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Geoffrey B.

Geoffrey B.

Joined on 12/29/04

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Most Favorable Review

A thoroughbred gaming display

LG 34UC79G-B 34" 21:9 UltraWide IPS Curved Gaming Monitor 2560 x 1080 Resolution, AMD FreeSync, 144 Hz Refresh Rate, Dynamic Action Sync & Black Stabilize, DisplayPort/HDMI/USB 3.0
LG 34UC79G-B 34" 21:9 UltraWide IPS Curved Gaming Monitor 2560 x 1080 Resolution, AMD FreeSync, 144 Hz Refresh Rate, Dynamic Action Sync & Black Stabilize, DisplayPort/HDMI/USB 3.0

Pros: Very big and immersive display. Got it on sale, a terrific value for a premium gaming monitor. Aesthetically pleasing curvature. 144 Hz refresh rate, shows its strength in gaming. Plays games well without blur reduction. Plays even better with it on. No noticeable ghosting. Makes the 3D scenery pop. Screen proportions perfect for the big movies (Star Wars, Transformers, etc.) Ajustable for height.

Cons: A bit of backlight bleed on the upper left corner for my particular monitor (my old monitor was worse). Turning on blur reduction mitigates the bleed somewhat. Provided cables are short.

Overall Review: Coming from a 24" Asus 1080p monitor, I bought this one based from a recommendation by Tom's Hardware. The LG 34UC79G is geared for gaming, and it shows. It took me a while to work through all the adjustments to find the best settings for me. Not quite perfect, but for the size and price, I'd be hard pressed to find better.

Most Critical Review

Adquate for budget builds

Thermaltake V3 Black Edition VL80001W2Z Black SECC / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Thermaltake V3 Black Edition VL80001W2Z Black SECC / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: It's looks good, inexpensive, bottom mounted PSU and overall case depth helps with room for a large video cards and at least two hard drives--if not four.

Cons: The front bezel is about the worst I have ever seen with these inverted claw washers and screws holding the bottom half of it to the chassis--it's very difficult to remove the bezel (to install a front intake fan). And forget about top-mounted fans. There's no room for them above the motherboard.

Overall Review: Even without top mounted fans, excess warm air not already exhausted out the included rear fan would tend to rise through the holes in the top. The sheet metal is thin, but the case itself is rigid enough once the system is fully assembled.

11/19/2013

Good, reasonably priced display

GIGABYTE G27Q 27" 144Hz 1440P Gaming Monitor, 2560 x 1440 IPS Display, 1ms (MPRT) Response Time, 92% DCI-P3, VESA Display HDR400, FreeSync Premium, 1x DisplayPort 1.2, 2x HDMI 2.0, 2x USB 3.0, Height Adjustable
GIGABYTE G27Q 27" 144Hz 1440P Gaming Monitor, 2560 x 1440 IPS Display, 1ms (MPRT) Response Time, 92% DCI-P3, VESA Display HDR400, FreeSync Premium, 1x DisplayPort 1.2, 2x HDMI 2.0, 2x USB 3.0, Height Adjustable

Pros: Fine picture quality. 144Hz without a reduction in image quality. No dead pixels (so far). Adequate stand.

Cons: Cheap, tinny speakers. Some backlight bleed on mine.

Overall Review: I wasn't looking for a premium quality display, just something for an older computer without settling for a measly 60Hz refresh rate.

Compact, well priced, and elusive

EVGA GeForce RTX 3060 XC GAMING, 12G-P5-3657-KR, 12GB GDDR6, Dual-Fan, Metal Backplate
EVGA GeForce RTX 3060 XC GAMING, 12G-P5-3657-KR, 12GB GDDR6, Dual-Fan, Metal Backplate

Pros: Cheaper than even some RTX 3050s, assuming you can find one in stock. 12 GB VRAM Passable gaming performance--mostly. Compact dimensions make it easy to fit in practically any case with 2 standard slots. Reasonable power consumption.

Cons: Still elusive after all this time. Fans become audible under load. For heavy ray tracing titles, you will need a stronger card. No aRGB (a pro for some).

Overall Review: A good midrange card, just not a great one.

So far so good

G.SKILL Ripjaws V Series 32GB (2 x 16GB) 288-Pin PC RAM DDR4 3600 (PC4 28800) Intel XMP 2.0 Desktop Memory Model F4-3600C16D-32GVKC
G.SKILL Ripjaws V Series 32GB (2 x 16GB) 288-Pin PC RAM DDR4 3600 (PC4 28800) Intel XMP 2.0 Desktop Memory Model F4-3600C16D-32GVKC

Pros: Runs at rated Speed and Timings via XMP.Right at about the sweet spot for a Ryzen 3000 or 5000 series CPU.32 GB of usability.

Cons: Price keeps creeping up (that's industry-wide though).No RGB (for those who care).

Overall Review: Running with a Ryzen 5 3600X and a GIgabyte B450i Auros Pro Wifi motherboard. All at stock speeds.

It's charm is in the challenge

RAIJINTEK OPHION EVO, a SFF Case (Mini-TX) w/ Tempered Glass, Max. 330mm VGA Card, ATX PSU , TYPE-C Hub, Riser Card, 3x2.5" HDD, Magnetic Design Dust Filter, 240 AIO Water Cooling Option On Top
RAIJINTEK OPHION EVO, a SFF Case (Mini-TX) w/ Tempered Glass, Max. 330mm VGA Card, ATX PSU , TYPE-C Hub, Riser Card, 3x2.5" HDD, Magnetic Design Dust Filter, 240 AIO Water Cooling Option On Top

Pros: The potential to build something small but spectacular. My particular build looks spectacular. No included fans means you buy the fans you want and not have to throw out any you don't. Less waste that way. A standard size ATX power supplies will fit, but a sff ATX power supply will allow for more room for cables. Extra height above the spine can allow the option of a 240mm AIO water cooler Option to mount two SSD's up front, behind the fascia.

Cons: What? No front audio jack? C'mon here! Cable management is a challenge. Gotta plan carefully. The cutouts for the front 2.5" bays need to be larger to better accommodate right-angle SATA connectors. I can't use mine since the interface stops just short of where I can plug them in. Straight cables have to be used there. With the front fascia off, be careful with that power button that you don't accidentally break it.

Overall Review: I would recommend this case for those looking to build a small sandwich gaming rig. For me, this was about the best balance I could find with respect to size, features, availability, and price. I'm using an AMD Ryzen 5 3600X with standard Wraith Spire cooler. Those with Wraith Stealth coolers won't fit. Be sure to connect your PCI-e cable to your motherboard before screwing the motherboard in.