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Mark W.

Mark W.

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Most Favorable Review

Extremely happy with my purchase

ASUS 27" 1440P Gaming Monitor (MG279Q) - QHD (2560 x 1440), 178° Viewing, FreeSync
ASUS 27" 1440P Gaming Monitor (MG279Q) - QHD (2560 x 1440), 178° Viewing, FreeSync

Pros: I didn't realize that 1440p was such an extreme upgrade from 1080p. 60% more workspace is alot more than I expected. The colors are vibrant and accurate. I am very happy about that. No dead pixels or backlight bleeding. Asus seems to do good on QC sometimes. The joystick on the rear make it easy to navigate through the menu.

Cons: Default settings cause text blur (please read): You will need to change the picture settings. It comes with 7 preset picture modes. Default mode is called "Racing" which lowers the sharpness and brightness causing text blur and some ghosting. I found the RTS and FPS picture modes to be a good start and then I just made small adjustments to brightness and contrast to get the picture I wanted.

Overall Review: I wish Asus would change the cable management bracket for once. It should be made of metal and permanently attached. Just add a latch so you can easily rearrange cables if needed, instead of disconnecting everything just to get it through the loops.

Most Critical Review

Could do better for the price

CORSAIR Hydro Series H100i Extreme Performance Water/Liquid CPU Cooler. 240mm
CORSAIR Hydro Series H100i Extreme Performance Water/Liquid CPU Cooler. 240mm

Pros: Fits on my MSI Z87-GD65 mobo no problem. (Alot of people say the backplate is too loose but you just need to follow directions and its a tight fit. 20°C cooler on full load compared to stock cooler. (I OC'd my 4770k to a steady 4.6hz@1.25v before I broke 85°C) I like the "almost" full spectrum custom light on the block also.

Cons: Corsair took no thought into designing this thing. I figured an average case, such as a Rosewill Blackhawk, would be able to fit this cooler with no problem. I was about 0.5 inches over and it hit my mobo. In order to make this work I had to pop the top shield off my case and mount the fans on the outside of my case. (This is only temporary until I find something slimmer.) The fans that Corsair provides with this cooler are extremely cheap. I thought people were exaggerating when I read the reviews but they are not. They were not designed for this cooler. They don't come with noise reducing screws and they make a grinding noise when they are plugged into the block. I have them plugged into my mobo now. These fans at Low RPM sounds like your average fan on Medium, and High rpm your cats and dogs are going to run and hide. (True story) They should supply a pair of earplugs. Headphones just aren't good enough.

Overall Review: Honestly, I am astonished that Corsair would have their name on a product with so many design flaws. I mean it gets the job done and it doesn't look great. But, at $109, they really should've fabricated some better quality fans. 2 eggs for it working though.

Amazing

SAPPHIRE Radeon R9 290X 4GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 BattleField 4 Game Edition Video Card 100361BF4SR
SAPPHIRE Radeon R9 290X 4GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 BattleField 4 Game Edition Video Card 100361BF4SR

Pros: BF4 run 80-95 fps on my 2560x1080 monitor (Quiet mode, Ultra settings, beta drivers #8, unoptimized and don't forget this is PRE-Mantle - results are only going to get better.) This card is just powerful and hands down, the best large sum of money I have invested into my gaming PC! Also, quiet mode (which is just 40% fan speed on load) is NOT loud.

Cons: Power hungry

Overall Review: Uber mode (which is just 55% fan speed) is pretty loud. 100% fan speed sounds like a jet engine. No joke. But I haven't needed to use either of those options. 95°C while gaming, 35°C idle (stable @ 95°C like AMD stated) Would have been nice if drivers were out of beta and ready at card release. Here is my build for reference: CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K @4.5GHz Cooler: Corsair H100i Motherboard: MSI Z87-GD65 Gaming Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) @1866MHz Harddrives: Samsung 840 Series 250GB SSD, Seagate Barracuda 2TB GPU: Sapphire Radeon R9 290X 4GB Case: Rosewill BlackHawk ATX Mid Tower PSU: Corsair RM750W Monitor: Asus PB298Q Keyboard: Razer Blackwidow Ultimate 2013 Mouse: Razer Naga 2012 Wired Laser

I like it

Intel Core i7-4770K - Core i7 4th Gen Haswell Quad-Core 3.5 GHz LGA 1150 84W Intel HD Graphics Desktop Processor - BX80646I74770K
Intel Core i7-4770K - Core i7 4th Gen Haswell Quad-Core 3.5 GHz LGA 1150 84W Intel HD Graphics Desktop Processor - BX80646I74770K

Pros: Overclock topped out at 4.5GHz@1.25v. 32-84°C using H100i cooler. Better than what I needed.

Cons: None, Intel is a beast

Decent buy

ASUS Radeon HD 7770 2GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card HD7770-2GD5
ASUS Radeon HD 7770 2GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card HD7770-2GD5

Pros: Far Cry 3 - high settings, 52~fps factory OC'd, room to tweak a bit more keeps cool, 66c, 42c idle Eyefinity works flawlessly!

Cons: Had driver issues at first, had to download online, no big deal.

12/21/2012

Great Deal

Intel BOXDH67BLB3 LGA 1155 Intel H67 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
Intel BOXDH67BLB3 LGA 1155 Intel H67 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: More than your money's worth. Unlike my last Mobo, this one is actually labeled which made installation a piece of cake. IT DOES WORK with a 750w power supply

Cons: My graphics card and ram fit perfectly, but I can see other video cards and cpu coolers making that a problem. There is a tiny gap between my first DIMM slot and the CPU fan.