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Pros: I have been upgrading my monitor on average of every 2 - 3 years for about 2 decades now. This is by far the most expensive and best screen I have had thus far! The box it comes in is solid and well packaged and you really feel like you have something special like when you receive a Razer product. The build quality of the screen and stand is amazing. Its some kind of metal or aluminum and it feels great. One subtle feature that I like a lot is the LED on the bottom of the panel that you can choose from many colors and adjust the brightness as well. I personally like a green LED set dim. I'm not sure exactly how the stand and adjustment for the height works, but it is beautiful the way the screen glides up and down almost like its on a bearing track/sled. When you move the screen it almost feels weak but that's just how smooth it is and when you get just the right height it stays locked in place and never falls. It came with a wall mount and several cables as well. Make sure you have adequate desk space for this monster, it is very deep with stand and all even though the screen itself is thin. The bezel is thin as well. No dead pixels and colors are vibrant and amazing. Response time is good and there is also an adjustment for that as well in the panel interface. AMD Freesync with my Radeon 390 is simply amazing. That is not something I was even considering for my next monitor but now I can not live with out it. Its kind of like heated seats in a new car lol. I think the freesync range is 30 - 75 hertz and games feel way more buttery smooth than I have ever been used to. No screen tearing through the whole range and no more V sync!! :D
Cons: The screen interface is a little bit minimal and primitive but it has all the options you could need.
The curve is not as deep as I expected but I also remember a Samsung curved 4K TV being about the same angle, so maybe this is about what all curved displays are? not sure just a thought! I still love the slight curve.
Other Thoughts: I am coming from an Eyefinity setup of an LG 29" ultra wide and a couple of Acer 22" IPS on either side for a resolution of 6400x1080. I was concerned about losing some screen real estate and resolution but this Acer 34" screen is a good replacement for my old eyefinity for anyone in a similar setup I was in considering this. The additional resolution going to 1440 from 1080 is awesome and I am very happy so far. I have the USB 3.0 hub plugged in as well. There is a DisplayPort OUT connection on the back as well that you are supposed to be able to daisy chain DP 1.2 displays. I may try this in the future.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: 1150 H3
no integrated GPU
Supports ECC (if you need it)
Cons: Runs hot (Hotter than my OC'ed FX8350 with same cooler)
almost no overclocking ability
Other Thoughts: I got this CPU as a cheap alternative to a 4770/4790(K). Much cheaper if you can find it in the right place, or used. I am upgrading from an AM3+ AMD FX 8350 (4.6Ghz). I used the same cooler which was a H100 and this CPU runs pretty hot. I am actually surprised it runs hotter than the overclocked 8350. Once I got my OS reinstalled, I was expecting a lot coming from an AMD system, reading all the hype for Intel. On windows and surfing the internet, this CPU actually feels a slight bit more sluggish and slower than the 4.6Ghz 8350, but it is also clocked about 1000Mhz slower so I'm not knocking it! Overclocking ability is very limited with this CPU but I knew that going in. I can get around a 104 BCLK OC to get me to 3640/4056-Turbo. That's a nice bump from stock, but no where near what people can achieve with the K model i7's. In gaming is where it really shines and ends up beating out my aging FX 8350.
Xeon 1270V3 (3.64Ghz)
32GB DDR3 G SKill
ASUS Z97 Pro Gamer
Samsung 840EVO / Seagate SSHD 4TB
PC Power/Cooling 950 Mk II
I am pretty satisfied with the rig and will probably use it until DDR4 based rigs are within striking distance for me.
This review is from: ASUS Z97-PRO GAMER LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Pros: Solid board, good audio, quality build. its ASUS!
Cons: The UEFI BIOS seems a little sparse, you have everything you need as far as options but I have seem far better looking and more populated BIOS on other boards.
Other Thoughts: I am coming from a nearly 4 year old system using an AM3+ ASUS Crosshair Formula V and FX 8350. The UEFI BIOS on that board(looking back) was just amazing. I do realize that board was more than double the price of this board too so I'm not knocking it too hard. This board along with a Xeon 1270V3 CPU was my first Intel build since about 2006. Overall, I am happy so far, it is a very solid board.READ FULL REVIEW