James K.

James K.

Joined on 01/10/06

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NZXT Ultimate Next Gen PC Giveaway
  • Intel Core i9-10900KF Desktop Processor
  • EVGA 10G-P5-3897-KR FTW3 GeForce RTX 3080 Video Card
Justin Robey10/20/2020
Robeytech / Carter PC Giveaway Build
  • Intel Core i7 10th Gen - Core i7-10700K Comet Lake 8-Core 3.8 GHz LGA 1200 125W Desktop Processor w/ Intel UHD Graphics 630
  • MSI RTX 3080 GAMING X TRIO 10G Gaming GeForce RTX 3080 Video Card
Justin Robey2/22/2021
Eniac's Ultimate Build
  • AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X Desktop Processor
  • EVGA 24G-P5-3987-KR FTW3 GeForce RTX 3090 Video Card
ENIAC HELIX8/12/2021
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Most Favorable Review

So far, so great

XFX Speedster MERC 319 AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT Black Gaming Graphics Card with 16GB GDDR6, HDMI 2 x DP USB-C, AMD RDNA 2, RX-69XTACBD9
XFX Speedster MERC 319 AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT Black Gaming Graphics Card with 16GB GDDR6, HDMI 2 x DP USB-C, AMD RDNA 2, RX-69XTACBD9

Overall Review: I was fortunate to actually get this card the day it was released, on Newegg. Due to a number of circumstances, including waiting on obtaining my 55'' LG 4K OLED, I only just yesterday installed the card. I'll put my system specs below. So far, this card has done nothing but impress. I started with playing The Witcher III on max settings for a good 8 hours and did not have a single crash. (I had a slight issue in the setup process but it was my mistake, not the card's.) Going from a 1080p to a 4K setup is really quite stunning. This is my first AMD card in over 10 years so I was initially a bit hesitant but those concerns were quickly allayed. The software is surprisingly intuitive. Just make sure you check the hotkeys so your in game keyboard setup will not accidentally trigger a popup. That can be, and almost was for me, disastrous while on a no death run in game. Be sure to have your TV set to Freesync on the HDMI you use and also have Vsync on for the game you're using. Some games will require you to manually enter your TV's refresh rate into the config file, which is what I had to do for TW3, as the max in game is 60 and my TV is 120. That's easy enough though. When you're in menus, you don't want the card pushing over 300 fps, when your TV is 120 anyway. Be kind to your card and let it rest in those times. The temp, under max settings, will fluctuate between around 70-95 Celsius. This will drop very quickly, in a few seconds, when in menus. The fans are no more noisy than my case fans, which are not noisy at all, and do a fantastic job. I have a large form factor tower and excellent air intake/exhaust so that no doubt helps in this area as well. Wattage pulled, during actual gaming, will be around 200-250. (I'm sure more recently released games will be more demanding.) I was surprised how power efficient it showed to be b/c, when in menus, it dropped to around 10W. Overall, so far, I've been nothing but impressed by this card and hope this continues. I was originally holding out for an RTX 3090 but, if you can get this card, do not hesitate for a second. Corsair Obsidian Series 750 D Gigabyte TRX40 Aorus Master sTRX4 AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3960X G.Skill Trident Z Neo 32 GB (4 x 8GB) x 2 = 64 GB Samsung 860 Pro Series 2.5'' 2 TB Sata III Corsair ICUE H115i RGB Pro XT, 280 mm Radiator EVGA Supernova 850 T2 80+ Titanium 850W PSU Noctua 2000 RPM 140 mm x 5 (2 of these are actually on the Radiator, as I replaced the stock ones with these. I had to connect them to the Mobo, as they would not work properly with the Corsair ICUE.) Noctua 2000 RBP 120 mm x 2

Great Processor for the $

Intel Pentium E5300 - Pentium Dual-Core Wolfdale Dual-Core 2.6 GHz LGA 775 65W Desktop Processor - BX80571E5300
Intel Pentium E5300 - Pentium Dual-Core Wolfdale Dual-Core 2.6 GHz LGA 775 65W Desktop Processor - BX80571E5300

Pros: This is a cheap processor but you get a good bit of power out of it. My mobo can handle 1333 but this processor's fsb is only 800. Regardless, it handles gaming at max settings even w/ multiple programs running in the background like Norton, Aim, IE, Word, etc. Then again, I do have 4 gigs of ram and a great graphics card. Running this on Windows 7 Ultimate, btw.

Cons: Only 800 fsb but, then again, that's why it's cheaper than some other duos w/ same or similar clock speed. Still, good value for the $. I haven't tried overclocking it yet but I'll probably crank it up to at least 3.2 or higher at some point.

Overall Review: It runs very cool, although I am using the Zalman 9700 copper cooler/fan. That thing is as big as a 10 year old's head. I only run the fan at about 40% speed and, even after about 4 hours of intense gaming, the external fins of the cooler are still cool to the touch.

So far, so good

Intel BOXDQ45CB LGA 775 Intel Q45 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
Intel BOXDQ45CB LGA 775 Intel Q45 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Overall, this is a very good mobo. The 1333 fsb is great, 8 gigs of 800mhz ram capable, and I'm running a duo core in this mobo. It's supposedly compatible w/ quad but I'm not upgrading to a quad for a while.

Cons: The only con I can think of is that it doesn't handle DDR3 ram. Still, I wouldn't take an egg of b/c of that since I knew the specs when I bought it. I'm using a 2.6 gig duo, 4 gigs of 667 speed ram, veliciraptor hd, and a x1800 graphics card....about to upgrade that though to a 2.0x 16pci card, since this mobo can handle 2.0x.

Overall Review: Only issue I've had, as soon as I installed Windows 7 ultimate, the first thing I did was update the BIOS. That's where I hit a snag. Computer started going so egregiously slow it took 10 minutes to load windows and connecting to the internet was nearly impossible. I realized though, the issue was that I didn't upgrade the on board graphics drivers when I upgraded the BIOS. The IGD was not communicating well w/ the rest of the board after the bios update. So, I just put in my PCIe card and that solved the problem, since I turned off the IGD in the BIOS. FYI, it wouldn't let me upgrade the IGD's drivers after I had plugged in the PCIe card. If you get this board, download the IGD driver update and BIOS at the same time so you can do them both immediately and avoid the issue I had.

Very nice tower

HEC 6AR6BB2F Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
HEC 6AR6BB2F Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: Considering everything this tower offers, it's definitely worth the reasonable price. You could buy a more expensive one, but why? It's got plenty of drive bays, the mounting brackets work great, and the hard drive bays have rubber o-rings that the screws go in to coushin the vibration/sound the hard drive might cause. Granted, I have a veliciraptor HD so it's quiet to begin with but the coushining helps.

Cons: The only real con I can think of is that I'd prefer the removable cover to have removable hinges on the side so that it could swing out if you wanted it to. Still, not a big issue.

Overall Review: I had no problems hooking everything up w/ cables for the tower. BTW, the internal speaker does not need to be hooked up as long as the HD audio cable is plugged in to your mobo. I realized my mobo had no dedicated spot for that connector but it wasn't needed anyway.