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James S.

James S.

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works as intended

APC BR1500G Back-UPS Pro 1500 VA 10 outlets Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS)
APC BR1500G Back-UPS Pro 1500 VA 10 outlets Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS)

Pros: Easy to read the display and easy to use. Setup was a snap and it doesn't take a mechanical engineer to read the instruction manual for setup or use. Turns on and off as it should. Plenty of outlets for the average person. The read out displays wattage used, Power disruption events, household current values. The display can be turned on by a touch of a button and turns itself off. You can also set the display to stay on if you so desire. Has switched outlets that turn off when the master device is turned off. This function is able to be calibrated for low wattage devices to be used as the master. Huge plus there.

Cons: The first one I received was DOA and the battery alarm would constantly go off when plugged in and turned on. The software is a bit old school no frills and very boring, for this reason I do not install it as it really is not necessary. Being a gamer and having many devices that need to be plugged in, I found that this unit does not have enough outlets on the back. A separate power strip is required. A bit noisy when on battery and especially when charging the battery after Power Event.

Overall Review: Because the first one I received was defective I made me question the quality control the company uses. These come with a printout taped to the side of the unit saying each test it past. So if it passed the tests why did I receive one that was so defective? For this reason it gets 4 eggs and not 5. After replacement this unit has worked flawlessly and even warned me that there was a wiring fault in the house that went unnoticed. After having a few Power outages and using the UPS to keep my modem/router running (aprox time 284 mins) I wonder how I went with out it.

Most Critical Review

Cheap Quality Board

GIGABYTE GA-970A-DS3P (rev. 2.0) AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
GIGABYTE GA-970A-DS3P (rev. 2.0) AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: -Price, I got it for $74.99 USD. -Backwards compatible with the Athlon II and Phenom II model CPU's, since I still have an Athlon II 640 and a Phenom II 965 BE CPU as spares, But able to handle the FX 6120 I picked up for $20 USD off my oldest kid to give to my youngest. -Has plenty of legacy support for the PCI interface, which affects me because I use 2 PCI devices, 1 sound card and 1 wireless adapter.

Cons: -First one came in DOA, this is part of the reason for the 2 egg rating. (this issue will be covered in the optional comments section. (Main reason for the 2 egg rating) -The heat sinks on both the VRM and North Bridge are lightly mounted with springs and move very readily. This causes great concern with there ability to be able to sufficiently cool the components. (part of the 2 egg rating) -Only supports 5.1 and 7.1 surround sound through the optical out port which forces the need for other equipment. (That is a receiver BTW.) In my case this is not needed as I have a Creative sound card so this did not affect me but will other people. -Thin PCB. This is a very thin board so you must handle with kid gloves on to not hurt the board by just moving it. The first one crackled as I took it out of the anti-static bag it was shipped in, definitely does not give the impression of quality. (part of the 2 egg rating) -The mounting hole for the upper right hand mount is located so close to the ram locking tabs that I had difficulties getting that screw in. Case is an older Antec 902 that I gave to my youngest kid for a case. I needed to use an 18" long screwdriver to mount this screw because of the top edge of the case would be in the way of a standard length screw driver's handle and the ram lock tab issue making for a bad angle at the head of the screw. Being a mechanic I had one handy but come on Gigabyte, think about placement of these things. (part of the 2 egg rating)

Overall Review: DOA issue: After receiving the first board I built the system and the trouble code indicated issues with the GPU. I tried 3 known good GPU's in it with the same error, 1x BFG Nvidia 9800GTX+ (yes it is still kicking and doing good), 1x Saphire Radeon 4870 (yes this one too is still kicking and doing well) and finally took one of the GPU's out of my gaming rig a Asus R9 280 CUII top edition and all had the same issue. The CPU, a FX 6120, is known good because I had it in my gaming rig before upgrading to a FX 8350 for myself. The ram was tested in my system and was proven to be stable. (New and ordered at the same time G.Skill Ripjaws X, F3-14900CL9D-8GBXL) The PSU is known good but tested the board with a different PSU to be sure. There was no 2 ways about it the board arrived dead. This is not Newegg's fault but is a quality issue with Gigabyte. Buyer be ware of this product. Knowing that this motherboard was prone to issues, just read other reviews of this board (I have seen issues with this board over in TomsHardware forums where I'm a regular so I knew I was buying a problematic board), I ordered it just before December to rebuild my kids PC to give time to get a bad one in and ship it back and be able to get one sent back to me to have it before Christmas for her present. I find it sad that the consumer has to think this way to assure a good product as a present for someone. The reason for buying this board was the one that was originally installed, AsRock A770DE+, had the VRM mosfets start to overheat and melt the PCB. At the time a Phenom II 965 BE was installed and only had DDR2 memory installed @1066MHz. I refuse to pay $200+ for an AM3+ motherboard that is out of production so I chose the $75 USD Gigabyte option over the Asus options available because I have seen more issues with the Asus options Newegg had then the Gigabyte board in the $150 price range. Picked the best of the evils I guess. At the time of this writing the new board is in and being stress tested for stability and I will update this post with the results and if it fails within the warranty period.

12/19/2018

Works good but the switches are very sensitive though.

G.SKILL RIPJAWS KM780 MX Mechanical Gaming Keyboard - Cherry MX Red with Gaming Keycaps
G.SKILL RIPJAWS KM780 MX Mechanical Gaming Keyboard - Cherry MX Red with Gaming Keycaps

Pros: -Back lit keys: the keys have three brightness settings and the fourth is off. Each key light is able to be turned off independently from each other allowing unique customization for your specific needs and wants. -Full set of multimedia keys that allow you to start and stop video's and/or music along with control the volume of the output. This is a necessity for me since I spend many late hours on the PC and need to control the volume quickly if the sound it to loud. -Each key is able to be disabled or changed depending on your needs. I found that I press the context menu key with out wanting to with my palm under my right pinky metacarpal . Being able to turn that key off was a blessing since it really messes with what you are typing. great feature since I rarely use it anyways. -The ability to turn off the windows keys. When I am looking for a gaming keyboard this is a must have feature or it is a deal breaker for me. There is not much worse than being pulled out of a game, especially in a tense situation, because you accidentally pressed the windows key. -Extra key caps for the most common gaming keys. This is a nice feature although the design of them really could use work. See cons for further on this. -The software is easy to use and figure out the basics. But when it comes to the more complicated items in the software there is a manual to help you get through programming the board/keys. Many company's just do not go to this length anymore and let you just try and muddle through it. The instructions are clear and understandable, unlike those Chinese instructions that you get when you buy press board desks/furniture where the instructions are just plain wrong about how it goes together, these instructions are accurate and useful. -Aluminum frame. This is actually the board itself right under the keys that is aluminum. This makes it solid and feel like a quality made piece. While this could have some draw backs, see cons below, it is a nice touch. - USB and audio jack pass through ports. The USB and be used for flash drives and/or power for headphones or charge your phone. The audio jacks are something that I have with my last board and are a nice touch to have if you have animals or run over your cords with your chair a lot. My cat likes to chew on the wires for my head sets so this actually keeps her from doing damage to my equipment. -Has a sleep mode that you can either set the lights to a pattern of turn off after a time duration you choose. Nice at night when watching a movie/Netflix/Hulu ect.

Cons: - The extra gaming key caps angle towards the S key making it more difficult to type: The W, A and D keys caps have on high side angling towards the S key making the typing feel really off. Because the A key caps is angled so much, while my pinky rests on the key it is difficult to tell it is pressing down on it with out me wanting to. Needless to say but I have to remove a lot of repeated A's in my typing. - The switches are really sensitive allowing the key to register long before it bottoms out: Because I seem to have heavy fingers I get extra letters where I don't want them. This is not G.Skills fault but my own. While resting my fingers on the keys you must be mindful of exactly how much pressure is there because you can easily trigger the key and not know you are doing so. This too increases the difficulty i have when the gaming key caps are installed. - The wrist rest is short and strangely textured: I have small hands, a woman's hand size best describes them also men's medium gloves fit perfectly, and the wrist rest is barely long enough to have the base of my hand on. By this I mean the edge of the rest is what the base of my palm rests on, this is not comfortable by any means. IF they made it 1/2 inch\13 mm longer all would be fine even for those that have a much larger hand. While gaming the short wrist rest bothers the base of my hand right where the Hamet bone is in the wrist because the edge pushes right on it. When I was looking for a new keyboard it had to have a wrist rest because of where it is located on my desk. If G.Skill made the rest extendable this would of been a non issue but being short, it just is not comfortable. The other complaint is the texture of it. after a while of typing it starts to make the base of my palms sore. While this really is not an issue while I game it is an issue while I type. - It was mentioned before in a review here that the keyboard rocks because it needs a perfectly level surface to sit on. While I am not going to pull all the key caps and put a strait edge on the keyboard base It is possible they can warp after being made. I folded a small piece of paper up and put in under the back left foot which stopped the rocking. Maybe if G.Skill added either adjustable rubber feet or maybe flexible feet this could be stopped. This is not a deal breaker but sure is annoying for $100 USD. - Not much of a con here but more of a pet peeve: The pictures here on Newegg and also on G.Skills web site have the gaming key caps looking like a metallic red. Imaging the disappointment when I opened the case and saw just plain red textured caps. This too is not a deal breaker but the lighting used to take the pictures gives a different look to them that they just do not have. Like I said just a pet peeve on this. Metallic red would look great on them though... Hint, Hint... -

Overall Review: I definitely recommend this keyboard for gaming, not so much typing unless you remove the wrist rest. If I had the choice I would by another one for my kid's PC, a old gaming system of mine, but the price is a bit much of an 8 year old. If I could change somethings about this board it would be the feet to stop it from rocking and wrist rest. On the wrist rest I would make it extendable and remove the texture on it. My Egg Score Explanation. While there are a few things wrong with this board the over all quality and design gets great scores. Most of the Cons I listed were annoyances to me and will not effect most. I gave only one egg off for the wrist rest and the angled gaming key caps.

10/13/2016

You get what you pay for, goes for quality control also.

3 Pins to 2 x 3 Pins PC Fan Connector Adapter Cable Cord Y Splitter
3 Pins to 2 x 3 Pins PC Fan Connector Adapter Cable Cord Y Splitter

Pros: -Cheap price. -Decent length. - Each set of wires are individual so they can go in two completely different directions at the same time.

Cons: The Wires are a extremely thin cage, half as thick as a standard case fan wire. This causes me to wonder if they can handle two high draw fans with out melting. I ordered two and after installing them I found that two fans were not spinning at all. This was due to the metal clip in the plastic connector. The ground wire came out of the connector and would not lock back in because the metal tab was bent. After opening it back up it locked in and worked fine. The end result is I needed to fix a brand new piece. This should not have to happen, not even for $0.99 USD. Not everyone is like me with a high skill in IT and an auto mechanic to know exactly what is going on and how to best fix it. In short, quality is just not there in this product. Take a chance if it is for your self but never for a customers unit. A high likely hood it will back fire on you if you do. Each 3 pin male connector has a tachometer wire so you do not get a proper reading from either fan because they are both feeding info to fan header. This just does not work properly. You would think that they would know this but hey $0.99 quality for you. Should I have to cut a wire on a brand new product to fix it further? I don't feel I should.

Overall Review: Like mentioned before If this is for yourself, sure take the chance on it BUT never order this for a customer's unit. The quality just is not there for you to bank your reputation or warranty time and money on. Spend the $5+ for something with thicker wires and better quality control. If there was something I could change on this product would be everything between the 3 plastic connectors. Read the cons to understand why,

10/10/2016

Pump was not designed with AMD in mind but works well.

Corsair Hydro Series H100i GTX Extreme Performance Water / Liquid CPU Cooler. 240mm (CW-9060021-WW)
Corsair Hydro Series H100i GTX Extreme Performance Water / Liquid CPU Cooler. 240mm (CW-9060021-WW)

Pros: -Excellent cooling performance with minimal effort... Sort of. See Cons. -Temps dropped by over 12°C from using a Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo, See System specs below. -Not as noisy as the original H100i. I installed an original in to a Rosewill Thor V2 case and this one is much quieter -Wires are plenty long enough to reach and be routed out of sight. I'm a stickler for a clean look when all done. -Adjustable color for the Corsair logo to help with blending into your case color/s -Super simple installation on Intel CPU's.

Cons: -While installing this unit into a Cooler Master 690 II Advanced case I ran into a few issues that were a bit concerning to me but able to be overcome. The most significant is the fact the redesigned Pump and Bracket were not conceived with AMD CPU's in mind as a start but most likely an after thought inclusion. This is quite apparent when trying to plug the Corsair Link cable into the pump with the pump positioned so you can read the word Corsair from left to right. The thumb screws/nuts that hold the bracket to the back plate are too tall so the 90° angle of the connector prevents it from plugging in. This could have been easily been avoided by using a strait connector, shorter thumb nuts or moving the connection to a higher point on the pump. I needed to remove the pump and turn the pump 90° so that the cable would at least plug into it with out being obstructed by the attaching hardware. For an Intel board this is a non-issue but for AMD this is a major pain because the instructions say nothing about this and I needed to reapply thermal paste because once you lift the cooler off the CPU you need to reapply the paste. Shame on you Corsair. The original H100i did not have this issue. I know because I installed one on the same motherboard, as mine, in my sons PC. This would have been nice to know before purchasing and would have been nice to of been in the manual bout the mounting ring needing to be turned 90°. -Next issue was not Corsairs fault but Cooler Masters design issue with this particular case. (690 II Advanced ver.2) While it does support a 120 X 240mm radiator the fans can not be mounted under the it pushing air through but must have them over it pull air through it. The reason for this the fans are so close to the ram that standard height ram can not fit. You must have low profile ram in order to have a Push or Push/Pull combination work in this case. This is not an issue in many cases but this particular one does not offset the mount on the top of the case to the left side a couple of mm like the rest do. I needed to install the fans under the top cover pulling air from the case through the radiator and pushing out through the top screen filter. -I looked all around for a second set of fans to do a push/pull config and only found them on Corsairs web page for $14.99 Each, not including shipping, Plus I would have needed to either purchase the mounting hardware for them or run down to the hardware store and pick up a 8 machine screws and washers to mount them because the extra hardware is not included. As many of us already know the best setup for radiators is push/pull with spacers But due to the limitations of my case I am really glad i did not order them. Maybe if I get a different case I may do it But it does bum me out that I need to purchase the mounting Hardware for it. -Extra fans are not available through other retailers so you are forced to go through Corsair if you choose to add 2 extra fans to the radiator. While you can use any high pressure fan it is always best to use them in complete sets. So you either Pay the $15/per cost and shipping or buy a full set of 4 fans. This puts the customer in a peculiar position of pay there Price or pay an extra $10-$20 for a full set of 4. The SP120L fans are special compared to there normal SP series fans. They have both Higher Static pressure and Higher RPM. Other SP fans just will not do well paired with these fans.

Overall Review: I gave this product only 3 eggs because of the issues with the mounting with AMD processor/Corsair link cable, not being warned in the manual about them, No extra mounting hardware for more fans especially since each fan is extremely high priced, Fans are only available through Corsair and not on the open market. This all combined to reduce the eggs. Removing the pump two times to find a position that will work really hurt the eggs this thing got. Current System Specs: CPU: AMD FX 6120 @ 4.615GHz MB: Asus Sabertooth 990FX Ram: G.Skill 4 X 4 GB Ares 1866 @1873MHz GPU: XFX AMD HD 7970 DD PSU: Seasonic X850 HDD's: Seagate Barracuda 1TB / Hitachi 500GB SSD's: Kingston SSD Now 120GB / OCZ Vertex 3 60GB Case: Cooler Master 690 II Advanced ver. 2 All fan positions filled. Cooler: Corsair H100i GTX

PSU, WHat is there to say

SeaSonic X Series X-850 (SS-850KM3 Active PFC F3) 850W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS 12V v2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Full Modular Active PFC Power Supply New 4th Gen CPU Certified Haswell Ready
SeaSonic X Series X-850 (SS-850KM3 Active PFC F3) 850W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS 12V v2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Full Modular Active PFC Power Supply New 4th Gen CPU Certified Haswell Ready

Pros: Fully Modular wires allows you to only use the ones you need and leave off the ones you don't to ease the wire clutter in the case. Flat wires allow for wires to be over lapped behind the motherboard tray for easier wire management and routing. Very quiet fan. I can not and have never heard this PSU's fan over the rest of the case fans installed. Actually puts out the 850W or more that it is rated for. I have run an HD 7970 OCed and a R9 280 OCed along with a Phenom II X4 965 OCed to 4.073 GHz on this PSU and it never even hiccuped.

Cons: Doesn't make the PC levitate off the floor. I really can not think of any. I would buy it again.

Overall Review: Running this PSU has been a pleasure. I have never worried that if something went wrong and the PC crashed it was the PSU. Like I mentioned before I have stressed this PSU to it's max and it never had an issue. When I say stressed I mean with stress test programs and bench marking. This thing will handle most dual SLI/Crossfire setups. If you are looking at triple card setups you already know to shoot for the Kilowatt or higher range for a PSU.