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Joshua S.

Joshua S.

Joined on 01/23/12

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very impresed

EVGA 01G-P3-1556-KR GeForce GTX 550 Ti (Fermi) FPB 1GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
EVGA 01G-P3-1556-KR GeForce GTX 550 Ti (Fermi) FPB 1GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

Pros: Easy to set up, fast, evga made a good overclocking utility to got with it. stays cool enough even while overclocked. I run crysis 2 at 35 fps on extreme with it and an i-5 2320 and 8gb of ram. gets a little choppy in some parts on ultra.

Cons: forgot to do the mail-in rebate. the evga precision tool limits you to 1000 mhz overclock speed, but its enough. no real cons here.

Overall Review: my buddy and i both bought it to use in a budget gaming build and it works fantastically well for that. haven't had any problems with it after 2 months.

Yay

CORSAIR HX Series HX850 850 W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply New 4th Gen CPU Certified Haswell Ready
CORSAIR HX Series HX850 850 W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply New 4th Gen CPU Certified Haswell Ready

Pros: quiet, stable, doesnt explode, lots of connections. has no problem powering my new build. i am very pleased so far

Cons: 1 molex plug didnt work, no big deal

12/26/2012

Solid

ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: no faults so far. the tuner utility can control up to 5 fans. has presest overclocking utilities i have not tried yet, and a power saving utility. claims it can increase your lan speed and usb speeds, but havent noticed any real difference.

Cons: a lot of bloatware. i forgot to put in the rear shield. D'oh

12/26/2012

Pleased

Rosewill Gaming Computer Case - ATX Mid Tower - Top HDD Dock, Side Window Panel, 5 Preinstalled Fans - BLACKHAWK
Rosewill Gaming Computer Case - ATX Mid Tower - Top HDD Dock, Side Window Panel, 5 Preinstalled Fans - BLACKHAWK

Pros: You should probably just skip to other thoughts for the real insights. Nothing was broken (knock on wood), all the case components worked right away. Plenty of fan mounts, pretty blue LED lights, and just a lot of space. Lots of thumb screws which is convenient.

Cons: The top dock for an HDD is a good idea, however the way in which the ports are orientated made it impossible for me to connect my portable hard drive, it was just too thick, which was a little disappointing.

Overall Review: even though the hard drive bays have mounting points for 2.5" drives, i had to use and adapter for my intell 330 series ssd because the shape of the drive bay insert makes it impossible to plug in the SATA cable without an adapter, or without breaking the plastic insert. I had to reroute the front panel cables because my power supply (HX850) was long, and it covered the hole which they were originally routed through.

12/26/2012

No complaints

Vantec Stealth 80mm Double Ball Bearing Silent Case Fan - Model SF8025L
Vantec Stealth 80mm Double Ball Bearing Silent Case Fan - Model SF8025L

Pros: quiet, keeps my gtx 550ti cool enough to overclock without problems

Cons: more expensive than similar sized fans, but worth it imo.

Overall Review: bought to replace the modular case fan when i upgraded my psu.

solid

Acer Desktop PC Aspire AM3970-UR13P (PT.SHAP2.019) Intel Core i5 2320 (3.00GHz) 8GB DDR3 1.5TB HDD Intel HD Graphics Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit
Acer Desktop PC Aspire AM3970-UR13P (PT.SHAP2.019) Intel Core i5 2320 (3.00GHz) 8GB DDR3 1.5TB HDD Intel HD Graphics Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit

Pros: 8gb of ram, 2nd gen i-5 cpu is fast (turbo works very well), huge hard drive.

Cons: the power supply is really small, so if you ever want to add anything you'll have to upgrade the psu. also the motherboard only has 1 pci-e 2.0 slot so look elsewhere if you want to xfire. the tower is also quite small.

Overall Review: makes for a great base for a budget gaming pc. i purchased an evga geoforce gtx 550 ti fermi video card and a 550 watt power supply for about 170 together. so i got the whole system for under $800. It averages about 35 fps for crysis 2 on extreme when the gpu is overclocked. my buddy supply got the same exact set up and neither of us has had a single problem after 2 months and we both game a lot.