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One geek's must-have gadget is another geek's over-the-top gimmick.

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Western Digital Caviar SE 16 500GB

This month, WD joins the 500GB party with its Caviar SE 16 drive. Because the 400GB model is already our favorite 7,200rpm drive, we expected big things from its four-platter successor—and we were mostly satisfied.

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Condemned: Criminal Origins

Condemned: Criminal Origins is one of the creepiest single-player games we've ever played. It's even scarier than FEAR, which is the current high-water mark in the horror/shooter genre.

Overdrive Gemini GX2

With stock overclocking options and top shelf hardware, the folks at Overdrive PC serve up a contender.

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Thermaltake Blue Orb II

We gave the Golden Orb II a mediocre 7 verdict back in October 2005, but the Blue Orb II is bigger and much, much better. It’s a massive cooler that squats over the CPU socket like a sumo wrestler, taking up every square millimeter of space.

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Akasa AK-873 AMD Cooler

The AMD-only AK-873 is small enough to fit comfortably in your palm, but its large copper base plate (zinc-coated to ward off corrosion) makes it surprisingly heavy. Two plump 8mm heat pipes carry the heat from the base plate to the upper area of the aluminum heatsink.

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Toshiba Qosmio G35-AV600

Monster notebooks skew two ways these days: They’re either gaming-friendly, desktop-replacement machines that breathe fire, or they’re big-ass Media Center jobbies.

We haven’t yet seen a Toshiba notebook that’s competitive in gaming performance, but the latest Qosmio (pronounced Cosmio) just might be the best Media Center notebook we’ve seen to date.

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Imagenomic Noiseware Pro

Performance computing certainly matters when it comes to editing high-res digital images. Second perhaps to digital RAW conversion in time-suckiness is the job of noise removal.