Date Joined: 01/09/11
Pros: Looks good. Runs good. All good.
Overall Review: Bought these to replace a 32GB set of G.Skill Trident Z RGB RAM that arrived with one stick DOA. I've used Team before and they have always proven stellar, more budget conscious options that tend to fly under peoples' radar. Don't mind not having RGB? Then get yourself a pair because it's worth it.
Pros: They looked pretty...
Customer service was good.
Cons: One of the 2 sticks arrived DOA. That's very disappointing considering they are more expensive and slower than other RAM manufacturers.
Overall Review: G.Skill did send a replacement kit, but I sold those mf'ers the second they entered my hands and bought a cheaper, faster, and more reliable kit of 32GB Team Memory instead (have used them before no issues). This was my first time purchasing G.Skill RAM and it definitely left a bad first impression. I plan on avoiding G.Skill's sketchy QC in the future.
Pros: Keeps my 9900K around 35 degrees idle with a constant 4.7GHz clock on all cores. Never gone above 80 when stressed for an extensive period. Looks sleek. Fans are quiet. Install was fairly simple...
Cons: ...BUT if you ever need to remove the cooler to either re-apply thermal paste/change ram/literally do anything near the CPU in your case, you will not have a fun time. Trying to remove the fan clips is something I wouldn't even wish on my worst enemy. My fingers still hurt and the paint chips off very easy. Even on a full size ATX board, one of your RAM slots will still be blocked.
Overall Review: If you're looking for the absolute best air cooler, and these drawbacks don't affect you, then buy it. It's an absolute beast. It may concern some with the amount of weight you are putting on your motherboard, but it seems evenly braced. Thumbs up for the install and cool-ability, but big thumbs down from a maintenance perspective.
Pros: Cherry MX keys are still working great after 3 years of heavy use; a testament to the build quality. Braided cable is nice. I appreciate the aluminum-ish build. It is sturdy and just weighty enough to where it doesn't slide around.
Cons: No backlighting of any kind.
Overall Review: I've grown to really love tenkeyless keyboards. This keyboard has been with me in several situations where saving space is crucial.
Pros: Simple, ergonomic, price efficient. 3 RGB zones is a huge plus. It fits my man hands well. All the buttons have been clicked thousands upon thousands of times yet still remain tactile and responsive.
Overall Review: 3 years later and it still remains my favorite wired mouse ever. The paint/finish have started to peel off in bits and pieces recently; most notably in highly used areas (e.g. mouse buttons, thumb rest, etc.). This mouse has been used very heavily so no points deducted here, although it is worth noting. Everything wears out eventually. For the price, the feature set is excellent without overcomplicating things. I've recently gone wireless with the Corsair Dark Core RGB mouse, but this mouse will always hold a special place in my heart. If I ever go back to wires, I will most likely buy this mouse.
Pros: Kept my stock 6700K cool for 2 years. The pump was noticeably quiet, which was nice. It seemed reasonable for the price point.
Cons: The pump died after 2 years.
Overall Review: After I installed it in 2016, the AIO remained untouched in my case, except for when I moved the pump to reapply my CPU's thermal paste. The pump speed was left on default for 2 years. One day, while I was trying out Corsair's iCUE software in beta, I turned up the pump speed to "high" and after 2 seconds the pump ground to a halt. Thank goodness I checked my CPU temps before it fried.
Pros: Reliable, fully modular, quiet fan operation even after 3 years of heavy use.
Overall Review: This PSU has been powering an i7 6700K, and a GTX 1070 for 3 years. Hasn't failed yet and I don't expect it to anytime soon.
Pros: 80 Plus Bronze, reliable after a year, and all around good performance-per-dollar.
Cons: None whatsoever
Overall Review: Bought this to replace my old Rosewill that fried after only a year. This time around, I bought the 80 Plus Certified PSU in an attempt to ensure longevity, and this bad boy hasn't dissapointed!
Pros: Backpack has an awesome design. Lots of nifty compartments and pockets where I can store all my college books and supplies, plus my laptop.
Cons: After 3 months the straps started to come apart. Granted, I only paid $25 during Newegg's holiday sale, but seeing it's $40 now, I would have to warn someone to NOT buy this backpack at any price.
Overall Review: Other than the straps starting to come apart, the rest of the backpack is solid, but, you know, the straps are kind of important. O_o
Pros: It's a cheap laptop that runs Office, Chrome, Netlfix, and Spotify. Does exactly what I need it to do right now. The keyboard feels nice and the screen isn't glossy, which helps in brighter areas. The screen is decently lit on its highest setting. Rather unexpectedly, the trackpad supports multitouch, which is nice. Battery life is decent and the standby time is good as well. I can get about 5-7 hours of battery while doing basic tasks (browsing, office, etc.) with the screen at just above half brightness and the "balanced" power mode. The laptop can actually play some very, very old games alright. I have RCT3 and Star Wars EaW installed to an external USB drive.
Cons: Storage does not come as advertised. The machine does have 32GB, yes, however, what the manufacturer fails to tell you is that about 12GB of that is reserved for the OS and heaven knows what else on an unchangeable partition that can only be accessed through diskpart. Even then, about 12GB of space total is open when you first get it with all the bloatware installed. Also, the thing literally runs out of space for no reason. After installing office, Netflix, and Spotify, I was completely out of space. I can't even use Windows Update because I'm out of space. Thankfully, I was able to get it up to 600MB, but that's it.
The trackpad... the trackpad is just awful. I will be using the laptop and at completely random times, the whole trackpad will just die. When it does die, it literally will not fix unless I close the lid to put the laptop in sleep mode. When I open the lid, the trackpad is just fine. As the trackpad is one of the most basic but important functions of a laptop, this is extremely disappointing. In fact, it died four times in a matter of 30 minutes while I was writing this review. I don't know if this is a driver issue or what, but it's extremely frustrating. Bloatware is another thing, I knew it was going to be there buying a laptop that was so inexpensive, but it took up so much space.
Overall Review: So, in review, overall the laptop does what it needs to. It runs office and can browse the web. However, due to the lack of consistency of basic features such as the trackpad and the inexplicable loss of space, I personally could not recommend this product to anyone. I know it's cheap, but the HP Envy is too, and it's much more solid than this. Personally, I don't think I will buy another PC from Acer. They have other great products (such as the monitor I bought), but this laptop has turned me off from their other PCs. I hope you found this review helpful and thanks for reading!
Pros: -Amazing performance when multitasking or gaming
-Very stable, haven't had any issues and I don't expect any
Cons: None to speak of
Overall Review: I was initially very, VERY cautious when choosing RAM for my new build. I had always used Crucial but they were just to freaking expensive. Team makes excellent RAM and I plan on getting this one again to get my system up to 16GB.
Pros: Awesome performance and low temperatures even under load. This processor is a beast and has handled everything I can throw at it. Definitely a HUGE upgrade from my old Pentium E6700. Handles the CPU-intensive Planetside 2 very well along with multitasking and video editing.
Cons: None to speak of.
Overall Review: Make sure that if you are going to buy this CPU that you have a dedicated graphics card. It even says on the box that the CPU has no integrated graphics. I only bought this one because I already have a dedicated graphics card, but I figure it would be nice to point out to other buyers.
Pros: -Lots of wiggle room to put all kinds of components in and provides plenty of airflow options.
-Has a sturdy feel for a $50 case.
-I absolutely love the tool-less drive installing.
Cons: -Had to order a cable adapter in order to daisy chain both fans and the screen on the front to my PSU.
-DVD drive plate was a bit of a pain to take off.
-The plastic PCI slot clips broke very easily and I had to use a screw to secure my graphics card.
Overall Review: For $50, this case is an overall great deal for the price. It looks cool and functions just about as good as it looks. I would recommend this case to anyone.