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This review is from: StarTech ATX2PW550WH 550W ATX12V / EPS12V Active PFC Power Supply
Pros: NOTICE: The power supply in reviewing has been bought outside newegg, but for better customer service/support, I highly recommend you purchase from newegg. I am not a newegg sales person, I work at a grocery store as of 01-30-2016.
This is simply fantastic, not too many cables laying around doing nothing and being useless. This is powering an ASUS Nvidia GTX680 top edition along with an i5-3550, two seagate ST3160815AS in RAID-0, an LG WH16NS40, and an ASUS P8H77-V LE with 16GB of 1600Mhz DDR3 A-Tech computer memory (can be found on e B a y, newegg does not carry A-Tech memory), as well as all the basic USB devices such as keyboard and mouse, some flash drives, a blue tooth dongle, and an Inatek KT9001 3-port USB 3.0/WiFi 802.11A/C PCI-e x1 combo card and an external seagate ST500LT032 hard disk (as of 01-30-2016). This thing I have pushed to the limits with some hard core gaming, I'm able to render entire planets in "Space Engineers" without too many problems, processor gets hot enough to boil water and make some noodles or coffee (none of which I've done yet, but now that the idea has been thought up, I will now set out to find a way to make coffee with my computer processor).
One thing you will immediately notice (as pictured) only the 20+4 pin motherboard connector is the only cable that is sleeved, this is not a problem, I am not a fan of sleeved cabling, usually because the sleeving is cheep and baggy and I don't feel like pulling off all the sleeving of a power supply. I have had sleeving get caught on the metal inside cases, and on the motherboard and motherboard components, I've even chipped the corner of a motherboard. Also the sleeves tend to get dusty and nasty and makes it harder to bend the cables into those tight corners. I've found sleeving makes routing cables that much harder. Getting a non-sleeved power supply poses problems also, as the portion where the wires exit the metal box, the wires are all tangled and there are no definitive rails, so the full length of the wires can't be used unless you get them untangled, something I've become a master of by removing all the sata and molex connectors with the respective tools and then untangling them and then re-installing all the connectors follow by zip ties at the exit of the metal box, and then every 4 inches all the way up to the connectors, and can be as clean, if not cleaner than sleeving. I also like non-sleeved cables for the visual appearance, I like to see all the wires and what they're connected to, it's eye candy to me just like sleeving is eye candy to other computer enthusiasts.
Cons: The wires were tangled at the base, easily fixable via untangling and patience. While tangled wires may not be a problem to others, I like to keep them clean. Also it cannot make coffee.
Other Thoughts: I'm using 3 of the 4 sata connectors with plans to add another DVD drive and only using 1 of the 3 molex connectors, so all-in-all, only 3 connectors not planned to be used, 2 molex, and the floppy, not too bad.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Cooler master, keeps processor from burning... sort of (see other)
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Other Thoughts: This is meant to be a temporary cooler until i get a much better one. Temps idle around 40-50c depending on what background processes are run [e.g. antivirus scan; intel RST RAID integrity scanning]. During gaming, Grand Theft Auto V gets the processors nice and toasty at around 100c to boil water, although I've seen it to get up to 105c. Space engineer generally doesn't get it up to above 98c, except that one time, got it up to 100.2c
Asus GTX680 2GB Top Edition
Asus P8H77-V LE
Atech 16GB memory modules @1600MHz (1.6GHz)
Seagate ST3160815AS x2 in RAID 0
LG WH16NS40 BD-XL OEM drive
Startech 550w PSU
All crammed into a Cooler Master N400
This review is from: LG 25UM56-P Black 25" IPS 2 x HDMI FHD ULTRAWIDE LED Monitor 250 cd/m2 5,000,000:1
Pros: 25 inch ultrawide for under $160? (precisely $157.58) That's near unheard of.
The picture is nice and clear, and as usual you will need to make those minor adjustments (brightness contrast) so the picture looks correct in your own eyes. Dual HDMI is awesome, I can switch between my PC and PS4 on the fly. The inputs is limited to HDMI though, no DVI or Dsub, but with those quickly being replaced by HDMI, that's not a problem. HDMI is basically USB for video, and not needing an extra AUX cord is a plus, I've never used HDMI before this monitor and it's fantastic.
This monitor does NOT have built in speakers, I knew this before buying, but there is a headphone jack on the back you can plug some small clip on laptop speakers into and it'll have the same effect. The monitor refresh rate is limited to 30Hz, which at this price, I'm not complaining. Human eyes can only detect "picture-by-picture" effect on anything below 15Hz, so 30Hz and above will make everything look like it's moving fairly smooth, even on fast paced racing games like GTA 5 and NFS, the flicker is unnoticeable, cause flicker is non-existent, unlike what one reviewer stated.
Back onto the monitor, only one thing I can really complain about, look in the cons sections.
Cons: The software.
They REALLY need to get their software working right. The LG dual control should let you control 2 computers, but both need to be connected to the monitor and both need to have a wireless network connection (or wired, any way you get internet to both machines will work). The computers both need to have the software installed (obviously) and ran as "Main computer" (the one with keyboard and mouse) and "Sub computer" the one connected through the internet. The software made it seem that as long as it was displaying to an LG monitor, you could switch between machines. If you're going to use this bit of frustrating software, you need to have both computers connected, which BTW is useless considering you can just switch the HDMI inputs.
The screen split software is also kind of frustrating. On startup, it will display a grid according to your settings, so if you have it off, it will display one pink rectangle going around the border of your display, a 2 split will have 2 rectangles and pink line going down the center (these disappear after 2 seconds BTW) and a 4 split will have 4 rectangles. This software doesn't change anything, you can still move windows around like normal, you can still full screen a browser, you don't have 4 miniature desktops, it's just kind of there, like that awkward kid in high school.
If you're going to use anything on the CD, it's the driver for the additional settings that can be used.
Other Thoughts: The monitor is FANTASTIC, though the software (knocked an egg off for the software), I'm gonna remove after I have posted this review, and get a remote desktop client.READ FULL REVIEW