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Alexander G.

Alexander G.

Joined on 12/27/04

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Most Favorable Review

Nice, quiet case. Airflow is questionable

be quiet! PURE BASE 600 WINDOW Black/Orange
be quiet! PURE BASE 600 WINDOW Black/Orange

Pros: -Orange color for your orange build -Very quiet case, as their company name implies -Good build quality.

Cons: -This thing runs pretty hot. I don't think there's good airflow in the front. -No basement for the PSU. -Grommets come out of their housing very easily. Make sure to hold them in while feed cables through -I was not satisfied with the cable management system, particularly access holes for the top of the mother board. -The built in fan speed control button is poorly documented and doesn't work well. It also makes all your fans spin at the same speed. Plug your fans into the motherboard and use dynamic fan controls instead.

Overall Review: My main complaint with this board was the built in fan control switch on the front panel. First of all, there is little to no documentation on how to hook the it up! I spent over an hour trying to figure out how it worked and getting it right. Was hard to find documentation on it anywhere. Second, once I got it working, I realized that all my case fans would now spin at the same speeds and I'd have to manually move that switch. In the end, I plugged all my fans into the motherboard and used dynamic fan controls. So long as you can manage the heat well, I'd recommend this case. It's nice and matches the orange aesthetic I was going for.

Most Critical Review

Bad for gaming

LITE-ON SK-1688U/B Black 104 Normal Keys USB Wired Standard Keyboard
LITE-ON SK-1688U/B Black 104 Normal Keys USB Wired Standard Keyboard

Pros: It's cheap

Cons: It's cheap No extra buttons Can only send two keys at a time Cable is too short for any normal desk

Overall Review: I bought this to be a cheap replacement to a wireless keyboard that kept dropping signal. Well, I got what I paid for. I wanted to primarily game with this keyboard, but it can only send 2 two keys at a time. That is not nearly enough. Don't buy this if you're playing a game that uses wads for movement. You won't be able to do the things you need to do, like running and jumping sideways at the same time!

Good drive

ASUS Black 12X BD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA Internal Blu-ray Drive Model BC-12B1ST
ASUS Black 12X BD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA Internal Blu-ray Drive Model BC-12B1ST

Pros: -Fast -Reliable

Cons: -Loud -Cannot close tray by pushing it in. You have to use the button.

Overall Review: This is a fine drive. It could be a great drive if it was quieter and I could just push the tray in, rather than using the button.

Top end gaming performance at a great price

AMD Ryzen 7 1st Gen - RYZEN 7 1700 Summit Ridge (Zen) 8-Core 3.0 GHz (3.7 GHz Turbo) Socket AM4 65W YD1700BBAEBOX Desktop Processor
AMD Ryzen 7 1st Gen - RYZEN 7 1700 Summit Ridge (Zen) 8-Core 3.0 GHz (3.7 GHz Turbo) Socket AM4 65W YD1700BBAEBOX Desktop Processor

Pros: -My games run at 100+ fps at max settings, 2k resolution @165hz. Yes, you can get higher fps, but is it worth the cost? -The stock cooler (wraith spire) is pretty nice. Has an RGB ring on the top and does a great job at cooling. (Stock settings, have not overclocked) -Overclockable (I don't overclock, but I know this thing can) -Desktop apps run nice and fast. Games run flawlessly at max settings. Haven't experienced any crashing yet. It just works. -Support for Ryzen will only increase. This thing runs great now, I'm excited to see how it does with more mainstream support!

Cons: -Documentation was unclear on the RGB ring on the fan. There's a small cable thats easy to lose which you must plug into an RGB header. -Support for Ryzen is not as widespread as Intel. I haven't had any problems with it yet.

Overall Review: I bought this chip for gaming. It has not disappointed. I pair it with a 1080ti and 16 gb DDR43000. I also run at 2k resolution @165 hz. I get 100+ fps on all my games, many up into the 130 fps range. I know that intel chips could probably net me a few extra fps, but once you're that high, it doesn't matter. For the price, this CPU is excellent for gaming. I'm very pleased with this purchase and want to see AMD become a legit competitor again. Even if they don't, I saved some money by getting this chip and don't feel like I sacrificed anything. The only reason you'd need a faster chip or go with intel is for benchmark numbers. Don't waste your money simply to see numbers on the screen. You'll get top of the line gaming performance from this chip at stock speeds, let alone if you start over clocking. 10/10 would buy again!

Great card with great cooling

GIGABYTE AORUS GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11GB GDDR5X PCI Express 3.0 x16 SLI Support ATX Video Card GV-N108TAORUS-11GD
GIGABYTE AORUS GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11GB GDDR5X PCI Express 3.0 x16 SLI Support ATX Video Card GV-N108TAORUS-11GD

Pros: -it's a 1080ti! Crank those settings! -Cooling seems really good and quiet at stock speeds -I don't overclock and this thing still tears through all games. Max settings, 2k resolution @165hz. Tends to stay around the 55c mark for most things. -RGB lighting -Fan stop is nice. It will stop the fans when idling. Makes it very quiet. -the included apps are OK for controlling the fans and getting some monitoring data.

Cons: -I'd like to see more features on the included apps for fan control and monitoring. For example, If i want to watch more than 3 metrics (like gpu temp, fan speed, power consumption, and gpu %), I have to scroll the monitoring program. When you're in a fullscreen game, it'd be nice to see all those metrics at once. There are other apps to do that, but it'd be nice if the included one from gigabyte did that. -It's a big card. Make sure you measure. i had a really hard time properly seating the card. But once it's in place, it's solid. Haven't seen any card sagging. -Two 8 pin power connectors needed, but this isn't a big deal. Just make sure you have a good power supply with enough connectors.

Overall Review: It's a solid card and I highly recommend it. I play at stock settings and it crushes everything I throw at it. Also, make sure to install Nvidia experience center. The graphics driver that comes with the card DOES NOT CUT IT! You'll get low fps and tear your hear out wondering why you're not getting the performance you expected. Install the proper driver and this thing will cruise.

Looks nice, performs nice!

GIGABYTE GA-AX370-Gaming K5 (rev. 1.0) AM4 AMD X370 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard
GIGABYTE GA-AX370-Gaming K5 (rev. 1.0) AM4 AMD X370 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: -Good tools for overclocking and fan control. -Looks cool. RGBs on the board. -Plenty of connectors for all my toys -Combo'd with a Risen CPU for good savings. -Good documentation and labels on the board itself -Lots of good I/O on the rear panel. USB C and eSATA are nice to have. I'm very happy with this board. It's been solid.

Cons: The only complaint I have is very minor. There are three different types of USB plugs on the back IO and they all are color coded. The color coding is helpful, but It can be difficult to remember which color is which. If I actually get a device where support for USB 3.1 gen 2 matters, I'll simply look up which color I need.

Overall Review: I'd highly recommend this board. Cost is good, even for a higher end motherboard. You'll get plenty of rear panel IO and the free tools from gigabyte are pretty useful. Please note: fan controls are in the APP center, under SIV.