Date Joined: 01/03/10
Pros: Best card I've ever owned. EVGA really outdid themselves with this solid solid peice of hardware. This card feels like it was built like a tank. Performance wise it runs every game I've thrown at it at ultra settings with absolutely no problems.
Cons: Cons? what cons. this card is perfect.
Overall Review: Don't bother looking any further for your gaming needs, this card has it all with room to spare. EVGA made an excellent video card here. I'm very glad I bought it.
Pros: -Really really ridiculously fast. (even at stock speeds)
-It's Intel so it's going to work.
-Unlocked so you can overclock
Cons: This baby runs hot, but you knew that already because every review says the same thing.
Not too much faster than the 3770k.
Overall Review: If you want to compile video, play battlefield 3 and stream some online video all at the same time, this is the processor for you. It's an absolute beast.
I upgrade from an i7 950 and the difference is pretty stark. Would definitely recommend this product.
Pros: -Price: You don't need to pay a ton for a great after market cooler.
-performance: This thing really works well. My Haswell 4770k idles at 30 and maxes around 50 under heavy load.
-easy to install
Cons: -It's big! You need to have a fair amount of room to fit this in your case. It is both tall and wide.
If you have ram with tall heat spreaders you may not have enough clearance room to fit this over your processor. It's not worth taking an egg off over, but the printed directions are not easy to follow. I watched a youtube video or two and that made everything super clear.
Overall Review: If you want high quality air cooling and don't want to pay a ton, get this heatsink. It's great at what it does and is a very popular model because of that fact.
Pros: -well made and solid feel, you can tell they didn't cut corners on the components.
-fast 1600 mhz speed with 9-9-9-24 timings
-2x8 gigs means room to add more later it the need arises.
-not outrageously priced.
Cons: none so far. See other thoughts.
Overall Review: You will have to manually ramp up the speed from 1333 mhz to 1600mhz in your bios settings. By now this should not come as any surprise to you if you've read more than 2 of these reviews. It only took me 5 minutes to get the speeds correct and I've never played around with over clocking. If you're not comfortable playing around in your bios, then this ram probably isn't for you.
This is high quality ram and I would recommend it.
Pros: -Tons of fans, lots of cooling potential.
-Lots of space to install even the largest CPU coolers and video cards.
-Easy to install/remove hard drives
-looks pretty sweet
-high quality construction materials. Feels solid and not flimsy at all.
Cons: -the cable management could use a little bit of work. The space between the motherboard mounting and the back plate can be used to run cables to keep them out of the way, but it would have been much easier if there was slightly more room. As it is you will have to work a bit to run your cables through the back and have the backplate fit on without bulging out. I managed to get it, but it took a fair amount of playing around with the cables to make it fit on right.
Overall Review: This is a great case if you have big components like a newer video card or a big aftermarket CPU fan. There is plenty of room to work with. It seems to blow a decent amount of air using the stock fans, but aftermarket fans can probably bump this up. You would only need to install new fans if you are very concered about heat, like if you were a big over clocker. I'm not so the fans are fine for me the way they are. This is a very well made case for the price. Everything seems to be good to great quality for the price you pay and other than getting the back plate to sit flush, I had no problems building my new rig. I would recommend this case for sure.
Pros: Stupidly fast. From windows loading screen to desktop takes less than 7 seconds.
You click a file you want to open and it's just there open already. So fast it sometimes feels like it anticipates what you want and opens it before you click.
Cons: Of course the price, but so far that's it.
Overall Review: I knew getting a SSD would mean a big jump in performance over an HDD, but I was not prepared for just how big of a jump that would actually be. After one day I have seen the light and can't really ever see myself going back to the old HDDs of the past for anything other than storing massive amounts of data that I don't use on a daily basis.
Samsung knocked it out of the park with this drive and I would recommend this one to anyone who wants a blazingly fast SSD.
Pros: Plenty of room to install all of my components. Lots of USB 3.0 ports and overall decent layout and look. The price wasn't too high for everything it does. Instruction booklet was easy to understand and made installation of all components quick and easy. Most importantly of all it worked perfectly the very first time I booted up and recognized processor, ram, hard drives, video card, etc.
Easy to OC ram/cpu and the UEFI bios is pretty straightforward.
Cons: Some of the header placements leave a bit to be desired. It lacks an IDE header and I wanted to use an older DVD drive which only could connect by IDE ribbon. This meant I had to instal windows from a USB key which took longer than I would have had to spend otherwise. That's mostly why I am taking an egg off, but if you have a newer DVD drive then it won't matter as much.
Also the board feels a little bit flimsy. I would have liked a more solid feel but it works so whatever.
Overall Review: Many people have had issues with the bios that was shipped with the board. As is the case with most first adopters they got to suffer through the bugs. I fortunately did not have the same BIOS freezing issues with version 1.3, however I knew that this was a possibilty. I very quickly upgraded to the latest version and have had no problems at all. I used this board it my new build and so far it works great. I would reccomend this board, but keep in mind you will need to do a little bit of preparation to get the most stable bios version loaded.
My new rig:
ASrock Z87 Extreme 4 LGA1150
Intel I7 4770K Haswell stock speeds
Coolermaster 212 evo
G.Skill Ripjaws X series DDR3 1600Mhz 2x8 gb
EVGA Nvidia GTX 770
Samsung 840 pro SSD
Pros: This monitor is an absolute beast! It dwarfs my old 24 inch Samsung monitor. Great quality and easy to install. No issues getting it working with my computer, just plugged it in and it works great. It's a Samsung so you know the quality is going to be great. There were no dead or stuck pixels that I can see. It's only been a few days since I got it, but if it lasts the 5 years that my old monitor did, then I'll consider it money well spent.
Cons: Did not come with a DVI-DVI connector. I just swapped the one from my old monitor over and it works fine.
The power button and settings buttons are placed on the bottom of the monitor and are not super easy to push or navigate, not the absolute best design layout in the world, but not enough to take an egg off considering the fact that this monitor is so huge.
Overall Review: The monitor does not angle forward, only backwards. My chair is a bit low and this monitor is huge, so I find I am looking at an angle up. I wish I could angle the monitor slightly down, but alas it doesn't angle down. Take this into consideration, this monitor is really really big, so you will want to be on a more or less level height with it otherwise you will have to cran your neck up like me.
This is the largest monitor I've ever owned and games and movies take on a whole new level of awesome with it.