Joined on 04/10/09
Amazing Laptop from Lenovo
Pros: This thing is absolutely fantastic as long as you don't expect something equivalent to a desktop in performance when you are gaming. I picked it up on a sale during Black Friday and have been using it almost constantly the last 3 days to finish a coding project for school and it hasn't failed me yet! It plays older games really well such as Skyrim, Fallout 3/New Vegas, Dark Souls 1 and 2 and anything else along that vein, New games like Witcher 3 and Fallout 4 it plays stunningly as well just at Medium Settings w/ 1920x1080 res which is still a good jump above my PS4 and about as good as my 2 year old desktop. The only downside for this would be the pre installed HDD which is 5400rpm and slow as all heck but Lenovo made it easy to remove the bottom panel and gain access to the drive bay, m.2 slot, Memory, and fans which is so nice since most laptops require a lot of fighting to get into them.
Cons: The only downsides so far is the fan does spin up a bit when doing heavy duty gaming but it's actually not bad since it's a steady "wooshing" sound instead of a high pitch whine and the machine doesn't get very warm at all while gaming for a couple hours at a time on top of which the HDD that was preinstalled is slow as heck but a 500gb Samsung 850 evo SSD was only $140 and easy to install, made this machine 10x faster.
Overall Review: Rundown: +Snappy CPU/GPU combo for Gaming and Programming +Very nice IPS screen with pretty good color reproduction +Runs very cool for extended gaming sessions and is silent otherwise +Keyboard is excellent, allows for fast accurate typing -Slow as heck HDD out of the box -Fans do kick up a bit while gaming but what laptop doesn't
Good Mid-Range, 9xx Series Coil Whine
Pros: So got this card this morning thanks to Newegg's prompt shipping as always and installed in my rig, started running it through benchmarks and playing a few games and they've all run well beyond my expectations (I'm looking for something to run 1080p games at Med-High settings, basically well above Console qualilty with better FPS). Card is absolutely silent fan wise, coil noise is a different issue, even while gaming and I'm running a rig that is dead silent to begin with. All in all happy with the performance of this card just disappointed with the coil whine issues of this series.
Cons: So my only real con is that once again a Strix card I've purchased in the 9xx series of GPU's from Nvidia has a Coil Whine/Buzz Issue. I owned a GTX 970 for a week previously (Asus Strix Model) and it had a very high pitched whine to it when gaming even when I forced FPS down to 30. This card has more of a light buzz which could just be the fans but it's not nearly as bad as the 970 that I previously had (Returned that and they were out of stock so I was refunded the money instead of given a replacement and decided to just wait till the 960 came out since I didn't need a very high end card)
Overall Review: I'll give the card a week and see how much the coil buzz gets to me, may be going back to the 700 series as none of the cards I've built with from that line had a coil whine issue and the whole point of my rig is silence.
Awesome Laptop for a Developer/Gamer on the Go
Pros: -Sleek Form Factor with a near non existent bezel -Specs are fantastic for both gaming and development (Use Unity, Visual Studio, Unreal Engine, and Lumberyard for Game Development and it handles these very well) -RGB Backlit keyboard, some may not like it but I enjoy the ability to highlight certain keys in different colors based on what program I'm in -Fans aren't terribly loud even at max in a quiet room as far as laptops go, you can definitely hear them but it's a low pitch whooshing sound rather than the standard laptop fan squeal -Stays cool in comparison to other thin and light gaming laptops, had a Razer Blade 14 that I returned to get this and that thing was boiling compare to this while gaming -Rather LIght, roughly 5lbs with power brick in the bag, barely feel it in my backpack -Power Brick is slim and not a huge brick thankfully, has an USB 3.0 port for charging phones and iPads which is handy, saves a USB port on the laptop that I might otherwise use to charge my phone also lets me charge my Anker Portable Battery too!
Cons: -Though Fans are quiet at full, every fan setting except "Quiet Mode" in Smart Manager has them spin at 2000rpm when Idle which means it is always making some noise, I stopped noticing it about 10mins into using the laptop though without headphones on -ESC key on mine requires a bit more force to use and it is a Membrane style keyboard from the feel, I actually kind of like the resistance it gives since I tend to type hard but if you're super picky about this or don't like membrane caps it may be an issue. -Does have about 6 programs as far as "Bloatware" the only two I kept were Gigabyte Fusion and Smart Manager v3, Fusion is the software to control the keyboard backlighting and macros, Smart Manager must be installed for your Fn keys to work (As far as I've found, I may have missed something, plus it gives fan control and some other useful tools, awful looking though.
Overall Review: -Haven't heard any Coil Whine in my Laptop, though power brick does have a very slight whine that can be heard if it's level with your head. -Small amount of backlight bleed in bottom corners, though otherwise it's a beautiful screen and I don't notice the bleed in day to day use.
Firse one was a Dud
Pros: Has a lot of great looking features, sturdy little board physically, well planned layout to keep wires neat, enhanced audio and voltage controls are great in concept.
Cons: First board was DOA, got the Q-Code of 00 and it basically goes into a Boot Loop where it refuses to post and powers on and off every second or so. I've checked that the i5-4670k and the Corsair Vengeance LP Memory I was using are good as well as the Corsair RM 750 on another Motherboard and they all worked flawlessly. RMA is going through now (#58843460) and I'm hoping it comes back working, if they try to bull the "It has a bent CPU socket pin" on me I'm going to be annoyed as I've seen a couple reviews that they wouldn't replace, especially since the bent pin would have nothing to do with the actual issues people are running into, if there was a bent pin the MoBo would at least Post.
Overall Review: Neweggs customer service so far has been great, the board arriving DOA is frustrating as I'm out a computer for school for another couple weeks now and am unable to get anything done without going to the local library or a friends place. Fingers crossed that their customer service keeps being outstanding and the RMA goes through just fine (Never had to RMA anything from Newegg so far and I've built quite a few rigs for friends and family, guess I've just been lucky)
Awesome little Mini ITX Case!
Pros: What can I say, I've been looking to do a Mini ITX gaming/programming rig for a while now but there was just never a case that I liked for the form factor, that is until corsair made this beauty. I was able to fit everything in it without too much problems (H100i was an odd one and it was really just me being dumb) and I was able to get all my cables organized for some really great airflow!
Cons: Not a thing, this case is fantastic!
Overall Review: If you're mounting a 240mm water cooler in this, such as the H100i I put in my system, there are two sets of screw holes where you can place the cooler, the obvious sets put the bottom tubing for the cooler right up against the rear IO of the motherboard and apply some worrying pressure on it, but I noticed after taking it apart there's a second set of mounting holes that have some kinda long slits instead of the standard circle screw holes, this moves the water cooler forward just enough for it to fit comfortable without anything pressed against the coolers tubing! Build: i5-4670k Asus Maximus IV Impact Z87 Mobo 8gb Corsair Vengeance LP DDR3 1600 1x 128gb Samsung 840 pro 2x 1tb WD Black 7200rpm HDD EVGA GTX 780 Corsair RM 750 Corsair H100i 240mm CPU Liquid Cooler Asus CD/DVD Burner
Best mATX at the Right Price
Pros: Small mATX case with 4 120mm Fan spots for amazing cooling and it fits full length video cards like the GTX 680 as well as plenty of room for HDD's and a SSD mount at the bottom of the case
Cons: None unless you haven't built a PC before as it does require some skill when organizing your cables, the HDD cage causes the HDD to stick out to your RAM so taller sticks will be pressed against the Hard Drive (I'm using Corsair Vengeance with some tall heatspreaders) which is a bit worrying but not a deal breaker
Overall Review: 5.25" bays are great to use for zip tying in your excess PSU cables if you don't have a fully modular PSU