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Intel Core i7-3770K Ivy Bridge Quad-Core 3.5GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W BX80637I73770K Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: fast chip when it works. lots of room for overclock; however it's inherently held back by its design.

Cons: believe it or not, i actually got a faulty chip the first time. the first chip didn't pass stress test and ran HOT. until this day, intel tech support will still deny the usage of TIM underneath the Heatspreader, which inherently limits what this chip's ultimate potential. also due to lack of competition, intel can charge a high price and there's nothing you can do about it, even tho this chip is already almost two years old tech, and only $10~$20 cheaper than its successor, at the very most if you're lucky.

Other Thoughts: the lack of competition has intel cutting corners. gone are the days when cores are properly soldered underneath the heatspreader. Intel started cutting corners by using cheap under performing thermal interface pastes to connect the cores under the heatspreaders, instead of soldering, while still maintaining the high price tag g to maximize their profit margin. the quality control also seems to have gone down over the years. i actually received a faulty chip the first time, and had to RMA. over the course of 15 years building computers, it was actually my very first faulty consumer chip. don't get me wrong, the i7 is fast, in terms of faster than its competition. but you're paying twice the money for them to cut corners in the manufacturing process (by using TIM instead of Solder). until this day, Intel tech support will still deny the usage of TIM for its consumer IB chip despite the fact that it has already been proven. i can only hope that the future will bring some much needed competition that'll give Intel run for its money.

G.SKILL Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model F3-14900CL9D-8GBSR
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs runs cool, easy to setup, everything as advertised 01/24/2014

This review is from: G.SKILL Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model F3-14900CL9D-8GBSR

Pros: it runs cool, and i mean very cool, runs at advertised speed and voltage.

Cons: nothing i can think of.

Other Thoughts: i picked up another set to complete 16GB of RAM, running with a 4.8Ghz i7 3770K. some people with AMD setup might have issues running full speed with four dimms, but most modern intel platforums should have no trouble. the dimms run very cool, which i like. memory ICs are usually the first ones to kick the bucket in a long term stability test system, so having a cooler IC can only aid in prolong their life. i've been running Gskill rams for the past 5 years, never had problems. if it ain't broken don't fix it.

RAZER Ouroboros Gaming Mouse
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

1 out of 5 eggs the good, the bad, then died 01/14/2014

This review is from: RAZER Ouroboros Gaming Mouse

Pros: lots of customization, looks cool. the palm rest slides out to accommodate those of us with big hands.

Cons: the mouse is FLAT in height. the height is NOT adjustable like some would have you believe. the palm rest adjustment can slide out and allows you to adjust the angle. but make no mistake, the angle adjustment does NOT give you more height. this mouse is actually in reality lower in total height than most gaming mouse i've used, which makes it impossible to achieve a true palm grip. you can only do a partial palm grip with this mouse. the side clutch button also doesn't actuate well. the clutch clicks, but you have to go beyond the click for the button to register (poorly manufactured). wireless mode also doesn't work very well. everytime you reboot, the mouse takes 20~30 seconds to register if you have it setup in wireless mode. until then, the mouse runs at maximum DPI setting, renderning it unuseable. also everytime you switch from wireless to wireless mode, it also takes at least TWO plugging and unplugging + 20~30 seconds for the wireless mode to register correctly. last but not least, wireless mode died on me after 2 weeks. it no longer works in wireless mode. tried following the instruction in manual to pair up the mouse again, but the mouse wouldn't even enter pairing mode anymore.

Other Thoughts: save your money. this is an expensive piece of poorly designed, and poorly manufactured hardware. it looks incredibly good at best. it also isn't as comfortable as some of the most popular gaming mouse out there in terms of speaking ergonomic strictly. over priced, and bad product. the Mamba on the other hand is a much better buy.


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Display Name: Howard L.

Date Joined: 10/01/02

  • Reviews: 42
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  • First Review: 03/30/07
  • Last Review: 01/27/14
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