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Rosewill Photon-1050, PHOTON Series 1050W Full Modular Power Supply, 80 PLUS Gold Certified, Single +12V Rail, Intel 4th Gen CPU Ready, SLI & Crossfire Ready
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: 1050 watts of power, plenty of headroom for whatever you may be building. Tons of wires for powering any type of setup. Enough PCIE connections for two or even three way SLi or Crossfire. Wires are long enough to install this PSU in a mid or full tower with a lot of extra slack left over. Fully modular, meaning less clutter and increased airflow even in a cramped type of case. Nice Proton stamp on the side, if you mount it in that fashion, to show off what you have installed in a windowed side panel case. Each sata power cable comes with 3 plugs instead of the normal two meaning less cables have to be run for hard drives or SSDs. 5 year warranty! Lastly a single 12 volt rail, which is perfect for high end/gaming setups. Overall a really great PSU.

Cons: As other have stated, the wires are very stiff and not that easy to run for a totally well rounded cable management system. The 24 pin and CPU 8 pin cables should be sleeved all the way to the connection. They are not, causing my build to look unfinished, ugly even. That's why I deducted an egg. Also the sata power cables come with 3x sata power and a molex power at the end. Not that well thought out in my opinion. The molex should come as their own cable. Being that I only needed one molex connection (for my fan controller) I now have 3 sata power connections just sitting there, serving no purpose. Made cable management much more hard than it should have. Think things through Rosewill.

Other Thoughts: I needed more power for my system. I kept getting BSODs and shutdowns when playing graphically, power hungry games. Narrowed it down to being the power supply's fault. As I was only running a dual rail 700 watt PSU. I was looking at the high end power supplies, Corsair, Fractile Design, EVGA. They were all way out of my price range. I've owned Rosewill PSUs in the past and figured I might give one of these a try. The old 550 watt Stallion series PSU I have running in my daughter's PC and it's been running flawlessly for over 5 years. I also noticed that this is one of the only PSUs out there with a 5 year warranty. That is just totally unheard of in the PSU market. The cables are really stiff, and not that easy to route. This made cable management really hard, even in my Corsair Graphite 600t mid tower. Which is kind of ginormous and usually really easy for cable management. I found myself cussing and swearing at the computer when trying to force the cables to bend in ways that they are not supposed to be bent. That is the main reason I deducted an egg. Otherwise this thing is top notch. No more BSODs and shutdowns. Worked great right out of the box. Hope it continues to run like it is right now. Something I forgot to mention in the pros section is the fan. It's temperature controlled, so it powers up and down when power is not needed. Runs almost silent even when under a full load. (Phrasing!)... My only real complaint besides the stiff wires is the fact that they went ahead and put a molex at the end of every sata wire. Why? Every other modular PSU I have owned has it's own dedicated molex wire. I only needed 1 to power my fan controller and now have an unneeded wire just sitting there. Kind of annoying after forking out over a hundred dollars for this PSU. Now would I buy it again? Yeah, in a heart beat. For something this nice, at it's low price tag, you really can't go wrong. I will however be buying some white extension cables to cover up the ugly unfinished 24 pin cable. System build info is listed below.

Gigabyte GA-990XA-UD3 MB
AMD FX 6300 Vishera running @ 4.5GHz
Cosair Hydro H80i AIO liquid cooler
16 GB Cosair DDR3 1866
MSi GTX 670 PE OC running at 1250 MHz
Corsair Force GT 128 GB SSD
WD Caviar Green 500 GB
2x WD 10,000 RPM Velociraptor 300 GB
Seagate Backup 4 TB external HDD
Rosewill Photon 1050 watt PSU
Cosair Graphite 600t midtower Case
Logitech Z623 2.1 audio system
EVGA Torq x10 Gaming mouse
AZIO MGK1 mechanical gaming KB

PowerA Xbox One Controller - Wired - Spectra - Pro Series
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Better Than Xbox 360 Controllers 12/10/2014

This review is from: PowerA Xbox One Controller - Wired - Spectra - Pro Series

Pros: This controller is great! Feels way better than my old Xbox 360 controllers. The layout is almost the exact same as an official Microsoft Xbox One controller. However the shape is different, and in my opinion, better. More comfortable than the official controller. It's wired meaning no recharge or random disconnects during game play. Triggers and shoulder buttons are nice, tight, and responsive. Buttons have more of a mechanical feel to them than rubber membrane mushiness. Although I am pretty sure they are rubber membrane since this controller is $10 less than the official one. Nice long cord is a plus, with breakaway for those little mistakes that we all make. Works great on my PC which is what I bought it for. Like the Afterglow series of controllers for Xbox 360 and PS3 the led lightshow is awesome, yet totally unneeded. It's just cool looking that's all.

Cons: My only con really has to do with Windows, and not this controller. I know these aren't made to be used with PC, however, it is possible and not that hard to get going. Now That I have found all the things I needed to get it going in the first place. (See other thoughts)
Also, just nitpicking here but, I wish it had a braided cable. Most companies won't spring for braided, but I just love it so much. Oh well....

Other Thoughts: As I have said, I bought this for PC. After playing an Xbox One at a friends house, making fun of how something with graphics and features that still are no match for a PC, and still costs around the $400 mark (if you want all the bells and whistles), I really liked the controllers. I have a ton, and I mean A TON, of Xbox 360 controllers for several PCs in my house. I wanted one of those now (I'm very childish like that). I didn't want to spend all of the extra money for the "Windows Cable" after already spending money on the official controller. So I figured I'd see what 3rd party companies have been up to. Seeing that this was wired, which I prefer anyway over wireless, I went with this. It's not that different from the Microsoft wireless one. A bit cheaper in the manufacturing process, but not that bad. Ten dollars cheaper than the other one too. My only gripe was that Windows did not recognize it right off the bat. I mean I know Xbox 360 controllers weren't plug and play either. You needed a simple driver to make them work. After a little bit of digging I found out some info that might help others when trying to install this, or any other Xbox One controller on their PC. Whether it be official or third party, it all works the same.
First and foremost...This is how to get it to work with Windows 7 (since Windows 8 - 8.1 is so horrible). Find and download the Major Nelson driver (ask google where to find it). Don't install it yet. Next update Windows to the newest Service Pack (July 2014). Any other updates, that don't have to do with security should be applied as well. This is key, because without doing this, all the controller will do is flash and won't connect. Believe me, I spent almost an hour messing with this until I figured out, "Oh duh!!! Windows update is turned off!". After the update reboot, install the driver, plug and play! The light on the controller will flash a few times, connect, then vibrate to let you know it's connected. That's it you're off. Very pleased with this purchase, plan on getting another one after Christmas. Oh and just a warning, I did my research before I bought this. I don't know if it is true or not, but I read a review on another website where one guy said that the leds being left on for too long caused the internals to melt. Making the triggers stick and shoulder buttons not work unless really pressed hard. Seems like boloney to me, but just be weary. I've found myself not turning them on unless the room is dark, and turning them off when I'm not using it. Just food for thought.

Logitech Z623 200 W 2.1 Speaker System, THX-Certified
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs So close Logitech... 11/16/2014

This review is from: Logitech Z623 200 W 2.1 Speaker System, THX-Certified

Pros: This system packs a lot of power with not that bad of a price tag. You won't find a better deal in this price range. 200 watts RMS (continuous) power. That's 35 watts per satellite and 130 watts for the subwoofer. Overall build quality is what you would expect from Logitech. Satellites feel heavy and well built. The subwoofer and it's enclosure are built like a tank, and feels about as heavy. Rubberized feet on all 3 of the components ensure that where you put them, they will stay. Volume and subwoofer control knobs are located on the right speaker for easy fine tuning. Thick long wires make it so this speaker system can suit a variety of applications. Great frequency response (20Hz - 20 KHz). Headphone and mic input controls are located on the right speaker as well for easy hookup. Speakers are also protected from damage with metal grills.
Sound quality is good despite a few drawbacks (see cons). Powerful bass from the subwoofer. The mids and highs seem nice and don't distort even at high volume. The subwoofer also has low-to-no distortion, as long as the user configures the knobs and audio device being used correctly. Embossed Logitech logo on the left speaker is a beautiful added touch. Along with the THX logos on the tweeters. Perfect for applications such as home theater, PC or console gaming, or just hooking up any music device. There are is also an AUX input (RCA R-L) to hook up anything that needs RCA patch cables or if you don't have a 3.5mm to RCA adapter. Comes with a 3.5mm to 3.5mm right angle cable which in a nice touch. All in all, a great all around system for the price.

Cons: This is a great speaker system with a few issues that Logitech really needs to address. First and foremost, the wattage on all of the speakers should be pulled more tightly together. The subwoofer is 130 watts and each satellite is only 35 watts. Meaning that when you start to crank this thing up all of the highs get drowned out by the lows (and I mean BOOMING bass). You can dial back the sub, but when you get about to the half way mark it just doesn't sound as good as it could. Even with EQ tuning and hours tinkering with gain on inputs it just doesn't equal out like it could, and should. Leaving me to say that this system is better suited for watching movies on your home theater than it is to listening to music. I know I'll catch flak for a lot of what I'm saying, but believe me. Atfer working in car audio for 7 years, and being a DJ for 15 years I've developed a little bit of an audiophile's ear. I can hear when sounds are having a conflict, and in this case they kind of are. Maybe they should have dropped the woofer to an even 100 watts, and then split the other 100 watts between the two satellites it might compensate for the big boom of the 7 inch woofer and even out the level of the frequencies.
Also they could have made the grills easier to remove. They probably aren't supposed to be removed, but the sub just seems to sound better with the giant grill off. There are methods to remove them that I have figured out (see other thoughts).
This is just nitpicking here, but I also don't really like the bass port on the subwoofer on the side. Ported subwoofers sound better when the port is in the front, firing directly at the listeniner, or on the back where it can be fired at a wall or corner of the room and refracted back all around the room. That's just my personal preference though. Don't have to agree with me, some may like it on the side. I just don't see the point.

Other Thoughts: All of the things I have said in this review I already knew before I made this purchase. I always research everything before I buy it, and knew about most of the drawback before I bought them. Just not the how bad the uneven distribution of the wattage would effect overall sound quality. I bought these as a replacement for some blown Numark studio monitors. I wanted to add a subwoofer since the monitors I had been using only went as low as 45 Hz. Being an electronic music DJ I really need to hear and feel the bass in my music. This definitely does that. I mean this subwoofer, in my small studio, will almost shake the paint off the walls. Doesn't make the neighbors happy either. That being said I just wish they would have done something about evening out the mids and highs. When connected to my Numark N4 controller, I find myself always having to turn up the mid and high knobs on the EQ of each channel during mixes. That is to be expected, and I wasn't really expecting that much out of this system. That would be "asking for the moon". Afterall the powered monitors that these replaced were almost 3 times the price.
I have, and still do connect these to my pc. Which is also my home theater. My gaming rig is actually part of my living room. These sound great when playing games and watching TV or movies. You really hear, and feel, alot of things that you never did before with the dinky little stock TV speakers. Great product, very happy with purchase. Just iron these little details out Logitech and next time I'll give ya 5 eggs.


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