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Michael J.

Michael J.

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Most Favorable Review
LIAN LI ARMORSUIT PC-P50 Black Aluminum ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
LIAN LI ARMORSUIT PC-P50 Black Aluminum ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: +Dust Filters everywhere +Rubber mounts for fans +Easy quiet hard drive module +Easy Cable management +Quiet Fans(Slow speed might be a con for some) +Power/HD lights integrated into buttons.(HD for reset) +Thumb screws for motherboard +Spare parts, extra rubber grommets as replacements. +PCI bracket clamp is ingenious +5 1/4 lock hinge +No Plastic

Cons: -No removable mother tray -No 3 1/2 adapters(I knew this and don't need them) -No eSATA connection.

Overall Review: I couldn't be happier with this case, I have been hunting for a case for a long time and this has always been either a flaw or outrageous price that would keep me from buying it. The one downfall this case had is it has 3 HD mounts which can easily be fixed by buying the LIAN LI EX-332N HDD Mount Kit, to bad it adds another $30 to the price.

Most Critical Review
BenQ DVD Burner 16X DVD+R 4X DVD+RW 2.4X DVD+R DL 16X DVD-R 4X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 40X CD-R 24X CD-RW 40X CD-ROM Black IDE Model DW1620 BLK
BenQ DVD Burner 16X DVD+R 4X DVD+RW 2.4X DVD+R DL 16X DVD-R 4X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 40X CD-R 24X CD-RW 40X CD-ROM Black IDE Model DW1620 BLK

Comments: This was a very fast drive, but it had problems with my system. It would lock-up my computer on startup/reboot. I RMA'D the drive but same problem. Went with a Lite-On 1673S and had no problems.

Good card if you can get at MSRP

XFX SPEEDSTER SWFT 210 Radeon RX 6600 8GB GDDR6 PCI Express 4.0 Video Card RX-66XL8LFDQ
XFX SPEEDSTER SWFT 210 Radeon RX 6600 8GB GDDR6 PCI Express 4.0 Video Card RX-66XL8LFDQ

Pros: VERY low power requirements, only uses 100 watts at max, 120 if you go into AMD software and up the power draw. Great 1080p card that stays pretty cool, I hoovered around 65C while playing RDR2.

Cons: Cheap looking Limited to PCI-E 4.0 8x which is bad if you have a PCI-E 3.0 board then you'll be limited to 4x speed which will hinder performance depending on game.

Overall Review: I have a 10400F and because of the limitations on PCI I ended up going with a 3060, but if you are running a 4.0 CPU this card ran just as fast or faster than the 3060 using roughly 40-60 watts less power.

Pretty good headset

Xbox Stereo Headset for Xbox One, PC, Xbox Series X|S
Xbox Stereo Headset for Xbox One, PC, Xbox Series X|S

Pros: Very comfortable, I have a large head and no issues Love the volume wheel on the side of the headset, you turn the outer ring. Sound is decent at this price

Cons: Not loud enough, I run these through my amp to get them a little louder, Not sure if its an internal design flaw to make chat louder.

Overall Review: Good, but not the best. Came with my bundle for my Xbox Series X

Great Console

Microsoft Xbox Series X
Microsoft Xbox Series X

Pros: Gamepass Backwards compatibility Enhancements to some older games. Loading time for older games Cross playing games on PC to Xbox is wonderful if you move around your house and want to game at your desk or your couch. Extremely quiet, more so than my PS5(mostly due to disc drive noise)

Cons: Dashboard not as good as PS5 in my opinion, allows you to create groups but the tabs look generic, needs a way to attach a pic to the group and I think it would look a lot better. Have to manually set the option to fully turn off the console when you shutdown otherwise it goes into rest mode.

Overall Review: Great product for what it does, if you game mostly on PC you can probably just skip it since they have the same games. I love the built in stand it feels very solid when you set it down standing up or laying flat.

Great micro atx motherboard

ASUS TUF GAMING B560M-PLUS WIFI LGA 1200 Intel B560 SATA 6Gb/s Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
ASUS TUF GAMING B560M-PLUS WIFI LGA 1200 Intel B560 SATA 6Gb/s Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Lots of features Good Vrm Cooling Usb C header on motherboard for front I/O Built in I/O plate

Cons: Would not work with my XFX RX 580 4GB dual bios GPU, could get to boot on secondary pci-e slot if I turned the switch to the slower bios, but I would get artifacts while booting and I had several games crash.

Overall Review: Good motherboard if your using Nvidia GPU or just any newer Graphics card. *Update on the compatibility issues, latest update changed the default setting to allow the card to boot normally.

10/13/2021