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Timothy M.

Timothy M.

Joined on 05/02/08

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Most Favorable Review

Good ram

G.SKILL 2GB 200-Pin DDR2 SO-DIMM DDR2 667 (PC2 5300) Laptop Memory Model F2-5300CL5S-2GBSQ
G.SKILL 2GB 200-Pin DDR2 SO-DIMM DDR2 667 (PC2 5300) Laptop Memory Model F2-5300CL5S-2GBSQ

Pros: Typical G.Skill high quality and speed. Put it in my EEE PC 1000H and it worked right out of the box (or plastic, I guess.) Noticeable performance increase over the stock ram, despite the fact that I only use about 500mb of it at any given time.

Cons: It won't make you a sandwich. Seriously, all I asked it to do was make me a good BLT, and it just sat there all plastic-like. Darn thing!

Overall Review: I think there's a slightly faster version for $5-10 more if you search around newegg, but 667 is the fastest my little EEE can handle anyway.

Most Critical Review

Not bad for the price, but could be better..

MSI Z87 MPOWER LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Extreme OC Flagship High Performance Triple CFX/ SLI Platform Intel Motherboard
MSI Z87 MPOWER LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Extreme OC Flagship High Performance Triple CFX/ SLI Platform Intel Motherboard

Pros: The board looks nice. It even has LEDs on the back of it for some reason. The construction feels and looks solid. The audio chip is very, very good. The NIC is well-performing. I don't use the 'killer' software for it, though, as it seems to do more harm than good. (Manual) overclocking was simple. I have my 4770K at 4.1ghz using "Auto" for all of the voltages - prime95 ran for hours stable. Anything above that will require more tinkering, which I haven't had time to do yet.

Cons: The BIOS is a bit clunky and won't update (seriously - flashing an update just freezes it. I end up just having to reset the machine after waiting awihle). Hopefully this BIOS doesn't have any crushing bugs, because I'm stuck with it... I plan to try the update again after researching it further, so I may update this in the future. The "OC Genie" feature was useless. It caused my machine to not even post, I had to reset the CMOS to even get back in to the BIOS to disable it. The built-in WiFi doesn't support 5ghz. It's 2014... That's ridiculous, but it's my fault for not researching that aspect of the board enough before purchasing. I just sort of assumed it'd have the capabilities my smartphones had 3 years ago.

Overall Review: Overall, I'm not unhappy with my purchase, but it could've been much better. I'm not sure if I'd recommend this board to others yet. I'll make up my mind on that when I figure out if my BIOS can actually be updated to the latest version or not and update this review.

Worth every penny

SeaSonic SS-750KM3 750W ATX12V V2.3 / EPS 12V V2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Full Modular Active PFC Power Supply New 4th Gen CPU Certified Haswell Ready
SeaSonic SS-750KM3 750W ATX12V V2.3 / EPS 12V V2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Full Modular Active PFC Power Supply New 4th Gen CPU Certified Haswell Ready

Pros: The blog reviews for this lineup of PSUs don't even begin to describe it. This thing is pristine. The packaging it comes with is nothing short of luxurious. I can't say anything that isn't already said, but know that this PSU uses the best possible components down to every last little capacitor. Some reviews have it stable well past its 750W rating (not that my system will be pulling that much any time soon). The 750W at the time of my purchasing was significantly cheaper than the 850W. Normally it's just a $20-30 step-up. Still, I have no concerns about this being able to power my future upgrades without any problems. I have always gone Corsair for my PSUs in the last several years (a couple models of which are actually made by SeaSonic and rebranded nowadays). From now on I'll be purchasing SeaSonic directly and exclusively.

Cons: Absolutely none. And I'm extremely picky. This feels like the most high-end component in my system.

Overall Review: i7 4770k @ 4.1ghz Corsair H100i MSI Z87 MPOWER LGA 1150 16GB G-Skill 1866 9-10-9-28 RAM EVGA 770GTX 2GB Crucial M4 512GB SSD Several random storage drives 750W SS-750KM3 SeaSonic PSU Corsair Vengeance Series C70 Arctic White Steel Case

All you need (for now)

EVGA SuperClocked w/ ACX Cooling 02G-P4-2774-KR G-SYNC Support GeForce GTX 770 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 SLI Support Video Card
EVGA SuperClocked w/ ACX Cooling 02G-P4-2774-KR G-SYNC Support GeForce GTX 770 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 SLI Support Video Card

Pros: I spent countless hours trying to decide on the GPU for my new build and landed on this card. No, it is not the 4GB model, but that is not necessary currently - even at high resolutions, 2GB of VRAM is simply not saturated. It won't be consistently saturated until we are all running over 1080P. I, for one, do not plan on doing so until 4K becomes mainstream. This card will run any game for the foreseeable future at 1080p. If you plan on using a higher resolution now or very soon, consider looking at a 780 / 780ti or SLI options. Overclocking: I was able to get another 100mhz out of the core and 125mhz out of the memory before the card became unstable in Furmark. My temperatures rarely go much above 60C after setting a somewhat aggressive fan curve in EVGA Precision. On the looks: I expected the gold plating on the cooler to look tacky. Quite the opposite once I held it in person. It's a very nice looking card.

Cons: The price point should be adjusted soon. 780 (non-ti) cards can be found refurbished for only $60-100 more.

Overall Review: I have no regrets in choosing this card. It tears up Unigine Heaven and 3DMark. I'll probably sit on it for a couple of years until some strong DX12 cards hit the market.

Good value

Cooler Master NotePal X3 - Gaming Laptop Cooling Pad with 200 mm Blue LED Fan
Cooler Master NotePal X3 - Gaming Laptop Cooling Pad with 200 mm Blue LED Fan

Pros: Delivers a pretty decent amount of cooling for what it is. I notice a 5-10C drop while gaming on my Samung Series 7.

Cons: The Mini-USB (yes, mini, not micro) mine shipped with already had a short in it. I work in IT and had a dozen of them laying around, but that's a tad annoying. Can get a bit loud on the highest fan speed, but it doesn't bother me too much. I don't use it for casual browsing on the couch, after all. Also, it's ugly. My Samsung 650M/i7 laptop is 1" thick with a Macbook Pro inspired design. This looks like a 12 year old designed it in comparison.

Overall Review: I probably wouldn't bother if my laptop had better cooling, but I suppose that's the tradeoff for the 1" thick form factor. If you're running a giant Asus or something with plenty of cooling, this is probably a waste of money unless you plan on gaming inside of an oven.

12/12/2012

Incredible

RAZER Mamba Black 7 Buttons USB Laser Gaming Mouse - Dual Mode Wired/Wireless Functionality
RAZER Mamba Black 7 Buttons USB Laser Gaming Mouse - Dual Mode Wired/Wireless Functionality

Pros: Dual wired and wireless mode. In wireless I only lose about 50hz total, staying at about 1000hz in both modes. 5600 DPI is incredible. This is also easily the most comfortable mouse I've ever held in my hand. I can't manage to get the battery to die with the new firmware (1.0.3), even after gaming for 8 hours it's still going. I ordered a Razer Goliathus mousepad with this, and the combo is great. People saying that the laser bounces when clicking don't realize that vibrations exist in our universe -- it isn't a real issue whatsoever and doesn't actually happen at all if you have a proper mousepad.

Cons: 5600 DPI can actually be TOO much for some games, even on the lowest possible sensitivity setting. Thankfully, Razer allows you to create different profiles and easily switch between them with the click of a button, so I've merely made a 2000DPI profile to mock my old Copperhead in those (older) games that don't like 5600. Also, battery life sucks until you install the new firmware (1.0.3 at time of writing). Don't forget to do so. Grab the latest driver and firmware and have them ready before you even plug it in.

Overall Review: I'm generally pretty cheap. I still run with dual 8800s and an AMD phenom, I don't like spending money. With that being said, I would have gladly paid twice as much for this mouse now that I've used it for awhile. I got it within minutes of appearing on Newegg for $130, and the price jumps are entirely justified. It's probably the most expensive mouse to ever appear, but it's worth every penny. Again, be sure to get the latest firmware installed properly, or you will have issues with battery life. Also, there's a ton of reviews here from people who didn't even buy the mouse from Newegg. While some of them may have ordered it from Razer directly, take them with a grain of salt.