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Julian R.

Julian R.

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Excellent

EVGA TORQ X10 901-X1-1103-KR Wired Laser Gaming Mouse
EVGA TORQ X10 901-X1-1103-KR Wired Laser Gaming Mouse

Pros: Accurate, quality materials, laser, high DPI for a low(er) price, looks epic, weighty. I could keep going, but I'll jump into the more prominent points of my experience instead. I use it on the arm of a chair, as I can't fit a desk in my place. It works extremely well, especially for the price range (good luck finding a 9k~ DPI mouse of any real quality for this price range). This is NOT a case of 'you get what you pay for'; you're getting a $100+ quality gaming mouse - for $65. The weight of it makes it pleasant to use, and the stainless steel bottom plate being extremely smooth has it gliding regardless of what's under it. As for quality....it's fallen off the arm of my chair a number of times, several hitting the hard edge of a solid wooden table pretty hard (hard enough to crack the plastic of other items, which was the death of one of my mice). Worst that's happened is a few threatened heart attacks, burnt ears, and the top cover has popped off. Two seconds has the top cover back on with all being right in the world once more. This has gone on for over 5 months now, and there still isn't so much as a scratch on the covering, or any sort of wear on the top plate's tabs. It takes very little movement to register a mouse click or wheel scroll. I haven't been kind to this mouse with how often I click it - several of the games I play tend to require a little under 20 clicks per second (halfassed guesstimate of an average) for extended periods. After owning a few other gaming mice, they've usually had some sort of difference in either feel or accuracy by now. One burned out after 4 months of use. No difference here. Still as fresh as when I took it from its crib. Afterthought - the braided wire holds up pretty well to encounters with a floor cleaner. No fraying or breakage. Pretty sure I should feel bad for knowing this.

Cons: The directions aren't clear on how to work this mouse. Even looking at them closely it took a bit to figure out that the top cover does NOT lift as they seem to imply. You push it forward from the back, it slides a little and pops loose, then you lift it off (reverse gets it securely in place again). Minor, but was a bit annoying given that I was unnecessarily fearful of breaking this thing - seriously, this isn't plastic. Beyond that the directions aren't even needed. Two of the LED colors are a little off in color. The selection is red, green, blue, what I take as yellowish green or light green, and what I take as a yellowish orange..honey-ish color. I believe it's because these two colors are using multiple LEDs to achieve the tone. Not something I care about really since I stick with red, blue and green, but I'm sure someone would use such a menial point as a deal breaker. Wired, but hey, it says it in the specifications. Duh. At 6ft long with a solid braid - I don't really care.

Overall Review: I found two of the 'extra features' of this a little pointless since the quality of the mouse renders them that. The pads they provide for the bottom plate to make it slide easier are just...pointless. It does just fine without. The weights make very little difference. Sure some might nitpick a few grams' difference. Me? I tossed in the heaviest and left it at that. Feels good and weighty either way, without being a hindrance. To try and better portray the general weight - heavy enough to feel quality, light enough to be very easy to maneuver. It was a little odd to get used to the DPI adjustment switch being -right- at the base of the wheel. Namely because it's pretty sensitive (like all of the other switches on this mouse). Not a bad thing mind you, just took some trial, error, and wondering why my gun sights suddenly became sluggish in the middle of a fight. Now that I'm used to it the placement and sensitivity is awesome for response times. Which yes, if you switch between multiple applications, you will likely be changing the DPI. Just a final thought - the mouse wheel's texture had me concerned when I first saw it. Looks like a deep treaded 4 wheeler tire. It's not quite as prominent as it looks, and they help with the tactile sense of just how much the wheel has moved. Plus the wheel itself is metal, so it is not at all hard to feel when it's moved a notch (I've found mice with excess rubber dampen that).

11/24/2014

Powerhouse of a CPU

AMD Ryzen 7 5800X3D - Ryzen 7 5000 Series 8-Core 3.4 GHz Socket AM4 105W None Integrated Graphics Desktop Processor - 100-100000651WOF
AMD Ryzen 7 5800X3D - Ryzen 7 5000 Series 8-Core 3.4 GHz Socket AM4 105W None Integrated Graphics Desktop Processor - 100-100000651WOF

Overall Review: Exceptional product! Just make sure your motherboard and current BIOS version can fully support it. Dimes to doughnuts it'll require a BIOS update to make use of that juicy caching!

10/26/2022

Great case or the money!

Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: -Great cooling and cooling potential. -Easy to access the interior. -Fits SATA drives and other hardware very well (no problem at all fitting larger gfx cards into it) -Very sturdy. Mostly metal; not much plastic to break. None of it is flimsy. -Dust filter and fans are easy to remove and work well..

Cons: The most recent one that I purchased was missing two of the motherboard mounting posts that were supposed to be pre-installed. It was also lacking pretty much all of the hardware that I know is supposed to come with it. Since the little box that the extra hardware comes in was smashed and empty, I'm assuming there was a mishap on the assembly line (would say in transit, but that's a little odd considering the product's box was fully intact). Good thing I had some of my own on hand else that would have been a problem. Didn't detract any eggs since this is the first time it's happened. The rest of the case was perfectly fine.

Overall Review: Do your research. Know what you're buying and what it's capable of. Saves a lot of headaches.

Great card if you know what you're buying

ASUS XONAR DGX 5.1 Channels 24-bit 96KHz PCI Express x1 Interface Gaming Audio Card
ASUS XONAR DGX 5.1 Channels 24-bit 96KHz PCI Express x1 Interface Gaming Audio Card

Pros: Awesome for headphone gaming. Easy to install, use, very nice sound (significant improvement over some very good integrated audio hardware that I was using). Very nice price. ASUS.

Cons: The surround sound emulation was less than I'd hoped, but really that was just a bell/whistle, not a specific reason for me buying the card. The other features were just fine or better than expected.

Overall Review: Audiophiles will want better, as will those with higher end home surround systems. This card, however, is geared towards headphone gaming and the best you can get for most gaming headsets without wasting money. You want better quality for a home system? Buy the DG model - that's what it was meant for. Have a very high quality professional set of headphones? Buy something towards the professional end....that was meant for professional grade audio. Just want something to give a great experience for your nice gaming headset? This'll do. As a final note - it does perform very well with music if the EQ is adjusted.

Great bang for the buck

ASUS M5A97 LE R2.0 AM3+ AMD 970 + SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
ASUS M5A97 LE R2.0 AM3+ AMD 970 + SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

Pros: Excellent board. Nice BIOS, compatibility, brand, etc. Handles my rig (FX-8350, 16GB of Corsair RAM and a GTX 760) perfectly even with a bit of overclocking. A great price and does everything it's advertised to do.

Cons: It only really bothered me that the USB 3.0 being limited to the initial pair of ports. Can't add more or use frontal ports. The only actual problem I'd say, though, was the onboard audio didn't work well with some of my programs. Really though I knew this was a possibility since integrated anything is questionable in my book. An ASUS Xonar DGX remedied this issue at a very low price.

Overall Review: Don't be dissuaded by the DOA reviews. ASUS is a great brand and the M4A97 a poplar board - most people only get off their rears to post if something's wrong. There are some limitations, but nothing that isn't made clear by the product description. It's a lighter board for a lighter price, and while still very capable, isn't meant to be 'the say all end all'. Do your research first and you'll be fine. I've had two of these now. This LE version is in a 'light gaming' comp, while a non LE version is in a heavier gaming comp. Since I knew what it could do and how to work with it, I've found it a very capable board which has had no problems in keeping my system running at peak capacity.

Displeased

CORSAIR Enthusiast Series CMPSU-550VX 550 W ATX12V V2.2 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply
CORSAIR Enthusiast Series CMPSU-550VX 550 W ATX12V V2.2 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply

Pros: Seemingly sturdy design, plenty of power for the rig I'd planned, quiet fan, mail-in rebate was nice.

Cons: It is still working, however very shortly after installing it the unit, it developed the distinctive whine/ring of a failing capacitor. Given that Corsair wanted quite a bit of cash for me to ship it back for a replacement (cash that I did not and do not have), I haven't been able to take them up on their warranty. Hoping it holds up until I can save for something else that likely won't be Corsair.

Overall Review: The unit does perform well. I believe I simply hit an unlucky card and was given a dud. More than the failing unit (which is still functioning, just with the whine of that Cap making me wonder of its lifetime) it's the methods of Corsair that bug at me. Hence this unit gets 4 eggs.

11/30/2011