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Bradly W.

Bradly W.

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MSI Radeon RX 580 8GB GDDR5 PCI Express x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card RX 580 ARMOR MK2 8G OC
MSI Radeon RX 580 8GB GDDR5 PCI Express x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card RX 580 ARMOR MK2 8G OC

Pros: Plays any and all of my 716 steam games new and old @ 1080p maxed settings and AA. Be they indie to triple A titles up to least 2017 releases. I'm not a 4k gamer so i can't comment on that. Red & Black goes with my asus motherboard. (not that it matters I'm not using a windowed case) Isn't bottle necked by my FX8320. under volts well default 1.150v currently using 1.100v @ 1380MHz clock and 2000MHz memory. (haven't tried lower I might someday) I've had it OC'ed to 1410MHz stable on core with no voltage increase. I'd say it could go more, I'll save the head room till i need it. 8GB vram yea overkill even today, but I'll have it when it's needed. Don't need to remove the heat sink, just to remove back plate. What i mean, it is safe to take B.P. off without worrying about the heat sink coming off aswell.

Cons: Runs toasty out of the box, I was seeing round 70c max on shadow of war. Normal for most I've seen reports on. See "other" on how i managed to get these temps down without putting it on water. Fans are kinda loud under 100% utility, but nothing i didn't already expect. The card will make your system hotter all around, so if you are on air and overclock you CPU keep that in mind. use wattman to get the OC Mode 1380Mhz. Out of box only goes to 1366Mhz, unless you use your OC software to get that extra thats advertised. I think they should update there bios get off that MK1 bios.

Overall Review: I managed to get my temps to drop to 58c tops room temps round 75F by re-pasting the GPU with artic silver 5 it dropped by 5c (probably use something better get little more off that) Modified my case door added a 80x15mm fan to inject air between psu top and the gfx card fans (bottom mounted PSU) dropped another 5c under-volted from 1.150v (stock voltage) to 1.100v and dropped another 2c. Also using MSI After burner to set a custom fan ramp so 100% by 55c. I'm not much for the whole chill idea (no fans till 60c stuff) as I'm a CPU overclocker based on air. Other tid bits vram is from Micron if you curious it is 10.6 inches long keep that in mind. Much longer then my old card, been any longer I'd been S.O.L. lol My final thoughts if you can get sapphire models cheaper I would. At the time i got this card right after 4th of july 2018 I caught it on sale for $259 at the time made it cheapest RX580 I could buy, so i didn't hesitate as I was wanting one for sometime now since 2017. An RX580 is an RX580, they're all the same, but sapphire has option for more power delivery which would make it superior in oc'ing. But if you don't OC, any RX580 will perform pretty much the same. Cooler/cooling probably only difference per brand. Don't let that marketing hype of military standard fool you. Google it to lift the veil of marketing hype.

Wish I could give more than 5 eggs

Phanteks Enthoo Pro 2 Full Tower - High-performance Fabric Mesh, Closed Window, Dual System/PSU Support, Massive Storage, Black
Phanteks Enthoo Pro 2 Full Tower - High-performance Fabric Mesh, Closed Window, Dual System/PSU Support, Massive Storage, Black

Pros: This case is superb i think the tidiest, cleanest PC I ever built in past 20 years is the pc i built in this case.I've never owned any full tower in my past, so yeah my 1st full tower and honored it was this one. I would never call my self a pro at cable management but this case made me feel like a pro lol. You want a tidy rig and clean cable management? This case is for you. I couldn't find any info on the net or pictures of someone mounting the arctic liquid freezer II 280 in front as intake so let me state it works fantastic! I think 420 would be fine but doubt you'll be able to get hose end down without a riser card for your gpu. its hose length is long enough but barely. Hoses up be no problem if you had to go that way. Mounting the 280 or 420 in the top with this case may be impossible for that AIO because rad+fan thickness+width is just to much it will probably hit your mosfet heat sinks if not it will your ram, even if using low profile ram. Don't worry I'll toss in some pics so you can get an idea what it looks like with that radiator from that AIO. There is enough space and then some to mount radiator as either push or pull np with p/p setup and still add an additional case fan below a 280mm rad when intake mounted. This case has no problem with the right fan configuration to handle a radiator as intake. my case temps nor internal sensors go over 34c mosfets never seen over 40c even when room temp is 71F under gaming and or real world loads.

Cons: none really i love it a great purchase and case.

Overall Review: Highly highly recommend it!

Working as should

Phanteks SK140 PWM FAN - 140mm Fan, High Airflow Nine-blade Design, Rubber Dampening Washers - Black
Phanteks SK140 PWM FAN - 140mm Fan, High Airflow Nine-blade Design, Rubber Dampening Washers - Black

Pros: Quiet fans yet push alotta air and much cheaper than any other this size. i bought 5 of the non-RGB for the Phanteks Enthhoo Pro II case 4 for exhaust and 1 for front intake below my radiator. Cable length are a perfect length for the case that was a nice bonus.

Cons: none thus far

Overall Review: for the price you can't beat it mine so far have not been faulty all reporting round same rpm and same pwn percentages. Hopefully they continue to do well.

Still kicking

COUGAR 200M Optical LED Gaming Mouse
COUGAR 200M Optical LED Gaming Mouse

Pros: Still works 2 years and 1 month and still going. Hasn't shorted out The braided cord has did well. Bought this in jan. of 2016 still doing its job I've surpassed this things life span by two fold. I'd say easily passed it's guaranteed clicks months ago. So far it's the 2nd toughest and lasting mouse I've ever owned 1st one being a cheapo inland 5 button mouse that lasted me 3 years. (it still works just haven't used it since i got this cougar one) I'm a heavy gamer and used it for everything from gaming to surfing the net. Take care of it and it will last you along time. I've used it so much I've worn the paint and coating off the left mouse button. From my experience well worth its 11$ price tag.

Cons: 5 Mouse buttons really isn't enough in 2018. At least not for me.

Overall Review: When i replace it with a more mouse buttons than 5 button mouse I'll put it up for a back-up.

After 6 months

SAPPHIRE DUAL-X Radeon R7 265 2GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 CrossFireX Support Video Card 100370L
SAPPHIRE DUAL-X Radeon R7 265 2GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 CrossFireX Support Video Card 100370L

Pros: Still kicking like a boss

Cons: Sapphire fans and as other people said thermal paste is trashy. The fans also locked up after 6 months of use

Overall Review: This is my 2nd review of this card I felt it be wise to give fair warnings and recommendations to first time buyers. It's excellent mid ranged priced card 7850 HD renamed uses same chipset just slightly tweaked on clocks. I recommend you replace sapphire cooler and thermal paste. Out of the box expect 50-60c temps. I just recently had to replace my entire cooler because of the fans locking up luckily i had an old "ARCTIC Accelero Twin Turbo PRO" ( http://www.arctic.ac/us_en/accelero-twin-turbo-pro.html )that i removed from a ECS nvidia geforce 450GTS (the heatsink/fans combo is universal) it's not made for a 7800 series chipset nor an R7 but it will fit perfectly on this sapphire version. stock sapphire out the box was 50-60c on most games after i re-pasted with arctic silver paste and put that accelero on it temps max at 40c ive only seen it go to 53c at 99% GPU usage when i did a 2 hour long stress test and room temps of 75F. So that should be enough evidence to prove out of the box the cooler and paste is junk and should be replaced soon as you get it. Other then that this is really amazing card for the price.

inland 07242 Black 6 Buttons 1 x Wheel USB Optical 2000 dpi Gaming Mouse
inland 07242 Black 6 Buttons 1 x Wheel USB Optical 2000 dpi Gaming Mouse

Pros: Smooth mouse good precision. Some wild features on it normal mouse feature then it has a media mode that can be activated by holding the DPI switch for 5 secs (media mode is indicated by a blue LED under the mouse wheel.) pretty handy if you don't have a keyboard with media controls. Has a FPS feature that increases the USB report rate from 500Hx to 1000Hz. Seems much smoother at default (500Hz) Nice overall weight not to heavy not to light just right. 4x DPI settings 800/1200/1600/2000 Sensitive mouse clicks but smooth at the same time mouse wheel very smooth good notches to it. The 2x click button works as intended It's well worth $13 I'm comparing to the gigabyte M6800 & to be honest so far it blows that thing away. As for lifetime I don't know yet had the gigabyte M6800 a year and it still hasn't shorted out yet.

Cons: Not many maybe position of the 2x click button. I feel the 2x click button hard to reach should have lengthened the mouse by 1/2 an inch put the 2x click button lil more near top edge closer to where one's finger tip would be. Also there is no light indication of what dpi setting you are currently in you just gotta remember 4 settings and the feel of each setting. Also I feel the media LED needs to be more visible say maybe in the case of the mouse rather than hidden under the mouse wheel. Because from an anle looking down u can't see the Media mode blue light at all.

Overall Review: my hands aren't all that large but mouse tad smaller than the Gigabyte M6800 was. It's not a problem or a con really it still has a good feel to it I'd give this mouse 5 if I knew the life time of it. if it can make 1 year without forming a short I'd definetly give it a 5.