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Razer DeathStalker Expert Gaming Keyboard
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Awesome keyboard for FPS and general use 10/29/2013

This review is from: Razer DeathStalker Expert Gaming Keyboard

Pros: +QUIET*
+Chiclet keys feel great
+Awesome aesthetics, goes great with my matching green DeathAdder and PC
+The font on the keys looks sick, as does the green led backlight underneath
+Has extra FN keys
+Attention to minor details (the little legs that flip out to raise the angle feel like they were meticulously designed for quality for instance)
+Very responsive, can hold down 10 keys at once without "losing" some
+did i mention it's QUIET?
+Gold USB plug, just like the mice
+Immediately recognized and customizable in Razer Synapse 2.0 along with my DeathAdder

Cons: -A little pricey for a standard keyboard. While the price isn't prohibitive, and pc gaming in general is expensive, I find $80 for a standard USB keyboard (at time of purchase) a little high. That being said, I think it's money well spent and I don't regret it at all.
-If you are SUPER hardcore about MMO gaming, I advise getting the Death Stalker Ultimate with the extra features geared towards WoW etc. I play FPS mostly, so i found that unnecessary. Obviously you can play WoW just fine with this though.

Other Thoughts: I'm a poor college student in the National Guard and haven't treated myself to anything in a while. My G.I. bill finally came in for this semester so I decided to complete my setup with a Death Stalker keyboard and DeathAdder mouse. A detail that somehow i've avoided in the 3 years that I've had and upgraded a gaming PC..

*My old keyboard was insanely loud to the point that my roommate got mad at me, he couldn't sleep if i was on my PC etc.. (He's a gamer but runs a laptop with soft keys), so I chose this keyboard with the chiclet style keys partly for that reason.

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Razer DeathAdder Ergonomic PC Gaming Mouse
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Perfect for FPS and general use 10/29/2013

This review is from: Razer DeathAdder Ergonomic PC Gaming Mouse

Pros: +Very smooth physical motion
+Very smooth cursor response
+Automatically found on Synapse 2.0 which allows for a ton of customization
+Extra buttons (but not like 50)
+Excellent ergonomics
+Looks sick
+LED's look amazing, even better in person than the stock product image
+Braided cable is awesome, not sure why
+Comes with obligatory Razer stickers
+Buttons are very easy to click, very short throw, i found myself accidentally clicking it when i first installed it
+Works great with the Razer Vespula mouse pad my roommate gave me (he lost one of the rubber feet to it)
+Rubber side grips feel great
+Green goes beautifully with my PC

Cons: -Only real con is it's a little pricey. While the price isn't prohibitive, as PC gaming is expensive in general, I still find $60 (at the time of purchase) a little much for a standard wired mouse. That being said, I don't regret spending the money in the least.
-If you are an MMO gamer (like WoW) I recommend getting the Razer Naga, it's what my roommate has and he swears by it. I play mostly FPS so i don't need the extra 12 buttons lol

Other Thoughts: I'm a poor college student in the National Guard, and I haven't treated myself to anything in a while.. well my G.I. bill finally came in, so I decided to get myself a DeathAdder mouse and Deathstalker keyboard

The Synapse 2.0 software is very well set-up, I bought a Razer DeathAdder mouse and a Death Stalker keyboard at the same time, and when I plugged them both in, they were both immediately recognized by the program, and allowed me to customize each.

Also, for the mouse, you can choose a surface preset to calibrate the sensor to. Of course, one of the presets was the Razer Vespula mousepad that I use, and it even lets you designate which side you're using (speed or control, I use speed).

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PowerColor AX7870 2GBD5-2DH Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: +Very Powerful for it's TDP, size and price range
+Smaller than my old card
+affordable
+ton of memory for this price range (BF3 uses like 1280mb)
+Hard to get it above 60*C
+Maxes every game i have at 1080p with playable fps
+several adapters included

Cons: -Sounds like a 747 as soon as any load hits, and that's after adjusting the fan profile in afterburner
-no tacky case badge

Other Thoughts: I upgraded from a gtx 260 core 216 55nm revision to this card. This new card uses only 3 more watts of power (174 vs 171) so it was essentially identical in that concern, is almost an inch shorter, and destroys the old card in any game. Ive seen comparisons where this card performs between a gtx 570 and 580 of yesteryear, closer to a 580, and Ive even seen it beat a 580 if overclocked. The 7xxx series in general is a smash hit. Knocks the socks off of nvidia's current generation as well as AMD's previous. For instance, this car trashes the 6970, the previous top single gpu card from AMD even tho this card is an entire tier under it. (remember the 6870 was a tier below the 5870 and the 5870 was slightly more powerful). It maxes out all the games I have, including BF3, MOH Warfighter, Crysis 1 and 2, etc all with very playable framerates, the lowest being crysis 1 running at around 40 fps. That sounds low but its surprisingly smooth for crysis 1. This is on my 1920x1080p monitor. No reason to look any further other than for enthusiast builders. If i ever feel like my setup is underpowered, i'll buy another one and run crossfire.

Specs:
ASRock 870 Extreme3 R2.0 (AM3+)
Phenom II X6 3.0ghz, 3.4 turbo
8 GB DDR3 1600 Dual channel
This Card

Far from an enthusiast rig, but everything seems to mesh for a great gaming experience

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Display Name: Joel F.

Date Joined: 11/08/10

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  • First Review: 12/29/10
  • Last Review: 10/29/13
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