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Kalli M.

Kalli M.

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GIGABYTE Radeon HD 5830 1GB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card GV-R583UD-1GD
GIGABYTE Radeon HD 5830 1GB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card GV-R583UD-1GD

Pros: I just wanted to mention something that I just discovered. This thing is super quiet at 100% fan speed! I was messing with fan speeds for the first time just a few minutes ago. I was kinda freaking out because I could not hear much difference between its default setting at 38% and 100%. Thought one of the fans was broken or something so I took off the side of my case to check it out. Couldnt believe my eyes, working perfectly normal. This is soooo much quieter than my HD4890. Both fans work fine and blow plenty of heat around. This is just another huge perk for me. I highly recommend this card.

Cons: none

Overall Review: none

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Decent, not spectacular

Acer G6 Series G246HL Abd 24" Full HD 1920 x 1080 5ms 60Hz VGA DVI Slim Profile Widescreen White Backlit LED LCD Monitor
Acer G6 Series G246HL Abd 24" Full HD 1920 x 1080 5ms 60Hz VGA DVI Slim Profile Widescreen White Backlit LED LCD Monitor

Pros: For the price with a $10 off coupon code its a decent value. Its lightweight, quickly recognizes inputs and had a sturdy stand. The bezel is thin and glossy but the screen is Matte which is nice and there isn't a lot of backlight bleed around the edges once tweaked. I dont think you could do a whole lot better for the price at 24 inches.

Cons: As others have said, the panel appears to be a cheap TN type and colors look washed out. The menu is very limited and even after spending some time tweaking it I can't seem to find the sweet spot if there even is one. This for me, after owning an IPS panel is very noticeable and would be a deal breaker however, I bought this on a strict budget for a friends first gaming PC and don't think he'll notice. The lack of HDMI is also a con. Its 2014 and very few people need Blue VGA. You'd have to buy an adapter to use this with any modern electronics as a monitor for say a console or BD player.

Overall Review: Having said that, I only paid $129 for a 24" LED name brand monitor and there were NO dead pixels. Im sure my friend with be happy with it as it fit his budget perfectly.

I REALLY wanted this to be good!

ASUS ROG Strix XG35VQ 35" UWQHD 3440 x 1440 100Hz 1ms Adaptive/FreeSync WideScreen LED Backlit Curved Gaming Monitor with Aura RGB Lighting, Swift and Height Adjustable
ASUS ROG Strix XG35VQ 35" UWQHD 3440 x 1440 100Hz 1ms Adaptive/FreeSync WideScreen LED Backlit Curved Gaming Monitor with Aura RGB Lighting, Swift and Height Adjustable

Pros: Its got an attractive design, Colors are accurate, Perfect resolution for 35", very user friendly U/I. NOT DEAD PIXELS!

Cons: So for the first 3 weeks the monitor was perfect. I was really enjoying it in everything from gaming to multi-tasking. A couple day ago I sat down at my desk and moved the mouse to wake up the monitor and the whole right side of the screen was blank/black. Like a line drawn right down the middle. the left side normal, right side completely blank. I could open a window and drag to the black area and back but couldn't see it while it was there. I restarted my computer and it was back to normal but as soon as it the monitor went to power saving mode and back it happened again. I decided to do some testing to attempt to figure out the problem. Tried 3 different displayport cables that I know are good, Nvidia driver update, changing resolutions, power cycling etc.. But no change. Every time the monitor goes into power-saving mode and I try to wake it up by moving the mouse, hitting a key etc it wakes up with with the right half of the screen black over and over again. I even tested a different monitor worried that my GPU might be bad and never saw the same problem. I Think it might be the Displayport interface on the monitor. ASUS customer support was clueless and claimed to had never see this problem with this model monitor. I get that once in a while a monitor has defects. But this ones is a major problem. I find it hard to believe that ASUS "Never saw this" before.

Overall Review: I have about 1 week of return policy left. If I can't figure it out in the next couple days its going back. And no ASUS, I am not going to wait for your warranty department.

Makes strange crackling sound and runs hot.

LG 32GK650F-B 32" (Actual size 31.5") 2K QHD 2560 x 1440 144Hz 1ms 2 x HDMI DisplayPort AMD Radeon FreeSync 3-Side Borderless Anti-Glare Flicker Safe Gaming Monitor with Pivot, Tilt, Swivel and Height Adjustable stand
LG 32GK650F-B 32" (Actual size 31.5") 2K QHD 2560 x 1440 144Hz 1ms 2 x HDMI DisplayPort AMD Radeon FreeSync 3-Side Borderless Anti-Glare Flicker Safe Gaming Monitor with Pivot, Tilt, Swivel and Height Adjustable stand

Pros: Physical design looks nice Strong stand Slim bezels Quick response time for VA so good for gaming. Good contrast

Cons: I believe that I received a defective unit. After a few hours of use the back of the monitor emits crackling/popping sound. Its hotter then it should be as well. When I turn it off I can still hear the sound for several more minutes. It sounds similar to an old fashioned television cooling down. I've never heard this out of any lcd monitor before. So I'm not taking any chances and returning it.

Overall Review: I can only speak for myself but, Im not comfortable with an exact replacement. I owned an LG monitor in the past and it only lasted about 1 year. Just not a good enough track record to do it again. 2 egg rating instead of 1 because features vs price are good thats why I bought it. But in my case that doesn't really matter and LG is fortunate Im being generous. Hope others have good luck with it.

High quality low price

Phanteks PH-CB-CMBO_BW Universal Extension Cables Kit (PH-CB-CMBO) - 1x 24pin ATX, 1x 8pin (4+4) EPS, 2x 8pin (6+2) PCI-e Extension, 500mm Length, Individually Sleeved, Black/White Color
Phanteks PH-CB-CMBO_BW Universal Extension Cables Kit (PH-CB-CMBO) - 1x 24pin ATX, 1x 8pin (4+4) EPS, 2x 8pin (6+2) PCI-e Extension, 500mm Length, Individually Sleeved, Black/White Color

Pros: This being my first Phanteks product I really wasn't sure what kind of quality these cables would be for $30. I know Phanteks make high quality PC Cases and after reading the good reviews I figured I'd try them out. And indeed the reviews are correct. These cable extensions and very high quality. Great looking and feel very durable. They interface with my modular Seasonic PSU cables perfectly. And they come with clear plastic cable combs as well so organizing them on the show side looks great! Highly recommend these cable extensions if you already have a modular PSU and dont want to spend the premium for CableMod brand full cables.

Cons: These extensions are EXTREMELY long. If you don't have much room for cable management these may be simply to much to work with. Not so much Con but a forewarning to anyone with a shallow back panel in their case.

Overall Review: Given the price vs CableMod brand these are easily just as high quality for much less money.

Lower temps than Arctic Silver 5 and EK

Noctua NT-H1 3.5g, Pro-Grade Thermal Compound Paste (3.5g)
Noctua NT-H1 3.5g, Pro-Grade Thermal Compound Paste (3.5g)

Pros: Noctua NT-H1 is a superior thermal compound hands down. I have used Arctic Silver 5 for years and been pretty satisfied with it but simply wanted to try something else. And Im very glad I did! Read some reviews and decided on this compound and EKWB's as well. I am pleased to report that this Noctua thermal paste lowered my CPU temps while stress testing on a Core i5 6600k overclocked to 4.4Ghz at 1.28v from 75-76c (after Arctic Silvers 100hr burn in period) to a very consistent 68c with NT-H1. These tests being conducted with the latest version of FurMark and verified with the latest version of Heavyload CPU load stress test software. EK's thermal pasted coming in second with a max temp of 74c using the same perimeters. So a 5 degree difference in my EK custom water loop including the full load on my GPU also integrated into the same water loop is very safe and acceptable temperature. While gaming I rarely see temps near 68c. I HIGHLY recommenced using this compound especially over AC5 an EKs solutions.

Cons: Absolutely none

Overall Review: Great price here on Newegg. Retail I've see this same volume go for as much as $12