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This review is from: ASUS Crosshair III Formula AM3 AMD 790FX ATX AMD Motherboard
Pros: Sleek, VERY WELL DESIGNED! I cannot stress how great the PCIe 2.0 x16 ports are designed, what with intuitive and helpful latch releases and ideal placement (For me at least). Cool/helpful lights, and fairly easy to OC with.
Cons: Took a long time to get running, the fan/heatsink area was quite a hassle (more than usual). Tech support has been sluggish at best (continued in other thoughts)
Other Thoughts: So I am not sure if it is all of these motherboards, or maybe just mine, but for me, the PCI slot does not work! I have been trying to get my wireless connection up and running, and all that's happened is I get a little "wireless card not plugged in" despite the fact that I have fit it and re-fit it over and over and over, and it still does not work. I can see it sitting snugly in the slot, everything is connected, and it still does not register. Tech support gave me a 6 hour window in which they will call me, which simply tethers me to the computer that does not function (because I need to get online to get drivers) until they do.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Logitech G35 USB Connector Circumaural Surround Sound Headset
Pros: I got these to replace my $29 Logitech headset that broke after a year and was *completely* unusable. It was uncomfortable, and wasn't truly cirumaural. I shopped around, and after rooting through a few headsets, I purchased these.
I give them:
-5/5 stars (or eggs) for sound
-5/5 stars for value
-3/5 stars for design
I am unsure about why some people say that these headphones are "quiet" or "lacking bass". I play Audiosurf, a game based entirely on music, and I keep windows under 50% volume at all times to make the thunderous roar of these speakers bearable.
The headset seems of rather sturdy construction, and although some parts are indeed made out of plastic, it is not some shoddygrade plastic. They are solidly built, and I am rough on my headsets. The chord is strong, which is always a plus, and stress points like the expansion points are not showing signs of wear.
Here is where the headset comes up a bit short. Not without redeeming qualities in the design, I like the boom mic being rubberized as to provide flexibility and protection, and the left ear controls such as volume and mute are very handy. Unfortunately, as others have said, the headset can get uncomfortable, after several hours of intense use. If you have ears that protrude any significant distance, the ear cups can seem a bit shallow. Also the "interchangeable head pads" are as useless as a firefighter in Antarctica. They are all uncomfortable and simply are shaped towards different head shapes, clearly to accommodate those who's heads are box shaped.
Other Thoughts: In conclusion, the Logitech G-35 headset is a strong headset with everything a gamer needs, and despite having a few minor design flaws, is a very strong choice for anyone looking to move beyond the dinky $40 or less headsets.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Company of Heroes Gold Edition PC Game
Pros: Grab a seat. Make some coffee. Get comfortable. The Pros List might take a while.
Graphics: For those of us who are shallow and like seeing pretty things on screen, this game comes through in spades. Excellent graphics! (Can you believe its 3 years old?) Pretty explosions, great Flamethrower effect, and best of all, just about any current machine can run it at highest settings, due to the age of the game. Only copious amounts of artillery have any chance of slowing you down.
Sound: Music is okay. Not the best, not the inspirational H3 soundtrack, but still, it suffices. Voice acting is often funny (This reminds me of basic training... I hated basic training.) but can also be very powerful, and not in a cheesy way, but in a "wow I cannot believe I just sent that infantry squad to their deaths" way. Best part of sound is by far the explosions though. The crumbling buildings, the thundering artillery, and the crack of snipers resound throughout the most exhilarating games ever play
Cons: Cons: Just kidding, more pros.
Gameplay: Certainly the most important and enjoyable aspect of this game is the gameplay. I know that sounds redundant, but this game never plays exactly the same twice. 3 different specialties for each of 4 playable races leave 12 different possibilities for "armies". The destructible terrain, completely destroyable buildings, intense city fights, and all the little touches that Relic added make this game so enjoyable to play. The little touches that I mention include the fact that the craters that are made by artillery can provide cover for whoever jumps into them, or when you shoot engineers with flamethrowers, they run a risk of bursting into flames.
Cover: This element of gameplay gets a separate bit. You can build sandbags and barricades to provide strong cover, dive into craters or get behind fences for medium cover, or capture a building and set up fortifications inside.
AI: Just fantastic. Challenging. Really just excellent. Nothing le
Other Thoughts: More Pros:
Multiplayer: Excellent. The ability to add friends and join their games, lots of maps, decent player base, and an auto match function make sure you get exactly what you are looking for.
Map Making: Yes, it comes with a map editor! I am not sure what that means for some people, but if anyone out there is a creative mind and needs an outlet, you can make some beautiful, custom tailored maps quite easily. The advantage of this is that you can make a map to play the game you want it to play. Like bridges? Add bridges. Like cities? Make some. The ease of use and depth of this map-editor makes it my favorite.
Okay. I'm done with the Pros.
Cons: Yes. It's true. There are patching issues. You MAY have to reinstall the game once or twice.
Conclusion: I have owned this game for several years, and it has had its ups and downs, but I vouch for it completely. I can't say that it has never failed me, but a simple reinstall will get you back into your soon-to-be favorite