Joined on 12/29/09
Core i5 3350p
Pros: Fast! Though of course I went from a single core celeron lga775 3.0 ghz! I've waited a few months before writing a review to see if anything has changed, So far it has blown my expectations out of the water! There was No need for integrated graphics as I got a GTX 660 to match it. There is some OC headroom with the right z77 motherboard you can overclock it to 3.8ghz, in my case(Silverstone sg05BB) its the Gigabyte z77 mini itx. I have it at 3.5 ghz right now. Temps with the stock cooler have been in the 40*C range during typical use and have gotten up to 81*C when gaming (though that could be do too the almost non existent air flow design of the SG-05BB and stock HSF) But so far this cpu was the perfect choice for all my games and I do not regret going with an i5 over an i7!
Cons: None! Notta! Nothing!
Overall Review: This CPU combined with the MSI GTX 660 and 8GB of ddr3 1600mhz and the SG05-BB has made me one potent gaming HTPC! I play Battlefield 3 mutliplayer at MAXIMUM settings including 4xAA/8xTXAA/16AF at 1080p at 55fps average! Metro: Last Light maximum everything at 2xSSAA at 40fps Average!
Pros: I baught this for a friend who only like's Nv*dea for some odd reason,I think both companys are at the edge of performance pack.This card isn't really good for anything that hes tried it on.....SEE CONS
Cons: For about $15 cheaper you can have a hd 4670 1GB DDR3 128-bit 320 stream processors.You still wont need a power connection and in Benchmarks around the web It Beats the GT 220 to shame and slaps the GT 240.Most games Are playable at 1680x1050 at high settings.I own this card and I think Its way more ideal than anything Nv*dea has to offer in this range.
Overall Review: Also there's the AT1 5670,At about $100 you get Direct X11,A lil taste of EyeFinity,128-bit gddr5,Sound core and still no PSU required.This 5670 will beat the 4670,GT 220,GT 240,and 9600 gt in Most benchmarks around the wed.A lil more future proof also with Direct x11.
Pros: Sound quality is surprisingly good when the Bass Vibration feature is turned on. Games, Music and Movies come to life and you can really feel the vibration. Simply blown away that a $15 headset can sound this good.
Cons: There is a slight hum when the USB is plugged in and the volume control is turned up passed 75%, though it's only noticeable when there's nothing playing. Not really a make it/break it type of deal for me though.. There is also a tiny bit of feedback through the mic. Although that can be reduced through windows audio settings.
Overall Review: I would totally recommend these if you love BASS and are on a really tight budget. They sound like $50+ headset. Got it setup through a custom EQ(24-bit/192,000hz) and Dubstep and Metal sound great.
Klipsch Refrecnce Series 10 Inch powered subwoofer
Pros: I bought this Sub 2 years ago(2015) on Black Friday and it has stood the test of time without missing a beat. I was at first a little concerned it wasn't going to be that great for the price i got it at($79.99)and the wattage, but this thing definitely beats out the JBL SP 150 I got at the same time. I realize it's a different kind of sub than the JBL, but I didn't think the difference would be this great. I have them both hooked up to a Corsair Sp 2500 and the bass is at times a bit overwhelming though I can't seem to part ways with the AMAZING Corsair system.
Cons: None what so ever! I thought 100 watts wasn't going to hit enough for the heavy metal I listen to and it ended up beating the more powerful JBL sub I bought at the same time.
Overall Review: If you like heavy punchy bass that can even keep up with some of the heaviest of Metal and Deathcore, Then you'll love this Sub-woofer.
Asus GTX 970 DirectCu Mini
Pros: Lets see where to start. 240% faster than the MSI GTX 660 TwinFrozr III it replaced. Surprisingly quieter, I can barely hear it over the stock Intel cooler(i5 3350p). I manually set the fan to 70% when gaming and have yet to see it go past 70*c(65*c average) (in a SG05BB mini itx case)at stock clocks (boost 1251mhz). I have not heard any of the coil whine that others have mentioned yet, even with v-sync off. Plays every game I play in 1080p at 60+ fps average(BF 3&4, Hardline, Fallout 4, KF2, GTA V) with max settings and 4x Anti Aliasing. Seems to be of solid build quality and I like that the back-plate is included.
Cons: See Other thoughts.
Overall Review: Not really cons, but there's a small white LED light where the power connector is that's always on. Even when the computer is in sleep mode. I know It's probably for trouble shooting but may be annoying to some. Does not have heat pipes in it's cooling solution, but instead uses a solid thick piece of aluminum combined with an aluminum fin (cpu)type cooler that I was kind of weary of at first but coupled with the proprietary fan seems to cool this card alot better than expected. Does not include 4 pin power to 8 pin PCI-E adapter that many others do.
Pros: For anything that I buy I like to wait at least a month before writing a review to see if anything has changed. As with most speakers, They've only gotten better with time. Simply the best 2.1 there is bar-none! I use it for death Metal, Movies and Battlefield 3/4 :P! The latter is simply stunning! Missiles actually feel like they are flying past your head and the crumbling of buildings sounds like you're there about to be flattened! I turned on some Lamb of G@D: Killadelphia and it feels like I am at the show! Transformers 2, Optimus' Primes voice never sounded so clean! I mainly use the Dynamic Pop Program with the Action Gaming EQ(with 10-band software EQ) on the control pod with everything! It is amazing how loud you can turn them up and still be able to hear every note being reproduced flawlessly. Although the bass can drop off once you push the volume towards the maximum levels, though by that point your gonna be going deaf! So I don't think it really matters much. I have recently paired it up with my Polk Audio Hitmaster and they sound really great together, with the Polk adding in a little more mid end that is lacking a tiny bit with the 3-inch drivers on the sp2500's. There's is currently nothing much bigger or better in PC audio at this price or even up to $350! Definitely a must buy if you don't have a custom speaker/theater setup.
Cons: Bigger speakers still sound better, but will also cost much more! Don't expect EARTH SHATTERING BASS from the 8 inch sub, It will definitely wake up anybody in the house and make the walls rattle a bit but not enough to wake up the neighbors or pound your chest. Though that shouldn't be expected in this price range.
Overall Review: As with most PC speaker systems, It does take some fooling around with the software EQ (Mine is on-board ACL892 HD Audio 24bit/192khz). I would highly recommend a sound card if your on-board audio isn't(24-bit/96-192khz) sufficient enough. As this will increase the listening experience even more! I also highly recommend FLAC audio format for the best lossless audio quality.