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NEW Black PC Wireless Controller Gaming Receiver For XBOX 360
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Works as expected 12/03/2013

This review is from: NEW Black PC Wireless Controller Gaming Receiver For XBOX 360

Pros: * Cheap
* Fairly quick delivery for not being sold and shipped by New Egg. Fine packaging. Arrived in good condition.
* Came with mini CD which contained drivers. (More about this down in Other Thoughts)
* Lightweight, small, easy to plug in and hide away if desired
* Fairly long USB cable length. You should have plenty of slack to plug this in a USB slot on the backside of a tower and run it around to the front or on a shelf.
* While it was immediately recognized by the computer as a new USB device, the driver was not automatically figured out. I already knew it was not going to auto-negotiate the driver. Once I picked the correct driver, it worked as advertised. (This was very easy.)

Cons: * Took a day or two longer than my ShopRunner account, though that's not really anyone's fault. I just felt like this box should be populated. ;)

Other Thoughts: I was worried about purchasing this device. Not extremely worried, but I had shifty eyes after going through the previous comments and seeing how many write-ups had been done about using a generic USB wireless receiver for Xbox 360 controllers. I thought it was going to be a driver nightmare.

Much to my surprise, I was able to plug it in, locate the driver referenced the write-up on the "Overview" tab of this item, and tell it OK. I grabbed the driver, and I was up and running.

Please note that I was prepared to troubleshoot this sucker if something had gone wrong (which I was expecting). Luck was on my side and I did not have to. Also know that previously I had used a wired Xbox 360 controller on my tower, so it DID have those drivers installed. I did NOT uninstall the wired drivers before plugging in this receiver.

From my experience, this was a smooth transition from a wired Xbox 360 controller, to a wireless Xbox 360 controller.

I am not using a play-n-charge kit. Plain old AA batteries.

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Cooler Master Elite 430 Red Edition - Mid Tower Computer Case with Windowed Side Panel and All-Black Interior
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

2 out of 5 eggs Far better towers for slightly more price 08/17/2013

This review is from: Cooler Master Elite 430 Red Edition - Mid Tower Computer Case with Windowed Side Panel and All-Black Interior

Pros: Cheap. LEDs are not super bright, which is good for me. Plenty of places to mount fans. Front panel ports are decent (1 USB 3.0, 1 USB 2.0, microphone jack, headphone jack).

Cons: Where to start?

This case is awful, even for the low price. There are far better cases that are worth the extra $20.

The case is constructed of steel, true, but it's very, very thin. Easily bent.
The expansion ports are covered to begin with, but the metal isn't completely cut. It is still slightly attached and you have to cut it out of there yourself. This probably will bend the case because it is so flimsy. The front 5.25" bays also have this flimsy metal housing.
The braces for the DVD drive and HDDs are quite tight. It feels like you're scratching the DVD drive and HDDs when inserting them. There are 6 pieces of plastic that are tool-less mounts for the 3.5" bays and HDD bays, but that's for either side of the case, so really you only have 3 plastic mounts.
It comes with plenty of screws, but they're not separated, and there was also a disproportionate amount than what is listed in the owner's manual.

All in all, I really dislike this case. I have built other machines with Cooler Master cases and I have loved it. And I still really like the Cooler Master brand. But stay away from this case. The HAF 912 case is much superior and has a $20 higher price point, if that.

Other Thoughts: This build was for my aunt who doesn't need a power house. She is actually the one that picked this out because she liked how the front was set up. As long as she likes it I'm happy, but if this were a case for my personal computer, I'd chuck it in the garbage and order a better one from Cooler Master.

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EVGA SuperClocked 02G-P4-2662-KR G-SYNC Support GeForce GTX 660 2GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Very quiet. Sitting idle you can't even hear it over other case fans.

For being on the lower end of cards, it can put out extremely high graphic detail. I purchased one in September of 2012 and have turned everything I own to max quality and resolution and this baby has handled it all. In higher end games such as Battlefield 3 and StarCraft II it will stutter from time to time, but the stutter is a drop into 30-40 FPS from 60+ FPS.

Power friendly--only requires a single 6 volt power cable coming from the PSU.

For a first build, I was extremely satisfied by this card. A few months later I bought a second to put them in an SLI configuration. This was an unneeded purchase, but I did it anyway.

The second card came just as nicely boxed as the first, and install was as easy as the first. After reboot the NVIDIA control panel took over, set up necessary registry keys and was able to detect the second card in no time. After that it was a single click of a button to enable/disable SLI.

Once enabled, I loaded up BF3 and turned EVERYTHING to max on my 24" 1080p monitor. Looks beautiful. There's no visual stutter and it's just fun to take it all in.

Cons: Since I am now running two of these in SLI, I cannot upgrade my rig unless I buy into a new tier of cards. That's my fault though.

After being put into SLI, the heat and sound while under load ramps up very quickly. I am now slightly worried that I need to cool the machine with more than stock case, CPU and GPU fans.
However, once out of load temperatures and fan noise reduce quickly.

Other Thoughts: I think this was a good card to get started on. Not sure if SLI'ing two of these is worth it, but a single card for an entry level system builder will be very happy with one of these.

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Display Name: Brad K.

Date Joined: 03/30/05

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  • Last Review: 12/03/13
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