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Dante S.

Dante S.

Joined on 09/09/12

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Fast and Cheap, what more do you want?

Intel Core i3-2100 - Core i3 2nd Gen Sandy Bridge Dual-Core 3.1 GHz LGA 1155 65W Intel HD Graphics 2000 Desktop Processor - BX80623I32100
Intel Core i3-2100 - Core i3 2nd Gen Sandy Bridge Dual-Core 3.1 GHz LGA 1155 65W Intel HD Graphics 2000 Desktop Processor - BX80623I32100

Pros: 1. Fast, 3.1ghz Dual Core 2. Easy on the budget, got mine for $105 shipped 3. Easy installation, only way to make it easier is to have someone else do it for you. 4. The stock heatsink & fan work great, no need for aftermarket. 5. Very low power usage and heat compared to AMD

Cons: 1. If you want to overclock don't come here, get a K or X series i5 or i7. 2. If you want faster you have to pay for it, $15 for another 200 mhz for the next model.

Overall Review: A great CPU for a budget or second rig. Handles graphics, photo editing and everything I can throw at it. If you're serious about gaming and have the $$$ get an i5 or i7 K series.

Great budget gamer

Lenovo Laptop G505s (59373010) AMD A10-Series A10-5750M (2.50GHz) 6GB Memory 1TB HDD AMD Radeon HD 8650G 15.6" Windows 8
Lenovo Laptop G505s (59373010) AMD A10-Series A10-5750M (2.50GHz) 6GB Memory 1TB HDD AMD Radeon HD 8650G 15.6" Windows 8

Pros: Fast APU, great looking design, upgraded keyboard, brilliant screen, excellent speakers

Cons: A10 CPU doesn't have the compute power of Intel, RAM speed dependent, short battery life, BLOATWARE

Overall Review: Lenovo quality at it's finest. A great looking laptop matched with AMD's fastest (at the time) mobile APU and really good speakers on a budget. I purchased this for $333 (including taxes) and I love every minute on it. Swap out the 6gb of 1666 DDR3 for an 8gb kit of 1866 or 2100 (as fast as your BIOS allows) and the APU will really shine.

Cheap, loud 120mm fan

Rosewill RFA-120-K - 120mm Computer Case Cooling Fan with LP4 Adapter - Sleeve Bearing, Silent
Rosewill RFA-120-K - 120mm Computer Case Cooling Fan with LP4 Adapter - Sleeve Bearing, Silent

Pros: 120mm, moves quite a bit of air, does what it's supposed to do.

Cons: Loud, it's in the "pull" configuration on my Hyper 212 Plus and I can hear it over all my other hardware.

Overall Review: One is OK for the noise, if you don't like hearing your fans go for a Cooler Master Sickle Flow ($4 more) or something similar.

Honest review from a system builder

XCLIO 320 Black Finish Steel & Plastic & Brushed Aluminum Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
XCLIO 320 Black Finish Steel & Plastic & Brushed Aluminum Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: All black, from the outside down to the very last screw and included zip ties. Tons of screws and zip ties, 20+ screws and 15 zip ties. Spacious for a budget case, if you need more size you need to pay extra (more on this). Tool less drive bays (more on this). The chassis is sturdy, doesn't wobble or twist (more on this). Space for 8 120mm fans or 4 120mm fans and 4 140mm fans (no fans included). Case ventilation is very good for the price, I'm only running 2 120mm case fans and my temps are the same as my Antec Gaming One

Cons: It's longer than my Antec Gaming One but not nearly as wide. I mounted a CM Hyper 212 Plus and there is 1/8 inch between the top of the heatsink and the side panel. Unfortunately it blocks off one of the 120/140mm side fan mounts. One of the USB 2.0 (Case does not have front panel USB 3.0, has two USB 2.0) was rusted (a problem in other reviews) but after I cleaned it with some alcohol and a Q Tip it was pretty clean and did not effect the functionality. More space between the motherboard tray and side panel would be nice for cable management but it's not too bad. Only one 5.25" and two 3.5" drive bays come with the tool less clips. If you need more than that, get ready to break out the screwdriver. No SSD mounting support.

Overall Review: For 34.99 buy it if you don't need more room. It's larger than a Micro ATX case but not nearly as wide as others in its class. Room for 8 fans but doesn't come with any fans. All black exterior and interior, even all the screws are black. If you need a budget (<$50) then this is a great case. Not much room for expansion unless you buy more tool less clips.

Best Mouse, upgraded from the MX510

Logitech G400 Black 8 Buttons 1 x Wheel USB Wired Optical 3600 dpi Gaming Mouse
Logitech G400 Black 8 Buttons 1 x Wheel USB Wired Optical 3600 dpi Gaming Mouse

Pros: If you like the MX510, MX518 and have a "Palm" grip this is the best mouse available. I had the MX510 for 8 years then "upgraded" to a Razer Deathadder, big mistake. The software is buggy and comes with a little "spyware" program that observes your web browsing & shopping habits. This is a direct upgrade to the MX510 & MX518. The G500 is not an upgrade to the G400 however, it's a completely different product line with a sub par Laser sensor. The Optical sensor on the G400 is the best Logitech has put out.

Cons: None whatsoever. However, if you prefer a "Claw" grip style (only fingertips gripping the mouse) you should look elsewhere. This is designed for "Palm" grip users.

11/21/2012

Great card, especially for the price

SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity     (100315L )
SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity (100315L )

Pros: Easy installation, great bang for the buck, Overclocks well while still running cool. I grabbed this gem for $150 shipped ($135 after MIR) for a $500 gaming rig. It hasn't let me down. At stock speeds World of Warcraft is on Ultra, Skyrim is on High, Starcraft 2 is on High and Diablo 3 runs on Medium / High. The stock clocks are 775 GPU 1000 Memory. I got them stable through Trixx & Furmark at 980 GPU 1190 Memory while barely hitting 75c on the stock cooler. Very good and dependable card.

Cons: The cooler is large, takes up 1 additional slot. I didn't get the Dirt 3 coupon, I bought it 2 days prior to the offer.

Overall Review: If you're building a budget rig or upgrading your old trusty, check this out. It does require a 6 pin connector from your PSU but does come with a 6pin to 4 pin MOLEX adapter for older PSU's.