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ASRock 990FX Extreme9 AM3+ AMD 990FX + SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: So right out of the box and into the case plugged in and fired up, this board works perfectly with a FX 9590. Handles fan management for the Liquid cooling system that came with the 9590 decent enough with some tweaking in the bios.

The AMD RADEON 1866 memory I got along with my order works flawlessy with this board as well thanks to the AMD profile support.

See Cons for issues!

Cons: One of the USB 3.0 Connections was broke and several pins were bent, only noticed this as I was moving some power supply cables around when switching PSU's. I don't use the case 3.0 plugs because the last asrock board I had froze up anytime I tried to use them. So this isn't a loss but a damaged product out of the box is.. annoying considering the price of this board.

Like my last ASRock board there is a very annoying screeching/buzzing noise coming off the board somewhere when I move my mouse around, or even while the computer is idle. I thought it might have been a power supply issue, and it turns out it wasn't, as I changed out a 850w Gold Plus certified PSU for a more powerful 1000W Gold Plus PSU, to no effect. It's intolerable without headphones on, and it gets twice as loud if I turn power management in windows to Performance. Very annoyed by this since upgrading my other components my computer got significantly quieter, except not thanks to the motherboard.

I went with Asrock because I liked the 890FX I had prior to this as it performed well. I will be RMAing this and switching to ASUS or Gigabyte. Hopefully they have quieter boards!

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RAIDMAX Blackstone series RX-700AC 700W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.3 / EPS12V V2.91 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: It is a solid power supply. The modular plugs and the cable lengths are decent for a smaller full tower computer case.

I didn't have any issues setting it up or have it unexpectedly crash.

However, see cons.

Cons: If you don't check your power supply for dust regularly you can encounter a problem with the fan (which is very cheap) shorting or dying unexpectedly. When the fan is dead you wont really know it till your computer shuts off with only a brief freeze. Also once this power supply looses its fan you can smell the electronic components getting overheated.

The warranty was up so the only thing I could do ( I was short on money at the time this happened) was go and get a 140mm fan (which is 5mm to big) and ghetto-rig it inside the power supply.

I'm not really impressed with the cheap quality of the fan inside this PSU. But it did last almost two full years before it died.

Other Thoughts: I don't think I will be buying raidmax again when I replace this power supply.

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TRITTON TRIAX-180 Stereo Analog RCA x 2 or 3.5mm stereo Connector Circumaural AX 180 Universal Gaming Headset
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: So this has some pluses to it. It's cross platform friendly and comes with all the connectors you could want for PC PS3 and XBox 360. The cord is about 10ft long which is great if you play games in a big room or if you have to get up for some reason you don't have to worry a whole lot about breaking the cord.

The microphone is detachable and the sound quality from it is quite crisp. Also on the volume control is the voice volume which is a great plus too! There is also a microphone mute switch which is great when I need to definitely silence the microhpone if it's connected.

I use it for PC gaming and watching movies late at night and I'm not disappointed.The overall audio quality is great when it's coupled with with a good sound card on the PC. Using the Tritton sound driver isn't as crisp. The bass is pretty decent and if you like to drown out outside noise while playing then this headset is definitely for you.

Cons: It's not without faults however. The thinner wires with the plugs (USB and 3mm audio) is thinner than the rest of the cord so if you pull hard on the wires or if for some reason you trip over the 10ft cord, its easy to damage that thinner wire.

Another problem I've had is that the volume control is very sensitive so moving the box piece around can cause the volume to unexpectedly drop or get really loud if you brush it in the wrong way. The same goes for the microphone volume but that's not as bad since I don't use the mic as much.

The only other problem I've had is that if you have had the volume control problem, the sound quality can get a little distorted, and it's especially noticeable by lower quality sounds/music.

Other Thoughts: Summary:
Good Bass
Good Microhphone Quality
Good sound quality (PC w/ decent sound card)
10ft Cord
PC/Xbox/PS3 Compatible

Loose volume controls
Distortion of poor quality audio

Other notes : I got mine from best buy, and I got the two year warranty on it so if it does break for some reason I can get it replaced. I did pay $100 for it but I think it's worth the price for what you get, since most other headsets aren't cross platform friendly.

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Display Name: Jason B.

Date Joined: 08/28/06

  • Reviews: 10
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  • First Review: 04/28/10
  • Last Review: 02/11/14
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