite apparent that Noctua actually did do all the wind testing and fan blade experimentation to end up with a fan this quiet. I highly recommend this for anyone wishing to build a quiet computer, and you can purchase the Noctua fans separately (apart from this CPU cooler) in just about every size, so you can retrofit an entire case with these, if you want.

Cooling on this unit is excellent in spite of the low fan noise. It's an excellent match for any of the 1150 sockets, probably all the way to the most powerful Intel i7's. Note that, if you really tax your system (or are an overclocker), you can purchase a second Noctua fan and attach it to the other side of the aluminum fins. But I doubt I'd myself ever need to do that.

This is an easy five star recommendation. The catch? You have to be happy with the beige and brown color, because that's all Noctua makes these fans in. But if that is not an issue, I'd consider this one of the best, if not the best, fans and coolers on the market.


Nanoxia Deep Silence 2 Mid Tower Case Fits E-ATX Motherboard, Large Water Cooler Ready, with 6 Fan Controllers - Black
Nanoxia Deep Silence 2 Mid Tower Case Fits E-ATX Motherboard, Large Water Cooler Ready, with 6 Fan Controllers - Black
Offered by Gizmo Shark
Price: $129.99
5 used & new from $104.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Quality Full-Sized Case, April 23, 2015
Verified Purchase(What's this?)
This is actually quite an impressive case. I was a bit taken aback by its size, particularly the deepness of the unit, but once I got over that and began to pour over the internals, I couldn't help but be impressed. It's not made in Germany, so don't think that it is (it is made in China), but it is well built, certainly well designed, and the internal parts and wiring are top notch. There is a modestly good instructional manual, although some questions are not answered, but the company maintains a web site where you can post questions and get responses about various questions.

This case is built to last, It is large enough to hold nearly any system, including all types of water-cooled systems (if that's your thing), and it is very customizable. It can hold more hard drives than you're likely to need (eight), so even RAID systems (which some people looking into this case are) are easily supported, and the case holds three pre-installed, low-noise fans (alas, only green is available for the fans, so if you have a black and red motherboard, it's going to look like Christmas in there). The outside is what I would call "minimalist" in design, not because of its size, but because it has a very non-descript, understated look. From a distance, you won't see much of a difference between it and any number of cheap-o cases. But once you get working with it, you can see and feel the quality of it, and if you are building a system, or want a new case that will stand up to multiple rebuilds over time, this one will do it.

Before you jump at it, look at the other Nanoxia models, because they have a whole series of cases to fit all kinds of needs, and I assume they are built to similar quality standards. But I'm delighted with this case, and can't help but recommend it most highly to both the normal user and the heavy-duty "mod" enthusiast. Five stars, most definitely. Decent price, too, for what you get.

Pluses:
++ Very good quality parts and construction
++ Excellent noise dampening materials line the inside of the side boards
++ Exceptionally quiet fans (all three of them) - basically as quiet as the Noctua fans, if you can believe it
++ Lots of room to hold most any hardware components
++ Full accommodation for water-cooled systems, if that's what you want
++ Understated appearance
++ Fully color-keyed cables, screws, etc
++ Decent instruction manual

Minuses:
-- USB sockets at the top of the case seem a bit flimsy to me
-- Heavy (but this is what you get when you go with a quality, quiet case like this)
-- Instruction manual could be slightly improved; there are a few places that a first-time builder might have to be careful
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The North Face Women Recon
The North Face Women Recon
Price: $82.90 - $239.25

5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Backpack I Have Ever Owned (By Far), April 22, 2015
This is without doubt the best backpack I have ever owned. (I own the men's version of this bag, my wife, the women's version.) I've been using this bag for over one year now, and wanted to post some comments on it. The backpack is constructed of supremely high quality components, all the way from the materials, the zippers, the straps, the clasps and clips, and the shoulder and waist straps. It has tons of useful pockets. compartments, and "cubby-holes." Some are zippered, some are velcro, some are open. There are places for pens and pencils, business cards, hard drives, a dedicated protected sleeve for a laptop up to about 15" screen size, and there's a lot more, too. The bottom is lined with a rubber-infused material in case something liquid spills, and there are two external thermos holders. The shoulder straps are made with a unique padding material that allows you to put quite a bit of weight in the bag without it bothering your shoulders.

But the most amazing thing about this backpack, and the thing I was the most surprised about when I started using it, is that the advertising about this bag being compliant with American Chiropractor's Association is completely on target. The stiff backboard of the bag allows you to put quite an large amount of weight in the bag, but when you mount it on your back, that stiff backboard helps distribute the weight beautifully, and I'm amazed at just how comfortable it can be, even when I have it loaded with camera equipment (camera, lenses, bottled water, etc.). It truly is amazing, and something I've never experienced before with any other backpack. There is even a "hidden" waist band that can further help distribute weight evenly, and if you don't want to use that, it tucks underneath the back of the bag, and is then totally invisible.

The woman's variant of this bag is slightly smaller than the men's version and is one of the only bags you'll find custom tailored for women. My wife loves hers as much as I mine. Both come with a sliding strap on the front that allows you to raise or lower the height of the cross strap, which permits maximum comfort for each individual body shape. And, you can get this in a bunch of different colors. I have an all-black version that I use at work (it looks nice enough to be used in a professional setting) and a yellow one I use for fun. They are both gorgeous.

I can't recommend this bag more highly. It is completely worth the cost. It is built to last, is very high quality, and is more comfortable than any bag I've ever used. And I believe it has a very long warranty on it. This is an easy five star recommendation.

The Men's Recon Version:
The North Face Recon Backpack - Men's


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5.0 out of 5 stars The Nicest Backpack I Have Ever Used - I'm Highly Impressed, April 21, 2015
This is without doubt the best backpack I have ever owned. I've been using this bag for over one year now, and wanted to post some comments on it. The backpack is constructed of supremely high quality components, all the way from the materials, the zippers, the straps, the clasps and clips, and the shoulder and waist straps. It has tons of useful pockets. compartments, and "cubby-holes." Some are zippered, some are velcro, some are open. There are places for pens and pencils, business cards, hard drives, a dedicated protected sleeve for a laptop up to about 15" screen size, and there's a lot more, too. The bottom is lined with a rubber-infused material in case something liquid spills, and there are two external thermos holders. The shoulder straps are made with a unique padding material that allows you to put quite a bit of weight in the bag without it bothering your shoulders.

But the most amazing thing about this backpack, and the thing I was the most surprised about when I started using it, is that the advertising about this bag being compliant with American Chiropractor's Association is completely on target. The stiff backboard of the bag allows you to put quite an large amount of weight in the bag, but when you mount it on your back, that stiff backboard helps distribute the weight beautifully, and I'm amazed at just how comfortable it can be, even when I have it loaded with camera equipment (camera, lenses, bottled water, etc.). It truly is amazing, and something I've never experienced before with any other backpack. There is even a "hidden" waist band that can further help distribute weight evenly, and if you don't want to use that, it tucks underneath the back of the bag, and is then totally invisible. The front clasp, which secures the bag across the front of the chest, can also be slid up and down to seat the strap at the most comfortable position on the chest.

Note that there is a woman's variant, as well, in case you want one that is slightly smaller. And, you can get this in a bunch of different colors. I have an all-black version that I use at work (it looks nice enough to be used in a professional setting) and a yellow one I use for fun. They are both gorgeous.

I can't recommend this bag more highly. It is completely worth the cost. It is built to last, is very high quality, and is more comfortable than any bag I've ever used. And I believe it has a very long warranty on it. This is an easy five star recommendation.

The Ladies's Version:
The North Face Women Recon


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