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Ryan Z.

Ryan Z.

Joined on 10/20/09

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Most Favorable Review

Amazing Card

EVGA 01G-P3-1561-AR GeForce GTX 560 Ti FPB (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
EVGA 01G-P3-1561-AR GeForce GTX 560 Ti FPB (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

Pros: This card is incredible. I used to have the Nvidia Geforce 7900gs which is a very old video card but surprisingly it still got me by, could play starcraft 2 on low settings smoothly for example. But once I got a new computer I knew it was time for an upgrade. I had my eyes set on the GTX 460 for months leading up to this purchace knowing how great a card it was. But then I did even more research and found out the GTX 470 was considerably more powerful then the 460 so I decided I would buy that. But then on literally THE DAY I was going to buy my 470 and was ABOUT to order it I found out about this card! WOW! I am glad I did! This card although similar to the 470 has slightly better performance. It has better overclocking capabilities, it uses less power, its physically smaller, it runs cooler, and its quieter! Its basically a much better card overall then the GTX 470.

Cons: The only con I have is that the fan speed is VERY VERY LOUD at 100%. I guess this is understandable considering 100% fan speed is over 5000 RPM. I run the fan speed at 30% when I'm not gaming and its virtually silent and still stays around 36 degrees celcius. I use 60% for gaming and although it's audible its not bad at all and still keeps the card easily cool enough even when at 100% load. I have the Cooler Master HAF 912 case to which has many holes for very high air flow but probably makes it a little louder since its not as contained Still not bad at 60% and below.

Overall Review: So far I have tried out Starcraft 2, Civilization 5, Fallout 3, Dead Space 2, and they all run on the max settings flawlessly. I am only using an AMD Phenom II x4 Processor at 2.8 GHZ and its recommended settings for Crysis was High instead of Very High. High still looks amazing and it runs perfect. I am going to soon try to overclock my CPU to 3.4 GHZ and mess around with Very High Crysis settings for the hell of it. EVGA precision Overclocking utility works perfectly with this card and is very easy to change all your speeds. Right now I have this card overclocked to the settings of the EVGA superclocked version of this card no problem. I am sure I could go higher but have no reason to yet.

SO FAST!

SanDisk Extreme 64GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Model SDCZ80-064G-A75
SanDisk Extreme 64GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Model SDCZ80-064G-A75

Pros: Wow, so I recently got a late 2013 15" Macbook Pro because I needed to be able to do iOS builds in Unity 3d. It was a real pain having to transfer my project between PC and MAC to work on the different versions of my game project. With USB 2.0 it took me around 30-60 minutes to transfer my project. Just tried out copying from my MAC to this USB 3.0 drive and it took about 1 minute or less with a 2.4GB project?! Not sure how THAT big of a speed increase is possible but I would say this USB drive is amazing! Also this drive is the Windows 8 compatible model (not listed accurately on the description when I looked) which I've read has been giving people problems. Maybe that's only if you are using Windows 8 (no reason to not use Windows 7 still in my opinion). But with Mac OS 10.9 and Windows 7 this drive appears to work flawlessly and is VERY fast! Couldn't be more happy with this purchase!

Cons: Tracking information didn't work for me. It just said item was shipped in email but the tracking info was blank on Newegg.com . But the shipping took like 6 days so all is well.

Great Card!

EVGA 04G-P4-3778-KR G-SYNC Support GeForce GTX 770 4GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Dual Classified with EVGA ACX Cooler Video Card
EVGA 04G-P4-3778-KR G-SYNC Support GeForce GTX 770 4GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Dual Classified with EVGA ACX Cooler Video Card

Pros: This is a great card! I was running a gtx 560 ti which served me very well. I wanted to wait for the next generation of graphics cards and skip the 700 series since the gtx 560 ti still performed admirably. But I heard the next gen stuff would not come out until 2014, and without knowing how the performance would compare with a gtx 770 I decided to pull the trigger. I am very satisfied in it's performance so far and it lets me play my favorite PC game at max settings with solid 60 fps so I'm happy. Some benchmark comparisons between 560ti and gtx 770 (running Intel 2600k @ 4.3GHZ): 3D Mark Vantage: 560 ti: P22448 with a frame rate from test: 65 FPS gtx 770: P36802 with a frame rate form test: 124 3D Mark 11: 560 ti: P5185 with a frame rate from test: 23 gtx 770: P10898 with a frame rate from test: 52 3D Mark: 560 ti: Firestrike 3304 gtx 770: Firestrike 8304 Conclusion: worth the upgrade :)

Cons: I'm not sure if it was worth getting the 4gb model for this price. At $450 I think it'd be worth it but $520 really not so sure... so I have to subtract an egg. This thing is big! The other posters are correct that it's not 10.5'' it's closer to 11'' for sure. I had to pull some Voodoo magic angles to get this to fit in my Coolermaster HAF 912 without rearranging the hard drive cages. It wouldn't even slide into the case at all without pulling extreme angles which was even more difficult due to my large Noctua cooler. It's almost like they designed it to be just barely physically possible to fit in a HAF 912, some people might have not even tried haha. But once it was in the slot there is no extra pressure on it due to space so I can't subtract another egg for the wrong listed dimensions.

Extemely Tough and Durable Cheap Board

ASUS M5A97 LE R2.0 AM3+ AMD 970 + SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
ASUS M5A97 LE R2.0 AM3+ AMD 970 + SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

Pros: I used this motherboard to build my brothers new computer. It is cheap and has all the features we needed other than a Firewire port which you can buy for about $10. I recently had surgery so when I built this computer I was on pain killers. I also forgot that I had a good screw driver in my room, and literally tried about 10 different ones that were really old and stripped down. The result? I was extremely rough with this board due to the screw drivers making it incredibly difficult and almost impossible to even remove a single screw... I also had to do some extra work removing the stock CPU mount, and dang one of those screws was tight with bad tools! This board took a beating and due to my pain killers I was pretty sloppy even without the screw driver problems. This board was bending significantly and I really should have been more careful. I was worried that perhaps I had broken the board by the time we were about to see if his system worked for the first time. But then I thought well I am sure there are people who are not as technically savvy as me, so they probably put just as much or even more abuse installing their motherboards even without the screw driver issues. And I was right! This thing runs fine, handled his CPU overclock easily, and seems to be functioning 100%. As of now it is 5 star rating, and it deserves it assuming it does not die within the next 3 years.

Cons: None yet. Remains to be seen how long it will last.

Overall Review: I would highly recommend this for a budget AMD computer (I guess all AMD CPU's are pretty much budget since they can't compete with Intel, their higher up models are pointless. Would recommend the AMD Phenom II 965 and overclock it with Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus) if you are picking out those parts as well right now.

Great chip for the price

AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition - Phenom II X4 Deneb Quad-Core 3.4 GHz Socket AM3 125W Processor - HDZ965FBGMBOX
AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition - Phenom II X4 Deneb Quad-Core 3.4 GHz Socket AM3 125W Processor - HDZ965FBGMBOX

Pros: Just bought this chip for my brother's new computer and he loves it! This chip is very cheap but is suitable for pretty much all but very hardcore PC users, for the majority of programs and games it is easily powerful enough especially when overclocked! I recommend picking up a Cooler Master Hyper 212 plus for your cpu cooler as long as your case is big enough (Cooler Master HAF 912 excellent budget case and very easy to build systems). With the Cooler Master Hyper 212 plus I was able to instantly pop this chip up to over 3.8 GHZ at stock voltage. Max temperature is around 47 degrees Celsius, and it runs perfectly quite. Personally I am using a Intel 2600k for my own computer, which hilariously I got it for $300 on black Friday over a year ago which is still cheaper than it costs now... But I would only recommend a better chip than the Phenom II X4 965 if you are a VERY SERIOUS computer user who does insane amounts of multitasking with intensive programs and like 20+ Firefox tabs up at times. I hope that AMD can actually release some good chips. Bulldozer was a complete failure in my opinion, and this has allowed Intel to keep their prices as high as they want. But for bang for the buck this chip is awesome, although I recommend you overclock it!

Cons: Disappointing that AMD cannot make a better chip to compete with Intel. Kind of sad that this really old chip is pretty much their best deal still.

Overall Review: Buy this chip if you are on a budget! Get the Cooler Master HAF 912 case if you need a new one so you can fit a Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus.

Awesome for the price

Sceptre 40" 1080p 60Hz LCD HDTV
Sceptre 40" 1080p 60Hz LCD HDTV

Pros: I wanted to find something fun to buy for Black Friday/Cyber Monday and a TV was on the top of my list. However out of all the TV deals I found this one was the only one which really stood out to me. The price point for this TV is really good for it's size. I managed to get this TV + wall mount + shipping + tax for just barely under $300! Not to shabby I can't complain, Black Friday Rules! This TV gets 4/5 stars for the value. But I cannot go with 5/5 because it seems that the picture quality could be a little better. It seems to me that this TV gets a little bit blurry when adjusting it's images (things moving on screen). I don't know if its a slow refresh rate or the pixel/screen quality is just not as good as it could be. However it is not very bad, some people might not even notice. It could just be that I am so used to my very nice LG monitor, and bigger screens always seem to lose some visual crispness/quality with the fine details. I think it sounds OK for a bedroom on low-mid volume settings (while watching TV). But when trying to play video games it becomes VERY apparent that these speakers do not have a good dynamic range. If you want to listen loud or do anything with crazy sound effects you will want a speaker system for this. Although I have only had the TV a few days it is possible the speakers might break in a little bit and sound better for gaming (kinda doubt it). If you want bang for your buck get this TV! If you want amazing quality you should spend more... it just seems there are not very many reasonable options unless you go WAY above this price point.

Cons: Overall quality could be slightly higher.

Overall Review: Newegg you got beat out on the price for this one this Black Friday!

11/30/2012