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Ryan W.

Ryan W.

Joined on 11/02/07

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Most Favorable Review

Looks great, but very little room for cables

Corsair Crystal iCUE 465X RGB CC-9011188-WW Black Steel / Plastic / Tempered Glass ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Corsair Crystal iCUE 465X RGB CC-9011188-WW Black Steel / Plastic / Tempered Glass ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: - The case itself is fairly roomy. - Steel construction & Tempered glass. Everything looks and feels sturdy. - Three LL120 fans and lighting node core is pretty good value. - Looks good (if you're into flashy RGB's) - Decent airflow - Decent quality grommets and an insane amount of cable tie points. - (Mostly) Tool-less design.

Cons: - Doesn't come with a back case fan which is pretty important for air flow, and you're probably going to get an LL120 fan, so this case in reality is another $30-40. - The bottom of the case has a small lip which prevents you from removing the harddrive bay from the case once you've installed your PSU. This also means if you've removed the harddrive bay before installing the PSU, you're going to have to remove the PSU just to get the harddrive bay back in. This also makes hooking everything up to your PSU a monumental PITA unless you have exceptionally small hands to squeeze between your PSU and harddrive bay. - Very little room in the back of the case for cables. Closing the case is like shutting the door to a log cabin with a raging blizzard outside. - The case is mostly tool-less, but the thumb screws for the back of the case absolutely require a screw driver.

Overall Review: - I have an HX750 with my build which is a 180mm modular PSU. The specifications for this case say it can fit 180mm and boy it can just *barely* fit a 180mm PSU with the harddrive bay still installed after quite a lot of finagling. You could go bigger than 180mm too, but you would 100% have to remove the harddrive bay. - You can buy an additional LL120 fan and it'll hook right up to the stock lighting core node from the case if you're looking to add a back fan. - The glass side panel is only being held on by fairly weak magnets. Once you unscrew all the thumb screws, be very careful not to let it drop. The front glass panel has a similar thing to watch out for.

10/13/2019
Most Critical Review

More durable than everyone else says, BUT

Saitek Eclipse II Illuminated Keyboard
Saitek Eclipse II Illuminated Keyboard

Pros: - The lighting looks great, ontop of a stylish keyboard. - Contrary to most reviews, this keyboard is quite durable. I've had it for a few years now and not one key is malfunctioning (aside from the space bar issue). The paint doesn't scrub off either. I don't know what people do to this keyboard, but by simply taking care of it and not abusing it, it will endure the years just fine. I have even accidentally spilled stuff a few times into this keyboard and it still functions flawlessly. - Handy app control in the top right corner of the keyboard for managing music, etc. is always a plus. - Wrist rest is a life saver.

Cons: - With everyone else, the space bar sticks after a while, and requires you to hit it in the middle. I'm so used to it after these few years with this keyboard I naturally hit the keyboard in the center now. - Back lighting could be better.

Overall Review: I didn't see anyone else with this problem so I'm not going to add it as a con because it could just be me, but this is the only keyboard that does this to me and it has happened on two completely different computers with this same exact keyboard. If you don't shut down properly, the drivers go whack, and requires you to switch around USB ports until it functions again, or reinstall the drivers in device manager. What's more irritating is when you only have one user account and it's passworded. You won't get in. If your trying to reformat your computer after a fatal virus, you better have another keyboard on the side or you won't be doing much with your computer.

Excellent Mid-Tier Motherboard

MSI MEG X570 ACE Gaming Motherboard AMD AM4 SATA 6Gb/s M.2 USB 3.2 Gen 2 Wi-Fi 6 ATX
MSI MEG X570 ACE Gaming Motherboard AMD AM4 SATA 6Gb/s M.2 USB 3.2 Gen 2 Wi-Fi 6 ATX

Pros: - Booted up immediately with no problems. Everything so far seems to work out of the box, which is a massive relief with these high end motherboards. CPU, GPU, RAM, and NVME M.2 SSD are benchmarking where they should be. - Excellent bios, extremely easy to update the bios and XMP my RAM. - Dragon center is a nice QOL software with everything all-in-one like monitoring and mystic light. - Features galore for overclockers and tweakers.

Cons: - The chipset runs pretty hot, but this is apparently the case with all X570 boards. - The overclock dial is pretty flimsy and easily snaps off, so be careful with it. - Only 4 SATA connectors.

Overall Review: - I seen other reviews commenting on the set screws being too tight for the M.2 heatshield. The screw is in tighter than the set screw itself, but it's not really a big deal. Just remove the set screw, and then grip it with a pair of pliars while unscrewing with a screw driver; easy. - The chipset fan is a little louder than case fans, but only if you have very quiet fans under no load. The moment your PC is under any sort of load the chipset fan is not going to be noticeable. - The SATA connectors are located directly in line with the GPU. If you have long GPU, make sure to plug your SATA cables in first before installing your GPU. - The on-board RGB's are pretty, but they're subtle and not too bright or flashy, which is probably nice if you're not into super flashy RGB's. This review is for the MSI Review Rebate Program.

10/13/2019

Extremely durable

Saitek Eclipse II Illuminated Keyboard
Saitek Eclipse II Illuminated Keyboard

Pros: I've owned this keyboard for nearly five years. I've had -none- of the issues described. I game fairly hardcore with this keyboard. I've spilt countless amounts of food and beverages, and after leaving it to dry and cleaning it, it still functions like new. Even with a little bit of palm sweat, the keys still look like they did when I bought them. The wrist rest is extremely comfortable. Even as I finally laid her to rest, I have to jury rig the original keyboard rest onto another keyboard because I just can't function without it. It's really one of the best keyboards you can get for it's price.

Cons: None.

Overall Review: The people complaining about the paint on the keys wearing off might have acidic sweat, especially considering the thousands of hours I've put into it and how much I sweat, I've never even seen the slightest sign of wear on the keys.

Cheap

Logitech 963292-0403 Dual Action Gamepad
Logitech 963292-0403 Dual Action Gamepad

Pros: The paddle worked fine for the first few months for pretty much every game. Comfortable, and easy to use. Its also pretty cheap.

Cons: After a few months, the paddle decalibrated in the left analog stick. I tried following every direction to recalibrate it, and could only conclude it was garbage.

Overall Review: You get what you pay for.