Date Joined: 06/01/09
-Entry-level sweet spot
Cons: -2 Cores!
Overall Review: This is my first time running with a 2-core processor, used in build for brother-in-law. I didn't get an opportunity to test it as much as I would have liked, but I didn't notice anything peculiar after I got it together. Overwatch ran 80-100fps paired with 1050ti, 60fps in teamfights.
I opted for this over G3258 since Skylake might have more life in it, idea is to suggest i5-6600 to bro in a year or two. Regret throwing it in a H110 chipset. Go Z170, you will thank your past self.
Pros: -Fast start, good BIOS ui
-Red LEDs. oooh!
Cons: -WILL NOT BOOT FROM THUMBDRIVE.
-Should have read up on Win7 issues
Overall Review: *I really wanted to like this board more. MSI labelled it as Gaming, and it has the features there if you want to use it but it's still a budget chipset board. I should have researched better, and would have committed to a Z170 for my brother-in-law's build. This board, I'd use again building a rig for my daughter or streaming PC, something less intensive than an upgradable entry-level platform that I was going for.
5 Eggs as it does what is intended and arrived working and I actually like the BIOS ui. -1 egg for embarrassing me @ BigBox asking where they keep DVD-R.
Pros: - Low TDP
- Quiet and cool in a mid-tower
- Lots of Power
Cons: - Need stickers in packaging
Overall Review: Built new PC for my brother in law. This released just as I was about to buy RX460, and I lean more on nVidia. TBD if this lives up to the 750ti, I liked it for my short time testing and burning it in.
Overwatch high settings 80-100fps, dipped to 60 in teamfights.
BF1 didn't run great, low settings 25ish fps with some stutter. I think it was an odd driver release, 1050ti GP107 might have contributed?
At any rate, mailed tower to him before I could test further. It's akin to previous GTX 760 4GB I had in my rig, similar core clocks and memory.
Pros: Case is definitely worth $60, feels good getting it on sale ($40 for me).
Construction is solid, doesn't feel cheap.
Good power button, sturdy. Front-side USB cables & power are routed nicely.
Lower HDD bays have mounting holes for 2.5" drives
Spacious for mid-tower
Cons: PSU fan cover a little loose - I'm reaching there, but all i've noticed so far.
Overall Review: Got this case for brother-in-law's build, and now I kind of want one for my rig. 2 fans and a less-flashy case were my only needs; I'm glad this is where I landed since the price was right.
I've bought budget cases before, and saved myself around $15 from this pricepoint... but man, next time I'm going to eat the cost and pick something branded like this. The all-around durability and features that are of good quality (cable mgmt, drive placement, window and space) really make the difference from a shoddy stamped-sheet box with buttons that don't work and feels like I'm going to crush it if I sneeze.
This is not that case. Get this case.
Pros: MX Red switches
Sturdy construction, minimalist
Keys don't feel too matte or polished, just right (baby bear)
Compact ULTRA PORTABLE
Cons: Smaller than I expected?
Overall Review: My buddy got one of these and let me try it out - world of difference coming from a chiclet/membrane board. I prefer linear switches for FPS gaming, it's super fun to use and I'm so glad I got one of my own now. I haven't gotten a chance for any extended sessions with the board, but from what other MMO and slower games out there it's a bit of an adjustment finding a place for my hand to rest when not engaged with the keyboard. That said, if you have any qualms about the size then consider K70 or a full size over this. If you want an awesome board this is too good to pass up (especially on sale).
Pros: -500W with Promo rebate made this $40
-Modular plugging was fun
Cons: I'd really be fishing for negatives here...
Overall Review: I got this for a buddy's build... I stockpiled old parts from my rig when I upgraded for myself. Eventually needed a PSU and scored this on sale with rebate. We recently put it all together and this was a breeze to hook up and route everything. He's running with a XFX R7 360 2gb and having fun with that. I even have a 750W Corsair PSU in my rig, not as modular as his but overall satisfied with the bronze PSU's.
Pros: -1866, so slightly faster than 1600
-Free with Mobo promo
-Worked out of box
Cons: -2nd stick wasn't on sale when I bought it...
Overall Review: First stick was nice running at 8gb, but Ifinally upgraded to 16gb. It was sweet getting a free stick on a promo, so a 2nd one was just an eventuality. I'm enjoying a nice little bump in normal functions, this isn't bad RAM.
Install was a little weird. First stick was in A1, so naturally I put the new stick in A2. Computer wouldn't even POST and was stuck in a restart loop. After a while I traded the RAM positions (Literally same positions - straight swap) and reset CMOS. Booted first time and I haven't looked back, and hopefully I'll never need to x.x
If I ever need to use my B channel slots, my 212 EVO might overlap the last B slot.
Pros: This is a nice stable display platform. The refresh and response rates are awesome, especially for the pricepoint.
Cons: It won't make me breakfast
Overall Review: Since last September this monitor has been a great fit. I feel like I rarely even use the 144Hz rate, but when I do it's a nice little smoother on whatever games I've got it on. The choice was between this and the popular Asus model that's also 24". I saved $50 bucks this way and still got a killer monitor.
I was going to put "No G-Sync" in the cons, but it's really just a difference in the price-range of these monitors. This is a good one. Just get it.
Pros: I scored it on sale sub $200 last summer. Made it that much sweeter. Stock OC settings have it super stable at 3.9GHz.
Cons: It's not a Skylake
Overall Review: This chip was an upgrade from i7 870 Lynnfield, which was similar to this newer chip with respect to OC capabilities... I have a habit of buying CPUs at the end of the socket's lifespan. This is a boon and a curse - I'll probably pick up a i7 6600k when intel cans the 2011 socket. Overall very pleased with this at the heart of my system. I'm not a heavy multitasker, but with some CPU-demanding games there's marked improvement.
Hyper Evo 212 cooler is a must. didn't even bother with stock cooler since I figured what I was getting into.
Pros: Sturdy contruction
Space for 2 HDD on a single bracket
Cons: DHL handoff to USPS. Not product's fault.
Overall Review: I saw a bunch of these online for 2 bucks apiece from Asia. Instead I went with Rosewill and I'm glad I did. Got here WAY sooner and it cost just as much as 2 separate brackets would have. Can't wait until I have an SSD to mount in it.
Pros: Tremendous DPI
Ergo comfort factor
Cons: DPI too advertised
One more face button
Overall Review: Not a bad deal. I should preface this that $15 more would have netted me a Naga...
I appreciate the design and how my pinkie sits comfy off the side of it. That was the main reason for purchase compared to previous mouse. I've owned a Naga before and like the concept of an MMO mouse, sometimes I find utility for them in other games.
I haven't played with settings too extensively, but I've noticed in the mid-dpi settings I have some major dead zones.. might have something to do with mouse acceleration, but I have a gaming mousepad and clean scan area... I'm not sure what's going on but it's upsetting lacking such control for what speed this mouse offers.
Pros: Laser (It's MY thing)
Cons: Ergo feel is tough getting used to. Knocking off an egg for how the right side of my hand feels after an extended play session.
Overall Review: My G500 finally went out and was ghost clicking like mad. Not wanting to spend upwards $70 on a new mouse yet I shopped it out and was pleased to find this one. It flies ( I thought it was an 8200dpi... feels like it sometimes), and my wife can't even use it on the highest sensitivity. Happy to say this will last me a while before I AM ready to drop a large chunk on a ridiculously glowy mouse.
Pros: 4GB was the obvious choice for longevity
BF4 runs 60+fps on ultra. Shiniest I've seen it on my setup.
Cons: My PSU is on it's last legs and now every game that puts load crashes my system. Not the cards fault. Will update here when new PSU comes in.
Really wish I'd waited a week for the Watchdogs code.
Overall Review: Everytime I tell my dad about upgrades his head spins. 4gb of vid ram got a nice rise out of him.
Pros: Surround sound
-Ridiculous range (I get about 65ft before it cuts out)
-Good construction (I'm not sure why anyone would disagree- unless you're keen on man-handling things)
-Comfortable (even with my glasses on)
Cons: None so far...
Overall Review: My optical drive is out so I didn't actually install the drivers on the disk... so I have a feeling I'm not even using half the features this set has. As for the headset itself the sound quality is amazing and I can hear EVERYTHING. This is my first wireless set, and at the $100 price point I'm super glad I jumped on it. I mostly game with them and it's a nice advantage over a cheapo 2.1 budget speakers I'm used to.
The microphone mutes itself when you have it up. I was impressed ^.^
Pros: BF3 Ultra ~50 fps
skyrim maxxed. Came with batman when I got it and that runs maxed and clean.
Cons: Runs a little hot. low 70s for me but I'm sure I could use another case fan.
Overall Review: I was kinda set before on getting a GTX Ti card, but the 2gb was what I really wanted. Upgraded from GTS 250, maybe in a few months I'll upgrade my psu and snag another one of these. I've also never tried a Galaxy card before, but it has not let me down.
Pros: LED! (Sort of?)
Cons: nonadjustable stand! (notsobigadeal)
Color requires tweaking out of box!
Overall Review: Overall a very good monitor. It's not true LED but that backlight is close as you get. The colors seem to be throwing everyone off, and I was in that group, but once I got used to it I realized this is actually what I should have been seeing. I was using a sibling's 27" (720p) TV previously for my computer monitor needs. My world has been changed for the better since I got this.
Pros: -Nice pre-built machine
-Open the box, plug it in and go
-All around good specs. (they're in the tab over from the reviews here, if you missed them)
-Plenty of room to upgrade
I'm running most of my games at 60 fps. Crysis is breezy, SC2 is max settings and flawless.
Cons: -Keyboard/mouse are usable, but by no means high-tier
-I hope you like lime green
Overall Review: For the price, this is a hard one to beat. It is a supremely solid mid-level gaming rig. I really should have prefaced this with the point that I've been without a PC for the past 8 months: the longest time of my life. So this was somewhat an impulse to remedy my lack of machine. I fully intend to upgrade this so its closer to a dream-level system come spring, but for now it runs like a dream.
6gb 1600 ram
Geforce GTX 465
And a new mouse/keyboard combo. Another note I have is that this was an ibuypower product that was even cheaper than the customizable PCs on their site, with far better specs than the entry-level computers they have up. Granted this was all in one package ready to go, my buck went a long way.
GG Newegg (^.^)