Great Budget Gaming Card (for a time)7/12/2021 7:27:06 AM

Pros: Excellent bang for the buck. 8Gb of memory is nice in a low priced card. Perfect for 1080p gaming VR capable at a reasonable price

Cons: The new Nvidia 3000 series and the AMD 6000 series have made this rather obsolete, but at least the price may come down even more than it already is soon. ~added this update after mine just died~ After about a year, I rebooted the computer one day and it just stopped being recognized by the mb. No issues or any kind of warning or anything before it stopped working. I never overclocked it or anything. It was used daily for casual gaming (granted it might have gotten a few extra hours over Covid19 lockdowns, but nothing extreme).

Overall Review: Can't beat the performance for the price, even with the new lines of cards out there. If you are running 1080p, this should be more than enough for your needs. A fine starting point for a VR ready card as well. The 8Gb of memory helps for a nice smooth VR experience. Looking at other reviews and my own experience, it seems hit or miss if you get one that just stops working at some point. It seems that I'm not the only one that had this experience. Keep that in mind if you are getting one.

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The last of a dying breed1/5/2021 3:05:21 PM

Pros: A Mechanical Drive that is still worth having for bulk storage. Small size for a 3.5 inch drive (its thin). Ok space per dollar on most all of the available sizes. A variety of sizes available for your storage needs. Haven't seen any errors or bad sectors in a dozen or so of these drives that I have gotten in the last several months. Reasonable speed for a bulk storage drive (not 10k, but the price is well worth 7200)

Cons: It's mechanical. They have a low power sleep state that basically shuts the drive down when not in use. This means when you do go to access something on it, it can take a bit for the drive to spool up and start loading. Once it is going, this isn't as much of an issue, but after not accessing the drive for a while, it will shut down again. Write speeds seem to be slower than read speeds. I'm not sure if this is a fault of the drive or the system they are installed in, but it was consistent across several of these drives in the system (the other drives in the system are NVMe and SSD so I can't really compare).

Overall Review: Overall it is kind of the staple of bulk storage drives. Nothing spectacular, nothing terrible. If you need bulk storage and aren't concerned about having the blazing speeds (or prices associated) of a SSD, then this is the go to. Perfect for office PC, media storage, and the like. Usable for Gaming, but not recommended in the day and age of much faster SSD drives, but they come at a much higher dollar per Gb.

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A good GPU for the price1/5/2021 2:53:57 PM

Pros: Good GPU power for the price. Reasonable cooling with the stock built in fans. Perfect for 1080p gaming. Often packaged with free games which make the already affordable price even more enticing.

Cons: The Nvidia 3000 series and the AMD 6000 series and the pretty much made this obsolete. 4Gb is becoming a minimum requirement these days. Fans can be a bit loud under heavy load with the stock fan curve, but you can adjust it to your liking.

Overall Review: If you don't need the top of the line power, this card will get you by. The performance per dollar will only go up as the next generation of cards are making advances, which will only help budget cards like this. If you are still gaming at 1080p and aren't looking for 200fps in your games, then this will likely still hold you over for years to come.

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Good value priced RAM1/5/2021 2:45:10 PM

Pros: Can reach the advertised speeds. Seems stable and solid. Good build quality with a built in heat sink. Reasonable price for what you are getting.

Cons: XMP might be kind of wonky depending on your motherboard. I had one system default to the correct speeds right out of the box, while another one defaulted to 3200 and I had to manually set the speeds because the XMP was just not cooperating.

Overall Review: My first time using Oloy RAM and if it continues to perform as well as it has been, it will not be the last. A great budget alternative for quality RAM with no compromises that I have found so far. I will definitely be looking into their other products for future builds.

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A nice set, but a few things to keep in mind.1/5/2021 2:38:47 PM

Pros: Bright RGB lights that can be programmed in a variety of ways. Good airflow. Rubberized mounting pads reduce noise to almost none. Included RGB fan controller with remote.

Cons: They have a non standard plug which requires you to have a specific fan controller or case to plug them in. Of course this set comes with a controller, but i you are buying it just for the deal on the 3 pack of fans you might have an issue. Wires are exceptionally short and limit the way you can run them and where you can mount your hub. Not really a huge con, but the preprogrammed patterns that you can use with the included remote are limited in that you can only do certain ones in solid colors and certain ones in the rainbow rotating colors.

Overall Review: A great set of fans with a nice controller for a great price. It looks like the single replacement fans are out of stock so it might be harder to get extras and you are likely going to want more than just the three that comes in the pack. You could always buy two packs for the price, but then you are stuck with a second controller with those non standard plugs on it. Overall it is a good set though and looks nice. It can compliment a build no matter what the color and the remote is an added bonus.

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Nice fans, if you can use them in your build.1/5/2021 2:32:37 PM

Pros: Bright RGB lights with full spectrum and a variety of programable patterns. Good airflow. Rubberized mounting pads reduce noise.

Cons: They have a non standard plug which requires you to have a specific fan controller or case to plug them in. There is a nice 3 pack that comes with this controller/hub though. Wires are exceptionally short and limit the way you can run them and where you can mount your hub.

Overall Review: Great looking fans with good airflow and minimal noise. They have bright RGB lights that cna be set up in all sorts of nice configurations as long as you have a way to connect them to your system. Be sure to pair them with a Rosewill case or fan controller to get the most out of them for the least amount of hassle.

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Nice look, good airflow, but...1/5/2021 2:15:05 PM

Pros: Nice looking design. Bright and adjustable RGB lighting. Mild to good airflow. Low Profile.

Cons: Low Profile. I know I also listed this as a pro, but it can also be a con. It looks nice because of the unique profile it has, but at the same time it can cause a lot of clearance issues with RAM and other components on the Motherboard. Be sure to check that it will fit on your MB before buying. The RGB controller is built into the cord for the fan. The pin type is different than the other RGB fans I was using so I couldn't connect it in with the rest of the system and had the use the included controller which is a small button in line that ended up having to be mounded on the back side of the case with all the other wires making it difficult to access and adjust the fan speeds and RGB settings. Doesn't offer any real improvement over the stock AMD cooler. Sure it looks a lot nicer, but if you are lookin for something to provide better cooling than the stock cooler, this is not it.

Overall Review: A nice cooler if you are not looking to overclock and just want something with RGB to match the rest of your build. If airflow is not a problem and space limitations allow it, this might be just what you need to get the look you are going for. Nothing else that I have seen offers the same aesthetic as this cooler does.

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Amazing piece of tech1/5/2021 2:04:07 PM

Pros: Blazing fast Great size compared to price

Cons: The plate on the side is more decorative than an actual heat sink. I was under the impression that it was a heat sink when I first bought it, but quickly figured out that it is not when I saw it in person. Software is kind of wonky, but completely unneeded so it's not really a con.

Overall Review: This is my first experience with a MVMe drive, so I might be a bit bias. The read/write speeds of this drive are blindingly fast. This thing is perfect for use as a gaming drive because of the space available and the speed. Going to be a mainstay in my computer builds for a long time to come.

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Good picture, blazing fast, great price, but...1/5/2021 1:52:54 PM

Pros: Acer is an all around good name. Blazing fast 1ms is great for gaming and works as advertised. Bright Colors and a clear picture Can't beat the price for the quality

Cons: Tops out at 60 Hz and 1080p. It is advertised as such, so it is worth making sure that you note that. If you aren't planning on using any higher settings and know about this, it is not really a con. Nothing but the power cable included. Not a huge con, but it is worth noting as a lot of monitors come with HDMI or Display cables these days and this one comes with nothing. ~ After only a month of use, one of these is showing a stuck pixel near the center of the screen. I got two at the same time and the other one has been ok so far so it could be a fluke. It doesn't fill me with a lot of hope that this started to fail after only this short of a time. My last Acer monitor is still going strong on a backup machine after over 10 years of continual use with no issues.

Overall Review: I got a nice set of these for a reasonable price to use with a build for a friend who was on a budget. The get the job done and have a nice picture and great response time for the money. As long as you know that they are capped at 1080p and 60Hz and plan for that, you should be happy with them. ~ As mentioned above, after a month or so of use, I got a stuck pixel near the center of one of the screens. Waiting to see if it is a fluke issue or if it is a sign of future problems. Acer has generally good Customer Service, so I'm hoping that they can take care of it. Hoping it is a random lemon and the other keeps working great for years to come.

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Good monitor for the money, but know what you're getting.1/5/2021 1:39:53 PM

Pros: Adjustable stand. You can change height, tilt, angle and rotation. Super bright display 144Hz with minimal delay. Comes with included display cable

Cons: RGB lights on the back aren't actually RGB. They are blue only and so dim, you'll never even see them. Even with the lights off, they can't even be seen diffusing on the wall (which I had hoped). Stand is huge. Be aware that it will take up a large chunk of your desk. Best to pair with a desk mounted arm stand. Advertised as "edgeless" but there is a about a 1cm boarder around the top and sides of the monitor. The image and the description is misleading on this.

Overall Review: A great monitor for the price. Fast response time, great picture. Small bezel is ok for multi display. If you're aware that it tops out at 1080p, how large the base is, and don't expect much out of the (not) RGB lights, this is a great monitor

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Nice looking, but hard to work with10/26/2020 7:35:02 AM

Pros: Great looking case. Built in rgb fan controller. Removable fan filters for easy cleaning. Mounts for 5 SSD, and 2 HDD. Love the clean looking front panel with a mesh plate for air flow instead of restrictive glass like so many cases

Cons: Terrible layout for wiring. The HDD drive have is only inches away from the power supply. If you have a larger (1200 watt or so) power supply, it will not fit and you have to cut a hole in the drive cage to run wires through. 3 of the SSD mounts are vertical on the window side of the back plate, in plain view. The included rgb fan controller is not compatible with the standalone roswell fans that you can purchase. This means that you have to replace them all if you want to add exhaust fans to the top or replace one eventually. Would have been nice to have an option for a clear glass side instead of the smoked glass.

Overall Review: Is a nice case for a small, simple build. Just know what you are getting yourself into. Know the limitations of the case and plan ahead.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Good deal, huge pain to register5/3/2019 1:12:27 PM

Pros: Great deal on some newer games. Can't beat AAA titles for free, just for buying a GPU you were going to but anyway. New games that weren't even out at the time were available as options.

Cons: Registration process is confusing and time consuming. It's like it was made intentionally frustrating so that some people don't bother. You get the code at the time of purchase, but have to have the GPU installed in order to claim it, which means that you have to wait a week to even register, then another couple days to be approved, then you have to wait for it to download still. Both games have to be claimed on the same account and Connor be the same game. I wanted to get both my son and I a copy of a game to play together and couldn't.

Overall Review: Being able to choose the fame game twice on different accounts would be great for people with kids our family members they want to play with. At least let people register the game and start downloading and installing while they wait fit the card to arrive. Have it do some sort of check for the card the first time you launch the game or something to verify. Obviously, it is to prevent people from selling the game codes, but there has to be some better way to accomplish this

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Excellent bang for the buck5/30/2016 11:35:35 AM

Pros: A solid mid ranged GPU for the cost. Easy and painless to install with stable drivers.

Cons: A bit power hungry, but all GPU's tend to be these days. Pretty large and long card, but nothing above the current standard for a full sized GPU.

Overall Review: The Dragon emblem on the side lights up with rather bright white LEDs. This may be a plus for some and a negative to others depending on your point of view.

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Great Ram, Bad Shipping3/2/2016 10:12:28 AM

Pros: Fast ram with a nice heat spreader that is removable if you need the extra room.

Cons: One of the sticks was damaged in shipping and I did not realize until weeks later w0ehn I went to use it for a system build. The heat spreader itself is bent at like a 25' angle from the stick and not even touching it on the one side. There is a gap along the top, just under the removable fin (I assume it is where the two halves met for assembly, but because of the bend, it is pushed apart) about a 1/8" running the entire length of it. Tried to RMA it with NewEgg and it is showing as not eligible. Trying to get ahold of someone to see what can be dome about it. Not a manufacturer issue (at least I think not). It looks like something bent it in shipping.

Overall Review: The other stick is blazing fast and very nice. Just hope that NewEgg will let me exchange the damaged one for a new one. The downside is that since it is a two pack, they will likely want me to return both for a new set and I'll be without a system in the meantime :(

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Manufacturer Response:
. Hi William Thank you for your G.Skill purchase and review. We are sorry to hear a module may have been damaged during shipping. This is a very solid memory kit so to have physical damage is extremely odd. Contact NewEgg directly to express your concerns and they should be able to rectify the issue. With 16GB of DDR3-2133, you can expect maximum performance and capabilities. The computer will be capable of anything you put it to. For any technical questions or concerns about the RAM, please feel free to contact us directly. Thank you GSKILL SUPPORT Quality and customer service are our top priorities. Tech Support Email: ustech@gskillusa.com RMA Dept Email: rma@gskillusa.com G.Skill Forum: http://www.gskill.us/forum/
Very Nice Rings3/11/2015 1:11:10 PM

Pros: Rings are very nice and competitively priced vs others of similar type.

Cons: My wife's ring was a little too big, so we wanted to exchange it for a smaller size. Their exchange policies are a little on the pricey side. You are required to ship back using a specific carrier and method (which is over costed to begin with) as well as supply them with a money order to cover return shipping back to you. In the end it was almost cheaper to buy another set of the rings instead, but when we went to do that, they had raised the price of the original item :(

Overall Review: The actual rings themselves are very nice. The detail on them isn't quite as crisp as it is in the images, but it is good enough for the price that I can't complain about that. Make sure you have the correct sizes when you order and you should be fine. They shipped extremely fast and were here days ahead of schedule which was really nice. Just be aware that if you have to do an exchange, it is going to cost you almost as much as you paid for the whole set in the first place.

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Great board5/13/2013 8:35:05 PM

Pros: Amazing board, very quick build time due to its straightforward design. Good placement of most of the ports and heatsinks means plenty of clearance for various cards and modules. One of the few boards that you can run an oversized aftermarket CPU cooler and not block a RAM slot.

Cons: 2 of the SATA ports are at a different angle than the rest, putting them in an awkward place to access. A couple 90' angled SATA cables (which are included) pretty much takes care of the issue though. Only 3 fan ports (one for the CPU and 2 for case fans) on the board is a major drawback. There are ways to get around it by connecting fans through other methods, but it is an annoying missing feature.

Overall Review: Overall a good board for the price. You can't go wrong with this if you are looking to build a budget PC with access to dual video cards. Not one I would use for overclocking, but if you plan to run things stock, it is a great option.

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Great Case2/16/2011 3:05:04 PM

Pros: Beatiful case, great desgin inside and out. Thee dual 250mm fans are awesome. They move massive amounts of air without nearly a sound. Full tower means plenty of room for those multi video card setups using todays gigantic cards. If you don't use liquid cooling in your sysstems, this case is a must have.

Cons: The front faceplate of the entire case is held on by 4 small plastic clips. The two lower ones on mine were snapped off, leaving the faceplate sort of hanging. I'm debating on RMA'ing it, or just gluing them back on.

Overall Review: A little better packaging could have prevented my problem from occuring. weather it was a flaw at the factory, or the brutes at UPS, is unclear. Son't let a random problem like taht stop you from picking up the awesome case.

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Amazing12/1/2010 6:22:44 AM

Pros: What an amazing looking monitor for the price. It's huge. Going from a 22" widescreen to this monitor, and I was beginning to think it might not be able to fit on my desk. Colors are bright, contrast is great. had to turn the brightness down to 40% to keep from burning my eyes out, which leaves lots of room to turn it up later if needed. Not a single dead pixel, a steal of a monitor for under $300.

Cons: While this screen is amazing for gaming and movies, it may be a little too big for casual everyday use. I find myself having to turn my head back and fourth a bit as I move the mouse from side to side of the screen. A small inconvienience for what is an excellent monitor though. The base seems a little wobbly to me, though it could just be my desk (the monitor sits on a slightly raised glass platform on my desk, and may exceed the wieght recommendations for it). The buttons are lables in black raised letters on a reflective black background making them difficult to read, but again, not enough to take away from its greatness.

Overall Review: A remote would have been nice. Most other monitors in this range seem to have one and it comes in handy at times. Comes with a full set of cables for different connection options. Got this with free shipping from New Egg, so I expected it to take a while, but it arrived in only 2 Days!

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Delivers what it claims12/1/2010 6:14:00 AM

Pros: Bought this for my wife who loves her slimline keyboards. She is a writer and does an obscene amount of typing and usually ends up wearing out keyboards within a few months. I held off on the review a little to see how this one held up and so far it is doing great.

Cons: The price is a little high compared to other keyboards in this range, but it is made up for by the extra quality that this one seems to have compared to some others that we have had in the past.

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DoA8/23/2008 9:02:41 AM

Pros: Everyone is saying how great the card is so I hope I just got the lemon of the batch. On the positive side, with the numbers of these sold, I think I am the first to mention getting a bad one so lets hope they ae few and far between.

Cons: Card arrived DoA. How does a $500+ card pass QC when it doesn't work? Tried installing it in 3 different machines, all with different setups and got nothing out of it on any of them. Waiting on my RMA so I can see if it is really as good as everyone says it is.

Overall Review: Had an issue with my newegg account at the time, so I ended up having a friend order my card for me. I did get it from newegg though even though my tag doesn't say I did.

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8/12/2008 6:52:25 PM

Pros: very nice keyboard for the price. Standard layout with no "half" buttons like some newer keyboards. LED's are a nice touch and match my case.

Cons: Could have used one more row of LED's around the backspace, Incert, Delete area. it seems a bit dark along that section of the keyboard. I'm an avid player of MMORPG's and FPS games. Using the aswd keys a lot in both types of games. After about 3 months of use, the W key began to stick. I tried taking it off to clean it in case something got in there, but it looks like the plastic part that connects the key to the keyboard cracked. Still usable but it is annoying sometimes when it sticks down. I also noticed that sometimes the shift key seems to have a delay. If you hit shift quickly while typing (for () or caps), sometimes it does not seem to register. I would have given it a 5 but I docked an egg for my issues with the W and shif t keys.

Overall Review: Still a great deal for the price. Otehr LED keyboards are running double or more the price of this one and Saitek is still a good name.

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8/12/2008 6:45:44 PM

Pros: Great bang for the buck and a cooler to boot. Worked right out of the box. Just snapped it in and slipped on the cooler unit.

Cons: The cooler fans seen a little loud. While they don't run too terribly fast (maybe 5000rmp) they seem to make more noise than the other cooling fans in my system which makes them noticable. One of the tension screws that holds the cooling unit in place was not threaded on mine. probably just somethign that got missed in production. I had to slightly cross thread the screw to get it to stay, but it works just fine.

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8/12/2008 6:40:43 PM

Pros: Can't be beat for the price. Bought 2 to replace my old Crossfired X1950's and I was impressed with the results. Big increase in framerates and overall performance.

Cons: The single slot design was nice for people who don't have a lot of room in their cases, but it doesnt have anywhere to vent the heat. the fans blow the heat to the back of your case, but you have to remove the cover of the next slot below the card to let it vent or it just collects there.

Overall Review: At the time when I bought this card, it was a killer deal. With the 4800 series out there now, they aren't as impressive as they were when they came out, but the 3870 lived up to my expectations at the time.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
8/12/2008 6:36:07 PM

Pros: An excellent MB. The adapters that MSI includes for the front panel audio and power/hdd led's and switches make installation fast and easy. My new favorite MB for ally my AM2 builds.

Cons: The copper tube to the south bridge heat sink is very close to the top PCI Express port. Using 2 HD 3870's in crossfire, the top card actually touches the tube. Not a real problem, but some of the newer cards (like the HD 4870x2) comming out are bigger which might lead to an issue later on. The front audio connectors are at the bottom near the back of the board, making it a stretch if you have a case where the audio panel is on the top of the case. Not really a con, but something to keep in mind when buying a case to fit this board.

Overall Review: I was a former Asus fan. I swore by their boards for a while, but their lack of Customer support left me looking elsewhere for this build. I was very happy with MSI and they have made a believer out of me. I will definitly be using them again in the future.

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8/12/2008 6:27:50 PM

Pros: Excellent case. Nice looking, sturdy and well layed out. It actually looks a lot better when you see it than the pictures which was very nice to find out. Comes with three 120mm fans that really keep things cool inside.

Cons: It was a bit taller than I expected, wouldn't fit on the shelf on my desk. My fault for not checking the dimentions. The connectors for the top USB and audio jacks are a bit of a stretch to reach the plugs on my MB. There is a nifty little parts box that matches the case for strage, but it is directly in the way of the from 120mm intake fan. I removed the box just to keep airflow moving, but you might just be able to move it to a different spot than where it comes attached.

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