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Thomas S.

Thomas S.

Joined on 07/18/12

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Most Favorable Review

Great headset, beware of refurbished.

Logitech Recertified 981-000536 G430 Circumaural Surround Sound Gaming Headset
Logitech Recertified 981-000536 G430 Circumaural Surround Sound Gaming Headset

Pros: I got this headset for 39.99$ on sale which was great value considering it goes for around 70$ new. I love the feel, it is sturdy but heavy so make sure you don't drop it. It has a metal band which reassures quality. It fits tight over your head (but loosens within a week or two). The pads are very comfortable. The earpads are pretty big and fit over my entire ear for great noise cancellation and superb surround sound and quality. Great bass and treble (adjustable). The USB adapter is easy to use and the software easy to install, not sure how you could have any problems with it...

Cons: The mic on my last G430 which was brand new did sound a little better and picked up sound better. But this one is still good regardless. Heavy, so don't drop it because you are more likely to break it.

Overall Review: BEWARE OF REFURBISHED ITEMS! First one came DOA which really aggravated me and had to waste almost 2 weeks with doing an RMA for another one.

Incredible Cooling, but will it last?

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

Pros: This cooler does what it should, and is a key symbol in the water-cooling world. This cooler is suitable in every single aspect. The cooling is UNREAL! Running a FX-8350 OC'd @ 4.5GHz with a max load temp of 42 celcius on prime95 and 44 celcius in gaming (weird I know). My room is relatively poorly cooled as well and gets warm. -Corsair Link is a pain to work with but once you get it to work (involves registry editing, in my case at least) it is wonderful. You can set up a graph at how much RPM you want the fans to rotate at which desired temperature. The stock cooling modes aren't really that good so it's better to create your own. -It can handle a LOT of heat and dissipates it quickly and efficiently. -It can be set near silent with a great amount of cooling or when you need the performance, it will tackle it with no problem. -Solid build, the hoses look reassuring unlike the old H100 or old H series in general which were plastic. Durable fins. -Decent instructions to set everything up. -Aesthetically pleasing. -Fans have a LOT of potential designed for greater static pressure and the ability to run up to 2700RPM which really is a lot of cooling power. -On average 13C cooler than the H80i! Wow! -Good stock thermal paste.

Cons: Cons; -A pain in the neck to install. -Make sure your case is REALLY compatible and same goes for your motherboard (one fan couldn't be mounted properly because my RAM is in the way and as I forced it in, the fan is kind of deformed which gives off a little more whine than it should.

Overall Review: Got it on sale for 89.99$ and it was well worth the price and upgrade from the H80i. I should've went with the H100i to begin with since it really is better in general. Thicker does not mean better and H100i>H80i. The cooling facts started by Corsair are not true. Here is the biggest issue and concern I have. I had an H80i that was great in the beginning but as it started to age the performance went incredibly downhill. I had to start running stock clocks again and even at that point with fans set for high cooling, the cooler failed to keep my cpu below 60 celcius which is terrrible considering I have an AMD 8350. The sad part is I put in the stock cooler which did the job better and was quieter at the same time. The fluid inside felt much thinner, like water, not as thick as it used to be which felt like oil. It also sounded like a lot of air got inside. The product was only 5 MONTHS OLD :(. It might have been a contact issue and the thermal paste did dry out but I think this was only an insult to injury. I only hope that this doesn't repeat with the H100i, so beware if you go with Corsair Hydro Series.

Good low-end Headset

Creative Fatal1ty Gaming Headset
Creative Fatal1ty Gaming Headset

Pros: This headset is very affordable. It has crisp mic quality. 4* for a good headset overall and definitely with the solid build that should last a while.

Cons: The headset came with a warning label saying that the materials may be carcinogens which was kind of odd. The cushions on the headphone are comfortable but they smell like cheap Chinese made plastic. The sound quality is not as I expected, it's okay but it's not crisp. I could've gotten the Turtle Beach Z11's for 30$ which was the same price. They are far superior when it comes to sound quality. I have never had more crisp sound quality in such an affordable mic. Sounded like 200$ headphones. The mic quality was okay. The problem was that those headphones had terrible durability.

Overall Review: The detachable mic is hard to get used to and kind of annoying, I would rather it rotate.

Solid Card, Solid Performance

MSI Gaming N760 TF 2GD5/OC G-SYNC Support GeForce GTX 760 2GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 SLI Support Video Card
MSI Gaming N760 TF 2GD5/OC G-SYNC Support GeForce GTX 760 2GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 SLI Support Video Card

Pros: This card is great for mid-end gaming. I got this card to replace a 7970 that had died out and me and I'm surprised at how well the card keeps up compared to the 7970. It runs most games on max/ultra settings with a considerable amount of FPS at the worst. I still have yet to test out other games but I was using a 7770 as a backup card and once I got my 760, it finally felt like I was running a normal computer again. Another important aspect is that this card easily overclocks with MSI Afterburner if the auto-oc feature on it doesn't suffice. Running at an extra of 100Mhz for core and 400Mhz for memory.

Cons: Card gets REAL hot, no idea why. With stock fan profiles and stock clocks, the card will reach temps up to 80 Celcius or more in MSI Kombustor. VERY odd and frightening. Fan profiles help keep the card down to the 70s which is still high. However, normal gaming does not bring my temps that high at all, near the low 60s at most.

Overall Review: Great, solid look. Fans are real nice and big. Card presents itself with how long and solid it is. Also sticks in the motherboard quite nice, doesn't lean too bad.

Good card, pretty powerful

GIGABYTE Radeon HD 7970 3GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card GV-R797OC-3GD
GIGABYTE Radeon HD 7970 3GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card GV-R797OC-3GD

Pros: Card is astonishing. It is powerful, doesn't take up too much power, and can run everything at max. It's a great card for the price and the cooling is a plus. It's quiet (not that sound bothers me) and stays cool for the most part. I've seen a max of around 68 celcius on Metro 2033 and Crysis 3. Overclocking is simple and stable at 1125 core clock / 1575 memory clock. Definitely helps out. The Never Settle bundle is awesome. Helps save a good 120$ for 2 great games.

Cons: Cons, well... the GTX 670 does have a bit better performance for about the same price or even a little cheaper. The beta drivers for AMD are a little cocky and the latest one messes with my card. I am also surprised with the performance. Honestly, it can run everything on max for the most part but Crysis 3 really stresses it out. On very high on everything, AF X16, AA at SMAA X4, it struggles to keep up. I get around 20-30 FPS at the most intense parts. Average is somewhere around 35-40 maybe 45 FPS. Kind of a let down because I thought I could average at least 40 at all times. I am running an overclock too and now the latest beta drivers keep crashing and freezing my games. FYI - The GTX 670 has better performance in Crysis 3.

Overall Review: The card is a beast in size, so be aware!