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Patrick B.

Patrick B.

Joined on 02/09/13

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Simply an outstanding product

Lenovo All-in-One Computer IdeaCentre Y910-27ISH Intel Core i5 6th Gen 6500 (3.20GHz) 12GB DDR4 1TB HDD 128 GB SSD NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Windows 10 Home 64-Bit
Lenovo All-in-One Computer IdeaCentre Y910-27ISH Intel Core i5 6th Gen 6500 (3.20GHz) 12GB DDR4 1TB HDD 128 GB SSD NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Windows 10 Home 64-Bit

Pros: - Impressive specs for an AIO using desktop parts (GTX 1070 and i5 are not laptop grade) - High end performance for games (see my comments below) - Beautiful 27" matte display at 1440p and 144hz (which is rarely seen on these) with accurate colors - Very efficient cooling. Stays cool and mostly quiet under any scenario. - Easily accessible ports on the right side, accessible camera on top, headset stand on left and tool-free GPU/Memory/HDD panels in the back.

Cons: - Not a major con: Very faint fan noise even when idle (similar to a laptop) - Price was a little high (but IMO was well worth it)

Overall Review: I'll start of by saying that I've been building my own computers for around 10 years, and that I am quite tech savvy. I'm usually a very tough audience for pre-built hardware. In the last year, I started working from home. I had a powerful AMD build for work/gaming which was bulky, loud, hot and consumed too much power. I wanted to switch over to the "blue and green" team for efficiency but was reluctant on what to build since I was also tired of dealing with wire clutter, loud fans and a big tower on/near my desk. I had tried a gaming laptop (which I returned right away after being ridiculously disappointed), a new desk, a different layout, but I was never satisfied or comfortable. This computer solved all of the above. It's big enough to ensure you won't need a second monitor, but small enough (think iMac?) that it will look nice and clean in a home office. It's powerful, runs cool, mostly silent (faint fan noise) and is built solidly. Gaming wise, I can run any AAA titles (Witcher 3, DOOM, Deus Ex MD, etc) at a solid minimum 60fps/1440p on ultra settings. I can also run esports titles (Rocket League, Smite, Overwatch) at 120-144fps (for games that support it) at 1440p ultra settings as well. It is possible to swap out the HDD, the SSD, the memory and even the GPU with other standard desktop parts (except for RAM, which is mobile version of sticks). The 380w PSu supports up to a GTX 1080, so I am confident that I will be fine for a few more GPU generations. Obviously you could probably put together a similar setup for a bit cheaper, but don't forget it includes a 1440p 144hz 27" display, a copy of W10, a webcam, and some other useful stuff that you won't necessarily get in a cheaper OEM build. I cannot recommend this product enough! Hats off to Lenovo.

Fantastic Laptop for Power Users

MSI 17.3" GE72VR Apache Pro-023 Intel Core i7 6700HQ (2.60 GHz) NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 12 GB Memory 256 GB SSD 1 TB HDD Windows 10 Home 64-Bit Gaming Laptop VR Ready - "ONLY @ NEWEGG"
MSI 17.3" GE72VR Apache Pro-023 Intel Core i7 6700HQ (2.60 GHz) NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 12 GB Memory 256 GB SSD 1 TB HDD Windows 10 Home 64-Bit Gaming Laptop VR Ready - "ONLY @ NEWEGG"

Pros: - The specs are impressive for a laptop and very comparable to a conventional tower. - Excellent gaming performance. Can max out Fallout 4, Witcher 3 and similar games. Confident it will do so for a few years @ 1080p. - This 17.3'' version has good cooling even under load. It CAN get hot but no dangerously so. - Priced reasonably considering the form factor (getting an i7 + GTX 1060 & etc on a tower can get close to the same price). - Sleek and solid build quality, not as bulky as other gaming laptops. - GREAT keyboard; the best one I've seen on a laptop so far. - The screen is very crisp and clear. Viewing angles are wide and color representation is on point. - Lots of connectivity options all around, including a DVD drive which is getting rare on laptops these days.

Cons: - Lot of MSI "bloatware" pre-installed. I know less tech savvy users might have needs for some of these programs, but I don't like booting up to 20+ programs running in the system tray. Ended up removing 95% of them. - Windows 10 has stuttering problems that cannot be permanently fixed because of Cortana. It occurs every once in a while on Start Menu and other Windows related screens. - Not a major con but while the black aluminum finish is nice, it does leave behind some hand marks and prints.

Overall Review: - Some games are better suited for AMD GPUs (ie: Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, DOOM) and therefore cannot be maxed out on this GTX 1060. Fortunately most games have an edge using NVIDIA. This card basically trades blows with the RX 480. - Information: It's not specified but Windows 10 is installed on the SSD, not the HDD. That's a good thing, it just wasn't stated anywhere. - While it's nowhere near as portable as an Ultrabook, I was surprises by how "light" it was. I would definitely encourage people to buy this one over the 15.6" version (GE62VR same price) if only for the better cooling and the extra 128GB of SSD.

Incredible Value

Rosewill RNX-N180UBEv3 - Wireless High Gain N300 Wi-Fi Adapter - IEEE 802.11b/g/n, (2T2R), Up to 300 Mbps Data Rates, USB 2.0 Cradle, 5 dBi High Power Antenna
Rosewill RNX-N180UBEv3 - Wireless High Gain N300 Wi-Fi Adapter - IEEE 802.11b/g/n, (2T2R), Up to 300 Mbps Data Rates, USB 2.0 Cradle, 5 dBi High Power Antenna

Pros: - Excellent Range - Never loses signal - Not a drop in signal strength - Looks good

Cons: - A tad cumbersome

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AMD Gift FARCRY3 Blood Dragon BIOSHOCK TOMB RAIDER
AMD Gift FARCRY3 Blood Dragon BIOSHOCK TOMB RAIDER

Pros: Free

Cons: (None)

Overall Review: Codes came quickly by email from ATI

Fantastic GPU - Best bang for the buck out there

SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 7870 XT w/Boost 2GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card 100354XTL
SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 7870 XT w/Boost 2GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card 100354XTL

Pros: - Used for 1080p TV 24/7 - Runs practically any game at that res. on ultra with min. 50fps - Very quiet and VERY cool (great dual fan system) - Easily overclocked to 1200-1500 on stock voltage in CCC - Tahiti architecture - About 50$ less than a ref. 7950 here in Canada and performs close to it.

Cons: - Artifact stripes across screen on deep blacks - (not really a con) Fairly big, needs roomy case - Heard the 78-- were hard to CrossFire

Overall Review: Was waiting for Tomb Raider to come out before I post my review; wanted to see if the card held up to the games it came with! Turns out I can play on Ultra with 60fps. Same for games like Borderlands 2, Hitman Absolution, SC2, and many more. Only game that was hard to get to 60fps without tweaking around was Far Cry 3, but as it stands I believe this is with any card.

Great case!

Corsair Carbide Series 300R Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case ATX (not included) Power Supply
Corsair Carbide Series 300R Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case ATX (not included) Power Supply

Pros: - Beautiful black brushed metal look (inside and out) - Sturdy - Lots of room (fits long GPUs very nicely) - Removable HDD trays are great for easy management - Stays extremely cool (and fits aftermarket coolers like 212) - Tool free bays - Quality/price ratio is phenomenal compared to some cases

Cons: - Front panel wires are a bit short. - Only USB 3 in front and no adapter

Overall Review: Paid 85$ for it. Would have paid 100$ gladly and maybe even more. I LOVE this case.