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Sam N.

Sam N.

Joined on 03/04/12

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Most Favorable Review

simply phenominal

RAIDMAX Vampire ATX-001WBTi Black Steel / Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case
RAIDMAX Vampire ATX-001WBTi Black Steel / Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case

Pros: excellent airflow large side window ( just what the customer wanted) amazing price solidly built good materials excellent cable management well thought through 2 usb 2.0 and 2 usb 3.0 on front built in 2.5" quick swap bay

Cons: could have come with another fan the hard drive bays aren't truly tool-less since they need to be attached with screws into the quick install brackets.

Overall Review: This case was everything My customer and I wanted. It was a well built full tower with cable management, a large side panel window, and an amazing price. the hard drive bays were a bit disappointing since they needed to have the drives attached with screws into the bracket but it didn't ruin the case, not by a long shot. The case even includes small stick on cable hooks to help guide cables along a path in the back of the case. The motherboard tray was labeled with where screws should go depending on the type of motherboard, and the rubberized cable management holes are large enough to accompany many small cables and a large cable like the motherboard power. Overall I would buy this case again and use it myself.

Most Critical Review

Not the most trustworthy

BIOSTAR Hi-Fi Z87W LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
BIOSTAR Hi-Fi Z87W LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Nice looking board Plenty of features crossfire ready 4K/2K support Hi-Fi audio

Cons: Could use more USB ports Audio connector is in an awkward place (just below the processor) Does not support bios fan control Died quickly (see other thoughts)

Overall Review: When I received this board I was very excited. I immediately grounded myself and got to work putting it together. the build included an intel i5 4670K, a gigabyte GTX 760, 2X4GB vulcan Ram 1600 mhz, and a 730W power Supply in case i decided to add more gear, or switch out the nvidia graphics card for two in crossfire. These hope were, however, made null when upon my first test the system would continuously start and stop. I turned it off and unplugged the power cord and made sure the RAM and other components were properly in place. when i turned the system back on it did not stop and start, but it didn't do anything else. it didn't show any post codes, and it didn't enter the bios. I tested if this was due to hardware incompatibility by systematically removing everything, and I mean EVERYTHING. I eneded up deciding something pre-post related was dead because the motherboard never displayed any code or beep code when I uninstalled things like the RAM, and even processor. I was sad, and decided to replace this with something more trustworthy, like the MSI Z87 G43 or the Gigabyte Z87X D3H. I cannot recommend this board after this incident, but I am only one case.

12/21/2013

Just wasn't what I expected from EVGA

EVGA GeForce GTX 970 04G-P4-2974-KR 4GB SC GAMING w/ACX 2.0, Silent Cooling Graphics Card
EVGA GeForce GTX 970 04G-P4-2974-KR 4GB SC GAMING w/ACX 2.0, Silent Cooling Graphics Card

Pros: I bought this card for a computer I'm building for my girlfriend. The card is extremely powerful, and the zero decibel operation mode makes for a fairly silent build. One big up was that the card wasn't unnecessarily tall, which I've noticed is a big problem for the GTX 900 series cards. This card was actually probably the only card that would fit in the Corsair air 240 in terms of length and height. The shroud and coloring is minimalistic, but if that's what you prefer (like my girlfriend) then this will be a positive point. Also, the ACX cooler does keep the card cool, and the added power efficiency means that there is more power available for the processing components of the card. I haven't tested the card out with any big name triple A titles, but what I have put it through was handled quite well, and it scored highly in fur mark.

Cons: first and foremost... COIL WHINE, COIL WHINE EVERYWHERE. At first I didn't think my card would have it, although I had only used fur mark and the only games I had put on the computer were morrowind (I like old school games) and minecraft because everything else would take a while to download. Then, when I got my girlfriend's favorite game, the Sims 3, downloaded, things started getting worse. During the loading screen coil whine wasn't very noticeable, but then it became horrendously loud. When I moved the mouse between different objects on the screen the pitch would change, and in game these changes would become worse and worse. In goat simulator, the coil whine would only be noticeable when rendering large scenes. Maybe when under a heavier load the coil whine won't be so bad, but who knows. Right now I'm trying to fix it by keeping the fans on high load for a long period of time. Another con would be the power connector placement. This is more of a personal preference, but I'd rather they be near the far end of the card than on top of the card and closer to the middle of the top edge of the PCB. This just makes things look neater. My final con is the output layout. The standard output layout for the 900 series is three displayports, one HDMI, and one DVI. EVGA decided to go with the old layout, something that didn't stop me form buying the card, but felt like a con all the same.

Overall Review: I'd say this card is good when it works, great for upgrades, and a necessity when clearance is an issue, but I'm going to RMA mine and hope that the replacement doesn't have coil whine. This build is for my girlfriend, and something she really needs is silence since she doesn't use big headphones and gets headaches and migraines from high pitched noises easily. I'd recommend paying the extra for the SSC model since that one apparently gets the coil whine issue much less.

Best Peripheral I've Ever Bought

FUNC MS-3 Revision 2 FUNC-MS-3-R2 USB Wired 5670 dpi Gaming Mouse
FUNC MS-3 Revision 2 FUNC-MS-3-R2 USB Wired 5670 dpi Gaming Mouse

Pros: Amazing construction good feel big enough to hold! does its job soft touch finish customizable LEDs Low branding excellent buttons

Cons: none

Overall Review: This mouse was the best buy I could have made for a mouse! many mouses advertise a list of features, most of which I would never use, and on top of that they are horribly uncomfortable to hold. This mouse on the other hand is simply functional. It's actually big enough for me to hold, which is amazing considering how big my hands are, and the buttons feel crisp when pressed. the customizable LEDs are great, especially since the mouse scroll wheel and steady-aim button can be changed separately, and even set to pulsate separately.the DPI step buttons below the scroll wheel are not in danger of being accidentally pressed, and the DPI steps can be changed in the included software. Over all, I can't see a reason not to love this mouse. If i do, I'll come back and edit this review.

amazing

ATI FireMV 2250 VIDEO-MV-2250-16X 256MB DDR2 PCI Express x16 Low Profile Workstation Video Card
ATI FireMV 2250 VIDEO-MV-2250-16X 256MB DDR2 PCI Express x16 Low Profile Workstation Video Card

Pros: Everything Plays crysis 4 at 4K no problems

Cons: nothing

Overall Review: Plays crysis 4 at 4K no problems