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ViewSonic XG2401 23.6”  Black 144Hz 1ms (GTG), HDMI Widescreen AMD FreeSync ( Adaptive-Sync) LED Backlight LCD Gaming Monitor ,350 cd /m2 120M:1, 1000:1 ,Built-in Speakers
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Pros: Picture quality.
Very sturdy construction. Nothing wobbly or cheap here.
Relatively accurate after calibration (for a TN). Some TN panels never look right, but this one is very decent.
I had no difficulty at all getting 144hz with DisplayPort. Really plug n play.
At 144, everything is very clear, motion is fluid, and my eyes never got tired even with 8-9 hrs use each day.
Style and appearance are good enough to use in the office. No screamin demon logos or anything silly like some.
Height and rotation range are excellent.
Out of the box, this picture is very nearly calibrated to perfection. I've found through experience that, although a calibrated picture initially seems "warm" to me and I want to adjust it, if I leave it alone I grow to like it and my eyes are never tired. Changing to a "cool" setting almost always increases my eye fatigue.

The flexibility of the settings allows for a wide range of personalization.

Cons: The menus are sort of awkward. I constantly find myself hitting the wrong button, no matter how many times I've made adjustments to test different features. Some items are disabled until you experiment with other pages and turn something else on that enables the setting on the other page. Some real head-scratchers.

Adaptive brightness is noticeable, and annoying. I could never get used to it and turned it off long before I expected I would in the review process.

Other Thoughts: I would recommend this to two types of users,

Obviously, a gamer will love the daylights out of this monitor.

Also, anyone who suffers from eye issues will find this monitor to be much, much better than the typical $120 60hz models from any manufacturer.

It is worth the current price,

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Corsair Hydro Series™ H100i V2 Extreme Performance Water / Liquid CPU Cooler. 240mm
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5 out of 5 eggs Corsair keeps getting better 03/07/2016

This review is from: Corsair Hydro Series™ H100i V2 Extreme Performance Water / Liquid CPU Cooler. 240mm

Pros: Soft flexible tubing makes it much easier to install than the H100 I bought 2 years ago.

Finally, software that makes fan speed control simple. Biggest plus, in my opinion, over every other cooler out there. Anyone who has wrestled with FanSpeed's arcane interface will absolutely love this kit's software.

The copper surface is soft-milled, and would be lappable if I weren't nervous about all the stainless screwheads. I don't know of anyone who laps CPU/heatsink combos any more, but as soft as this copper is, there is no need. The required clamping force of the mounting will actually alter the surface, and thermal paste will provide excellent heat dissipation.

Cons: I think these fans are noisier at any given speed than my H100. I've noticed a lot of people recommend Noctua fans, but that raises the price about $38... I just used the software to slow the fans down to a reasonable max, and the cooling seems to be pretty close to the same, maybe 2 deg difference max.

Other Thoughts: It's not a con, but this kit won't fit in many cases because of how the mainboard is installed. I mounted this kit on the drive bay in a Fractal Define R4. It would not top-mount unless I was willing to put the fans on the outside of the case. The upside to where I mounted it is that I have 6 drives in the case, and it is nice to have air movement over these.

I've used this particular system for 3 years doing video conversion, and it is really nice to see a max temp of 51C when the cpu is pegged at 4.5 for 2 hours straight.

I know some people are afraid of having a liquid cooling solution because of the potential danger of leakage. I've got 6 liquid coolant solutions in use, some dating back 3 years, and no leakage has ever occurred on any of these.

For reference, I did not use the pre-applied thermal paste. I have an industrial-size container of TiM TC grease 0098 and I use that on everything because it is good stuff.

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SteelSeries Rival 300 Gaming Mouse - Black
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5 out of 5 eggs Reduced lagtime immediately vs wireless usb mouse; ok for Lefties 01/25/2016

This review is from: SteelSeries Rival 300 Gaming Mouse - Black

Pros: Software makes this an excellent buy.

I've recently gotten a 4k monitor, and thought that the lag time was caused by the monitor. Pleasant surprise, a decent wired mouse eliminated the lagtime!

Mouse wheel has a great solid feel. I'm not one who can endure squeaky, plastic-on-plastic friction of the typical cheap MouSe wheel of a particular manufacturer, so this is great.

Size and shape fit me pretty well, despite being left-handed. I let my ring finger rest on the upper "thumb" button, so I can squeeze it pretty quickly. The lower "thumb" button is more difficult to reach, so I've left it unassigned. I tried using my pinky, but it just don't bend that way.

Cons: Center button is far enough back from the wheel to make it difficult to hit quickly. I imagine the design is to prevent accidentally hitting it while rolling back on the wheel. But it is just too far back.

Mouse itself is pretty large, and this isn't really a con for me, other than the center button. But it would definitely be a con for someone with smaller hands.

Other Thoughts: I recommend this mouse for anyone, gamer or not, with a 4k monitor.

It's a pretty good compromise for left-handers IMO, since no true left-handed mice has the feel and function of this mouse.

At its current price, it is an exceptional value. I will recommend this in future builds, since the only people seeking a desktop build from me anymore are programmers and gamers. Both will benefit.

I have two suggestions for the manufacturer -

Combine the two thumb buttons on the left side into a single center detent 2-way switch (down = mouse 4, up = mouse 5) . This would make it very easy for both righties and lefties to use.
Move the center (mouse middle, or 3) button from behind the wheel to in front of the wheel, with just about 1/2 the separation space.

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