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Mary B.

Mary B.

Joined on 11/02/12

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Most Favorable Review

Excellent

Intel Core i7-3770K - Core i7 3rd Gen Ivy Bridge Quad-Core 3.5GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Intel HD Graphics 4000 Desktop Processor - BX80637I73770K
Intel Core i7-3770K - Core i7 3rd Gen Ivy Bridge Quad-Core 3.5GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Intel HD Graphics 4000 Desktop Processor - BX80637I73770K

Pros: Hd 4000 IGD works way beyond my expectations Easily overclocked to 4.5ghz on stock fan. With temp at idle hovering around 45c and at load 75c. I currently have no Graphic card and I can play many games ( I.E. Dishonored, skyrim, planetside 2 ) on low to medium settings at 1920 x 1080 60hz p with 30 to 45 fps. Multithread applications really make this CPU shine.

Cons: My room mate ordered the same processor and his temps balloon fast when overclocking to even 4.1ghz, seems to be luck of the draw in this aspect At default his turbo boost never reaches 3.9 where as mine never left 3.9 at stock.

Overall Review: Manufacturing process causes temps to be high at lower voltage keep that in mind when overclocking.

Most Critical Review

Input lag is 3/4ths of a second

Changhong 42" Class Ultra HD LED TV - UD42YC5500UA
Changhong 42" Class Ultra HD LED TV - UD42YC5500UA

Pros: You can not beat the price. Picture is good enough to enjoy daily use. Solid construction. VESA wall mountable. Blurays look rather nice with upscaling. For watching video content this is a bargain. DirecTV and comcast are offering 3840x2160 content soon.

Cons: No smart tv integration so no Netflix or "Shipping Co" Prime 4k content. The easiest content to find at 4k was dirty movies and YouTube. Roku can not get you 4k streaming yet. The "240hz" mode really hates lower frame rates like 24hz bluray KEEP IT ON LOW. You can not play any games on this the lag is so great I can count on my hand before the screen reacts even at 720 p on game mode. Tried consoles at 1080, pc at lots of resolution the latency is just to much. The speaker system is set to insane levels out of the box 12 is loud enough for me to hear 8 feet away on a couch default for me was 32 the speakers crackled at that volume. IT GOES TO 100! Severe lack of options in the menus for color correction and such.

Overall Review: Worth the money for video content although lack of 4K content at this time could make you wait for a better model.

12/28/2014

Really pretty but tiny.

CORSAIR Carbide Series SPEC-OMEGA Mid-Tower Tempered Glass Gaming Case, Black and White CC-9011119-WW
CORSAIR Carbide Series SPEC-OMEGA Mid-Tower Tempered Glass Gaming Case, Black and White CC-9011119-WW

Pros: The aesthetics of this case are great. Easy SSD mounting behind motherboard Came with a free AIO for a limited time. Plenty deep for air coolers Comes in white.

Cons: The room for cable management is about a quarter inch and also has the SSD back there I had a very difficult time getting all my gears cabling and rgb controllers into it. Case has lots of wasted space mostly just plastic shrouds. If you have standard disk drives this is not the case for you the placement is horrible and blocks my psu cables. The screws for the window require an allen wrench to open and the rubber grommets pop out very easy. No room for top mounted rads unless you leave the fans off which defeats the purpose. No internal bays for optical drives/DACs/fan controllers/temp displays at all (meh)

Overall Review: Even though I disliked this build in this case more than any other I have done it is definitely not a bad case. I mean it looks super sharp with all my other white corsair gear. My temps are fine with the H100i V2 im using and the MSI Seahawk using the corsair HD fans with everything for a total of 7 fans (only 6 fan slots available) 8700k at 4.7 ghz hits 75-80 under load. The 1080 never goes over 50. Positive air pressure was obtained after tightening the glass cover (carefully) and adjusting fan speeds. I wouldn't recommend this case for a first build but man it looks good.

Saved my PC5 twice with OVP

AZZA PSAZ-1000PT14 1000 W ATX & EPS 12V 2.92 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS PLATINUM Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
AZZA PSAZ-1000PT14 1000 W ATX & EPS 12V 2.92 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS PLATINUM Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

Pros: Low power loss, single rail, modular. Its over volt protection stopped a XFX 7970 ghz graphics card from bursting into flames and damaging my system not once, but twice. Runs Intel 3770k overclocked to 4.5, two GTX 680's overclocked and multiple ssd's with no problem. Quiet, as in zero detectable noise that me or my wife can discern.

Cons: Cables are cheap I had to re-seat pins on occasion. They were falling out of the housing. Not using all cables so I had to route them to no where to improve air flow for one of my intake fans.

Overall Review: I have a bottom mounted PSU on my case so I can not see the pretty red fan. Zero exhaust problems.

2nd card died in under a hour

XFX Double D Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card FX797GTDFC
XFX Double D Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card FX797GTDFC

Pros: When its running its works great.

Cons: Bought this it died in two days time. TMZ. Received new card died after 45 min of playing Crysis 3. Getting refund but because of promo deal only receiving 260 of original 469 I paid. There is a common problem with this card ramping up its load suddenly then frying itself. It drew about 568 watts then the fans stopped and it broke. I am upset guess ill try Asus if I can find one.

Overall Review: I never received my codes for the promo just emails saying they sent it, this means I paid 180 dollars for two games I most likely will never receive. I paid for Crysis 3 out of pocket because I wanted to play it. So beware of that.

Huge and well built

Sentey Extreme Division GS-6500R Burton Red Tower Case 6x Fan LED/ 4 x USB / Multi Card Reader / 4 x Fan Control / E-SATA / 6 x Removable Aluminum Bays / Screwless
Sentey Extreme Division GS-6500R Burton Red Tower Case 6x Fan LED/ 4 x USB / Multi Card Reader / 4 x Fan Control / E-SATA / 6 x Removable Aluminum Bays / Screwless

Pros: I really like the aesthetic of this case, reminds me of Deadspace with red/black theme. The screw less assembly works perfectly well for me. Easily fits my z77 Mpower ATX board. Bottom mounted psu is nice and make cable routing via the provided routing holes a breeze.

Cons: Pet peeve really but front blue led (which doesn't fit color scheme) is incredibly bright I covered it with tape so I can sleep. Im going to replace it with sequential leds to get a knight rider effect. The top most optical drive tray presses really tight on the wiring for the card readers and usb wiring. The Hd Audio cable is very short will have to buy a extender in order to hide it behind board.

Overall Review: Ive read reviews where they are having issues with ssd installation. I used the provided screws and holes lined up fine on hdd tray no problems for me. You do not need a ssd tray conversion assembly.