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DEEPCOOL Gamer Storm CAPTAIN 120 CPU Liquid Cooler AIO Water Cooling Ceramic Bearing Pump Visual Liquid Flow with120mm FDB PWM Fan Rubber Coating Deep Silent Support LGA 2011-v3
  • eggxpert iconEggXpert
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Cooler looks pretty neat I think, but might not be everyone's "cup of tea" so to speak. Packaging and instructions were good, easy to understand and get started right away. Had everything that you could possibly need to get it mounted. 3 year warranty is always a nice thing to see, let's hope I don't need to use it anytime soon. I installed this in an old (but great) Antec Solo case. Socket 1150 main board. No issues. I've been running this cooler with an i7, good results for over 30 days. Much cooler and almost silent operation under normal desktop usage (web browsing, documents, etc) which was expected. The color of the cooler matched some of the other junk inside my case. But alas, I have no case window so no one will ever know what it looks like, so even with the cool illumination, I'll never see it... Still a nice touch. I think this thing would look great in a build where you could see it. Especially with the way it lights up.

Cons: When I fire up GTA5 this baby start to make noise and I can hear a slight rattle coming from it. I've check multiple times to make sure that it was seated properly and it was. Maybe a design flaw? Still seems to do its job however. Having said that, I think other coolers (see Antec and Corsair) have better pumps in them and make no noticeable vibrations. Like other cooling setups in this price range, you will NOT be able to move the tubing around a lot. So, this thing would work best for a mid tower case. If you have a case that might be cramped, look elsewhere... I think that first timers will have issues installing it and may even need a helper. I managed to install it without issue, since I've installed LOTS of different cooling setups. Just take your time and DON'T cross thread anything.

Other Thoughts: : I sort of have mixed thoughts on this product... It does what it is supposed to do but there are a few short comings. There are better coolers on the market, but you will pay significantly more money for them. So depending on your budget, you'll have to figure things out. Having said that, if this thing goes on sale it's a buy. Liquid cooling will make your CPU last a LOT longer and the benefit of quiet computing is fantastic. If you're a gamer, you will probably not be looking at this cooler since there are better ones on the market. But, if you have a limited budget, this thing is worth looking at and probably purchasing. The over-all fit and finish is okay and the fitment of the cooler is pretty easy if you have the right case. I'll continue to use this cooler in one of my secondary rigs to monitor its performance and longevity. I hope that with the way it is built it'll last a few years, but only time will tell. The 3 year warranty tells me that the mfg. has some stake in this product and they must feel like it'll last at least to 3 years, but probably longer.

OCZ ARC 100 2.5
  • eggxpert iconEggXpert
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Great product and price point! 08/24/2015

This review is from: OCZ ARC 100 2.5" 480GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) ARC100-25SAT3-480G

Pros: Good packaging, nice and simple. Drive looks cool. This is my second OCZ SSD and the first one that I have is still working well. OCZ Barefoot Controller is known to be a very decent controller with high reliability and is said to manage data better. This in turn will move around larger amounts of data so that everything is in "line" so to speak, causing for less slowdowns. Honestly, with pretty much any modern SSD you'll have excellent and FAST performance. Some drives do offer a little bit more over-head that others, but this drive is still no slouch at all. I was able to average around 319-390 MB/sec read which is VERY respectable these days considering that this was an older Gigabyte Mainboard that I used for testing and close to 350MB/sec for writing. Windows 7 of course boots in around 20 seconds. Easily the best part about an SSD is watching how fast stuff loads up! 3 year warranty seems to be the norm these days with an SSD and that is what the OCZ drive has. Some of the higher end drives come with a 5 year. I like how this warranty is used by the serial number, so you won't have to remember keeping a receipt. But if this drive is sitting in a warehouse for a few months, does that mean the warranty will be less when purchased? I do not know... Having said all that, the "Shield Plus" Warranty statement seems to be really good, I just hope I do not need to use it any time soon... Otherwise this drive seems to handle everything that I throw at it. since it is a little bit fast than my older Samsung I'll probably use this as a primary drive.

Cons: Rated for 20GB a day of "host writes" this shouldn't be a problem for an everyday user, but if you are a power user I would steer clear of this drive, depending on how much data you will write to it. I like the idea of a serial based warranty date, but what if the drive is already 3-6 months old from the mfg. data, does that mean you have less warranty? I've always thought that the warranty started at time of purchase.

Other Thoughts: For people on the fence about this (or any SSD) you really just need to buy one. The performance that you get from a drive like this is amazing. A first timer will wonder why they did not upgrade sooner. The only thing that I am a little concerned about is the 20GB a day of "host writes" I think that for the most part, an average user (even myself) will have days where they will not touch 20GB of host writes. So honestly, I would say that this drive is good for an average user. When I do find myself using the computer a lot, it is with video editing (which this drive is good for) and gaming. I'm sure that a more performance SSD would benefit, but with the cost of this one being so low I will not be upset if the thing goes up in flames after 3 years. Just keep good backups and in 3-4 years when and if you need a new drive there will be even larger capacity drives with even cheaper price points! Even with me being a EggExpert reviewer, I want people to know what is going to work, how intuitive a product is and that it is a value, because at the end of the day that is all one can ask for! I look forward to continued good service out of this product and feel that it is a great deal!

CORSAIR RM850i 850W ATX12V / EPS12V 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Full Modular Active PFC Power Supply
  • eggxpert iconEggXpert
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: WHOA! That’s a big box! Very high quality power supply and it “looks the part.” I like that it is all black and not some other wild color. All modular cable sets, use only what you need and toss (or save the others). The supplied storage bag is nice if you want to save the extra cables, depending on what the future may be with your system (aka, another video card maybe?). Came with a nice little supply of zip ties, now you have no reason for a messy wire job, although, you might need more then they give you. This power supply was put in my generic “gamer” pc. A pretty normal build by today’s standards, i7, 16GB RAM, SSD (primary), 3TB mechanical HDD, high-end (see power hungry) video card (Nvidia GTX970). I REALLY like the software interface that is built into the power supply. VERY cool little application (although not totally needed). It was still cool to see temps and rail voltages. Typical high quality power supply items, like a good QUIET fan and Japanese capacitors. So this thing should last a pretty long time, which is also evident with the warranty that Corsair supplies: 5 YEARS! I still cannot get over how quiet this thing is and it is still cool to the touch after playing a few hours of GTA5. Do NOT SKIMP on a power supply. This thing is a very good deal for the price. Honestly the warranty alone should speak volumes, most decent power supplies will come with a 3 year. This one having a 5 year means that Corsair believes in their product. I’ve used quite a few of their other products (see cooling) and they have yet to let me down.

Cons: This thing is NOT going to fit comfortably in a small case or compact case. The cables are LONG and are really made for a full or mid size tower. I didn’t have any issue with my Antec case, but if you are thinking about (or have) a small case, you are going to have to pull off some amazing wire-tying tricks to get everything to fit and look right. Some might not like the fact that this thing is so quite. I myself like to know if my power supply is cranking out a decent amount of air and this power supply with the way that it is designed is almost ALWAYS silent.

Other Thoughts: : 850 watts is a beastly amount for a power supply. I think that this thing will suffice for just about ANY gamer unless you are pulling some serious SLI action. The price is very respectable considering the wattage and the warranty is nothing short of amazing, honestly. I’ve seen it time and time again, that people do not plan out what power supply to get. THEY ARE IMPORTANT! Unless you are building a budget office or internet type PC, you want to budget at least 150 or more dollars to get a good power supply. After all, that thing is supplying power to EVERYTHING! Think about that for a minute… Would you really trust all the cool parts in your computer to a no name or low wattage power supply? I wouldn’t. I’ve also seen some custom gaming rigs built and then after a little bit of game play, they system will lock up or there will be “artifacts” on the screen. This is usually always due to an under-powered power supply. Even with me being a EggExpert reviewer, I want people to know what is going to work, how intuitive a product is and that it is a value, because at the end of the day that is all one can ask for! I look forward to continued good service out of this product and feel that it is a great deal!


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Date Joined: 10/06/05

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