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Telex Electro-Voice EV Sonic XS 4.1 5-Piece Powered Hardcore Multimedia Speaker System-A Grade Refurbished
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs Telex Electro-Voice EV Sonic XS 4.1 5-Piece Powered Hardcore Multimedia Speaker System 03/04/2014

This review is from: Telex Electro-Voice EV Sonic XS 4.1 5-Piece Powered Hardcore Multimedia Speaker System-A Grade Refurbished

Pros: - Price...
- Price...
- Price...
- Clear sound - no hiss that a few people have noted.
- Excellent volume!
- Excellent Bass!
- Look 100% brand new - no flaws from being refurbished that I could see on my speakers.

I use this for my home theater PC system. My wife isn't the biggest fan of surround sound so I have the speakers on both sides of my fireplace under the TV. When we move these will be with my PC and we'll have a proper 7.1 surround sound, but this is excellent for the time being.

Cons: This is built for a PC 4.1 surround sound so this con is very minor. A couple of the cords for my use are a little short, but if you need more length you can order or swing by Radio Shack and get some 3.5mm male to female cables to give you some additional length.

Other Thoughts: This is funny...and sort of related. My wife's birthday was on the 24th and one of the things I got her was an Oontz bluetooth speaker that is about 6 watts and ~2x5 inches. She loved it! These speakers showed up the next day, and my wife threatened to post on Facebook a picture of the speaker I bought her for her birthday next to the speakers I bought for myself. I felt like a deer in the headlights for a moment and then I realized...It's OK. I'll just post that I only paid $39 for the Oontz speaker, the exact same that I paid for these 125w 4.1 speakers after rebate. :0) Wow, can't get over the price of these things. Now I'm wishing I'd bought a couple more pair for Christmas presents to my friends with man caves.

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EVGA 02G-P4-3765-KR G-SYNC Support GeForce GTX 760 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 SLI Support Dual Superclocked w/ EVGA ACX Cooler Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: - Buy EVGA - their warranty makes them better than ANY other, and have for years.
- I was talking to an NVidia tech support rep before making my purchase and he confirmed (not that I doubted) that all the cards are pretty much identical as far as the NVida hardware - they just add their own little tweaks and overclocking to give them different labels. He thought I'd already bought the card and said, "I'd have gone with the EVGA card myself." Coming from an NVidia tech, that's a pretty good recommendation.
- Best card I could find that did not kill my budget
- Should be enough power in the GPU to keep me gaming (and working now and then) for many years.
- For the games I currently play I could have easily gotten by with a 550 or 650 TI boost or something like that, but again, I don't want to have to buy another card for as long as possible.
- I play World of Warplanes, Sniper 2, Assassins Creed etc., all on maximum settings. WoWP runs at 1600x900x32 on max settings and I'm still hitting FPS from 100-160...considering my monitor refreshes 60 times a second, the rest is overkill.
- Comes with overcloking software...not that I needed to OC the GPU yet. Maybe in a year or two I might need to, but for the time being, this is still overkill.

Cons: Newegg had a little issue getting the card shipped, but after I contacted them it was straightened out with haste. WTG Newegg! Granted, this was around New Years and their inventory period, so I had to give them a little grace.

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Cooler Master Seidon 120M – All-In-One CPU Liquid Water Cooling System with 120mm Radiator and Fan
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: - I wish I could rate this with more than 5 stars...I've been working with PC's since the early 1980's and I've never been more impressed with a cooler. My old (very old) Tuniq Tower 120 was awesome, but even it couldn't keep up with this beast!!!
- I've been running my new build for about 8 days now and I've run stress tests on the CPU and RAM, and it stayed very cool.
- I overclocked my CPU from 3.4 GHz to 4.1 GHz and ran the stress tests again. Those test did not get my CPU over 49 degrees celcius, and since then my PC has had 1 single core reach 50, but the rest have maxed out (at least over the past few days) at Core 0: 47C, Core 1: 50C, Core 2: 49C, Core 3: 45C.
- I matched this with the Noctua NT-H1 Thermal Compound which was pretty much the highest rated compound on the Tom's Hardware reviews that did not need microwave a cup of hot water and heat the thermal paste to be able to spread it properly, or wasn't psyco-overclocker crazy difficult to apply for even professional builders.
- I bought the 120M, but I did have a spare fan that was already on the back of my case that I put on the back of the Seidon cooler, but I don't need it.
- As I'm sitting here writing this review, my cores are averaging 30C, bouncing between 28C and 31C on the cores.
- OH...I almost forgot....The fans are QUIET!!! Aside from my PSU fan, I can't hear any of the fans. If I could box my PSU on the other side of the wall I'd never know my computer was on except for the lights.
- Installation was simple once I threw away the instructions.

Cons: The threads on the long black screws that come with the kit need to be just a hair longer. So when you mount this to your case, put the Seidon fan against the back of your case and any spare fan you add on the inside. Either my case is a touch thicker than they allowed for or the previous 120M fan I owned was slightly thicker than they allowed for.

Other Thoughts: Again, I wish I could rate this higher than 5 stars. I follow technology fairly close and I'm seldom this surprised.

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