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Brian T.

Brian T.

Joined on 09/04/08

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Product Reviews
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Most Favorable Review
EKWB EK-XRES 140 Revo D5 PWM (incl. pump) Water / Liquid Cooling Pump w/ Integrated Reservoir
EKWB EK-XRES 140 Revo D5 PWM (incl. pump) Water / Liquid Cooling Pump w/ Integrated Reservoir

Pros: - Works as expected - Solid build quality

Cons: - Wires could be better in terms of cosmetics. - Photo shows it with the bottom mount, and it isn't clearly stated that it is NOT included.

Most Critical Review

Great Looks, Not Great otherwise.

Enermax T.B RGB 120mm Case Fan with 3 in 1 Remote Controller and Control Box, Halo Arc-Shaped Frame, RGB Sync via Motherboard, UCTBRGB12-BP6 - 6 Fan Pack
Enermax T.B RGB 120mm Case Fan with 3 in 1 Remote Controller and Control Box, Halo Arc-Shaped Frame, RGB Sync via Motherboard, UCTBRGB12-BP6 - 6 Fan Pack

Pros: - Unique nice looking RGB implementation. - Pretty good value, until the bearings go bad.

Cons: - After 4 months, 2 out of 6 of the fans started making a lot of bearing noise. I completed an RMA to replace the two bad ones, and they were pretty fast, but I am not confident these will last beyond the warranty period. - There is no way to control the fan speed with software, you can only control it with the included controller. - Motherboard RGB control is possible, but lights are much dimmer when used that way.

Overall Review: Spend a little bit more and find something with much better features and that will last longer.

Best Gaming Experience

ASUS ROG PG279Q Black 27" WQHD IPS 2560X1440, NVIDIA G-Sync Gaming Monitor, 165 Hz refresh Rate, Slim Bezel Design with HDMI USB Ergonomic EyeCare Technology
ASUS ROG PG279Q Black 27" WQHD IPS 2560X1440, NVIDIA G-Sync Gaming Monitor, 165 Hz refresh Rate, Slim Bezel Design with HDMI USB Ergonomic EyeCare Technology

Pros: - Panel Top Tier Quality - 165hz Refresh Rate - The Settings menu is navigated with a joystick. Way easier than trying to figure out which button is left right, etc. - On screen crosshair overlay is very useful for some titles. - Thin bezels

Cons: - LED is only Red. But they can be disabled, so if it doesn't match your system it is fine. - "Gamer" look. Although from the front with the LED disabled it is still better than competitors like the Acer Predator, which has a flashier base with red painted accents.

Overall Review: I have loved this monitor. It is the ideal resolution and refresh rate when paired with a GTX 1080 Ti or similarly powered GPU. The IPS panel has great color as well for graphic art or other production uses. My brother bought the Acer Predator that is virtually identically spec'd and we both prefer mine, primarily because of the exterior appearance and the vastly superior menu and menu buttons. The two panels are basically identical in quality. This one was easier to access features like the on screen crosshair overlay and the overclocking refresh rate.

Unbeatable

Intel Core i7 8th Gen - Core i7-8700K Coffee Lake 6-Core 3.7 GHz (4.7 GHz Turbo) LGA 1151 (300 Series) 95W BX80684I78700K Desktop Processor Intel UHD Graphics 630
Intel Core i7 8th Gen - Core i7-8700K Coffee Lake 6-Core 3.7 GHz (4.7 GHz Turbo) LGA 1151 (300 Series) 95W BX80684I78700K Desktop Processor Intel UHD Graphics 630

Pros: - Overclocked with custom water loop to 5151 MHz - Decimates every other consumer processor for gaming

Cons: - Bad thermal paste between CPU and IHS. - Recommend delid and liquid metal application for optimum temps (above clock speed achieved at 58 degrees under stress tests. Prior to delid it was over 75 degrees at 5100.

Good game, don't buy it here

Destiny 2 - PC
Destiny 2 - PC

Pros: - Great game for what I thought was a great price

Cons: - Even though this appears to be a significant discount, if you plan on buying any of the expansion content, it is actually more expensive.

Overall Review: Save yourself some money and buy it straight from Battle.net with the bundle.

Excellent features and performance

ASRock Fatal1ty Z370 Gaming K6 LGA 1151 (300 Series) Intel Z370 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 ATX Intel Motherboard
ASRock Fatal1ty Z370 Gaming K6 LGA 1151 (300 Series) Intel Z370 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: - Front USB-C header - Stealthy all-black and gray design - 12 Phase PWM - Great USB options - Dr. Debug - Dual Bios - Thunderbolt AIC Connector - Lots of bios configuration options

Cons: - Power/reset button LEDs on the MB are always on and RED. I wish they could be turned off in the bios, or better yet, color could be changed. Same with the LEDs on the bottom right, but I have a vertical mount GPU that covers it up.

Overall Review: I don't think there is a better value in mid-to-high end Z370 boards.