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Logitech G710 PLUS USB Wired Gaming Mechanical Keyboard- Cherry MX Brown
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: This is a great keyboard. I have not had any of the issues that others have reported. I've been using it for frequent gaming for nearly a month, and all the LED's still work fine. I should note that I turned the brightness on them all the way down, because the bright setting is way too bright for my taste.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: People complaining that the keyboard isn't "whisper quiet" are just not familiar with mechanical keyboards. This is actually *very* quiet by mechanical keyboard standards. People need to realize that it is a mechanical keyboard, and it is going to act and sound like one. If you don't like the sound and feel of it, then a mechanical keyboard is not for you. Do some research and test out mechanical keyboards before you buy one, to make sure it is what you want first. They aren't for everyone.

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AMD FX-8150 Zambezi 3.6GHz Socket AM3+ 125W Desktop Processor FD8150FRGUBOX
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: 8 cores, lots of cache, fast

Cons: You will get less than ideal performance if the OS doesn't know how to schedule threads to the cores properly. The 2 cores in a Bulldozer module share some resources. If you need fast single thread support, you need to have that thread alone on a module. Intel processors have this same issue with Hyperthreading (Hyperthreading actually takes MORE of a performance hit if threads are not scheduled properly)...the only difference is, Windows 7 understands Hyperthreading out of the box, where it doesn't understand Bulldozer (Windows 8 will). Make SURE you install the two Windows 7 Bulldozer hotfixes. I waited to get this CPU until the hotfixes were released.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2646060
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2645594

Make sure to install both of these.

Other Thoughts: People are unfairly judging this chip by going by what biased review sites are saying. Biased review sites using unreliable benchmark utilities rather than real-world performance. I did not get this from Newegg, I was going to but a local retailer had an incredible sale on them and I didn't want to wait for shipping. This thing has absolutely laughed at everything I've ever run on it, games run on highest settings easily, and the hottest it has ever gotten for me at 100% load (Prime95 for several hours) is 41C. Mine is paired with a Cooler Master Hyper 212+.

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SAMSUNG S20A300B High Glossy Black 20
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Extremely good brightness and contrast
A huge variety of controls that allow you to adjust virtually everything
Touch panel instead of buttons (the power button broke off of my old monitor, so this was a welcome change)
Very light, it makes a standard LCD feel like a CRT in comparison

Cons: The documentation in the box made it sound like a DVI cable was included but it wasn't - if you want to use DVI you will have to obtain a cable. This isn't a gripe against the monitor itself, but it would've been nice to include a cable

Other Thoughts: This monitor has surpassed all my expectations so far. It replaced a 6 year old Samsung LCD which was great for its time but had lower contrast and higher response time when compared to modern monitors. It is EXTREMELY bright, almost too bright at times, but the wide variety of controls let you adjust it to your liking.

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Marc M.'s Profile

Display Name: Marc M.

Date Joined: 08/14/04

  • Reviews: 3
  • Helpfulness: 2
  • First Review: 09/16/11
  • Last Review: 11/19/13
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