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This review is from: Rosewill CAPSTONE-550-M – 550-Watt Modular Active PFC Power Supply – Continuous @ 122 Deg. F (50C), 80 PLUS Gold, ATX12V v2.31 & EPS12V v2.92, Intel Haswell, SLI, & CrossFire Ready
Pros: Modular, low price, output is higher than 450w based on my testing, and it's much quieter than my previous 530w Raidmax.
Cons: One more molex connector would have been nice, to power the additional fans without having to add a whole sata connector. But I have two more SATA SDDs to add, so they will be put to use shortly.
Other Thoughts: While time is the true test of a PSU (my old Raidmax died after two years), this PSU has handled a mild and strong overclock on the CPU and GPU without fluctuations or issues.
If you don't require over 450W (which is actually most systems, unless you're running pairs of top-end graphics cards), this is a great little PSU.
System: AMD A-8 3750K @ 3.4GHz, 8GB DDR3, 2GB HD7850 @1040/1450.
Pros: Compact design
Cherry MX Brown keys
Cons: None, really - I suppose I can say the tenkey is radically different (to save space), so it might not be ideal for all users.
Other Thoughts: I've been looking to cut my teeth on my first mechanical keyboard since an old IBM I owned some 20 years ago. Cherry Brown is a great start. Volume of the key presses is identical to a "standard keyboard", but the tactile response is much better. These keyboards are far more sensitive than a standard keyboard, so if you are a "sloppy" typist, you will register key strokes by brushing up against another key.
Other than that, the USB detachable cord is well-secured, and does not feel flimsy. It's braided cable, so aside from a rabbit wandering into your room for an electronics snack, you're not going to snap it or kink it.
The keyboard is pretty heavy, easily 2x the weight of a standard "dell" or other $10 board. The feet easily support the weight though, so no worries there.
I love the alternative tenkey design. It takes some getting used to, but the LED (white) backlight is strong and easily configured (manual sucks, though - use the FN function key). If you don't use the tenkey that often (like myself), then this board is really a blessing. Smaller form factor really makes it easy to use in smaller areas, it's not tiny (like a PokerKBC), but it is shorter.
Honestly, aside from 10-key entry, this should be pretty standard format for keyboards, not the exception to the norm.
Pros: - Easy install
- Extremely high quality
- Best card for the cash
- OC potential (not needed right now, but good longevity feature) - it actually comes stock overclocked, but room for more
- Got it at a great price
Cons: There are absolutely no cons with this product. I didn't buy one sooner?
Other Thoughts: I'm running an A8-3870K with 8GB DDR-1600 I put together over a year ago as a "budget gamer" for less than $200 with discounts from the egg. Also has a nice 256GB SSD, and 1TB WD HDD. I was running a GTX260 Core 216, and thought I would need nothing more for some time.
I use this to play some MMOs, streaming video, and some BL2/SC2/random new titles. It's never been a problem until I started some FFXIV. Maxxing out settings on this game suddenly started dropping my frames to 20-30fps in crowded areas - without AA or shadows, effects turned low.
After installing this card, my benchmark score in FFXIV on my system went from (at high settings, 1920x1080) 3728 up to (at maximum settings, 1920x1080) 7983. Zero lag, hesitancy or anything, even with a hundred players running around in a crowded server center.
I think I lucked out and this card was marked for less than it should have been, because the price went up by $40 within hours after I bought it.
I'm not complaining. :)
Others have told me flat out to buy an Nvidia card (650 Ti Boost) which doesn't perform as well (per benchmarks on the hardware site, no less) - which costs between $60 and $80 more.
Don't get me wrong; I love me some Nvidia. But bang for the buck, this can't be beat. Getting 2 more fps at 1080p (in one game, mind you) doesn't seem worth that much money.
I get brand loyalty. I do. But that's just dumb advice.
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