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Pros: Starts ups very quickly with Intel Rapid Start. Price is right, for sure.
What I really liked most about this laptop is that after I did my best to mess it up while trying to downgrade to Windows 7 (don't... windows 8.1 comes out in a week) and I had to RMA it, they fixed it right away and had it back to me in a week. I'm in CA, but they only had it for 4 workdays before then sent it back to me. If you RMA anything from the big companies it will take you 2 weeks or a month to get it back.
Cons: I'm not a huge fan of the color or the logo, but that is not why I knocked off an egg...
As much as I really do appreciate the RMA process and personal customer service and support, I can't give it 5 eggs, because after getting it back from them I noticed the Microphone/Headphone combo jack is messed up and only works with my headphone/microphone combo if I have it plugged in half way. Seems the solder job was a little shoddy there.
However, I am certain if I was willing to part with it for another week (or maybe two since it isn't just a software issue this time) Avatar would be glad to fix it for me.
Other Thoughts: Avatar support is really great. I hope NewEgg pick up more of their stuff in the future. I would give them 4.5 eggs if I could.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: GELID Solutions GC-VGA02-01 1 Ball, 1 Sleeve VGA Cooler
Pros: Really keeps things cool. I have one on my second EVGA GTX 560 (non-ti) and it's 20 degrees cooler under load than it's buddy. Sits at 45 or so. It wasn't THAT hard to install the cooler on the card... I probably could have been less careful than I was, but better safe than sorry!
Cons: The directions are pretty much useless besides telling you which nuts and bolts to use... That being said, it's pretty easy to figure out. I don't know a lot about hardware, but i did it in about an hour while being very cautious.
The cooler is big. And it's a bit bigger than the stock one. It takes up about 2.5 PCI slots. It is also a bit long. I had to move my HDD but that was fine. It has to be big to keep that cool while remaining simple.
The plastic clip on fans bother me a little, but at least if I accidentally touch them while they're running at 100% and blow one up, I can just swap it out.
Other Thoughts: Keeps it cool, but is a little big. No news here!READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Antec High Current Gamer Series HCG-750 750W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V v2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Intel Haswell Fully Compatible
Pros: Let it be known, I literally just got this in my machine...
Tons of cables, like everyone is saying. The first thing I thought when I busted it out was, "Yo dawg I heard you liked SATA connectors so I put some SATA connectors on your SATA connectors..." This is kind of a con if you have a midtower like I do / if you don't have like 2 optical drives and a raid config... But you can't knock it for having too many cables and I just stuffed them into my empty drive bays.
Also, it has high current on the 12v rails which is necessary for these newer graphics cards, especially if you want to overclock. It has a lot of current for a PSU at this voltage.
Cons: I'm kind of knit picking, but I think when it says it has four 12v rails, it really means it has two with two six pin connectors each for a total of four six pin connectors with a grand total of 80 amps not 160. Practically, I can't see what you would use four 12v connector with 40 amps each for anyway, unless you're running quad SLI, in which case you better see your way over to a 1000 watt monster. The funny thing is that you could probably run a pretty stable quad SLI config if this had 250 more watts to it. I was probably naive to think it had 160 amps coming through it...
This is why I knocked off the one egg. It's not really about how it's effecting my experience as an end user, it's just that it upsets me when I'm misled by a vendor. It might be my own misunderstanding, but I don't think so.
Other Thoughts: Full disclosure: I actually haven't gotten my SLI config running yet, but if I have problems I swear I will come edit this. Hope to run two GTX 560's. on my 2 year old ASUS board.READ FULL REVIEW