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Mason H.

Mason H.

Joined on 09/29/16

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Most Favorable Review

really good GPU

ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1050 Ti DirectX 12 ZT-P10510A-10L 4GB 128-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready Mini Video Card
ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1050 Ti DirectX 12 ZT-P10510A-10L 4GB 128-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready Mini Video Card

Pros: When I got it, it was on sale for 131 bucks. Really nice budget card with 4 gigs of VRAM, more than I need. Plays most Esports titles over 60 on high:ultra settings, and works really well with most other moderately intensive titles. Doesn't need any external power, and it's small profile means it can fit in constrictive cases. (It's still a 2-slot card, so that might be an issue) It stays cool, despite the small heat sink and single fan. Never had it go above 60c.

Cons: I've had some issues as of late with the card automatically throttling fans to 100, and this thing can get loud. It doesn't overheat, and I don't have a temp cap set to it. Hell, I don't even OC it (it's factory OC'd, but only by around 100MHz or so) I think this might be because I've not tweaked the FireStorm controls yet, but we'll see

Overall Review: All in all, fantastic card. Would recommend to budget gamers.

Most Critical Review

Don't.

ARK Ark500/8 ATX 12v 500w Computer Power Supply Supports Sata, with One 80mm Fan
ARK Ark500/8 ATX 12v 500w Computer Power Supply Supports Sata, with One 80mm Fan

Pros: It IS a 500W PSU, and will work as advertised. It wasn't broken on arrival, which I was sort of expecting..

Cons: I made the mistake of splurging and buying a cheap PSU. This, believe me, is probably one of the cheapest PSUs on market. It doesn't have any sort of grounding assurance, and I'm actually afraid ATM with it being the stormy season where I live, if the power gets knocked out, it may fry my computer from an overload. As well, I didn't pay attention and purchased one made for a PS2 model case, which is much smaller than my ATX, thus I'm now having to purchase extension cables in order to correctly bracket the thing in.

Overall Review: Don't make my mistake. I'm telling you, if you really need a 500W PSU, please get a known brand. If you're making some warehouse computer/server that's running off a grid protected from surge and grounding, then get it. It works just fine, and has little issues, but the whole thing is sketchy. The number 1. rule of PCs: Don't cheap out on parts. Go with Corsair, EVGA or even Rosewill. Not this.

good budget RAM

G.SKILL NT Series 8GB 288-Pin PC RAM DDR4 2400 (PC4 19200) Desktop Memory Model F4-2400C15S-8GNT
G.SKILL NT Series 8GB 288-Pin PC RAM DDR4 2400 (PC4 19200) Desktop Memory Model F4-2400C15S-8GNT

Pros: Got this a couple months back. Works great so far, plan on getting another stick to make it a solid 16 gigs. Haven’t bothered with CAS timings, don’t figure I need to.

Cons: I’m not entirely sure what’s wrong, but these clock to 2133 on my B250, which supports up to 2400. XMP in BIOS says they clock to 2400, but everything else says 2133. Dunno why, maybe I’m overlooking something.

Overall Review: Besides that issue with a low clock, these work great thus far. I’m sticking with Kaby Lake until I figure it’s worth upgrading, so this RAM will be a contender.

11/10/2017

You were good, real good son. Maybe even the best.

Intel Pentium G4560 - Pentium Kaby Lake Dual-Core 3.5 GHz LGA 1151 54W Intel HD Graphics 610 Desktop Processor - BX80677G4560
Intel Pentium G4560 - Pentium Kaby Lake Dual-Core 3.5 GHz LGA 1151 54W Intel HD Graphics 610 Desktop Processor - BX80677G4560

Pros: It’s the most famous budget processor since... well, Pentium. When I bought it a few months back for around 70~USD, I was a little wary as to what such a cheap processor had to offer. Coming from a Celeron-based laptop, a slice of alcohol-soaked bread would’ve been a performance boost. However, I was taken aback when it absolutely rocked my world. A little 2c/4t processor that makes anything before it tremble in their silicon. The first time playing games, which I hadn’t installed my GPU yet due to lacking the correct cables to post with, I was pretty amazed by the power alone. Of course, it isn’t an i7, so it’s not exactly God-tied. But... it’s just amazing.

Cons: This goes to Intel. EOLing a socket that was already the refresh king of the market, and then discontinuing the best budget processor since sliced bread, then jacking up the price to over 100USD. I don’t want to stifle progress, but 1151 has been out for three years. That’s it. AMD plans to keep AM4 active at LEAST until 2020. That’s why I’m going Ryzen, and giving this processor, as well as my old B250 board, to my stepmom for a storage/mild gaming PC.

Overall Review: I’m gonna miss this thing, both as a processor and a first time upgrade. Salute.

10/23/2017

good for what I use it for :)

ENHANCE USB Condenser Microphone with Adjustable Stand, Easy Plug and Play Design and Mute Switch - Great for Skype, Conference Calls, Twitch, Youtube, Discord and Recording
ENHANCE USB Condenser Microphone with Adjustable Stand, Easy Plug and Play Design and Mute Switch - Great for Skype, Conference Calls, Twitch, Youtube, Discord and Recording

Pros: This is a nice budget microphone for the casual gamer, as well as any other virtual or commercial use that might necessitate using your voice. For me, several things sold me on this mic. For starters, the price. A good looking, good quality sub-30 dollar microphone suited for practical use is something of a rarity. It is a USB condenser, which means if your 3.5MM jacks are all currently occupied(for whatever reason) then it will work just fine. As well, it draws power from that same USB, so no messes with more than one cable. The cable is braided, so it means it's resistant to being broken and makes it look a lot better than the generic plastic sleeves. It comes with a neat little tripod for easy setup, and can dismount from the tripod for whatever use you need it. And, a bonus for myself, personally, is the blue color. My rig is blue-centric, so a nice blue mic accentuates the whole thing.

Cons: A few negative things. One- the cable to hook up to your tower with is only around 5~ feet, which is fine for those with towers right beside them or a marginal distance away. However, for people who have rigs a little farther away, either have a USB hub on standby or look elsewhere. Second, is the tripod. I listed it as a plus earlier, but that was for convenience. Overall quality is less than stellar. It is a plastic tripod, and it's fairly flimsy- it can hold its own, but don't expect it to last forever. I'm fairly certain the money really comes in the quality of the microphone, not the accessories. Thirdly, the lack of customization. And, by that I mean the lack of color choice. The whole old style of the mic really makes it something to be desired, but being only in blue, it's limited to a certain audience. For those with laptops, it would be fine (unless you have a gaming laptop with LED). Color clashing really bugs me. It might not bug you so much, so that negative is really all opinion.

Overall Review: Good microphone for the price, but for something more professional, look elsewhere. A few more dollars can land you something of a significantly higher caliber.

Fairly good for the price.

ID-COOLING DK-03 Halo Circular Concentric LED Lighting,For Intel LGA1150/1151/1155/1156 100W CPU Cooler, 120mm Big Airflow Fan and High Cooling Performance Aluminum Heatsink
ID-COOLING DK-03 Halo Circular Concentric LED Lighting,For Intel LGA1150/1151/1155/1156 100W CPU Cooler, 120mm Big Airflow Fan and High Cooling Performance Aluminum Heatsink

Pros: It performs exceptionally well for this price. Of course, I paired it with a G4560, so it's not exactly showing its true colors on a CPU that only needs a stock cooler. However, I get temps around 29-30C when idling, and 40-45C when running at load. It is precisely as advertised, a large 120MM fan alongside a standard aluminum sunflower-style heatsink. Four screws that are pretty easy to use, they're attached to the plastic bracket keeping the whole assembly together. The backplate was plastic, which made me worry if I put too much tension on, that it might break off one of the screw holes or even my motherboard-- but, no issues arose, save for some unsavory tugging I had to do in order to make everything even. The LED is the most notable thing within my build, and is the first thing you see when booting up the system. It's bright, and exactly what I paid for.

Cons: Of course, anyone should realize this thing isn't for a big gamer with an i7. Yes, it works on LGA1151, and will fit any board with that, so you could use it on Pentium G4XXX/i3-i7 6th/7th processors, but I wouldn't advise using it on anything above i3. It's a good cooler with a surprising performance.. more than I expected. And, it's pretty quiet. Yes, it gets some noise, but it's 15 bucks. Really, the only con I have is the build quality, which I won't deduct eggs for because, 1. Not Newegg's fault, and 2. I didn't expect HyperX quality. It's mostly plastic, and pretty generic. The heatsink is the simple sunflower design, with no copper baseplate, so it's all conducted through aluminum. I thought about putting a copper baseplate on it myself, but I'll just get a 212 later.

Overall Review: It's pretty good for how cheap it is. Looks great, performs exceptionally, and does the job. However, it's not for the enthusiast. It's not for the overclocker, and really, you'd want something else. I wanted it because, 1. It's a lil' bit better than stock, and 2. It's got a huge frackin' LED ring on it that makes it all the more worthwhile. I'd say for a generally unknown chinese product, it's satisfied me. Lol :)