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Cooler Master Cosmos II - Ultra Tower Computer Case with Metal Body and Hinged Side Panels
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Having owned some nice cases before, including the Cosmos S, I can safely say this is the best case I've ever had the pleasure of building with.

VERY well made and with massive attention to detail. The build quality absolutely blew me away, especially having used Coolermaster's legacy Cosmos S chassis. It's good but this makes it look like a kiddy-toy in comparison.

Aesthetically, my eyes O-gasm every time I look at it. I absolutely HATE rectangular-box plain-looking cases and this is as far from BORING as possible. I don't get why Lian Li cases cost so much when they are such an eyesore. This case is 100% looks AND 100% function.

Cable-management is a dream-come-true. So easy to route and hide ugly cables from view.

Airflow is spectacular and my toasty components are kept nice and chilly.

Cons: The thumbscrews are terrible! It is really difficult to install PCI devices because the thumbscrew mechanism has to be put in *just right* otherwise the screw will drop to the bottom of the case.

Not enough room for a 38mm thick water cooling radiator at the top. It will fit but only with the fans in PULL configuration. Can't have both PUSH and PULL fans which really b_lows but my Core i7 3930K still manages to keep cool even at 4.5GHz despite this irritating oversight.

This is both a pro and a con but this thing is **HUGE**!!! It will be quite a pain in the keister to transport but I knew that when I bought it. I still underestimated the size though. On the plus side, if I can manage to drag this beast to LAN parties, it would be most difficult to lose ;)

Other Thoughts: Despite the cons, this case is absolutely ichiban.

Perfect balance of beauty, brains and brawn (ie, looks, function and build-quality)

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EVGA 04G-P4-3685-KR GeForce GTX 680 FTW Standard, w/Backplate 4GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: AWESOME!!! I absolutely LOVE the non-reference design of this card! Insanely high 4GB VRAM, vapor-chambor cooling, modified PCB, sick metal backplate, awesome aesthetic design and great overclockability.

Haven't pushed it too far yet but it holds up like a champ so far @1100MHz. Will try for more once I get some games installed.

EVGA makes the best VGA cards, par none. This was totally worth the extra cost over a stock-design GTX 680. It wasn't even that expensive compared to other 4GB GTX 680's either.

Cons: Haven't tested out any games on it yet because I'm still getting my new Windows 7 install configured but it OC's well so far so there's no reason to believe that game performance will lack in any way.

Been using MSI Afterburner to OC, not sure if there's any compelling reason to switch to Precision X but I'll give it a try...

Other Thoughts: Even with just one (I plan on getting a second when I get more $$$) I max out Windows Experience Index to 7.9 across the board.

Also have a Core i7 3930K @4.5GHz, 32GB Corsair Vengeance and a Samsung 128GB SATA 6Gbps Solid-State Drive to keep up with this vicious beast of a card.

Can't wait to get GTX 680 #2...

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Razer Naga Epic Rechargable Wireless MMO PC Gaming Mouse
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Ultimate Wireless Gaming Mouse 08/15/2012

This review is from: Razer Naga Epic Rechargable Wireless MMO PC Gaming Mouse

Pros: Best wireless mouse I have ever used, par none. I was about to give up on using wireless mice to game after countless duds (regular AND gaming types), all of which were choppy.

But I hate wires when gaming just as much as unreliable wireless so I kept looking. I gave this a try because of the dual-mode wired/wireless function. Absolutely love it, even wired mode!

Solid wireless connection. Can change poll rate to max battery or max performance.

REALLY smooth mouse movements with precision and accuracy.

Software lets me customize advanced macro options for the 12 side buttons. Love the granular performance tuning, including adjusting different DPI's for X and Y axis.

The color-change LED lights are wicked sick.

It feels so incredible in my hand, comfortable is an understatement. Plus you can adjust the size and feel to your liking.

NOT just for MMO's; the superior control helps my frag-count ;)

Also, it's solid, sturdy and very well packaged.

Cons: First one was a dud, lasted less than a week before becoming non-functional. Luckily, RAZER customer support was prompt and helpful. They sent me a brand NEW one after RMA'ing the first.

It's become too common for companies to cheap out and replace defective hardware with refurb'd garbage despite paying for new product originally as well as ship-back costs.

RAZER customer support really came through and won me over despite my initial reservations with the failed unit and reading RAZER product horror stories.

But hey, lemons happen and Ive been rewarded by giving them another chance. My replacement has been solid for almost a year and a half and counting, not a single problem whatsoever.

The biggest con is how difficult it is to use regular mice after getting used to this beast. I hate using other computers now after being spoiled by this mouse LOL

Other Thoughts: Kinda nitpicky but it is annoying that the mouse won't function at all until you load the drivers manually. Generic drivers don't work so installing them requires a second mouse unless your a wizard with keyboard navigation.

Also, it's really expensive but I got it as a B-day gift so I didn't pay for it. However, after using it for so long, I've determined that it would definitely be worth buying again myself if I needed a second one or if my current one bites the dust.

Despite a few quirks, this mouse is absolutely fabulous. Gaming mice DO make a difference but wireless is also essential if you hate cords like me. The Naga Epic isn't just one of the only effective mice with both gaming AND wireless features, but it's an excellent mouse all-around.

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Display Name: Jason S.

Date Joined: 02/10/09

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  • First Review: 07/24/09
  • Last Review: 10/04/12
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