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5 out of 5 eggs The MX518 Successor 03/23/2016

This review is from: Corsair Gaming M65 RGB Laser Gaming Mouse - White

Pros: 23g of weights if you want a heavier mouse. I've never found these to be useful.
Sniper button: I do not play many FPS anymore, but I decided to load up Battlefield and give it a while, it is nice. I would normally just lower my dpi on my mouse with a few clicks, now I only need one click!
5 DPI settings.
Sniper button is in a perfect spot. I don't play sniper class much, so this could also be used to toggle a very high dpi if you are in a vehicle and want some on-the-fly speed.
Corsair Utility Engine is very easy to use and set the DPI, colors, macros, and more.

Cons: The two side buttons are too thin, and the second button ends up getting pressed in much easier than the first button.
Mouse is a tad on the heavy side at 117g, and this is with all of the weights taken out. I definitely notice more strain on my pinky when I constantly re-position the mouse since the right side of the mouse is much heavier than the left side.
No container or foam for unused weights.

Other Thoughts: My MX518 is going on 10 years old (I purchased it from NewEgg back in 2006). I play a wide range of games that involve intense clicking, and the MX518 has never let me down. I tried the G500 and G602 mice with more buttons and options, but I really hate the oversized mouse wheel on the G500, and the side buttons were painful on the G602. I am letting you know this in case you disliked those mice in the past for the same reasons.

The Corsair M65 definitely seems to be well built and it feels solid. I can only hope that I would get 10 years of life out of this mouse. The oversized mouse-wheel is not as bad as the other mice I have tried with regards to the wheel scrolling when I want to middle click. I would still prefer the mouse-wheel to be receded and possibly less force required for a middle click to register. The Corsair M65 RGB does seem to be a nice upgrade from the Mx518 for the most part, if the side buttons were a lot larger and the scroll wheel was not oversized, then this very well could have been a perfect mouse.

CORSAIR RMx Series RM850X 850W 80 PLUS GOLD Haswell Ready Full Modular ATX12V & EPS12V SLI and Crossfire Ready Power Supply
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Pros: Fully modular. I never cared about the 24-pin being modular, but I suppose it is helpful to some people.

Silent operation with low and medium loads. Noise isn't an issue since I have a silent pc case to begin with, but I'm sure this is a pro for the people who don't.

7 year warranty. This right here should be really pulling you in. This is the Florine to your Potassium. You want to make this ionic bond now.

Corsair renowned support. I will say that I never personally have had an issue with any Corsair item, but I have read plenty positive feedback on Corsair's support. I always look into the support of a company before making a purchase because what is the point of a warranty or support of the company is no good in providing either.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: Power supplies are the most important component of any computer build. I have learned a long time ago that not all psu watt rating are equal. High quality power supplies might seem expensive, but if you ever had one fail and take out your mainboard or gpu, then you know what expensive is. The Corsair RM850x is everything anyone would expect from a high quality, enthusiast class, power supply. Solid Japanese capacitors are the gold standard, I've had a cheap power supply with a capacitor popping and taking out my mainboard. So, I learned my lesson real early on. My go to recommendations are normally Antec and Corsair when I do custom builds for people, and I have to stress to them at how important a quality power supply really is. Your computer is not going to do anything spectacular when the power supply releases the magic smoke. The very long warranties that Corsair offers really makes it hard to justify not buying their product either way. It becomes a point where you cannot afford not to buy it. 7 years -- can you think which component in your computer right now was the same from 7 years ago?

Fractal Design Define R5 White Silent ATX Midtower Computer Case
  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs Amazing Case! 12/12/2015

This review is from: Fractal Design Define R5 White Silent ATX Midtower Computer Case

Pros: A nice non-windowed white case that does not look like it came from outer space.

Dust filters. This is one of the selling factors for me. The bottom dust filter can be removed from the front, and this is a feature you want. Not many cases have this option, and having a single filter for the bottom that you can remove without having to go behind your computer is fantastic.

The front dust filter is easily removable and this allows access to the front fans for cleaning or mounting. This feature is fairly common on many quality cases now.

The Fractal Design fans included are very quiet. I moved the rear fan to the front for two intakes and I put a cheap 120mm fan in the rear for exhaust. My hard drive temps are the same with these fans as they were with the larger 200mm fan on the HAF 922.

Simple mounting for solid state drives behind the mainboard tray. It is a nice utilization of space that would otherwise be wasted.

Cons: The hard drive cage only allowed for two screws to be mounted on my Samsung Spinpoint hard drive. If anyone has these drives just make sure to also put the rubber grommets on the front end of the hard drive sled even though you cannot use any screws. This will keep the hard drive flat and it will not rattle the sled when it spins up. The hard drive sleds fit my Toshiba and WD drives just fine with all four mount lining up.

I like the idea behind the way the hard drive mounts work, but it would just be easier to make the sleds with a rubber bottom and have the hard drive mounted from the side. This is merely aesthetics, but depending on how the bottom holes line-up of the hard drive with the Fractal Designs hard drive sled; the drive will end up protruding if you are using different manufacture drives.

A little extra room on the right side of the panel would have been great to see. Most people will be routing cables back there and it is a little bit of a pain to get the panel flat and secured. I am coming from a HAF 922, so perhaps I am just used to all that extra space on the side. I do appreciate the sleek look on the Define R5 and I definitely do not want some bulky bulge on the side. A slightly wider case or even a little less room for large heatsinks if the internal structure of the case was shifted to the left, it would allow ample room to route all of those power supply cables, with the biggest culprit being the 24-pin connector.

Front door does not open easily or smoothly on my case. Since the finger opening is on the top right, the door sticks in the bottom right. I really do not understand this design decision. Either the front panel door needs to be made more rigid, or the finger opening needs to be moved to the middle of the panel.

No tool-less 5.25" drive option.

Other Thoughts: I have read some complaints that there is a rattling noise coming from the hard drives. I can safely say my build is quiet.

The cons I have with this case are minor, and I hope this does not dissuade anyone from buying this amazing case. It is really a great quality case and it is a nice improvement over the Define R4. I hope to see a revision, or R6, with some of these minor nuisances addressed. Once everything is assembled then most of these problems go away.


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