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EVGA GeForce GTX 1060 GAMING, ACX 2.0 (Single Fan), 06G-P4-6161-KR, 6GB GDDR5, DX12 OSD Support (PXOC), Only 6.8 Inches
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Price ($249) and Performance
Cooler is fairly quiet (unless the card is OC'd)

Cons: Cooling could be a bit better (Runs about 83C under load with stock settings)

Other Thoughts: The card performs admirably for the price point. Right on par with or even slightly better than the 980 that I parted with to sell to a buddy of mine. The only complaint I have is due to the heatsink design. The card does run hot and throttle the performance to keep temps down. However, I was able to squeeze some extra performance out by utilizing the EVGA Precision X OC utility. I raised the temp target to 85C (Well below the 94C maximum advertised by Nvidia) while not touching the power target and the GPU Boost clock managed to stay at around 1800+ MHZ pretty consistently at the cost of some additional noise from the fan on the GPU.

I had initially purchased this with hopes of using it in conjunction with a 120mm AIO in my ITX computer case due to its shorter length but I unfortunately could not fit both of them so I returned the AIO and kept the graphics card. In the end this is a solid card for the price, however I would say that if you can spare the extra $10, I would recommend going for the SC version for some hopefully lower temps with its better cooler design.

DEEPCOOL Gamer Storm CAPTAIN 120EX CPU Liquid Cooler AIO Water Cooling Ceramic Bearing Pump Visual Liquid Flow with 120mm PWM Fan Rubber Coating Deep Silent Support LGA 2011-v3
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Tubing is robust but flexible
Visual view of water flow
Pump is virtually silent
High quality PWM fan
Swivels on the tubes attached to the pump
Installation was very easy

Cons: Pump assembly is a little larger than the competition
Lighting can't be disabled on the pump
No software control of the AIO (fan, pump and LED) available

Other Thoughts: This is my first experience with utilizing any sort of AIO in a computer. I decided to go with this Deepcool AIO after looking at a lot of different 120mm AIOs because I have had positive experiences with Deepcool products in the past (mostly their case fans). I wasn't a huge fan of the aesthetics at first but it grew on me as I thought about how it would match my AsRock Fatal1ty z170 Gaming-ITX/AC motherboard's color scheme and "gamery" aesthetic. I was also limited a bit to radiators with thicknesses that would fit in a Silverstone FTZ01 and didn’t' want something that had the asetek design.

Installation was a breeze. The mounting kit is easy to understand and creates a very solid mount on the CPU. Coming from a beQuiet! Shadow Rock LP, I was worried that the pump noise would be too loud but much to my surprise, even at full pump speed, this pump is virtually silent. The tubing is strong and robust but still flexible which allowed me to mount the radiator without any issues. The included fan is great and isn't too noisy at higher speeds and does a very good job at extracting heat from the radiator (I have mine in a push pull config with one slim 120mm fan and the included fan). When running AIDA64 Stability tests, temps stay around 55-60C with a i5-6600K overclocked to 4.2GHz.

The only complaints I have are that the pump assembly is kind of large compared to other options on the market (the tubing is very close to pushing up against my RAM and I barely had enough clearance for the glass tube in my SFF case to the side panel) and the AIO (pump, fan and LEDs) cannot be controlled via software. I knew this was the case going into the purchase and these weren't large enough cons to deter me from purchasing this product. In the end, I am very satisfied with my purchase and can happily recommend DEEPCOOL's product to others.

Acer Predator X34 Curved IPS NVIDIA G-sync Gaming Monitor 21:9 WQHD Display with Built-in Overclocking 100Hz Refresh Rate Boost
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Build quality feels very premium
100hz! (Easy to overclock the monitor via the OSD)
Speakers are surprisingly good for built in
Not a single dead pixel (Finally Acer got their QC right!!)
Curve is subtle and not over pronounced
Vesa mount capable
No Scaling required from within the OS (Think 4K screen and the necessary text scaling)
HDMI and DisplayPort inputs

Cons: OSD is largely the same as Acer's older OSDs, but it does have a few extra tweaks
Wish it had less glossy plastic
Boot up time is a bit lengthy (not a huge con, but something worth mentioning)
Small amount of buzzing based on contents on the screen (nothing too noticeable while the monitor is overclocked)
No Ultra Low Motion Blur (ULMB) (Not a huge deal)
Price ($1,300 is a lot for a monitor)

Other Thoughts: This is hands down the best 1440p ultrawide monitor on the market available right now for gamers. It has a higher than 60hz refresh rate (100hz). it's an IPS panel with beautiful colors. It's a massive 34" Field of View covering monitor. And it's slightly curved to make it easier for your eyes to see everything on the screen. The price is indeed very painful at $1299.99 (When I purchased it at least) but it really has the best of everything for PC gamers who want an amazing gaming experience unlike any other available right now.

This monitor has all the tricks up its sleeve. It appeases the high refresh rate crowd with being able to reach 100hz without a hitch. It appeases the ultrawide crowd by being a 1440p ultrawide panel. It appeases the crowd that cares about viewing angles and color accuracy with being an IPS panel. It even appeases the crowd who is really picky with response times having a very reasonable 4ms response time. Then on top of that, it has G-Sync which creates a very smooth gaming experience when your frame rate isn't pegged at 100FPS (which happens more often than not, even on my system equipped with a GTX 980 in some more demanding games). The only thing it's really missing is an Ultra Low Motion Blur option. It's not the end of the world in my opinion that it doesn't have it because I feel that you get much more mileage out of G-Sync than ULMB, especially in more demanding game that can't maintain a constant 100FPS.

I've played a few games on this monitor that officially support the resolution and have been amazed at the experience in each of them. I have played Metro 2033 Redux, Trackmania2 Stadum, Star Wars Battlefront, Killing Floor 2. G-Sync has helped make this even more of an enjoyable experience because it turns what would normally be a jittery experience into one that is butter smooth. G-Sync still doesn't solve the problem of how games look below 60FPS, but I didn't go into it expecting to fix that issue. It does however make it far less Jittery when games are running at framerates lower than 60 FPS (Down to the 30FPS G-Sync minimum). The amount of blur with the 100hz refresh rate is good in my opinion. It doesn't compare to ULMB but I knew that going into this and if I really want to play with ULMB I'll just set my Acer GN246HL as my primary display.

Overall this is an amazing monitor and has provided me with one of the best PC gaming experiences I've ever had. It mixes together two of my favorite things for PC Gaming (High Refresh Rate and Ultrawide gaming) into a beautiful and functional package. I highly recommend this monitor for the ultimate gaming exeperience and 3440x1440 ultrawides in general to those who want to have a unique gaming experience. I switched to ultrawide gaming a little over a year ago and I haven't looked back since.


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Display Name: Brandon W.

Date Joined: 09/30/10

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