Date Joined: 04/21/07
Pros: EVGA, Cosmetics, Performance, Design, Cooling, Quiet, lots of OC play room (not needed), Drivers, Excellent packaging and accessories. Free EVGA Gaming Poster and awesome carbon-fiber case badge with each card.<br><br>I've been buying from EVGA since they hit the market and will continue to do so. Their product is top notch quality and their customer service is, all around, superb. They take care of their customers, offer excellent warranties, RMA service (never had to use) and the Step-Up program is beyond incredible, especially when you're a builder/hobbyist.<br><br>The VGA Card: Amazing. Replacing two GTX260 Core 216 in one machine, replacing two GTX460 in another. Couldn't be happier with the performance gains. Breathtaking graphics that just "Pop" out. Nothing but eyecandy and high frame-rates in every popular game title out there. The cards stay below 60c in both configurations (on air) under load for hours on end. Drivers are flawless, so far.
Cons: Would've preferred a T-Shirt over a poster? ;)
Overall Review: I think this card (448 Core) is really the best bang for your buck, right now. This particular card uses the 580 PCB so you're getting a solid base, right off the bat.<br><br>I'm a big BF3, Skyrim and Crysis 2 type gamer. I always run, at least, 2-way SLI in my "boxes". Going from the 460 to these was a MUCH larger improvement than I had expected. It's hard to put into words what you get with these cards, assuming you're running a 1080p monitor via HDMI/DVI (which I hope you're doing by now?) and aren't CPU bottle-necked. <br><br>We're getting right down into the "uncanny valley" with these cards and what they're capable of. If you're on the fence about which card to get for your new build or upgrade, Please, don't hesitate, get THIS card. It'll be all you need until the second generation of Kepler cards come out (and that's only if you're a hobbyist like myself, otherwise, you're good for a few years).<br><br>Stunning card all-around.
Pros: Everything about the Viridian X5L is absolutely top notch. Quality of crafting, assembly, performance and reliability. Of all the setups we've tried and used, we like this one the best, hands down (Zombie Edition was just a perk for eye-candy).
When combined with the Viridian ECR Taclite Holster setup, your draw/ready time is as fast as you can be. I highly suggest getting the ECR ready holster that works with your setup, you'll love it just that much more. (It's also designed to work with the Blackhawk 3 system, so you can set it up with your favorite MOLLIE system).
Cons: Honestly, truly, none that I've been able to nit-pick at. Zero. Maybe cost? You get what you pay for though and I believe it's worth every penny.
Overall Review: I use this set up with two different pistols. I have both the Springfield Armory XDm 4.5" .45 ACP and the Springfield Armory 1911 "Loaded".
Both pistols, with this setup, are spot on at 25yds. We were literally 'one-holing' it whenever we tried. You just can't ask for more.
If you're on the fence, or you're comparing this to some of the other 'popular' tactical setups out there... If you can trust a fellow NRA Member, Retired Military, Middle-Class, old-fashioned hard working dude like myself, STOP comparing, make it an investment and pick up the Viridian X5L. I can wholeheartedly promise you; No buyer's remorse, No disappointments and an absolute ton of accuracy and joy from this setup.
Viridian has made a lifetime buyer out of me, so long as they keep up the quality.
NOTE: Only one of our setups is the "Zombie" version. They both perform identically. I just happen to be one of many that are a part of the, "Zombie Response Unit" guys. ;)
Pros: Attractive and Functional Design. Superb construction and quality build. Excellent Air Flow in any configuration. VERY quiet, even at max RPM.
Cons: I was unable to utilize the vibration dampening features when using the fans as a replacement for my side fans. This is no fault of Cougar's design and I knew this prior to ordering the fans. It has to do with how the CM Stacker Case door is designed to hold fans. Each fan spot has a plastic, anti-dust "pocket" that the fan snaps into.
Overall Review: I bought these to replace a few of my tired blue LED ThermalTake fans, 2 in the side door (intake) and one on the top side of the case (exhaust). I had done a bit of research on fans prior to making my purchase. Cougar stood out because of a simple, yet very effective, design trait. The little "fins" around the internal ridge of the fan casing and the slight exaggeration on the tip of each wing, as well as the portion of the wing tip that is notched out. These particular fans (in my setup) are always on maximum speed. My case uses a total of ten 120mm fans, so you can imagine my concern with the amount "noise" each fan produces.
These fans are as near silent as a fan can get. I'm using a couple of Scythe fans (much more expensive) in other areas of my case and they're not as quiet as these Cougar fans. Not only are they quiet, what little white noise they do produce isn't an irritating noise.
I will be replacing all my fans with Cougar Vortex fans, very pleased.
Pros: The Canon EOS Line has been in use by my family and professional photographer friends for as long as I can remember. The Canon EOS Rebel T2i is, in my opinion, the best camera you can get under the $1200 mark. If you're familiar with advanced photography then you already know this is THE go to budget setup. If you're NOT a professional photographer, but are looking to get into photography, this is a camera that will grow with you and allow you to do 99% of what photography has to offer. Along with the impeccable line of Canon lenses, there's just not anything you CAN'T do with this amazing camera. I upgraded from an old Canon EOS Rebel XS and I'm just flabbergasted with it many options and overall performance. I purchased mine at Costco because they had a super deal on a "starter kit" that came with two lenses, carrying case, flash and a few other nik naks (all canon brand), it's the first time I've bought an electronic outside the EGG in over 6 years. I'm still a loyal EGGer!
Cons: Can't find a single one, if I HAD to pick ONE con about the camera, it would be that it doesn't have the swivel screen like the T3i, but that would be my only "nit pick".
Overall Review: If you're a serious photographer, or a novice that wants to get deep into photography / movie making there's a little thing called "Magic Lantern". In simple terms, or a simple analogy rather, Magic Lantern does for the T2i (also the 50D/550D/60D and T3i) what removing a governor on a new car does for its performance. Magic Lantern opens up possibilities and performance for this Camera that are, quite simply put, nothing short of miraculous. It allows you to make true, full use of the camera's 35mm full frame sensor (which, generally, you can only get in ultra expensive, hollywood grade HD cameras, you're talking $30k+ cameras). If you're wanting to really get creative, this is the camera you want. The upgrade-able firmware means that you won't be out of date or want a new camera in the next half a decade or so. I could go on and on about how fantastic this camera is, but you won't truly understand until you own one.
Pros: I've been using this set for almost 2 years now, and without issue. I just ordered two more sets for family members. These are absolutely superb for daily use for Gamers, Movie Watchers, Sound Editors, or just listening to Music. The sound is top notch, not "Tinny", or "hollow" sounding tones in any range. I mostly use my set for either watching a movie, or playing FPS (First Person Shooter) games like Battlefield Bad Company 2, Team Fortress 2, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 1, etc. I've also been impressed with their sound for the 2 MMO's that I play, Age of Conan, and EVE Online. They are easy to setup, easy to tune to your liking, and they look good hung up on the walls (surround sound). I've tried a lot of different "surround sound" setups like this, that are in the same price range (even though there aren't many out there in this range), and these are without a doubt the best bang for the buck.
Cons: None what-so-ever. If you're looking for something that rattles the rafters, or something that you can literally "CRANK UP" these are not the set you're after. In all honesty, you won't find a surround system in this price range with the ability to get extremely loud, and still sound clean, crisp, and clear. If you're looking for LOUD, that still maintains clarity, AND works superbly I recommend the Logitech Z5500 set. They run closer to 400 bucks, but again, they too are worth every penny. I have that setup in the living room hooked up to the HTPC (home theater PC).
Overall Review: As some have stated in other reviews, This surround system has a "sweet spot" or better said, an optimum range for volume. Cranking these up beyond that "spot" will result in distortion, and sub-woofer popping, depending on the use. For those of you wondering what that "range" is, it's what I refer to as the "Sweet Spot" for any music, movie, or gaming lover. It's a solid volume range where you can hear it all without blasting out the neighbors, or in-laws.
One thing to note, Make sure you have a good sound card. Do NOT expect to buy ANY nice speaker set and get supreme sound if you're running an old stereo soundcard, or 2 channel card. If you're also in the Market for an extremely well built, and well performing card I would recommend the Auzen X-Fi Bravura 7.1, which is also sold here on NewEgg here: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16829156015&cm_re=Auzentech-_-29-156-015-_-Product
As always, NewEgg is the best Online retailer ever, been with them for years
Pros: Excellent Headset. The surround is truly surround sound, not some wannabe variable of such. I've had my pair for over a year now, and simply can't play any of my FPS games without them. (BFBC2, MW, TF2, M2033, etc). I've spent thousands of dollars over the past few years looking for a true 5.1 headset that suffices my abnormally picky ears.
Cons: None thus far, and it's been over a year now.
Overall Review: I see people downrating this headset, or saying there is "hissing" or other random issues when turning these up. A couple of things to keep in mind...
These are NOT meant for listening to Music, Period. You don't buy 5.1 surround sound speakers for Music.
When you buy a USB headset, ultimately the quality of sound you're going to get TO them relies on the throughput / quality of the motherboard. They DO NOT use your PC's soundcard (Integrated, PCI, PCIe). My advice would be to get a cheap USB headset first, find out if the sound you're going to get to those sounds good first. USB headsets can't "fix" a bad signal coming from or through the MB.
Pros: I purchased a set of these back when they first came out, and have been running them in one of my three gaming boxes in SLI ever since. With my setup, these cards have ran everything out there without so much as a hiccup. (Age of Conan DX10, BFBC2, Crysis, Crysis Wars, Fallout 3, 2003, etc) I've never had a heat issue running any of said games on Max settings, and that says a lot beings that I've never used programs like Riv*Tuner to manually control the fan settings (on this particular build). Even after a year's time, not a single issue. No artifacts, no drivers issues.... anything. If you're building a budget box NOW, these are definitely the best bang for the buck. There's no point in spending the extra few bucks for an OC version when you can use Riv*Tuner or the EVGA software to bump this card up to the exact same numbers (in which case I would advise setting fan control to manual, and leave at 80% when gaming).
Cons: After a little over a year of daily gaming (and I'm not talking about easy graphics like World of Warcraft, for example) I have nothing negative at all to report about these cards.
I see some people saying theirs died after one day, or they had issues upon installation, etc.
Something you have to keep in mind (I've been consulting, designing, and building for over 20 years now) is that when you're dealing with electronics, there is NO SUCH THING as a 0% failrate... period. Electronics aren't like mechanics, you're going to run into a bad apple here and there. It's absolutely unavoidable. With that said, when it happens to you (Not IF, but WHEN) you have to give that first one the benefit of the doubt. Don't knock any electronic for failure, unless it's a repetitive thing with the same item, at which point you can start pointing fingers at whichever of the hundreds of variables you wish. IE: Production, Design, Customer Support, etc.
Overall Review: I've been a loyal fan of NewEgg, and EVGA for years now (EVGA since day one). There's a LOT that can be said for EVGA, their product, their customer support, and warranty. Whenever you have the option to go with EVGA for a PC part, DO IT. You will not be disappointed. Not only is their product / service second to none, they offer you a 90day stepup program in which they will buy the part from you at full retail, and apply it towards your upgrade choice. The beauty of that speaks for itself.
As always, which doesn't even need to be said, NewEgg is simply THE best online electronics retailer there is, PERIOD. If you're buying your stuff from anywhere else, even local, and you could've gotten it on NewEgg, You're missing out. Companies all over the world should model themselves after NewEgg, and EVGA. We'd probably have no use for a complaint system. ;)
System Specs: Evga 790i Ultra Mobo, Evga GTX260C216 SLI, Coolermaster Stacker, CM 1000w PSU, Patriot Viper DDR3 2000mhz.
Pros: Being a computer savvy person, and a bit of a compulsive perfectionist, I've always used a mouse pad. Over the years I've used a LOT of different types, styles, and textured mousepads, and this particular one "Razer Destructor" is without a doubt, the best. Speed, Accuracy, Reliability, Quality, Cosmetic appearance, and over-all design is simply perfect.
Cons: At first I thought to myself, this mousepad "case" is a little over the top... However, after having a couple of LAN-parties, and a few road trips, I've become quite fond of it. It's definitely kept the mousepad in pristine condition.
Overall Review: For those of you thinking, "That's a lot of money for a mousepad!".... There's an old saying I have, "Don't get by, invest". YES, it is a little spendy for what you would THINK is an archaic technology, but, look at it this way. This mousepad (even if you're not buying a new mouse) will almost surely make the current mouse you're using seem like a new mouse, let alone, having the same benefit for high performance mouse. This mousepad will outlast any other mousepad you've had (that wasn't stainless steel), as well as out perform any other mousepad you've owned. It's just that good.
SERIOUS GAMERS: This is a MUST have. My KD ratio went up JUST by having this mouse pad. DPI on the fly, and this mousepad will definitely bring your headshot ratio up.
Pros: I've been a logitech G-Series user for years now, and I've never found much reason to look elsewhere for gaming peripherals. The G9 Laser mouse is no exception. I've been so hooked to my G5/G7 for so long, it was really a considerable "jump" for me to go to such an "aggressive" mouse. However, in the end, I'm glad I did. This mouse performs superbly in any application I use, and the setpoint software for this mouse is far more configurable than it's predecessors.
Cons: No Cons. Pros Continued: You can have up to 6 different DPI settings at any given time, on the mouse, via the DPI selection button. What it will do for speeds 4, 5, and 6, is simply "start over" with the marks. Now I keep seeing people say that this mouse doesn't offer the same "ergonomic" support that the G5/G7 do... I have to disagree.
First off, I have huge hands, and naturally so at 6'5" tall, 235lbs. I don't game with the trademark "Claw" style grip, but I also never "rest" my palm on a mouse, either. Generally, the weight of my hand, if any, is rested on the callous area at the base of my fingers. I can only imagine for the more typical size hand, this mouse doesn't present an "ergonomic" problem.
Overall Review: So... if that's one of the reasons you've been putting this purchase "off", I say go for it, I sincerely doubt that'll be an issue. If you're a gamer of any kind, and you take your performance even mildly, it's a must have. As with the other G series mice, having the weights to customize your mouse to your liking is always a welcome addition. I haven't used the "smaller" mouse grip yet, so I can't offer any feedback on that little fella.
Now the only thing I'm after is the new Logitech G19 Keyboard. That'll just have to wait until NewEGG gets it in stock!
SIDENOTE: ANYONE that is paying for a "gaming" mouse MUST also buy a "Quality" mouse pad!! If you go out and buy a performance mouse, and don't buy a like mousepad, you're almost defeating the purpose!
My personal preferance, as of now, is the "RAZER Destructor" gaming mouse pad. You can find it here at the EGG as well ----> http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16826999030
Pros: Still, amazed at the sounds these produce, and the clarity / quality of the mic, and overall product. I've had some time to really get into the software, and "tweek" the settings to my taste. Music sound is phenomenal. Movie sound is unbeatable for a HEADSET (NOT earphones!! Yes, there is a difference) Gaming sound is above and beyond what I'm use to hearing with my Z5500 Digital 5.1 speakers. Once you've taken the time to learn this product, and set things up keen to your hearing, You'll never wanna listen to anything else.
Cons: As with ALL electronics, as a CONSUMER you're bound to GET a bad apple here and there. Sometimes it just pure bad luck if you're on of those people who gets two in a row. Anyone whom has been buying electronics long enough knows this is INEVITABLE. My headset lost the "left center" speaker about a month into ownership, but that's ONE of the many reasons I shop at the EGG. RMA, replacement, no problem.
Overall Review: ANYONE WHO OWNS THIS HEADSET: WARNING!! Do NOT leave the headset plugged in if your USB ports are ALWAYS powered. Doing so will shorten the lifespan of your headset!! So... if you're headset is lit up after you've turned your system off, make sure you unplug your headset from the USB port.
Pros: I can't begin to tell you how nice this headset really is. I've gone through at least 40pairs of headsets in the last year, trying to find the one that really makes me go, "Wow". These are it, Tritton AX PC Pro. Doesn't matter what I'm doing, rather it be gaming, watching Hi-Def/Blu-Ray movies, or listening to some music.... These things simply perform above the bar.
Cons: None what-so-ever.
Overall Review: If you're like me, and you're finnicky about how things sound, then you owe it to yourself to get this headset. Just for reference, my hearing is perfect, it doesn't dip at high or low levels. So when I say I'm finnicky, I mean it. The headset is comfortable, and built solid. The craftsmanship is obviously well done. The sound these things put out... still blow my mind. Everyone that comes over, I tell them, "Here, listen to this". The end result is always the same, they either don't want to put them down, or they want to take them home with them. The most common comment I get is, "Wow, I didn't even know headphones could sound like that!". For those of you interested in the Mic as well, rest assured, it's a high quality Mic, and clear as a whistle. I bought this headset to go with my Auzentech Forte X-Fi 7.1 sound card, and I'll be adding this same combo to all of my computers at home. As always, NewEgg had them here in a hurry. Gotta love the Egg!
Pros: One of the best Motherboards I've owned over the last 15 years. After getting everything dialed in, it's done nothing but perform at blazing speeds, and not a single hiccup in regards to stability or issues of any kind.
Cons: None at all. I read about people having issues with this board, or that the board is getting hot.... I can GUARANTEE you this... if you're having such an issue then you're either overlooking some small detail (more than likely a BIOS setting), or your case isn't what I would call an "enthusiast" case. There are some know brands of Memory that don't get along with this board, but that can be said for a lot of boards both now, and in the past. This is NOT a plug in, and forget it board. You need to tweek it to your hardware, and pay special attention to your RAM timings, voltage, etc. Once you've got it dial in though, you're in for some serious performance.
Overall Review: A lot of people ask if they should get this Ultra, or the For The Win board w/ digital. I still prefer this board over the other for overclocking reasons. I can't emphasize enough, this one point, if you're having an issue with this board, you're overlooking something. This is my current build:
Coolermaster Stacker 830E
Coolermaster Pure Power 1100watt PSU
Intel C2Duo E8400 @ 4.5ghz (on air w/ Tuniq Tower120)
Patriot Viper DDR3 2000Mhz RAM 2x2gb dual channel
(Anything over 1600mhz need to be in black slots!!)
Evga 790i Ultra
Evga GTX260 Core216 x3 Tri SLi
Western Digital Velociraptor 150gb x2 in Raid 1 (striped)
I'm running the FSB sinked/linked with Memory, T2.
I originally tried the OCZ SLi memory, and had to RMA it. The Patriot Viper DDR3 2000mhz plugged right in, had no issues what-so-ever.
As always, the only way to shop online is with the EGG!!
Pros: For those of you not willing to research, or whom are not network saavy, This is in fact exactly what it says it is (in the pictures). It's a USB/Ethernet Printer, and Storage hub. Offers both USB2.0, and Ethernet (RJ45, CAT5, etc) connectivity.
Cons: **made in response to the mystery hardware theater comment. All one really had to do was click on the pictures. This particular device isn't listed on the Tritton site, and my guess is it's no longer made but Newegg has a stock of them to get rid of**
Overall Review: I'm not sure how well this particular brand works, but if it's built on the same quality principles that they build their audio devices with, you can be sure it's a superb piece of equipment. After-all, hubs are somewhat of an archaic technology, just about anyone can make a solid one these days. However, this isn't so common! There actually aren't a lot of manufacturers out there that make these BOTH USB 2.0, and Ethernet.
Pros: Bought two sets, one for my Evga 790i Ultra, and the other for my Evga 790i F.T.W. Both systems are running it at 2000mhz, and both systems running it Linked. (Meaning FSB2000, Mem2000mhz) Beautfiully crafted memory modules, and they are blazing fast. I'll be coming back for more when I build my i7 system (waiting for the first die shrink).
Overall Review: This memory was plug and play if I turned on the Performance setting in the BIOS. However, since I'm also overclocking the CPU's, I manually entered the timings. MAKE SURE you have the VOLTAGE set to factory recommendations! If you don't, you're giving yourself an UNneccessary headache! :)
Pros: I'll keep this short, beings that much of what I would say pertaining to this speaker set-up, has already been said. BOTTOM LINE: If you're looking for that "ultimate" gaming/music/movie speaker set-up, then getting this set from Newegg is simply the all-time champion of choices. I have two sets of these Z5500's, one is in the gaming room on the PC, and the other is hooked up to my HTPC (Home Theater Personal Computer)((Not the TV)) in the living room. I have the Center, and rear channels mounted on the walls in the gaming room, and I have them all wall mounted in the living room. They look perfect, non-obtrusive, and blend very well with any type of furniture set-up. The control pod offers every setting/manipulation of the system you could possibly desire, making it that much easier to set the sound to your personal taste. Once dialed in.... Absolutely, pure enjoyment.
Cons: None, what-so-ever. I keep checking on this speaker system every month just to make sure they aren't going to stop making them anytime soon, because I want to make sure I have the ability to buy more later. :)
Overall Review: PLEASE! I've read a couple of comments stating they were "upset", and downgraded their review because you CAN'T use these with your Television. For Example, MADSCI1016, you're purchasing PC speakers, under the COMPUTER HARDWARE section here at NewEgg. As an ADDED BONUS these will also work with DVD, BLU-Ray, MP3, and other various Hi-Fi Components. If you're looking for a system for your TV, then you should look under "Electronics", NOT Computer Hardware. :) Assumption is the root of most bad decisions, remember that. If you're not sure.... Make sure! Make sure that you look under the "Specifications" tab when purchasing items here, anything that you NEED to know will be there. PC speakers, and TV systems operate on different "standards" than one another. If you're on the fence, like I was, your decision should ultimately be this set. Don't put it off, or contemplate any longer! If these meet your personal requirements as to what you're looking for, buy them. Period.
Pros: CoolerMaster finally got TEC right with the V10 hybrid. This cooler even puts some mid-range water cooling units to shame. This thing keeps my i7 cpu at 25c idle, and I've yet to see it get over 45c max load. It's quiet when you need it to be, but gets the job done superbly for an air cooler (TEC). As always, CoolerMaster takes pride in their tech, and the didn't cut any corners when making this cooler either.
Overall Review: This cooler is HUGE, make SURE you take measurements before you purchase this for your i7. I was concerned about memory clearance with some of today's larger DDR3 heatsinks, but again, CoolerMaster did their homework. It doesn't matter which i7 motherboard you decide to go with, you will have the clearance needed for ANY DDR3 memory out there (that goes in an i7 board). Once you get this bad boy installed, and throw your case together, despite it's size, it looks amazingly well placed inside the case. The red lights are the perfect luminosity, as well. If you don't like Red, you can just order some after market LED fans, and swap them in. I also HIGHLY recommend using the OCZ freeZe thermal compound. Yes, I know, I've been using Arctic for years now, but this stuff won me over both on performance, and ease of use.
System used in:
ASUS Rampage II Extreme LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX
Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz
Kingston HyperX 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2000
Pros: Samsung is my first choice in HDDs. The only other I buy are the WD Velociraptors (extreme / over the top performance).
Very quiet, Fast, Reliable, and easy to work with. Samsung has a solid winner here.
Cons: None at all.
Overall Review: I bought two of these to set-up a Raid 0 Mirror in a gaming machine. Absolutely awesome performance for the price range. Anyone considering these for a gaming machine, I HIGHLY suggest these drives. Throw them in, enable RAID for the two drives in your BIOS, reboot, F10 into your Raid settings, select these two drives for a Raid 0 (Mirror) NOT stripe, reboot, and start installing your OS. Took a whole 5min from start to finish to install Vista x64 on these in a mirror setup. Programs, Games, etc, load up like flicking a lightswitch, zoning in games is a split second. My setup: Evga 790i Ultra, C2D E8400 (@4ghz on air), Patriot Viper PC3-16000 (2000MHz) 2gbx2 RAM, 2 of these HDD's (Raid Mirror), Two Evga GTX260-Core216 in SLi (insane graphics power) all in a Coolermaster Stacker 830 Case, with a 1000w Pro-Power Coolermaster PSU.
Pros: Evga, NewEgg, and SLi. Evga is the only company I will buy Nvidia cards from. Their Customer service, Warranty, Tech Support, and Forums are simply the best around, hands down. I got mine via the 90day Step-up program through Evga, upgrading from two 8800GT cards. Simply Amazing cards. Run anything you can throw at them, without fault. Crisp, clear graphics, low temps, and amazing tweak-ability via the Evga Precision tool. Installed, (already had latest driver downloaded) booted up, installed driver, enabled SLi, and started gaming / blu-ray watching.
Cons: Absolutely none. My only Con has nothing to do with the product, but people who post negatively about Evga or their product. If you read posts here that are negative about either, then you're likely reading one from A.) A "hater" B.) Competitor C.) Someone who didn't do something right.... Between NewEgg, and Evga, even if you get a "bad" card... (which is inevitable from time to time) one way or the other you're taken care of. Go register your product at Evga, pay 16bucks for the upgraded warranty (for overnight Cross-shipping) and you're absolutely set. You simply can't beat their customer service, or the 90 day step-up program!
Overall Review: I'm running these in one of my gaming boxes, which is either hooked up to a 24" HD monitor, or a 46" LG HD LCD 1080p TV. Blu-Ray movies are breathtaking!
I can't imagine why people would bash Evga for getting a bad card. It simply happens, it's inevitable with ANY electronic. Evga has the most amazing customer service, if you were to get a bad one, they'd definately take care of you, Guaranteed. I only shop at NewEgg because of customer service like that, and the fact that they sell Evga is simply an unbeatable combo. NOTE: As with ANY PC device you purchase, for best results, make sure you ALWAYS download the latest driver from the manufacturer's website.
Pros: Excellent Memory for the Nvidia 790i Ultra chipset.
Installed, set factory timings / voltage, been running ever since @ 2000MHz with zero issues. FAST RAM. Fast Fast Fast.
Overall Review: Nvidia 790i Ultra Chipset users: BEFORE you install this RAM, set your BIOS to DEFAULT, reboot, then shutdown. Now, install the memory, boot into BIOS, Advanced Chipset Features, Set the memory timings to 9-9-9-24, Put EPP2.0 on Expert (otherwise you can't get in to manually set the timing) Make sure you set the MEM SPD to 2000. Now, go into system voltages, set the MEM Voltage to 2.0, Exit and Save. Before I ever boot into the OS, I start right off with a Memtest86 (cd method). I passed 12 hours of Memtest86, Prime95 blend, and OCCT. You shouldn't have any problems if you affirm you have all previously stated settings in the BIOS CORRECTLY. Hope this helps some out.
Pros: This monitor is simply mind blowing when it comes to performance, graphics, contrast, color, and quality. Blu-Ray, HD movies, and HD games are just jaw dropping on this monitor.
Cons: None. If I HAD to pick one, it would be the orange doesn't match my Case, but that's easy enough to fix. I have a long time buddy who owns an airbrush / sign business. ;)
Overall Review: I also own the Acer 24" 1080p 20000:1 ratio monitor. I was skeptical about the claims of 50000:1 contrast ratio at first, but after running some HD videos, and HD games through it, it became obvious. Even side by side with my other Acer I can see details clearer than the other. The 400nit is great too, if you're in a bright room during the day. If you're a hardcore gamer, and you're like me... you have the X-Fi, Surround sound set-up, 4000dpi laser mouse, gaming keyboard... this is the final piece to finish your system. I will be buying another one of these very soon for my duel logger box.
SIDE NOTE: I did not buy the one I currently have through the Egg, however I'm waiting for them to be in stock to purchase my second one. I've been with NewEgg for years now, and don't shop anywhere else online for electronics.
Pros: Patriot Viper, or any other series of enthusiast memory like Mushkin, Corsair, and certain series of Gskill are all excellent choices for memory. When it comes to track records, you'll hard pressed to find better ones.
Cons: None at all. Just a word to those making bad posts when it's their knowledge that is the problem, and not the product. (Given that it's inevitable no matter how good you are, it's an electronic, and you're bound to get one bounced around too much in shipping, or just that random chip that burns out before its time.)
People in general think that all there is to upgrading your RAM is simply removing the old memory, plugging in the new stuff, and off you go. (Along with some BIOS tweeking). They wear a watch, rings, while swapping out their memory, then can't figure out why their memory doesn't work when they install it.... It's called static discharge, and your memory DIMMs are VERY sensitive to this. Make sure you REMOVE your jewelery and discharge ANY amount of static buildup in you before replacing your memory.
Overall Review: If you are considering this RAM, or any other kind of RAM for an upgrade or a build make sure you use the NewEgg Manufacturer link under the manufacturer tab to the left lower screen. This particular series of RAM is SPECIFICALLY designed for the Nvidia 790i Chipset!! They offer a different series for the Intel Chipset. Remember: Before you buy a product, and then put up a poor review because it doesn't work for you, be sure that it is YOU that are educated on the product you are buying. If you're looking for memory for your 790i board, you simply can't go wrong with any of the "N" series Patriot Viper sets.
Pros: This is probably the best bang for the buck as far as gaming rigs go. Quad cores just aren't utilized yet, so there's no sense in putting your money there. By the time they're utilized by gaming manufacturers they'll be 1.) Cheaper 2.) Down a notch on the Die size.
Overall Review: If you want an EXTREMELY cool combo, grab this CPU and the Tuniq Tower 120 cooler. I'm running mine on the Evga 790i Ultra, 4gb Patriot Viper 2000mhz RAM, Velociraptor 150gb x2 (striped raid0), and the Tuniq Tower 120. I've got mine Overclocked to 4.0ghz on Air, and with that Tuniq I don't see temps over 47c full load.
That includes Prime, Everest, OCCT, etc.
Pros: Works beautifully with the 790i Ultra (Evga) board. Plugged in, adjusted to factory timings, and enabled EPP2.0 in the bios and it fired right up at 2000.
I've used Patriot, and Mushkin faithfully for years now (along with Corsair, just depends on the application) and I've yet to be let down by any of them. This particular set of Patriot Viper memory is perfect for the 790i chipset, Patriot specifically designed this RAM for the Nvidia 790i Chipset. Enough said.
Cons: None what so ever.
Overall Review: To the person who posted before me, gastelllo, you need to make sure that you do THREE things in the BIOS if you're using the 790i Chipset. 1.) In your BIOS, you need to set the voltage to 2.0v 2.) You need to set memory timing to Factory default of 9-9-9-24 3.) You MUST enable EPP2.0 in order to get the 2000mhz speed. If you fail to do either, or any of these you will not get stated performance until you do so. These are required parameters. EPP stands for Enhanced Performance Profile, basically when you enable EPP in the BIOS, you allow the BIOS to see the RAM and communicate with it, hence allowing the stated speeds / timings. Hope this helps!
Pros: Excellent cleaning compound, takes all the old stuff away with zero hassle.
Overall Review: They give you a rather ample amount of this stuff. Enough to clean a good 20+ GPU / CPU surfaces, etc. I've used other stuff, and I've had it not break apart the residue well, making it smear kinda like Tar does on the side of your car. This stuff resolved that problem. Breaks it all up very well leaving you with a couple smooth swipes, and voila, purified surface.
Pros: Best temps I've ever seen w/o water cooling. Fits in on my Q9550 Quad in a Cooler Master Stacker 830 case, no problems. On an Evga 790i Ultra MB. Simple to install, straightforward.
Cons: None. If size is an issue, do not get this cooler. It is large. Make sure you have the room to accomodate it's Height.
131mm (5.15in.) x 108mm (4.25in.) x 153mm (6.025in.)
Overall Review: Just an excellent cooler, I was very surpised by it's performance. Even with my Coolermaster 830 Stacker series full tower, I had to remove one of my 4 120mm fans from the door. This doesn't bother me simply because the main reason for that fan in the first place was CPU ventilation, which is not needed now.