Date Joined: 01/31/08
Pros: I just got this keyboard today and so far I love it! Everything about it screams quality. The lighting is amazing and fits right in with my red and black theme perfectly. This is my first mechanical keyboard and I don't know how I went so long without one! Cherry red switches feel amazing and are nice and smooth. I tested the Razor Chroma with blue keys and a Logitech keyboard with brown keys (don't remember the model) and I liked them both, but I think I prefer the reds. I haven't tried gaming on it yet, so I can't comment on that aspect of it yet. I am coming from a Logitech G110 that I've had for 5 years (great keybord for what it is). I love the large font and beautiful lighting.
Cons: I have very large hands and I find the keyboard rest to be a little too small for me, but it does look really good on the keyboard.
Overall Review: Not a fan of the lighting effects in the CUE software. I prefer a static color and find the effects distracting, but that's just my personal preference. They look cool and work well, just not my cup of tea. The gaming key caps are a nice touch. I installed the FPS keys and the textured caps make the WASD keys easy to find and the contoured tops make them comfortable.
Pros: Nice sleeved cabling. Heavy. Feels like it was manufactured with quality materials. Powered my wifes computer she uses for online college courses fine for 8 months.
Cons: Purchased this PSU on 4/11/16 here on the egg to build a computer for my wife to use for school work. This morning, 12/23/16, she turned it on and it made a noise she said she couldn't describe, then everything immediately shut off accompanied by a fried electronics smell. This has spent it's entire life connected to a Belkin surge protector and has only seen very light use.
Overall Review: This PSU was only powering the motherboard, CPU, one HDD, optical drive, and two fans. It is a very basic computer. I bought this PSU because I trusted the brand. I have a Corsair HX 750 in my rig that has been going strong since 2011. Based on my experience with this PSU, I cannot recommend it.
Pros: I've built a lot of computers and used a lot of different CPU coolers. I've built custom water cooling loops and used closed loop liquid coolers. My experience is, you get what you pay for. This is a $20 cooler and that is what you get. SLIGHTLY better temps using Arctic MX4 than the stock cooler that comes with an Intel core i5 4690 (also using MX4). Fan looks cool.
Cons: The 3-4 degree drop in temp is not worth the time and effort to remove the motherboard to install this thing. Also, the craftsmanship is right on par for the price tag. The cooler looked like it had been crushed down from the top, but the packaging wasn't damaged. The pre-installed Intel mounting brackets were bent in to the point that I had to straighten them in order to get the screw studs aligned with the holes in the motherboard. The bottom of the fins on the upper portion of the were in contact with the top of the base plate. I had to carefully pry it up to level it out a bit. It still sits at a cockeyed angle. The machining on the base plate and the direct touch heat pipes looked like it had been done with a die grinder.
Overall Review: Overall I don't recommend this cooler. I took a chance based on the one and only review I could find(here on the egg). My recommendation is to spend a little more and buy something from a reputable company. Your decision though, it's your $20.
Pros: The finished product is nice. Clean lines with the brushed aluminum look of the front bezel make this case look like it would cost more than it does. The stock fan is quiet, and with the addition of a Silenex 92 mm exaust fan, the computer runs quiet and cool. The case feels light but sturdy when assembled.
Cons: The hard drive mount is the worst design I've ever come accross, and I've used a lot of cases in varing price ranges from a lot of different manufactures. I also had a hard time fitting an ASRock H170M Pro4 micro-atx motherboard in it because of the optical drive bay. Cable management is nonexistant in this case. Excess cables can be bundled and hidden behind the hard drive bracket however.
Overall Review: I will not use this case again, but I might give some of their higher priced offerings a chance in the future.
Pros: Price is unbeatable. Packaged better than the retail version. Works perfectly and looks brand new.
Cons: No cons
Overall Review: Always a little apprehensive buying refurbished items, but this one didn't disappoint. Works perfectly. No dead pixels or signs of use. Includes everything you need except a DVI cable.
Pros: It works! Decently fast drive. Using it as my game drive to hold my steam library along with a 1TB Seagate as a windows libraries drive and a 250GB Samsung 850EVO as the OS drive. This drive is faster then the Seagate drive. S.M.A.R.T. shows 30 power-on hours after 5 days of use.
Cons: Slightly noisy when being written to, but quiet all other times.
Pros: Using this board with an i7 4790K and it's a wonderful combination. I followed the instructions in the ROG forum on updating the EUFI BIOS prior to installing CPU and RAM etc. and everything is working beautifully. Also the board looks and performs like new. Even still had the plastic film on the chipset heat-sink.
Cons: Onboard audio not all they make it out to be. Maybe if you have never owned a discrete soundcard the audio might be fine. It is really good for onboard, but I guess I got spoiled by my old (PCI) Xonar DS 7.1 soundcard. Can't use it though, board doesn't have any legacy PCI slots.
The board also came with the wrong I/O shield in the box. None of the ports even came close to lining up. Called ASUS support and they tried telling me that there was NO WAY they packed it with the wrong one, Newegg must have swapped it! Really asus?! Newegg somehow got through your box seal, swapped I/O sheilds, resealed the box so no one could tell and are giggling like school girls at their cleverness. Found one on the bay for $14 free shipping.
Overall Review: Despite the audio not meeting my expectations and the wrong I/O shield, I LOVE this board! Would give asus support a -1 egg for trying to blame newegg for the I/O shield.
Pros: MUCH faster than a conventional HDD or SSHD. This is my first SSD and I am impressed by it's speed and responsiveness. I can't compare it to other SSDs, but I can't imagine needing anything faster for it's intended use.
Cons: None for me.
Overall Review: Install was a breeze using Acronis True Image to clone old HDD. Cloning 112 GB took 18 minutes with this SSD in a USB3.0 external enclosure.
Pros: Great cooler. Bought it for my wifes computer which has an AMD Phenom II X4 965 BE. Stock fan was TERRIBLE! Loud at any speed and did not do an adequate job of keeping the CPU cool. This cooler keeps it around 32c at idle in the same case as apposed to 45-50c with stock cooler. Easy to install and is very quiet.
Overall Review: To all of the people complaining that this cooler didn't come with the right hardware for your motherboard/CPU, read the description. AC makes different models for intel and AMD. A11 for AMD, i11 for intel. What gets me is the people who claim a tech level of 4 or 5, but don't know if they have intel or AMD. If your motherboard has four holes for push pins, you have an intel CPU and need the i11 model, this model ONLY works with AMD!
Pros: Works great with win 8.1 after figuring out how to activate it. I'll include step by step instructions in other thoughts section. Doesn't matter where you buy, or what brand you buy, the steps will be the same for win 7 or win 8.
Cons: None. Unless you count having to do a little research to make it work with win7 or win8.1. Google is your friend. Don't be afraid to use it before giving up and writing a bad review.
Overall Review: This is copy and paste from the review that helped me:
1) throw away the disc that comes with it, it's pointless
2) plug it into a usb port (I've tested on both windows 8 and 8.1 boxes, works on both)
3) go to the search (top right corner in windows 8/8.1)
4) type "device manager"
5) look for a device that's not recognized. When installing the driver, make sure you let windows find it, scroll to the bottom of the list, and choose the one for Xbox wireless adapter. (NOT charger)
6) if it doesn't work out of the box like that, then go to MS's site, download the driver and make sure when you go back to find it you scroll ALL THE WAY DOWN to the bottom, where the latest driver is, and use that. I couldn't find it at first because you need to scroll down when you install MS's, as there are 2 different drivers (and older one and a newer one - use the newer)
Pros: Card works great. Looks new. Installed with fresh drivers and is working perfectly. Plays all of my games at highest settings on a PCI express 2.0 board.
Cons: So why the "but"? Because two days after paying $260 for the refurbished model, the non-refurb dropped in price from $309 to $270. As I write this review, the non-refurb price is $255. and comes with a full 3 year warranty.
Overall Review: When the price of the non-refurb dropped, the price for this dropped as well, but it's only $10 cheaper than the non-refurb. $10 more for a full 3 year warranty? You decide.
Pros: I have had the older version of this PSU running strong in my PC for 3+ years. Fan is silent. Cables are a nice length. Good clean power.
This PSU has seen two platform upgrades and two cases. Fits perfectly in my CM HAF XB case.
Cons: None. Great reliable PSU. Corsair has never let me down.
Pros: After 2 years owning this case, I still love it. I never get tired of the reactions I get when people see it for the first time. I installed the Cooler Master V8 GTS in it and it works well in this case, but you will have to remove the top fan if you installed one. I modded the top panel by removing the factory mesh insert and replacing it with a piece of 0.118" polycarbonate. I was able to reuse the factory push pins that held the mesh in place so it looks factory installed.
Cons: Mine is the first model so it doesn't have 3 1/2" internal HDD mounts, just 1/2" internal and 3 1/2" hot swap. Not really a con as I only have two 1TB 3 1/2" HDDs, no SSD yet...
Overall Review: Cooler Master sells the windowed top panel on their store page for $13, but they want also want to charge you the same amount for shipping. You can get a 12" x 12" x .118" piece of acrylic at nearly any hardware or home improvement store for around $5, or a piece of polycarbonate the same size for under $10. Just trace the mesh panel and cut it (I used a skill saw with a finish blade), mark and drill the holes with a 1/8" drill bit and you have a factory looking windowed top panel in roughly 20 min. The plastic push pins work perfectly with the .118" panel. just discard the black plastic washers that were below the mesh.
Pros: Using this on a core i5 760 clocked to 4Ghz and idle temps are 28c-30c with target fan speed set at 50%. Fan speed is set in the bios to increase when the CPU reaches 45c, but it has never hit 45c during gaming or even running Passmark Burnintest. Fans are near silent till around 80% fan speed. Does a better job cooling this CPU than my H60 did and looks WAY better.
Cons: None for me really, except maybe that I had to remove the top fan from my HAF XB case to fit this beast. Definitely worth it though. Just going to order the windowed top panel for it.
Overall Review: If you take the fans off before installing this thing and use a 9mm socket on a 6" extension, installation is a breeze. I've pulled this off twice to test different thermal pastes. The paste it comes with is pretty good, but I get the best temps with AS 5 over the CM Thermal Fusion and Arctic MX4, but only by a couple degrees C. All are very good pastes.
Pros: Love the sound from this card. It is one of the three parts that I've transferred from one build to the next for the last three rebuilds. Works great with my Turtle Beach headphones as well as with my Philips 5.1 surround system with a 10" Kicker CVR sub in a 1.5 3ft L-port box tuned to 37 Htz powered by a 500 watt Dayton Audio subwoofer plate amp. Shakes the whole house and sounds crystal clear and loud. Drivers for win 8.1 work flawlessly.
Cons: Drivers for win 7 SUCK! PITA to install! If you are running 7 and do a rebuild that requires a fresh install, you will want to throw this card in the trash or garbage disposal or some other device that is really good at destroying things... then you'll get it to work and probably say that it was worth it for the phenomenal sound it produces.
Overall Review: Did I mention that the drivers for win 8.1 are painless and install without a hitch?
Pros: The case itself is very sturdy. Layout is unique and well thought out. Fans it came with move a decent amount and are silent. Moved the front 120mm fan to the top and installed BitFenix's 230mm Spectre pro fan in it's place. That fan is incredible as well. Moves a ton of air and is also silent.
I love the look of the case, it's beautifully designed. A bit larger than I expected, but not huge. I only have 2 complaints about this case...
Cons: The case I received has a crack about an inch long on the front edge of the bottom "foot" section. I contacted BitFenix support 5/8/14 and started a support ticket. I am trying to avoid having to RMA the case back to newegg. The automated response from them said I would hear from a support rep within 48 hrs. Five days later I got a response asking for info I had already given them. Another 5 days with no response so I logged in and asked them to respond. Got an email saying:
"A support staff has responded to your ticket #76xxxx with a reply.
We hope this response has sufficiently answered your questions. If not, please do not open another ticket. If needed, a representative will follow-up with you as soon as possible."
Logged in and there was NO reply or resolution.
Overall Review: The broken foot issue is apparently a pretty common issue with these cases. If it wasn't for the broken foot, I would be 100% satisfied with this case. However, due to BitFenix apparent lack of concern for customer satisfaction, I am not a happy (BitFenix) customer. Newegg is awesome as always!
Pros: Nice looking. Light weight. Easy to work in. Has USB 3.0 front panel 19 pin connector. Power supply has just the right amount of connectors for a basic home/office PC. Added a 120 mm fan to the front for improved cooling.
Cons: VERY thin metal used throughout the case, but feels pretty sturdy once HDD and optical drive are installed. Front panel USB 3.0 ports are upside down. HDD and power LEDs are dim to the point that I thought they weren't working until I looked closer. That might be a pro for some people.
Overall Review: Overall, for the price, it's a great case. Perfect for a home/office setup. Would be a decent case for a budget gaming case if a different PSU was used.
Pros: Amazing picture, once adjusted. Factory settings are much too bright. No stuck pixels. Yay! From a 21.5" AOC monitor to this? I don't know how I went so long with out this! My wife just rolled her eyes and said "boys" when I took this thing out of the box. Get this if you're looking for a huge monitor at a VERY good price. Also, I don't think the stand is all that bad. At least not as bad as some of the other reviews make it out to be. My screen sits level and doesn't wobble unless my desk gets seriously bumped.
Cons: For this price, any cons I could come up with would be nitpicking. Maybe the fact that its a bit of a challenge to switch the input to DVI or HDMI on first power-up? Even that's so minor an inconvenience, it's barely worth mentioning.
Overall Review: Buy it! Just do it! Stop thinking about it. You won't find a bigger or better monitor for this price anywhere!
Pros: I purchased two of these fans in Dec 2012 for the lower section of my CM HAF XB case. They are quiet at 50% and still move a good amount of air.
Cons: After 10 months of use, one of these fans started making a LOT of noise. Had to unplug it. The other one is still going strong, but now I have to replace them. Good thing they were cheap!
Overall Review: I will most likely go with a different brand this time and spend a bit more $. Anyone whos worked with the HAF XB knows what a pain it is to get to the bottom fans when the rig is assembled. Don't want to have to tear it apart every 10 months to replace cheap fans...
Pros: Easy to spread.
Does what it's supposed to do. Along with a Corsair H60 (new version), my core i5 760 clocked to 3.6Ghz, idles around 27C. Never seen load temps above 47C.
Cons: None really, I guess the only bummer would be the cure time, but the temps were acceptable even before it was cured.
Overall Review: Saw about a 4-5C drop in temps over the course of about three weeks. I've been using the original ceramique for years and saw no real significant difference in temps switching over to this. The cure time is considerably shorter with the ceramique also. I will continue to use the AS-5 though based solely on its viscosity. Ceramique is extremely thick and hard to spread and clean.
I tried a couple different techniques when applying, and I got the best results by using the grain of rice sized blob and spreading with a sterile nitrile rubber glove, resulting in a very thin film covering the entire surface of the CPU. I also tinned both surfaces.
Pros: I bought this card in March 2011 and it has been a great card until roughly a month ago when the fans started making noise. The card itself still works great until it overheats.
Cons: At first I didn't realize it was the video card fans until I transplanted my computer into my new case (Cooler Master HAF XB). The design of this case allows you to see your video card fans wich are typicaly oriented towards the bottom of the case in a conventional mid/full tower. The first time I booted my system in the new case, I left the top off and noticed that one fan wasn't spinning at all and the other one was spinning slowly and making the noise I had been hearing.
The card now overheats and crashes my computer if I try to play games or watch movies.
Overall Review: I contacted MSI customer service and they approved an RMA. I took the card out and packaged it up. Tomorrow I will send it to them and see if I have the same RMA issues others have had. Makes me nervous when others have such bad luck with a companies customer service. It's bad enough that I'm now having to fall back on my aging laptop, If I have to wait 4-5 weeks to get my card back like other have, I might not have any hair left when it does come! Time to step up MSI!
Pros: This thing looked great in my case. The ability to change LED colors was fantastic. Sliders had a very nice feel to them. Cabling was clean and plenty long for just about any application. So why only two eggs you might ask?
Cons: I ordered this fan speed controller for my NZXT Tempest Evo case. The fans I'm running in it are: x5 COOLER MASTER R4-L2S-122B-GP 120mm, x2 COOLER MASTER R4-L4S-10AB-GP 140mm. Two of the 120mm fans are on my Corsair H50 in a push-pull configuration and were connected to the controller by a Link Depot 3pin y-cable on the 6th channel. When I turned on my machine, the 140mm fans were both making a loud growling noise and the fans on ch6 wouldn't spin at all. All fans work perfectly connected to MB, and the 140mm fans are quiet again.
Overall Review: I've read other reviews where the reviewers said they had compatibility issues with certain fans and this controller. Maybe that was the case with mine. That still wouldn't explain the 6th channel not spinning at all. The fans on that channel work perfectly connected to the MB with the same y-cable, so I know the splitter is not the issue. All fans are well within the controllers wattage rating, even with the splitter. I was disappointed because I wanted fingertip control over my fans instead of relying on software to adjust fan speed, which isn't always convenient.
Newegg approved an RMA on this and sent me a shipping label within 15 minutes of submitting the request. Great job Newegg! I've been a customer of the egg for 8 years now, and this is the first time I've had to return anything. I have to say they made the experience painless and fast.
Pros: I have used these drives in at least a dozen builds over the last couple years, and every single one of them is still going strong. No DOAs. No issues at all. They're quiet and run cool if positioned correctly in the case.
Cons: $120.!!! Are you kidding me?!! I paid $40. a piece for these back in March! I'm planning a budget build for my daughter for Christmas and the price of simple HDDs pretty much takes the budget right out of it!
Overall Review: SSDs are still too expensive to consider a decent sized one as an alternative. Ridiculous price IMO. I know it's not just the Egg, prices have skyrocketed everywhere. I just had to vent my frustration. What the heck happened to drive the prices up so high anyway?
Pros: This thing is very quiet and easy to install. You will never hear it over your case fans.
Cons: Does not cool as well as AMD black edition cooler with heat pipes. With the stock cooler, idle temps were in the 36-40 deg C range. With this they average around 46 deg C.
I purchased this to replace the stock cooler that came with a Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition, which was and still is, obnoxiously loud when temps reach 45 deg C and the fan ramps up. Stock cooler does a decent job keeping the temps under control, but when the rpms pick up, it sounds like a leaf blower.
Overall Review: I ended up putting the stock cooler back on and giving this to a friend. Will deal with the noise for a bit longer until I find something else that will work with my case and motherboard.
Pros: Cheap. Quiet. Painless install. Works great for O/S installs and game installs.
Cons: I have used several of these optical drives for several different builds. Never had a problem with them until just the other day when my mother in law called me and told me that she wasn't able to hear any audio from her burned CD-Rs. I thought she had to be doing something wrong, so I went over to her house and tried it myself. She was right; no audio. Checked all settings and everything checked out OK. Took her disks home and tried them on my wifes computer which has the same optical drive, and some thing, no audio. Tried them on my computer which has an ASUS drive in it and they worked fine. The CD-Rs were TDK Certified Ultra's.
Overall Review: I have used these drives for several builds without any issues with the exception of the TDK CD-R's. I have used them to burn ISO disks and made plenty of audio CD's. Just be aware if you buy this that there CD-R's out there that are not compatable with this drive for whatever reason.