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Acer Laptop Aspire V3-572-51TR Intel Core i5 5200U (2.20GHz) Full HD 8GB Memory 1TB HDD Intel HD Graphics 5500 15.6
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4 out of 5 eggs Acer Aspire Core i5 5200U 8GB 1 TB HDD Intel 5500 Graphics 04/26/2016

This review is from: Acer Laptop Aspire V3-572-51TR Intel Core i5 5200U (2.20GHz) Full HD 8GB Memory 1TB HDD Intel HD Graphics 5500 15.6" Windows 8.1

Pros: Bought this for my wife as a replacement for a previous (unnamed) laptop that went crazy on me. The screen does have a good resolution especially for a laptop. It does provide a 1080p resolution (Intel 5500) so this is something I bought it for when looking at the price. The cost for the included equipment was well worth it for me.

Cons: No problems in it. It did have Win 8.1 which I don't mind but I know other hold to Win 7. I upgraded (for free) to Win 10 to have all my PCs in the house on the same OS.

Other Thoughts: I would have liked to have a discrete GPU, but at the price I paid ($480) I cannot fault that in any way. My general thought is spend no more than $500 on a laptop as the battery will fail in 3 years and leave you with buying another or having a new small desktop. I chose the latter and just give it to my kids.

ASUS GeForce GTX 970 STRIX-GTX970-DC2OC-4GD5 4GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready SLI Support G-SYNC Support Video Card
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Pros: I replaced an MSI 7970 to play with higher frame rates on games such as Witcher 3 and Tomb Raider. This card has not disappointed. I do not hear the fan (and I am not wearing head phones) which is why I went with this card. I went with NVidia over AMD because of the heat on AMD cards even though they offer 2x the memory. It comes with a back plate for support.
Came with a $20 rebate - never had an issue with rebates but saw some reviews saying theirs did not come so I will update if there is an issue.

Cons: None so far. I will be upping Witcher 3 settings to know if the fan bothers to make a noise.

Other Thoughts: I am not a big overclocker but may do it with this card to really test it out. But, my monitor (IPS panel) is only 1920x1200. I have not looked hard, but I wanted to have GPU temp and fan % show in the upper corner of my game to watch it. But, as I said, the noise has not appeared to really bother my time to read the manual and see if it is something obvious I overlooked...too busy playing the game.

Fractal Design Define R4 Black Window Silent ATX Midtower Computer Case
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4 out of 5 eggs Fractal Define R4 w/Window Black Silent Pearl 10/09/2015

This review is from: Fractal Design Define R4 Black Window Silent ATX Midtower Computer Case

Pros: Clean lines and simple but classic exterior. I like the USB and connectivity on the top at the front (pretty common now with cases). I am not a window person but the price of $80 for the features was worth it. The steel case is painted well. The unit can be tool-free but I tighten with a screw driver to make things very snug.

The HDD cages are plentiful and easily reached and used. The case comes with all the screws and rubber grommets you should need. The fans are fine and it has a built-in H-M-L fan controller you can use. It does work.

Motherboard tray has numerous points to access to keep cabling very neat. My interior is near-empty of anything to allow good air flow.

Sound dampening foam is on the case at some points. Running an older i7 920 unit offers very little noise which is what I wanted.

Easily fits an older MSI 7970 TF GPU.

Cons: I bought this for $80 (Newegg special). I would not pay more than $100 for it unless you determine it has exactly what you want.

Other Thoughts: Tighter around MB than I expected. I am used to a Corsair 800D full tower so it took more effort to get clean cabling runs and set MB screws than I am used to (that and I transplanted a MB with CPU w/Noctua heat sink and fan intact).


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Display Name: Brad H.

Date Joined: 07/03/04

  • Reviews: 13
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  • First Review: 12/10/12
  • Last Review: 04/26/16
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