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Pros: This PSU was in my last build. I bought it because it was a good deal and I'd heard good things about OCZ. 700W seemed able to provide enough headroom for future upgrades. I got this unit and used it for years, thinking it was high quality.
Cons: Here comes the bad part.... I'd been experiencing random system freezes and reboots. I just blamed it on the OS and lived with it. After a few years of this, it started to get worse. My PC would lock up and reboot nearly daily. Foolish me did not think to suspect the PSU. I didn't find out until I built a new PC for myself, and attempted to "recycle" my old build for a family member. This PSU made the transition to a new case and motherboard. Build completed... and wouldn't turn on. RMAed the motherboard. Same problem. Then I swapped my brand new SeaSonic PSU out of my new build to test a theory out. Fired right up! Needless to say, I bought another SeaSonic from Newegg and launched this thing into the trash where it belongs.
Other Thoughts: Don't skimp on a PSU. Literally the most important component of any build. I personally love SeaSonic, as they produce all their own units and have very rigid quality standards. Other good brands are Corsair and EVGA, though other manufacturers make their units, SeaSonic included. Don't make same mistake I did, or you're in for a headache.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Logitech G930 USB Connector Circumaural Wireless Gaming Headset
Pros: This is my first wireless headset, and it's pretty impressive. The sound quality is night and day coming from my old Creative Fatal1ty wired set. The old headset sounds like a muffled toy in comparison. Operating range is good on these, with no loss of signal if I get up and move around room with these still on. The receiver has a decently long cord that makes it easy to plug in and charge during use. Also the level of control right on the headset itself is a nice feature that most competing headsets don't have. There is a mute button, a switch to toggle 7.1/stereo, and customizable hotkeys. The mic flips up and automatically mutes voice on the fly. There's a lot to like here.
Cons: It's no secret that signal quality can be erratic. Much of this is just due to the nature of operating on a 2.4 GhZ wireless network. The strength and quality of your router will make a big difference, as well as the level of interference that is around. The signal drops for me have not been as bad as I feared when ordering these, but they still happen from time to time. I also have experienced some weird occurrences of the headset just shutting itself off for no apparent reason. The battery charge will be fine, and I have to just turn it back on. It's annoying but honestly doesn't happen that often. Also, the plastic-like material on the earcups make this headset somewhat uncomfortable after a while. Not a fan of ear sweating.
Other Thoughts: All in all, this headset is a good choice. I'm not sure I'd pay the full fare for them. I got these for $70 around Black Friday, which I'd call a good deal. I'm loving the massive boost in sound quality and the freedom of a wireless headset. The build quality is nice aside from the plastic earcup lining, and there's a lot of features. Again, with these utilizing wireless technology, mileage may vary. Best to order these while keeping in mind that you may need to return them if your wi-fi situation is less than ideal.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: ASRock Z87 Extreme4 LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Pros: This board is a great choice for a mainstream-tier gaming computer. The features for the price are really hard to beat. Great onboard audio with the Purity Sound setup, plus an amplifier for headphones. This audio solution is really nothing more than a top-notch Realtek audio codec and isolation/shielding of the sound system, but it works wonders.
Some other standout features are the debug LED, (great for troubleshooting if a component is interfering with bootup) power/reset buttons on the board itself, and dual BIOS chips in case an update flash goes sideways. Speaking of BIOS, the interface is very useful and indepth without boggling the minds of people who aren't extreme system tweakers. A BIOS update can even be flashed from within BIOS itself! Goodbye to the days of hunting down update files and going through a process to flash it properly. One click and its done!
Cons: Considering this is a mid-level motherboard, there aren't a whole lot of drawbacks. The board itself looks a little drab aside from the gold capacitors. There are also boards in this price range that have better overclocking chops. Additionally, it would have been nice to have a switch versus a jumper to toggle between the two BIOS chips as things can get a little cramped unless you have tiny little hands.
Other Thoughts: I have only used Asus boards in previous systems, all of which have been AMD based. I got this board for $120, and for that price, there was absolutely no other board that could hope to compete. I'm happy so far with this Asrock effort. It's stable as I could wish for and has features that are usually only found on high-end motherboards.
As I said earlier, this board doesn't overclock like a champ. Some competing boards beat this one in that category, though this board can still easily handle a moderate OC. People who are REALLY into overclocking would do better to move to the high-end arena, as those boards are built for speed specifically.
For everyone else, this motherboard is a start for an awesome gaming computer. I'm impressed with Asrock's feature set and the high quality of the components. This is a board that should be on anyone's short list for a new LGA 1150 build.