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Acer B6 B276HULymiidprz Black 27
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: - Height, swivel, and rotation adjustment
- Best price for a fully adjustable 1440p monitor
- Easy to use controls - easy to switch between inputs
- Lots of included cables!

Cons: - Speakers are completely useless. Another reviewer compared the speakers to placing ear-buds on the desk, and he's absolutely correct. Do not buy expecting to be able to even use the speakers.
- I'm not a display expert, so I'm not really able to comment on the quality of the display. Colors, brightness and contrast all look good to me. There is probably just a little bit of bleeding in the lower left corner that's noticeable with very dark backgrounds.

Other Thoughts: I read the reviews going in, but I thought I'd at least be able to get by for a while until I bought a better speaker system.

I was looking for a 1440p monitor with height adjustment, and this least expensive one available with or without the speakers, so I still would buy this regardless. But after receiving the product, I'm still docking just for the fact that they try to market this as a monitor with speakers. They really just do not work.

They could have added decent speakers (like on the Asus monitors) for a few $$ more and still would be at a similar price point compared to other options, or they could have just gotten rid of the speakers and lowered the cost just a little bit more.

Overall, I'm enjoying 1440p productivity and gaming! But now I need a bigger GPU - hmm......

RAIDMAX Altas ATX-295WB Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
  • Owned For: less than 1 day

3 out of 5 eggs 10.25" Max VGA Length - Decent Budget Case, but there are better options. 08/14/2013

This review is from: RAIDMAX Altas ATX-295WB Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: Good budget case with many features and plenty of room for the build. Good cable routing options. Plenty of room behind the motherboard for routing. Tool-less design probably not the highest quality but it works. Good cooling options with plenty of room for CLC coolers on top. Overall decent quality and good looks.

Cons: A few things. (1) Only one fan included. It's not apparent from the pictures, but it's something I noticed in the specs before purchase, so I'm not knocking an egg off for this. Others should be aware that you'll want to purchase at least one additional fan - so figure that into your case price. Also, wish the front fan mount was >120mm to allow better intake cooling - there is certainly room.
(2) The front cover is difficult to remove (4 difficult to reach hidden screws), which you need to remove to install the front fan.
(3) Finally, and this was almost a FAIL for us, the specs don't indicate the maximum graphics card length for this case (neither on Newegg nor on manufacturer website). So, I took a chance based on the overall case length. Our 10.5" 7970 almost did not fit. It's butting up against the HDD cage, which is riveted in. Really, 10.25" is the max card length you'll be safe with (or less if power connectors are in the rear). We have the 10.5" 7970 crammed in there pretty tight, but it's working.

MSI 760GM-P34 (FX) AM3+ AMD 760G + SB710 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Decent Budget Board 06/06/2013

This review is from: MSI 760GM-P34 (FX) AM3+ AMD 760G + SB710 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: Cheapest 125W AM3+ Board I could find; No problems with initial install, Was able to Overclock no problems once I figured out the archaic Bios.

Cons: Finicky behavior swapping boot devices in and out, sometimes fails to recognize boot device, cheesy MSI styling, Terrible add-on Software, MSI Add-ons (OC Genie, Winki, 2.2 TB Infinity) are terribly designed, confusing and useless.

Other Thoughts: There is some confusion in the ratings as to whether or not this supports a 125W CPU. This is running my Phenom II X4 965 Overclocked at 4.0 Ghz for 6 months with no problems. It seems that others are having problems with the newer 125W FX CPUs.

Used this board for a budget gaming build with Phenom II x4 965 OEM Edition and Powercolor HD 7850 2GB.

I would give it a 3 for functionality, but because of the entry level price, I think it deserves a 4.

I was able to install with no problems. Easily achieved a 4.0 GHz overclock on the Phenom II. Also was able to get a great overclock on the Powercolor 7850.

However, now that I am messing around with boot devices, upgrading my system drive, trying to clone to a new HDD and SSD combo, the board is showing its finicky side. It is hit or miss whether it recognizes a new boot device. If I switch boot devices, I have to disconnect all other devices, boot up with the new device, shut down, reconnect my other devices and then boot back up again.

MSI add-on software and features are basically junk. Not sure why they even bother spending money on development of that stuff.

Bios works but is archaic and confusing.

Bottom line is that this works for what I wanted it for. It's a decent value for the money. If you're into cheesy add-ons, they may be of some value to you. My own preference is I will probably not buy MSI boards going forward. I'd prefer to spend just a few more dollars and get something with a little better quality and less of the cheese factor.


John B.'s Profile

Display Name: John B.

Date Joined: 06/29/06

  • Reviews: 4
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  • First Review: 01/27/13
  • Last Review: 01/28/14
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