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Microsoft Windows 8.1 64-bit
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

3 out of 5 eggs Slightly less unbearable! 02/03/2014

This review is from: Microsoft Windows 8.1 64-bit

Pros: 1) Performance wise, it's fine.
2) UI is slightly less unbearable than 8.0.

Cons: 1) Ridiculous tablet UI for desktop machine
2) Annoying tie-ins to "microsoft store"
3) Too many useless widgets
4) Too much window dressing, not enough space for *the*apps*I*want*to*run*.

Other Thoughts: I realize that since I'm technically oriented that I'm not in the target market for 8.1, so I'm willing to put up with *some* ridiculosity.

Now that 8.1 is out, it's actually usable without installing third-party "fixits". Though I'll probably install Start8 and company on it ASAP. Why Microsoft decided that the desktop is dead is beyond me. For a tablet or phone it looks like it might be a nice UI. For a desktop, however, it's frustrating. Thankfully, I don't have to use it except when I want to run games.

I could've bought Win 7 (which rocks, by the way) but I figured I'd better get the latest, so I could avoid the next upgrade as long as possible. Start8 lets me avoid most of the "modern" interface, and I'll whip up a little C++ to fix some other annoyances.

I'm hoping that I don't regret not getting Windows 7 for too long.

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PNY VCGGTX7702XPB G-SYNC Support GeForce GTX 770 2GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 SLI Support Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: 1) I got a good price on it (rebate + promo code),
2) Fast and solid
3) Quiet (I hate noise in computers)
4) Great frame rate

Cons: 1) It wasn't cheaper! ;^)
2) LONG. Be sure to check your case to see if it has enough room
Neither is a problem, just sayin'

Other Thoughts: I recently started playing Path of Exile. I'm not usually a big gamer, but don't want it to suck when I *do* play. My old Athlon was struggling with POE (mostly due to having only 2GB of RAM). I bumped the RAM up to 6GB and it was a lot better, but Dominus was still kicking my tookus. The windows install went wonky on me, so rather than reinstall, I built a new Windows machine. I'll install Linux on the Athlon and retire my current Athlon box and make it my new backup server.

Anyway, with the new build, I got a solid framerate (50-120 fps, depending on what's going on). The Dominus battle in POE is pretty demanding, but this card delivered and kept the action smooth, so I spanked Dominus and sent him to bed without dinner.

I generally don't buy items until their price-performance hits the "knee". But it was Christmas season, so I gifted myself honkin fast video card.

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RAIDMAX HYBRID 2 RX-730SS 730W ATX12V V2.2/ EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Modular Power Supply, New Version with Build-in LED Fan On/Off Switch
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: 1) Feels solid and well-built
2) Installed easily (i.e., everything lines up as it should)
3) Supports a honkin' big video card
4) Blue LED fan turns off with a button on the back (though I like to leave it on--it brings out a nice tone with the orange LED fans on the front.)
5) Modular, so you don't have to route a bunch of unused wires

Cons: 1) I'm not a fan of the in-line connectors. I think having a connector block on the case would be better
2) Wires are pretty stiff, so routing can be a little difficult

Other Thoughts: I like the power supply, and would recommend it. But it could be improved: A connector block on the case, rather than in-line connectors would be great.

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Display Name: marco m.

Date Joined: 01/24/14

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  • Last Review: 02/03/14
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