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Most Favorable Review

Great Value, 80$ shellshocker

Rosewill PHOTON Series 850W Full Modular Gaming Power Supply, 80 PLUS Gold Certified, Single +12V Rail, SLI & Crossfire Ready - Photon-850
Rosewill PHOTON Series 850W Full Modular Gaming Power Supply, 80 PLUS Gold Certified, Single +12V Rail, SLI & Crossfire Ready - Photon-850

Pros: 850w Gold rated All/most power over single 12v rail which means power fluctuations etc all handled over one rail which means it was built properly and wont fry out your pc. So far after a week into my upgrade of a HD7990 this psu seems to power my rig correctly with 4 fans connected to a fan controller and my 2500k set to a 4.5 oc on a NH-d14. So far this psu seems to be handling my system well with no problem. This is also why i vouch for external power supplied amps because if my desktop amp was powered by my pc who knows.....

Cons: Stiff cables, wouldnt be enough to drop an egg though cable managing my 650D has become quite the task.....since the replacement 200mm intake fan prompted me to remove my hd cage and put it near the psu....now most of my cables are routed behind the hd cage and all come out of 1-2 lower cable routes vs the 4 i had before. The loss of egg was in the "options" given since my NZXT fan controller needed 2 molex connectors to power it.....This psu provides that many molex connectors via.......the ends of the sata power cables.....which is a step down from my past semi modular psu. I now have to use both of the sata connectors in my psu with the molex connectors at the end because the cables are so stiff and stubborn i can barely get them to connect to my 2 HD that are located <6" from the rear of the psu itself....i have an acute fear of one of those sata power cables popping off from the cord resistance....and my past Thermaltake modular had angled sata power cables as well as "pure" molex only cords which made routing easier since i didnt have 2 complete sata connector cables routed together......

Overall Review: At its price i cant complain beyond docking 1 egg since this product doesn't meet my 5/5 standards of Pure satisfaction. As far as performance it gets 5/5, but the fact that its fully modular yet i have to use a sata power connector with 0 sata devices powered solely to use the molex connector on the end of it ruins the "fully modular" experience now i have 8 unused sata power connectors lodged in the back of my rear panel......a fate that 100% of builders will succumb to if they have a range of controllers/accessories that require molex power...i read the description it sais 4 molex connectors they are all on the end of 5 sata power connectors and come as 1.... I tried to research the "true" capabilities of the power draw on this psu and overall build quality etc, but since it was a newer model my search for a good review was inconclusive so i figured id just go for it. Im glad i did you get the performance of 150$ psus and near half the price, still defined as "fully modular" so you even have that. My 8pin connector also fit behind my rear panel, something my thermal take modular cable was too short to do so i had to do the ole 8pin(bottom mounted psu) trick and place it under my pci slots and right under my gpu....something i saw from a guy named tjharlow.

Most Critical Review

shotty oem rebrand

Thermaltake TR2 RX 750W Bronze W0382RU ATX 12V v2.3 / EPS 12V v2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
Thermaltake TR2 RX 750W Bronze W0382RU ATX 12V v2.3 / EPS 12V v2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

Pros: its appearance, as in it appears to be too good to be true...sadly it is if you try to push 750w from sli/cfx middle end to top end cards(660-etc, hd 7800-etc) you will fry your system

Cons: this is a re-branded Chinese oem from the brand hec be warned

Overall Review: research power supplies to see what power supplies are genuine products, or just cheap re-branded oem's if you want 500-600w of performance and modular capabilities, that is what this will provide

10/24/2012

Great Headache free

Sentry Mix 2 Fan Controller
Sentry Mix 2 Fan Controller

Pros: My favorite one out of the options. 6 fan control support matched my color to my power/hd led of my 650d More fan support over the sentry 1/2 even the LX... The Mix 2 makes 0 noise when interacting with their "user friendly" interface over the "user friendly" touch screen...of their other options. I position my computer parallel to my monitor so i would never have access/vision to the lcd screens anyways of the controllers.

Cons: None really. That i can think of using 2 sentry 2s, and a sentry lx in builds for friends. I found this Controller the most ideal in most circumstances, over the touch screen ones esp since the touch screen ones made noises when they would "announce" they are speeding up or powering down fans to lower speeds

Overall Review: Im using this to control 4 fans on my Corsair 650d, the coolermaster 200mm intake fan, the 2 140mm noctua flx, and the rear 120mm noctua flx. I like that it supports 6 fans because if i were to ever go push-pull with an integrated water cooling loop i can go 4x 140mm fans on a rad+ the intake and rear fan im using so this controller already won me over with the 6 fan control...i later learned i could color match it to my computers leds+ it made no noises at all. Made it the best fan controller ive used so far. Its in my setup lol. After experiencing the other sentry options i had to take a chance on this.

My fave case made on the market

Corsair Obsidian Series 650D (CC650DW-1) Black Aluminum / Steel ATX Mid Tower Case
Corsair Obsidian Series 650D (CC650DW-1) Black Aluminum / Steel ATX Mid Tower Case

Pros: IMO in the 4 years ive had the case so far the true pros are still what i got it for. -spacious -well thought out accommodations ^dust filteres ^rubber gromits ^no thumb screw panels ^window that isnt gaudy ^bottom mount psu with dust filter for intake. ^front hd dock Its truly easy to build in this case. You can do a lot. Id still recommend a semi/modular psu Since the window is perfect for showing off the hardware even obstructs most hd vision. I also really like the case because of the high clearance over the motherboard mounting zone...above there is a good amount of room for a 280 rad setup. For its price when its on sale. You get a good case worth investing in that can pay off water cooling or not you have the option, as well as an hd dock.

Cons: After 2-3 years the 2 big fans died on me. when i replaced the front 200mm i had to remove the hd cages since the "cooler master" fan i got to replace it was thicker. I guess if you got to see some fans in person you could get a correct one. I guess its a waiting game to see what/when the owner over exerts force to a specific part(most likely plastic) or imo part of the front panel connector. I didnt trust using the fan controller after that

Overall Review: Nice i got 2 140mm noctua fans on the top 1 120mm on the rear. And the NH-d14 on my cpu so its quiet for the moment vs a push pull sound. I only have 2 wd black 1tb hd, and 1 240gb ssd. So im utilizing 1 hd cage in the lower area and in general it seems ideal for the airflow of the intake to go right into the cpu cooler. I cant wait to possibly water cool one day when my sandy setup dies and i dont want to support the mobo/cpu socket. Best case ive built 10+ builds for friends and family. Its the best "gaming" case due to its subtlety as well as its elegance. I did like a few itx cases. But for a full sized rig with the proper airflow/quality to sustain the build. I5 2500k @4.4ghz 8gb mushkin redline 240gb kingston hyper x ssd 2x 1tb wd black Radeon HD 7990 NZXT sentry fan controller just for my 4 case fans and it suports 6, if i ever push pull the top. which is ideal Im just glad my hardware is keeping up with this seemingly timeless computer case

interesting sensor placement

Logitech G700s 910-003584 Black 13 Buttons 1 x Wheel USB Wired / Wireless Laser 8200 dpi Rechargeable Gaming Mouse
Logitech G700s 910-003584 Black 13 Buttons 1 x Wheel USB Wired / Wireless Laser 8200 dpi Rechargeable Gaming Mouse

Pros: wireless 1000hz polling high button functionality, macro capability etc performs well "enough" in fps games the obvious mmo/rts/moba inclinations multiple profiles, i have one for every day web browsing etc that has the g buttons located near the mouse 1, as forward, play, rewind for spotify if im on youtube the pause also applies to youtube if the mouse understands you are using that window and will default to spotify if i click out of the browser window. Overall weight and texture is well designed and adds to the overall functionality of the mouse.

Cons: The placement of the sensor is located directly below the middle mouse button. A placement that i have never experienced that does take getting used to since the tracking will be based off where your fingers are and not the center of your hand(since most mice have sensors located directly in the middle of the mouse..... this factors in mostly in fps games where you use 400 dps or low dps mainly in CS it makes tracking somewhat difficult in angular situations like aiming blow yourself or even in close ranged situations if you place your wrist stationary on your mousepad and track left/right you understand that the radius of where the tracking laser reaches is much further out than if it were located an inch lower and when you rotate the mouse left/right if your wrist is stationary then the tracking difference between both mice is worlds different. comming from a g9x an other laser sensor based mouse from logitech.

Overall Review: battery life can be questionable when ran at 1000hz which is a setting i have for both of my fps profiles, though i bought an eneloop AA 4 pack that also came paired with a panasonic charger for 15$ i think it was and now i never have to worry about battery power since i have 5 total on rotation...IMO a must if you do solid gaming and something that shouldnt be overlooked granted this is a gaming mouse....moreover the multimedia/editing implications this mouse presents as far as various applications and editing applications this mouse can serve various purposes so not having to use that stiff charging cable that will definitely affect tracking is a must. Once you get used to the sensor location and how it tracks it is quite a convenient mouse to have which enables computing with when you have to use the phone or other tasks with your other hand studying etc. i got mine for 50$ it was a must buy. I needed a mobile mouse once i got a laptop i also gravitate towards multibutton functionality and do not find that having large various buttons and options at my disposal is tedious. If you are that kind of person that enjoys the customizable productivity potential that this mouse presents than buy it now before its gone and all of those new gen logitech mice are your only option i find razer products to be a bit overpriced when compared to a product with metal parts and removable brand name rechargeable batteries

underwhelming

SteelSeries 9HD Gaming Pad
SteelSeries 9HD Gaming Pad

Pros: good consistent tracking high glide, with low resistance encourages one to use a heavier mouse if you understand friction and how it works than you will understand why a heavier mouse would function better on a surface that is hard vs a soft mousepad. Ideal for laser mice, my g9x and g700s both have noticeably better tracking i get far more flick headshots in cs where the target dies before my crosshair even reaches where i am "theoretically" aiming and shooting. Takes getting used to over a cloth pad, especially an older more friction presenting surface. Also no funky rubber smell prevalent in my ripper xxl that lingered for around 1-2 months

Cons: where the underwhelming factor comes in...it is literally near the shape of a piece of printer paper....im coming from a ripper xxl...36x18....so its a bit of a step down in some senses its ideal to only use so much of a specific tracking surface when you utilize 400 dpi...so that im consistent with my tracking as far as gaming goes but i remember when the steelpads were far larger and maintained a reasonable size to price ratio...

Overall Review: i happened to get mine on black friday at the steelseries site so i got mine for 22$. Its currently sitting on top of my ripper xxl, so as far as comparison to previous steelseries hard pads i would say theres a definite upgrade to the quality of the grip that this pad has i could easily say it will grip on just about any surface without moving. Previous versions were susceptible to the rubber rolling over and it lead to "contact" points that eventually made the pads uneven as well as "movable" at full price this pad is highly questionable over various cloth options....but again i am an avid Laser mouse user and have grown accustomed to the implicit "laser mouse acceleration" of the sensors...i figured id just get a hard pad for extra insurance and the fact that they are easier to maintain over cloth pads...the mobility factor is also very convenient i can put it below a laptop and transport it via laptop bag easily without worrying about it bending,, or forming a crease if it were a cloth pad. 4 stars because ripper xxl is 20$ on any given day on sale, and goliathus 36x18 is also around 30$ and that has woven edges, and this is merely the size of a piece of paper so once you reach its limits there goes the ever anticipated mouse pick up and re positioning which ofcourse causes mouse movements...with most optical/laser gaming mice which is tedious in fps games like cs where crosshair placement is ideal and picking up a mouse a few mm from a surface causes your crosshair to jump around