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GIGABYTE GA-Z97X-UD3H LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Gigabyte Intel 1150 GA-Z97X-UD3H 09/16/2014

This review is from: GIGABYTE GA-Z97X-UD3H LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Good cooling/heatsinks for onboard components.
Supports high-speed dual-channel DDR3.
Decent price compared to other Intel 1150 boards.
UEFI dual BIOS.
BIOS offers fairly intuitive over/under-clocking options.
6 x SATA 6Gb/s with M.2 and SATA Express features.
7.1 channel onboard sound.
4x USB 3.0 rear slots, onboard USB 3.0 add-on option.
Offers M.2 for SSDs.
Still offers PS/2 ports.

Cons: Cannot access M.2 or SATA Expresss features and use all available SATA slots at the same time. I have 5 SATA 7200rpm HDs and 2 SSDs so this is a big con for me.
Only 1 16x PCIe, 2nd is 8x, 3rd is 4x.
Color scheme compared to most Intel boards I see these days is lacking. I still like the mostly black but the yellow\orange colors match none of the hardware I own.

Other Thoughts: I have an i7-4790K running @ 4.6GHz on this board with an aftermarket air cooler using 2x 120mm fans in a push/pull configuration blowing out the top of my case. Idling the CPU runs ~25-35°C, intense gaming runs ~55-60°C. I also have 2x 4GB DDR3 2400 running @ 2600 also with no temperature issues. Have had no problem with the GA-Z97X-UD3H's temperatures.
This is a good entry level 1150 motherboard but not a good option for someone interested in using top-of-the-line features and hardware.

I wouldn't choose this motherboard because:
1) the orange looks awful through my side window
2) I can't run my 2 PCIe GPUs @ 16x
3) I can't run my SATA HDs and use the M.2 feature for my SSDs at the same time

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CM Storm Devastator - LED Gaming Keyboard and Mouse Combo Bundle (Blue Edition)
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

3 out of 5 eggs Cooler Master Storm series devastated 09/04/2014

This review is from: CM Storm Devastator - LED Gaming Keyboard and Mouse Combo Bundle (Blue Edition)

Pros: is definitely worth $20-30.
comes with a decent LED lighting.
keyboard keys have a decent tactile feel.

Cons: very low DPI mouse.
mouse does not have enough buttons for PC gaming.
keyboard is not Cherry switches(but price would be 3x+ if so).
mouse is very uncomfortable to use for extended periods.

Other Thoughts: My sister bought this for my nephew to use with their PC and while staying the weekend I spent some time setting these up for him and using them. Very disappointed with the CM Storm label on this kind of generic component package. The keyboard is decent if you're not used to gaming with Cherry switches but the mouse is a joke as a gaming edition.
If you want a cheap gaming keyboard that comes with a free backup mouse than this may be for you.

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SteelSeries 5Hv3 Headset
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

3 out of 5 eggs Decent cheap alternative from a respected gaming co. 08/12/2014

This review is from: SteelSeries 5Hv3 Headset

Pros: Very lightweight. Their lack of weight makes them easy to wear for extended periods of time.
The microphone works and recorded a very nice sample of my voice. Retractability is also a plus, no clue there's a mic when listening to music.
Could be a very affordable option for online gaming.
The extension cord that comes with this model is a nice addition, measured almost 7'.

Cons: Not a short cord length but...
I feel i have graduated passed cords. This would be the only setback if I was thinking of purchasing.
Also, sound is not very well amplified. Not very loud compared to my Bluetooth headphones or my Bluetooth earpiece.

Other Thoughts: Have had wireless headphones, gamepads, even had a couple good pairs of wireless gaming keyboard & mice. If you need a cord it needs to have super-7.1 digital surround+ and/or charging capabilities for it's wireless use.
I have spent an hour or two at the bar this morning after work and am now listening to(blasting as much as possible) The Steve Miller Band's Children of The Future album through these headphones and it is just lacking the volume & depth a little more money or a little more research could probably find you in the headphone\headset world...
SteelSeries has put out some interesting hardware in the past but these 5Hv/3 Gaming Headsets are just not one of those products in my opinion.
...Beauty of time is that it's snowing...

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