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Rosewill RIKA-12001 6 Keycaps and Keycap Puller for Mechanical Keyboards with Cherry MX Switches
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: My Razer BlackWidow Ultimate mechanical keyboard did not come with a keycap puller and, unfortunately, choices are slim when it comes to purchasing one on its own, so I bought this for the keycap puller alone, unsure how it'd perform on a Razer keyboard with Cherry MX blue switches. To my delight, it works flawlessly and is a welcome addition to my computer maintenance kit. I imagine it should work well with just about any kind of mechanical keyboard. It's simple, straightforward, intuitive, and it gets the job done.

Cons: I wish I could buy one of these without the keyscaps. Inevitably, they're destined to sit in a drawer for the remainder of their days. I also think any and every keyboard over $80 should include a keycap puller in the box, but that's no fault of this particular product.

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EVGA 012-P3-2066-KR GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 448 Cores FTW 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: This is an excellent single-card solution that, even with the recent release of the Kepler line of video cards, will more than suffice for the average gamer; indeed, some of the most expensive "gaming PCs" from you local big box stores only include a single GTX 560. Add the Ti, 448 cores, and you have this beast from EVGA that recently replaced my GTX 550 Ti with an enormous performance boost in both benchmarks and games. While it may not be the best benchmark out there, my graphics score in Windows Experieence Index rose from 7.4 to 7.9. Frame rates in StarCraft II, previously maxing out around 50, are now well over 100 when VSYNC is disabled. Skyrim went from the high 20s to the high 50s.

Unlike even the mighty GTX 580, this card, being a newer release, also comes with OpenGL 4.2 support. Do a little additional overclocking and you've more or less got a GTX 570.

Cons: More VRAM would be nice. The card also runs significantly warmer than my previous card and, thus, noisier (I set the fan to 60% using EVGA Precision X). I was also unable to achieve as high of overclocks as other reviewers without losing some stability; nevertheless, this card overclocked far better than my factory-overclocked GTX 550 Ti, which could not be further overclocked whatsoever without becoming massively unstable.

Due to the cooling solution, I do not recommend this card for SLI. Either get the Classified edition or a card which will not exhaust directly into your case. With four 120mm intake fans, two 120mm exhaust fans, and two 140mm exhaust fans on my enclosure, this was not a major concern.

Other Thoughts: Antec DF-85
Antec CP-850
Asus Sabertooth P67
Intel Core i7-2600K @ 4.6GHz
Zalman CNPS9900MAX-R
16GB Corsair Vengeance 1866
EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti 448 Cores
Crucial M4 256GB
Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB
Asus BW-12B1ST Blu-ray burner

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Western Digital WD Black WD2002FAEX 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Upon purchasing my first solid-state drive, I decided to invest in a quality storage drive to complete the package. Paired with a Crucial M4, this HDD replaced a four-year-old Seagate RAID-0 array. Not only does it surpass my 640GB RAID-0 array in capacity, the Western Digital Caviar Black, despite being used as a mere storage drive, works at double the read and write speeds of my previous RAID-0 array.

If you're not yet ready to make the leap to SSDs, you cannot go wrong this or the 1TB version.

Cons: It took forever to format this two-terabyte drive. Leave your computer on while you're at work or something because it's going to take a very, very long time.

Other Thoughts: Antec DF-85
Asus Sabertooth P67
Intel Core i7-2600K @ 4.6GHz
Zalman CNPS9900MAX
16GB (4 x 4) Corsair Vengeance 1866MHz
EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti 448 Cores
Crucial M4 256GB
Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB

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Matthew G.'s Profile

Display Name: Matthew G.

Date Joined: 03/15/09

  • Reviews: 21
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  • First Review: 03/21/09
  • Last Review: 07/07/12
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