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MSI R9 290X LIGHTNING 4GB 512-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Retail
  • Owned For: less than 1 day

Pros: designed well physically

Cons: ugly yellow fan+

Other Thoughts: MSI could have made the accents almost any other color than yellow and it would be better. if it was white or grey or even a nice blue it would be much more appealing.

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Corsair M65 RGB Black Gaming Mouse
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

2 out of 5 eggs Corsair M65 RBG problems with Windows 8.1? 11/27/2014

This review is from: Corsair M65 RGB Black Gaming Mouse

Pros: The M65 RGB has a nice shape for either palming or finger gripping, if your hands are small enough.
The textured surface can help keep a steady grip.
It seems to have a nice array of color schemes for the three different lit areas of the mouse.
It comes with a weight system for adding a small amount of weight to three different areas on the bottom side of the mouse.
It has a nice rubber texture on the scroll wheel.
It has on the fly DPI adjustment up to 8200.
It has an extra three programmable buttons for adding key presses or mouse options.

Cons: Has a strange shape that doesn't fit entirely under my large hand. The back end is too close to my fingers leaving most of my palm on the keyboard tray. Sliding my palm a little forward for support leads to my ring and pinky finger sitting on the tray.

Only has three extra programmable buttons. One of these three thumb buttons also isn't placed close enough to the others for me, I'm used to just rolling my thumb between four or six buttons not lifting it back and forth.
This would be a good feature on a regular desktop mouse but even first person shooter games these days have many options for key binding different commands. This mouse should have at least four strategically placed extra buttons that can be remapped to keyboard keys to be a good gaming mouse.

The scroll wheel does not have left & right clicking capabilities. This has become a must for me over the years when using Windows and when gaming. Also the scroll wheel is a little too resistant for me, it takes more effort than it should to scroll up or down.

And the biggest con:
Corsair's firmware and software will not install claiming, "Cannot find the Corsair M65 mouse, plug the M65 into a usb port". Devices & Printers show the M65 there. I have manually updated the M65 drivers, which I shouldn't have to do. I have tried two USB 3.0 ports and two USB 2.0 ports with the same error upon software install. I have unplugged and uninstalled my other peripheral's softwares. I have changed USB power options. I have restarted multiple times. I have taken ownership of all folders involved and run everything "as Administrator". I even did a couple hours or so of online searching and troubleshooting to find many others claiming these same type problems with no working solution.

Other Thoughts: After the third or fourth time going through these steps over a couple weeks I am finished with this mouse.

I love most Corsair products. I own a CXM series CX600M power supply and both the 500R and the 600T computer cases and have never used better. But, this is the second Corsair M series mouse I've owned and both the M65 & M95 have software issues and strange thumb button layouts. At least the M95's software installed and mostly worked.
I went through more troubleshooting and trial and error with this M65 than your "average" gamer would. I was hoping to find a simple solution and give this mouse a decent rating.

My conclusion is:
Get the Logitech G600. It is the best gaming mouse I've ever seen or used.

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Thermaltake Water 3.0 Extreme (CLW0224) Water/Liquid CPU Cooler 240MM
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs 3.0 Extreme -update 11/12/2014

This review is from: Thermaltake Water 3.0 Extreme (CLW0224) Water/Liquid CPU Cooler 240MM

Pros: Easy to install.
Price equal to others of the same or higher quality.
Maintenance free.
Decent cooler for idle temps but really shines when at max loads gaming or processing.

Cons: 9 months later both fans are making noise. 1 random loud grinding, 2nd intermittent chirping.
No way I could find to replace the water with better coolants or LN2.
Fan Control Software issues: if i change either of the 3 cooling profiles from their default speed\temp curve the fans will automatically go to full speed and stay there. as soon as i set them back to default fans go back to normal.

Other Thoughts: Most reviews I've read around claim this is better than the other CLCs in this price\performance range.

If the "silent" mode isn't quiet enough for you, you may be out of luck. Changing to lower speeds per temperatures results in the fans at 100% for some reason.

I would suggest replacing the fans.

With default hardware and software profiles silent mode keeps me idling around 25°, intense gaming I've never passed 52°. FX-8350 @ 4.8GHz.

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Date Joined: 02/12/05

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