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NZXT Phantom 820 Series CA-PH820-G1 Gunmetal Steel / Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Size - Plenty of room to accommodate about any cooling setup.
My EVGA X-79 Dark EATX mb fit in it perfectly, proper standoffs were already in place.
My new Corsair H100i radiator and fans fit in the top perfectly, I put the two fans on top of chassis, with screws through the fans, then the chassis, and into the radiator. Had it installed in 10 minutes.
Hardware - Screws came in a nice box separated out by size for organization. Nice change from the bag with all screws mixed in.
Fan controller - fan cable headers - gives you plenty of connectors to hook case fans up to. Control fan speeds and led light colors, also on or off on lights, with the controller. Also there is a light on the back of the chassis for the IO panel, makes seeing it easy in a darkened room. Very nice feature.
200MM case fans, with filters for intake fans. Filter on bottom of case as well, easy to pull out for cleaning and put back in.

Cons: My only real con was lack of " clear" explanation in the tiny print manual that was mostly pictures and little words to explain. I was overwhelmed with all the cables and connectors coming through the chassis as to what they were all for - they were tied together neatly, but it was just overwhelming to me. Finally after getting system set up , I realized all I had to do was plug a molex power connector from my power supply to the molex connector coming through the chassis, and voila had power for all my fans and fan controller. ( of course plugged the fans into those fan connectors coming through the chassis as well)...

Once I got playing around with the controller, realized pushing the led light button in toggles the lights on and off along with what zones are lit, along with the button on the case for controlling case fan speeds, it all came together for me. The manual could be much clearer on explaining all of that up front. This is really the only reason I am not giving it 5 stars.

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ASUS VG278HE Black 27
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: 144 Hz refresh rate - great for gaming
Nice stand easily adjustable
Lot of settings one can tweak in the OSD
27" screen is perfect for my setup, easier to read websites and text.

Cons: Mine had horrible stock display settings as it came in to me. Took about 3 days of reading up on the internet, tweaking settings, to get it to look really good for me.

Other Thoughts: I purchased all new components for a system build, all from Newegg, for a new build I did two weeks ago today. The other items I have already reviewed, and held out on this monitor to give it a fair chance. Had I reviewed it the day I received, or day after for that matter, it would have not been so good a review.

Mine arrived in great shape, Newegg shipping was great as always, I elected 2nd business day, and as usual had it in one day.
This is my first 100hz+ monitor, and I was very excited. Got it unpacked, stand assembled easily. I really like the way you can move it up and down to personal preference so easily.

Ok so plug it into my new system, using the DVI cable hooked to my DVI-D port on on GTX 770. ( I had already read that HDMI did not support the higher 144hz refresh rate).
Turned it on and was like this looks horrible. So I began adjusting and tweaking the settings in the OSD. Btw, I like the push buttons versus the thermal buttons on my Samsung.
So anyway after much adjusting, I just could not get it to the " man this looks great" feeling I was looking for. Colors seemed washed out to me. Honestly by the next morning, I was seriously considering calling Newegg and asking if I could return and get a different monitor. But I decided to hang in there and keep working with it.
So some more internet searching, and I find where some recommend grabbing an ICC profile for it at another popular website that specializes in these things. Once I did that, and got it installed and set to my default profile, things really started coming together for me.

Now, after about 10 days, I can say " wow" this looks really good. Love gaming on it, it is gorgeous. I will say, blacks are not as " deep" I guess, as they are on my Samsung ( have it set up beside as a secondary monitor).
But I can live with that, having the higher refresh, the 27" screen, and gaming looking so good on it, I am quite satisfied now with my purchase.

Based on some of the reviews I have read to date, sounds like it is hit or miss how this monitor will arrive to you in regards to how it is set up for display. It may be close to what you want, but may be far off. If you don't like messing with adjusting and tweaking it to your liking, this may not be the monitor for you. If you don't mind doing the tweaking and adjusting, you can certainly get it to looking really good.

I hesitated between 3 and 4 stars, I gave it 4 simply because it does look so good to me now, but it was with some pain and effort to get it that way, otherwise it probably would have gotten 5 stars.

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Microsoft Windows 8.1 - Full Version (32 & 64-bit)
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs Went from Windows 7 to Windows 8.1 and... 12/23/2013

This review is from: Microsoft Windows 8.1 - Full Version (32 & 64-bit)

Pros: Very Fast
Works beautifully with SSD's
Boot time : From push of the power button, to 8.1 desktop on a Samsung 840 Pro SSD - 15 seconds.
Optimizes SSD's - no need for any tweaking of the drive itself.
Start Button is back in 8.1 ( partly)

Cons: Metro Interface - what else?
Windows Media Player no longer plays DVD's ( video), unless go with the Pro Version, or purchase Windows Pro Pack to get Media Center for 100 bucks. (of course there is third party software for this as well )

Other Thoughts: Based on what I had heard and read, I was very reluctant to make the change from Windows 7 to Windows 8. I was in process of doing a new computer build, and heard about 8.1 being released and it bringing the start button back - so I decided to go ahead and purchase 8.1 and give it a try.

Took some major adjustments on my part to get used to it, and I am still in that process. Yes, 8.1 brings a start button to the screen, but it ain't the familiar Start button like in Windows 7. First thing I did was set Windows to boot to desktop. Click start button and what happens - boom, the Metro GUI is staring me in the face. This GUI is fine for tablets/cell phones, for a desktop PC and what we do with them, more cumbersome than functional. For me at least this soon in the learning curve.

However, one can right click the Start button, and it brings up several familiar choices you can choose from:
Like search, control panel, task manager, device manager, file explorer, etc. But NO "all programs" button. You have to either do a search for your program, go to the Metro gui apps screen, or have a shortcut on your desktop or pinned to taskbar for your program you want to run.

One other annoyance for me, I could not get a DVD movie to play in Windows Media Player. I thought something was wrong, messed up in my setup or settings. After doing a search, I learned they took this functionality away for Media Player in Windows 8. Of course though Windows Media Center will play them, and you can get it - by purchasing the Pro pack for 100 bucks.
In my case, I don't think so, there are other media players out there.

SSD's - It really shines here, optimized for use on an SSD and very, very fast.

Finally, I am glad I went ahead and went with it. It is very robust, and the more I use it the more I like it and find ways around some of the annoyances.

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