Date Joined: 05/04/05
Pros: Very quite
Super fast (slightly faster than 980ti)
One 8 pin power connector
New die size on the GPU
Low power consumption
Runs cool (<73c)
Comes with white LED's & a backplate!
Current EVGA promo gives you a free powerlink
Current Nvidia promo gives you GOW 3
8GB of VRAM
Cons: Not really a con but like most GPU's when there isn't a frame limit in a program, the card will experience coil whine. No whine under load.
Not the cards issue, but Nvidia's current promo gives you GOW 3 and makes you download it from Windows store, which is terrible. Not dinging the card at all for that, just be aware if you're buying this card for the game, its not a fun experience.
Price - we all know the price thing with Pascal has been a disaster so far and Nvidia is to thank for that. I mean, who sets and MSRP at $380 and makes the founder editions (which are inferior to this) sell for $460? Yep, this card's price is inflated, but when you factor in the price drops recently (got this for $409) and the free game, its not that bad of a deal.
Overall Review: Built many a gaming PC's over the last 10 years and every time the hardware is better. This card is no exception. Coming from a GTX 970 SSC that I bought two years ago, this thing blows it out of the water as far as performance and efficiency goes. I play on a 2560 x 1440 monitor and my 970 would struggle with high settings with Wither 3 (especially in close up cut scenes). I can now play on max settings and haven't seen it go below 40 FPS in those same cut scenes, which is very playable.
I'd recommend this card as a good upgrade for anyone with a 970 or a card that is inferior to it.
If you already have a 980ti then an upgrade to this just isn't worth it, unless you want to do 4K, but then, you'll probably want the 1080. Either way, its a fantastic card and comes with EVGA's legendary support and active forums. If your in the market for a new video card, this is an excellent option!
Pros: Skylake 1151 socket
Easy to use Bios (all are pretty much now UEFI)
Good port locations
Killer network option
Red LED can pulse, beat or stay on/off
Built in Wi-Fi (but I use the lan)
Cons: As my first mini ITX build, this mobo is way smaller than a normal ATX ( hard to build in)
CD comes with many usless programs
USB 3.0 should be right angled like a sata port
Overall Review: Had this mobo for about 2 month and I must say, its a great little board. Z170 chipset seems to work great, bios is easy to use and flash. The built in wifi and killer lan port both work great. If your in the market for a mini itx board, this could be the one.
Pros: Compact design fits snugly in my Thermaltake core V1 mini case
Cools better than expected
Cooler Master Brand is quality
No need to install a backplate
Cons: *Neweggs shipping is really getting slow (not to deter from the product at all), but took 2 weeks to arrive....
Not water cooling, but its not trying to be
Uses the same style plugs that intel does on its stock cooler (yuk)...but its easy to install.
Overall Review: After reading all the naysayers out there that this wasn't even close the the 212 evo, I didn't expect much. I've owned many different cooling solutions over the years from custom water loops, to AIO water solutions, to 212 evo and many others. I recently did a mini ITX build and needed something compact that wouldn't make me switch out the big front fan in my Thermaltake Core v1 case. Ya, I thought about watercooling, but decided it wasn't worth the cost for my Skylake i5 6400. So, looking at what would fit in my small case, this baby popped up. As mentioned, I owned many other products and really liked the tower design of the 212 and knew this would be similar but on a slightly smaller scale.
As it turns out, this is a great cooler! Don't let people who want a degree or more out of their cooling deter you from this item. This thing is quiet and cool. Keeps my cpu @ 25C idle and 40C load. Its actually pretty decent and considering the price (which is super cheap)...why not!
Sure, its not a water cooling solution, nor does it have the other high end coolers specs, but hey, this thing is super cheap and gets the job done without having to remove the mobo.
Pros: 2560x1440 is the sweet spot currently
0 dead pixels
Easy to use OSD
25" is great for smaller desks
Cons: Not G-sync (but its not in that price range so not really a con)
4K might be affordable soon?
Overall Review: I owned two different Korean 2560x1440 IPS monitors over the past 4 years. They were good monitors with horrible stands. One of them was able to OC to 120hz and worked well. However, you were getting a no name panel from Korea without a warranty... was always worried when I ordered one.
This however, is an amazing monitor. The colors are bright due to the IPS panel, the res is amazing at 2K. Both of the Korean monitors (Yamakasi & QNIX) I owned were 27" which were HUGE! Don't get me wrong, if I had more desk space and didn't have my wife yelling at how big it was, I'd get the 27". However, I got a smaller desk and wanted a smaller screen so it wouldn't be so overbearing. This is prefect! Those 2 extra diagonal inches make a big difference, yet still has the 2k res. Love it. If you're in a similar situation as I was, you won't regret getting this monitor, especially considering the price for a 2k monitor now!
Pros: Small and compact compared to mid and full size towers
USB 3.0 ports
4 sides can be swapped with other side panels (very cool feature!)
Easy to pop off front grill and mesh screen filter for the PSU.
Can fit a full size PSU and GPU (although my Gigabyte G1 960 was 1mm too long for this case)
Fan is very quiet
Cons: Not as small as other form factors
No built in SD card readers
Buttons are on the side of the case (good if you have the case sidways, bad if you have it frontward against a wall)
Overall Review: I have been building PC's as a hobby for the past 13 years. I have owned the old school cases and more recently built in Corsair 600T, 650D; Cooler Master HAF cases; a few mid tower Antec's among others. Corsair makes amazing cases and in my opinion are the standard for best cases, but cost an arm and a leg. I wasn't expecting much with this, even though I have owned previous Thermaltake towers with mixed results, but they never seemed top tier.
Then I decided to build this mini itx system and thought, meh, if I'm going somewhat budget on this build, why not get a cheaper case? I mean, the case isn't as important as the internals so I figured save an extra $70 by getting this case over the nice Corsiar right? So, when this arrived I couldn't believe how nice it was. It might not be the best in this price range, but I can't believe they made this case for this price point! I love that I can switch the windowed panel to any side I want, I love that the tower has a super quiet fan and can still support a AIO liquid cooler. I love the fact that it can support larger GPU's (although my Gigabyte G1 960 was literally 1mm too long for the case, so be aware of that). It fit my full sized modular PSU without issue. Its a pretty amazing case and I'd bet you won't find one better at this price point. If your building a compact PC and want a good case at a cheap price, you can stop looking and get this.
Pros: Seems nice on paper but never got to test it due to larger than spec'd size.
Cons: Wouldn't fit in my Thermaltake Core V1 Mini ITX case. Was literally 1mm longer than the space in the case and the side panel wouldn't fit....arg, 1mm.... Had to return for this reason. Card was slightly bigger than listed on the spec sheet, so make sure your case can accommodate this beast of a card.
Overall Review: If you have a Thermaltake Core V1 case, don't buy this card as it won't fit.
Pros: Great directional sound
True surround sound drivers
Cons: Warranty blows
Can be uncomfortable with long term use
Overall Review: I loved this headset for over a year. Sound in games was excellent for a pair of cans. I generally don't believe the digital 5.1 and previously owned a Logitech G35 that was pretty good, but not nearly as good as my speaker system. I always preferred Logitech 5.1 surround sound systems, but I needed to limit the noise due to my wife complaining. So, I bought these hoping it would be just ok.
I was surprised at how amazing these were at directional sound, especially if you get the right settings for each direction. Its got a sturdy design, good base and pretty comfortable and combine it with a good x-fi soundcard and you get some great directional audio. Worked great for CSGO and Skyrim. I gave it two stars because it was good sound, but I did have issues with warranty and company (see below)
I was happy with them for 16 months and then all of a sudden, the sound started popping. I did as much testing as I could, but have come to the conclusion that the cans are the cause. Can be really bad if audio is turned up, almost unbearable. Not sure what exactly is causing it, but with music and some in game noises it will "pop".
So, now I have a $170 paperweight. Its a little unfortunate that Razer wouldn't support their expensive products for more than a year. Pretty pathetic and I should have known better before I bought it. If you want to have a product that will last more than a year, go with the Logitech products. The sound isn't as good, but you can save $100 and get a pretty good set of cans that will have a 3 year warranty. Ya, 3 years with Logitech and 1 year with Razer. Which is a better policy for the customer? Razer told me I'm basically "sorry out of luck" with this issue. >.> Pathetic.
Pros: Very Fast (faster in many games compared to the 970 with AMD's new drivers) and its OC'd
Cools really well.
Cons: Power hungry (8+8 connector required)
Big, (12 inches)
Overall Review: I moved over from an Nvidia 970 SSC to this. Very very pleased. I actually got a performance boost in many games, (not by much, but still nice). This performance boost is mostly because of AMD's new drivers. That being said, I love the card. Full 4GB of accessible memory which helps at 2560x1440 and big 512 bus. Card should last years before needing to upgrade. The card stays super quiet and cool under full load thanks to the Tri-X cooler.
The downside is that this card is a little different from previous Sapphire 290 Tri-X cards in that you need an 8+8 power connectors. This might be a problem if you have a cheaper/weaker power supply. My EVGA 750 Supernova has plenty of connections so this isn't a problem for me, but be away its 8+8, not 8+6 like others. Its also a long card at about 12 inches, make sure you have a case that can fit it in there. My corsair mid tower fits it fine.
At this price point with mail in rebates and huge price cuts, I got this for $240. I'd recommend this card over majority of other cards if you need amazing performance at a great price. If you can find a better card at this price point, good luck because it doesn't exist.
EVGA is great
Cons: See below
Overall Review: I owned this card for 2+ months. It was a great card and for most people, it will play any game you want. However....when I bought this card, the specs that Nvidia posted were wrong. It is essentially a 3.5GB card, not a 4GB card. The performance his with the last .5gb was significant at 2560x1440. The ROPs and textures specs were also given wrong to the press. For this reason, I returned the card and will go AMD for now. Newegg went over and above what they needed to and allowed me to return the card due to the error Nvidia made.
The 970 is still an amazing card, but know that it is essentially a 3.5GB card. I'm gonna put my money elsewhere while Nvidia cleans up it's act. EVGA on the other hand is great and should consider offering AMD products too.
Pros: This is my second pair of these HDMI cables. Perfect, thin cables. Never had any issues with either pair
Cons: none, its an HDMI cable
Pros: Its Corsair
Tons of airflow options if you buy your own fans
Cons: Not enough fans included
Overall Review: Its Corsair! I used this case to build for a family member. If you haven't built in a Corsair, you need to try it. My personal computers have the Corsair 600T and 650D cases and they are amazing, and the price reflects it. They come with all kinds of goodies like rubber washers for the fan screws to keep it quiet. Easy to take out fan filters. Open airflow and plenty of space to build in.
This case however is on the cheaper side, so know what your getting. Don't expect a super amazing case. Yes its great at its price point, but don't expect it to be the same as a $200 case. Still, this case has plenty of space, fan holes if you buy your fans. The drive bay layout is nice. Its solid and sleek looking.
If your in the market for a case that has the mentioned qualities, look no further. You won't be disappointed.
Pros: G.Skill brand is solid
Works as advertised with ASUS board
Cons: No heat spreader, but thats only cosmetic.
Price has gone up recently, could be cheaper (remember two years ago when 8GB of ram was $40)
DDR 1600 would be nice at this price point.
Overall Review: I use to only buy Kingston, Samsung and Corsair memory. A few years back I thought I would try G.Skill because their speeds and prices were enticing. Good thing I did, because I have only had good experiences with them.
I have built 3 different computers since and used G.Skill for all of them. They have been rock solid for each build. That's not to say the other brands are bad, far from it. But the price and speeds of most G.Skill sticks are at the same level the more expensive ones are. So, if you have to buy your name brand because its on your "certified vendor list", go ahead, but you'll be missing out on some amazing products for cheaper. Also make sure you look at the warranties provided, G.Skills is fantastic.
If your in the market for some speedy memory and don't want to drop a ton of money, G.Skill has some great options.
Pros: Its Windows 7
Has the start button and menu!
Stable, fast, Direct X goodies
Cons: Not as Good as Windows 8 for tablet use, but who cares about tablets?
Overall Review: WIndows XP was flagship for what seemed like forever. Vista had some issues at the beginning, but was fixed in the first service pack. Windows 7 was a revamped attempt at what Vista was supposed to be and was a much better OS and is still the choice in my opinion. Windows 8 is a mystery to myself and many others. Why create a computer OS for tablet use?
Not going to get into the theological debate about the decisions Microsoft has made, but if your on a PC, with a mouse and keyboard, you want Windows 7. Get the 64-bit version because you get options with hardware usage and majority of applications and software are supporting it now. I will skip Windows 8 until they bring the start button and menu bars back.
Power users don't want to use our fingers, we want expensive peripherals to do it for us (thats you mouse and keyboard).
Samsung Build Quality
Plug and Play
Cons: Not a Blu Ray player...?
Overall Review: Its a typical DVD burner with good build quality from a great company. I have had LG, Sony and a few other brands and have had issues with them. I usually don't have problems with Samsung products. This is no exception.
Looks good, does it's job and is cheap.
Pros: Same as most HDD in this price range: fast, reliable and good price for the amount of storage you get. SATA 6.0 speeds is capped on a HDD, but hey its still plenty speedy.
Barracuda = WD Black...
Cons: None accept its not SSD speeds.
Overall Review: I'm just waiting for the day when SSD's will be 1 TB at this price point. I would say hold off a few years if you can, because they should be at that price point by then seeing how they are falling fast.
Still, if you need space now and don't care about speeds that much, this HDD will server you well. Its a classic Seagate HDD, nothing new, but the Cache is high, the speed is great and the 1TB is always a good amount of space. If you want some of those qualities in your HDD, you won't be disappointed.
Pros: Fast printing
Good on ink
A lot of options
Died after 1.5 year
Overall Review: Bought this printer for around $150. Was good for a year and a half, but recently it stopped recognizing inks. Couldn't fix it, and after talking to Epson, they said it was faulty and needed to be replaced. They told me to contact a local dealer who charges $50 for diagnostics and then you still need to pay for parts and service. For $150, I expected Epson to build better quality than this. I'll be buying a competitors printer next time, because this was a joke.
Its not that is that much faster than the competition, its that it does it for a fair price.
Cons: No HT, but for general gaming, HT doesn't really matter
Overall Review: I usually go with whats fastest in my budget range. Generally that is some Intel product. Ya, Intel has been faster than AMD for quite a few years now, but AMD's choices are always a little better on price too. If you need power and your price on a proc is around $200, don't pass this up (if your on a 1155 mobo). If you was to save some cash and still have a fast proc for gaming, ect...then grab and AMD. This proc is fast though
Pros: Inexpensive, worked for a while...
Cons: Cheap, broke in about 3 months. Not worth taking apart and fixing. Had to go buy a different one since this one just stopped charging.
Pros: Perfect fit and look for anyone with the brushed aluminum face like the Corsair 650D has. Matches perfectly.
Cons: Kinda hard to get the screws in place, but with a little work its not a problem
Overall Review: I looked around for a front panel bay converter. After seeing a bunch of cheap black plastic ones, I decided to go with this one. Its quality Silverstone brand, brushed aluminum look that fits my cases appearance perfectly. Ya, its not the easiest to install an internal card reader, but if you have a long magnetic screwdriver, it can be done without too many issues. Oh ya, comes with a bunch of extra stuff that you may not need, so its just extra stuff to use elsewhere.
Pros: Lots of outlets
Has good data sheet
Cons: 4 of the outlets stopped working after 3 months.
Surge protector didn't work and blew a fuse in my house
Overall Review: So, I thought this would be a great product, but sadly I was wrong. It seemed to work great for 3 months, then I noticed it randomly stopped getting power in a few of the outlets (I only had 3 things pulled into it: printer, monitor and speakers). I just moved to the ones that worked and all seemed good. Well, not quite. My monitor had a power brick hooked up to it and it would randomly turn on and off. Eventually the power brick blew (possibly from this Belkin randomly failing) and that blew a circuit in my house! Why didn't the Belkin surge protector work?
Pretty unsatisfied with this product, but nothing I can do now but order a new power brick for my monitor and throw this in the garbage. Luckily, my home circuit breaker blew so I didn't fry any wires. Still a little scary that this didn't work as suggested. It seems great on paper, but you might get a dud unit like I did. Just be aware of my situation, even if it isn't common and look at another product...
Pros: Huge for a mid tower
Tons of space for pretty much anything you have
USB 3.0, quick SSD swap up top
Sleek looking, really nice
Fans don't have LED's!?!?
Overall Review: This is an amazing case, it really is. I have owned many cases over the years and most recently owned a Corsair 600T white edition, Coolermaster 922, Coolermaster Storm Scout and many others. This is one the same level as the 600t. Both are my favorite cases. The inside is nearly identical to the 600t with the outside look of the 700D/800D.
Like is mentioned, it has tons of space, you can take out the HDD bays for more airflow, tons of space behind the motherboard tray to hide ugly wires. Top has a 200mm fan but can be taken out with a space for a dual rad. I love the sleek side window look also. Airflow is good, but not great (thats the tradeoff between a sleek good looking case and one of the Antec 900 ugly fan beast cases, it depends on your taste, but I hate all the noise and colors of cases with tons of fans). Still has decent airflow due to 2 x 200mm fans and a 120mm fan, but its not great.
My only complaint isn't the price, but for the price you don't get the white LED's that the 600T has. I really liked those white LED fans and if you have never seen them, they really brighten up your PC without having to install an aftermarket solution. If it came with those LED fans or you were able to choose 2 for free from the website, it would be the perfect case. (You can buy these white 200mm fans from Corsair but they are $20 each so its an extra $40 to get them).
Other than that, I love this case, is one of the best I have ever had. No weird noises or creeking sounds or flaws that I can hear or see. If you were deciding between this and another top tier case, this one is a very tempting option. If your between a 600t and this, you really can only base your decision on price and looks as the inside and space are identical.
Pros: Dual band 2.4Ghz & 5Ghz
2 USB ports
Printer sharing is very simple
Two year warranty if you have any issues with it
Cons: 5Ghz rang is only 300Mbps (minus one egg for this, big deal to me)
A bit larger compared to some other routers.
Would be nice to have 3 antennas
Overall Review: This is a really nice router for the price. As I mentioned above, it has two dual bands that delivers a strong and steady signal. My setup includes two computers (one laptop and one desktop), two media players that are always playing Netflix. These devices range from 15ft to 60 feet and all are wireless. At those distances, I had no issues with any of these devices connecting to the internet.
When I decide to buy electronic device I always look at the other options out there. You can always compare brands, but if you really want a TP-link, we can go over the options currently available. TP-Link has three flavors of this router. The lowest one is the TL-WR1043ND which has three antennas but only a single 2.4Ghz range. This is the middle range which has two antennas, 2.4 and 5Ghz ranges but both are limited to 300Mbps (ya it’s a total of 600Mbps combined, but that’s just a marketing trick, it’s really 300Mbps per range). Lastly the other two models currently on Newegg are the TL-WDR4300 which has three antennas, 2.4 and 5Ghz ranges which put out 300 & 450Mbps and the even better Archer C7 AC1750 which theoretically can put out 450 & 1300Mbps. Currently there is a $30 dollar difference from this model to the Archer. You can decide if the $30 is worth it to you. Its marginal price difference with better features though.
My only issue with this router is that the 5Ghz range is limited to 300Mbps. Why have a 5Ghz range when dual 2.4 would suffice? If you need a 5Ghz range this will have it, but don't expect it to be any faster than a 2.4 range. Also, remember you need to have a wireless card that can pick up the 5Ghz range also, keep that in mind. My Netflix did have some minor issues with HD buffering at the 5Ghz due to the 300Mbps limit. Nothing horrible, but it was noticeable compared to my other 5Ghz router that puts out 867 Mbps and the HD is constant and clear.
If I was in the market for a router, I would spend the extra $30 and get the Archer C7 (that’s coming from a guy who likes to buy top end stuff). That being said, this is a good router. It delivers strong signals with both ranges, is cheaper (currently $49.99 on sale) compared to other similar options and it’s a quality brand that backs it up with a good warranty. If you’re in the market for a dual band router with the options mentioned, this might be perfect for you.
Pros: Specs seemed great on paper
3 Antennas :)
Cons: Keeps dropping connection every 10-20 minutes. Not sure whats going on with it as the drivers are installed correctly. My previous add in card worked fine, just wasn't 5Ghz. This looked great on paper but keeps cutting in and out for no reason at all. My guess is they have a cheap fab process.
Also, poor support as the installation paperwork has XP as one of the main OS's. Keep up with the times Rosewill and support current OS's.
Overall Review: Like I mentioned in the Cons, it keeps cutting in and out randomly. Check drivers and other things that might cause an issue but I've ruled them all out. My previous Rosewill single antenna with just 150Mbps worked fine, once I installed this one it just acts goofy. I'm gonna say its either a driver issue with an x64 OS or a firmware thing, not sure but Rosewill should release a newer driver. Either way can't complain too much since it was cheap, but still its a $25 paper weight now.
Pros: 1. Size / capacity
3. Energy efficient
4. 64MB Cache
5. SATA 6.0 (should be standard now, but its still a plus)
7. Western Digital is a quality builder
Cons: 1. 5400 RPM (may not be a con depending on your needs)
2. Heavy / Size
3. Not an SSD
Overall Review: What can one say about this hard drive? Its a Western Digital Green and it acts like one (not a bad thing, just be prepared this drive is best used for certain situations).
When I first got this drive it was packaged nicely, nothing special but good. The drive is a 5400RPM even though the speed Newegg doesn't currently have that listed. So, it won't break any speed records, but the 64MB cache and running on SATA 6.0 does seem to keep it speedy enough to get majority of chores done.
I have owned other WD Green drives in the past and this is similar to them in that they are very quiet and stay fairly cool (good for a system that has a lot of heat). The capacity is what is nice about this drive; 4TB is a lot of space, even for the movie-music guru. Keep in mind that some OS's and motherboards won't support 4TB! Some people don't know that before they purchase a large capacity drive and they get mad when only 2TB shows up, so make sure your hardware supports it. A UEFI motherboard is a must for this drive if your using it as a primary so you can boot from it. If your using it as a backup/data drive, its simply just plug and play. My system is using Windows 7 64-bit with a UEFI mobo and it showed up fine.
My experience with the Green drives is that they are best used as a storage drive (backup or NAS systems). Speed isn't great, so if your a gamer, don't expect be first in a match if your use this as a primary drive. If you want speed, stick with a 7200rpm or even better, an SSD.
Before buying any PC component, I look at the other products on the market and compare the best price/performance ratio. There are a few other HDD's on the market that are 4TB's and on sale for a little cheaper. That might be a tipping point for some of you, but also consider the quality. I have owned many hard drives and I have never had any of my Western Digital drives fail on me. Maybe I got lucky, but I would choose this company over most. You also get a 2 year warranty if the drive fails on you.
So, if your in the market for a data/backup drive that is large capacity, quiet/cool and competitively priced, this HDD might be just what your looking for.
Pros: This has a lot of good qualities about it.
1. Cheap price
2. Solid build quality
3. No setup required, simply plug and play. Worked great with my wireless security camera.
4. Has a 2 year warranty
Cons: See other thoughts for my view about PoE injectors.
Only con I found is that the provided Ethernet cable isn't very long. It's not a big con but just be aware that the cord is about 4 ft long.
Overall Review: I like this product for what it's advertise as. If you don't have any outlet close to your device and want to run just an Ethernet cord to it, then this is great. It delivers power and data thorough one cord. Its great at doing that. That's the only real situation that I can think of where one might want a PoE injector. Most things are wireless now so all you need is a power cord. Generally power cords are closer to devices than Ethernet cables are. So, this product works great for someone who needs power without a power source close to the device. It worked great with my wireless security camera. I unplugged it and it was still getting power and data from the Ethernet cable. This was just for testing as I would prefer to use wireless and find a close power source much easier than running CAT5 cables through my home. Not everyone will need a PoE Injector, but if your in the market for one; this is a nice unit.