Date Joined: 04/11/12
Pros: This is a fantastic case. This case is aesthetically pleasing, has great cable management, more than enough room for activities.
I have a EVGA z370 micro atx mobo, i7-8700k w/ coolermaster 240L AIO water cooler, EVGA G2 750w PSU, 1080ti FTW3, and two HDD drives (1 and 1.5 TB). I was looking for a nice package for my new build and I believe I hit the mark with this case. I was able to do effective cable management and get my old drives in the new rig, while retaining aesthetics.
Overall, everything seems quality from the HDD rubber standoffs, to the fractal design straps for cable management, to the nicely cut tempered glass panel. I mean they even put rubber grommets for the glass panel screws so there's less vibration. This was another reason I chose a Fractal case was how much noise reduction they do to the case, I only ever hear the fans or air moment with this case, no rattles or anything. I was able to fit all my components into a compact yet effective enclosure, that's all I think anyone would want. I also do appreciate their integration of the dust covers.
Cons: I thought the PSU bracket they used was awkward. I don't understand why the PSU can't just bolt to the case, maybe it was for quick disassembly due to tight build/cable management, or maybe to accommodate a wider selection of PSUs? (only fits standard sized PSUs) I don't know. This is more of a gripe than a con.
Overall Review: Also, the front panel header's that connect to the mobo were easy to use and install, I didn't need a header block honestly, pretty straight forward.
I had a FD Define R4 case before this build and it was a fantastic case. This alone was why I bought another Fractal Design case, it's just quality and at a decent price in my opinion. $100 is the most I'd spend on any case, any size.
Pros: It's memory, it works, it's fast. I don't think I could expect more. I ordered two 16gb individually because it was $20 cheaper than buying the 2x 16gb package, go figure. I like the heat sinks they used, simple and clean design. They have a nice simple placement of their logo on the top of the stick (side that faces you when in the mobo).
Cons: Cost I guess, but we can thank the crypto guys for that.
Overall Review: I have this paired with a i7-8700k, EVGA z370 micro atx mobo, 1080ti, and a NVMe SSD.
Pros: Guys it's fast. I haven't used something that makes interface so fast. Did I mention it was fast? I thought it was a gimmick. I can boot my system in 5 secs and shut down is 2sec, yes full boot up and system turn off. I have this bad boy paired with 32gb of 3200 DDR4 RAM, i7-8700k, and an EVGA z370 micro atx mobo.
I was between this drive and the 'MyDigitalSSD BPX 480gb.' I chose this SSD due to a slightly lower price for my new rig (due to sale) but the performance from benchmarks didn't seem to make that much of a difference (wouldn't surprise me if it's the same chip maker). I didn't benchmark this personally, but you can see some of the other reviews and I believe it's spot on. I mean I was able to install windows 10 in less than 5 mins, and install office in about the same amount of time. I have never see this level of speed/performance, even with traditional ssd's. It's like showing a cave man an ipod nano from 2005, it blew my mind.
Cons: I really don't have any, nor do I have some cheeky comment to put here.
Overall Review: I have a few games on this main drive and boy do they fly. If you're considering this type of memory and have a NVMe port, get one, don't even think about it, order 10, I don't care just get one. I haven't had such a profound performance change before trying one of these types of drives. 10/10 would buy again.
Pros: It's a nice feeling mouse, great in the hand and the materials are nice with the anti finger print material. Buttons feel great, and the clicks feel crisp. Only reason I'm giving it two eggs is because of these reasons, the -3 is below. BEWARE.
Cons: The USB dongle broke inside my new mobo's USB port, I had to use pliers and patience to remove it. It nearly tore apart my mother board. The USB head (metal bit) stayed within the port. I could have shorted or fried the board, if not ruin all components, thank the universe it wasn't my own rig but a computer I built for my parents, not that makes it better. Luckily the port still works and I don't have to RMA that too. It's cheap and I guess you get what you pay for. Very dissapointed with Rosewill quality. I had a 750W PSU from them and it was garbage as well, with over heating issues and noise, but that's neither here nor there. After I get an exchange, this will be the last Rosewill product I will purchase. I'm sure there are people who attest to their quality but from my experience, it's absent. Stick to Logitech or other products.
Overall Review: It worked for a total of 10 seconds, at which I couldn't get the USB dongle out.
Pros: I can play Far Cry 4 and BF4 on absolute max, and boy does this card make games look pretty. I also wanted to write this review after GTA V for PC being released and I have been able to run the game on max everything @ 60 fps at 1080p. It makes GTA look so beautiful, I love this card it handles everything I've thrown at it with relative ease.
Cons: It has a newer more custom cooler on it, its still pretty loud when you get it up to 100%, but I knew what I was getting myself into. I'm not a big fan of the colors but that's not enough to doc an egg, I'll probably paint the shroud to match my case in a year or two when the warranty runs out. I've had the card for 2 months now and still haven't received my rebate which is disappointing considering this is my first experience with Sapphire. Also, this card runs HOT, so don't be frightened by the 65-70c temps. I used MSI afterburner and set a custom fan curve, so that the fans are at 100% at 65c to preserve it, I'm being paranoid and careful.
It's a full 4gb of VRAM! yay!
Overall Review: I upgraded from an MSI R9 270x 2 gb card and I'm glad I did, it was worth the money and has changed my gaming experience on the PC. I probably will buy another one of these card in the future maybe in a few years when my system is dated and upgrade my PSU too. If you're worried about power for this card, I've seen some specs of people running it with a 650w so you could get by maybe, it is a power hungry card (don't cry about the extra 25 cents a month for electricity, I'm talking to you nvidia fan boys). All in all, I love this card, I would recommend it to a friend and would buy it again, I'm also glad I got it on sale. If you can get a better deal on a 970 get that just for the sake of noise level and power consumption but I'm an AMD lover and probably will be for a while.
For those curious of my set up:
FX-8320 OC'd to a mild 4.0 ghz
16gb GSkillz ARIES 1866 mhz RAM
Sapphire R9 290x Tri-X
EVGA 750w G2 PSU
Fractal Design R4 case w/ 5 fans
120gb Samsung EVO SSD
1.5 TB WD 5200rpm HDD
1.0 TB WD 7200rpm HDD
Pros: It's a great hard drive. I have all my games on it. Works great and does it's job. 7200 rpm is ideal for gaming if you're not going to use an SSD.
Overall Review: When I hooked it up my computer did not recognize it but after using the device setting through control panel in windows I was able to find it and get it working. There are many guides online to fix this or resolve the issue.
Pros: Very impressed with the build quality over all, the cables aren't flimsy, the connectors are excellent. I put this in a Fractal Design R4 with ease. This PSU replaced my noisy, cheap, Rosewill RD700. This was quite the leap in quality if you ask me. You can't also argue with the price when it's competitors are at the $120-160 price point, plus rebate check!? (I bought it for $110) EVGA has done a great thing with this PSU, and the others who reviewed this will reflect that. One other buying point was the 10 year warranty that comes with this bad boy, I was very impressed, a full decade of warranty if it goes bad? that in itself, should be a selling point. If you're torn between anything else and this, buy this.
Pushes my 8320, R9 270x, and 3 drives with ease, I will be expanding in the future with dual 270x's. Great PSU
Cons: Geez, I know this is over used, but it doesn't cook or clean?
Otherwise, absolutely none.
Overall Review: When comparing it with it's competitors you see that it has just as many features, if not more. Fully modular, all black cables, doesn't switch on the fan until 40C, build quality is excellent. Just all in all it's a great PSU and I would recommend it to anyone doing a mid level build.
Pros: -Its a full sized keyboard
-adequately spaced keys and macros
-back lite to any color preference
-decent key feel
Cons: -price, oh yeah, and price...
-doesn't have more features
-says full key roll over, doesn't quite do it (see other thoughts, it'll be ** for those who TL;DR)
Overall Review: So where to begin, since owning this keyboard it has been quite the journey to say the least. When I first got this keyboard the MR, M1, M2, and M3 keys were mixed up and out of order and my macro keys didn't work. I sent it off to corsair for RMA, only get a broken/smashed keyboard from them 2 weeks later, then I had to send that one back for RMA which was pain, and very annoying. So at the end of that episode I was without this keyboard for about a month and a half from its original purchase date. Don't get me wrong corsair's customer service was there to assist me with every issue, without a problem, but it would have been better if this all never happened. At this point I kind of regret purchasing it. I also was surprised after all my problems they didn't try to compensate me at all, I didn't expect it, but with a customer with this many issues, with a new product, they could have been a bit more considerate IMO.
**Now that I've ACTUALLY had the chance to use it, when playing games I find that I have to repress a lot of keys and sometimes the keys don't work on the first press with other keys pressed, so I have to repress all my keys just to get the one I wanted initially to work, if that makes sense. So I am lead to believe that this keyboard probably doesn't have full rollover, or my keyboard is malfunctioning and I REALLY don't feel like dealing with corsair again.
The corsair software that they have you download is not the best, I'd give it 5/10, it can be problematic and sometimes buggy.
I have to agree with other reviewers, at this price point you can get a similarly equipped keyboards for about 20 dollars less, with a lot of the same functionality. If this keyboard was mechanical it would make it worth the price, if I could do it all over again, I would have spent the extra 50 or 60 dollars and bought a k70.
All and all, I've always been lead to believe that corsair is a top brand, and rightfully so, but I was very unimpressed with this product. I will buy other corsair products, but I am a very disappointed customer. However, at the time of this post I am patiently awaiting the new K95 RGB, which looks spectacular, so this keyboard will be replaced.
Pros: It's cheap
Cons: This PSU is the loudest one I've heard in a long time. The only reason I bought it was the price so it's hard to complain, I do plan on replacing it in the near future because it is the only loud part of my build. I'm also mad at myself for not paying attention to that detail. It's pushing 5 fans, an FX-8320 and a r9 270x., granted that's quite the load but the fan is spinning at full speed when I only have 10% load on the CPU, ambient temps are between 75-80F, with very adequate air flow. I actually flipped my bottom fan on my case to blow air out the bottom to supplement air to the PSU, this did quiet it down a bit, but not as much as you'd hope.
My other complaint is the length of the supplemental CPU cable, its to short, and I have mid ATX case! I literally had to pull and stretch it as hard/best as I could to get it to route to the top of the case where the header was, I mean you'd think rosewill would have thought that one out. It was an uncomfortable amount of force needed to stretch it.
Overall Review: If you want a quiet PSU get something else, sorry rosewill.
Pros: If you plan on overclocking and you're between this and the 8350, get this. You'll save some money and get the same performance. I've got mine OC'd to 4.6ghz with an H100 cooling it. Very impressive benchmarks, I'd buy this again because of its value for dollar to performance ratio.
It's not intel.
8 cores for maximum powaah, plus saying octocore is awesome
Overall Review: Stock cooler will sound like a 747 taking off. Get an aftermarket cooler, you'll thank me. Had the 212 evo on it for a while until I started doing heavy OCing. You can overclock this with a 212 to about 4.2ghz and it still remains relatively quiet, at least in my experience thus far. If you're going to do big boy OCing then get a liquid cooler.
Pros: Bought an extra one for my R4 case, these fans don't move much air but are very quiet. I've read others comments on here, if you don't have them running at 12v then they're exceptionally quiet, and when you do get them up to full speed they make a very quiet blowing sound (hard to describe) but these are whisper quiet at full speed.
Cons: None. I am very pleased
Overall Review: I'll probably buy one more in the future.
Pros: Love this monitor, I bought one 2 years ago for my laptop and since then I've built my own computer and needed another! So I've got two of these monitors, the one thats 2 years old, still works like a champ with no problems to date, which is something you would come to expect from Asus. I use these primarily for gaming and school. If you want a bullet proof monitor, this is the one to get. The recent one I've bought does look sharper and a little deeper in color than my old one, but with age the screens do bleach and washout. Overall, I'd buy them again if I needed too.
I also love the price point of this 24 inch monitor, and dat LED
Cons: Speakers aren't too loud, they're only 2 watts, but that's to be expected from monitor speakers, I don't use them but have tried them.
It doesn't clean itself.
Overall Review: If you're looking for a quality monitor for gaming that does 1080p and is decently priced, get this one!
Pros: It's a great board, at this price point, you can't complain. I like all the features, it has adequate chassis fan headers, you can do crossfire if you want, there's room to grow with this board. This board has no problem overclocking my FX-8320 to 4.5ghz and running at stable temps. The board is made with quality materials, especially the caps, and is very aesthetically pleasing. It does everything you could ask of it., I am pleased.
Cons: It doesn't cook or clean...
This is nitpicking but the BIOS is kind of funky in it's function and very "simple" oriented, I understand not everyone who buys this board wants to push it to it's limits and adjust every setting but those who do, be wary.
My last thought and the only real con I found from this board was the placement of Chassis fan headers 1 & 2. Asus placed them just above the first PCI slot and towards the back of the case, making routing of fan cables messy. I don't use them in my rig because of this, I wish Asus moved them to a location where we can better conceal wires!
Overall Review: It's Asus, when ever I've helped friends with their builds, as well as mine, I always favor Asus because thus far I've never seen a DoA board nor have had issues with them. Asus has been building boards for long time, so you can't go wrong with this brand.
Pros: It's very aesthetically pleasing. It's made for a very clean build. It has excellent cable management. I bought three more fans. 2x120mm blue led fans for the top to add some lighting for the case, and 1x140mm fractal fan, I put this on the bottom near my psu. I also moved the front fan to the top slot, and I took out the top HD cage because its not necessary and I wanted to add air flow. Its a very quiet case and has a lot of sound deadening material in it. Another buying point that I had was the SSD mount being on the back of the case, I put my 120gb samsung EVO SSD there. Overall, it's a awesome case.
Cons: Not much of a con but the front panel connectors felt flimsy and felt like they could easily break.
Overall Review: This case is great if you're looking for an aesthetically pleasing case, with a lot of features, for a decent price point. This is it.
Pros: It works, Its RAM. I have it coupled with a FX-8320 and a ASUS mobo. Got it for a great price, will be buying more soon.
Cons: None. Won't make dinner, maybe.
Pros: This surge protector is sweet, I love the positioning of all the plugs. If you have regular style they fit down the middle or if you have those odd shaped plugs that are oversized for no reason , like my external drive's plug, it fits every where. I also bought this for college because I have so many things to plug in and this is perfect.
-length of the cord
Cons: I don't really have any. I noticed that my LED desk lamp dims some times but I think its just my house.
Overall Review: The dorm hall I'm staying at is really old and I'm afraid of the irregular voltage from the building and I'm confident that this will help a lot. Great surge protector
Pros: Very comfortable and smooth. I like the DPI switch keys right below the scroll wheel. Used it all the time, from lurking the internets to gaming on BF3. Great mouse.
Cons: None really. I like everything about it, it feels great.
Overall Review: The claw grip was weird for me the first few days, I felt as if my ring finger was going to touch the right mouse button. Great mouse. Better if you get it on sale.
Pros: I bought this laptop to satisfy my gaming needs(which is casual) and to satisfy my college needs. I was looking and shopping for a laptop for 3 months prior to my purchase and I fell in love with this laptop. I had a friend who had a similar one, and I liked the shell casing, the trackpad is sunken in so that when you're typing you don't accidentally mess up. I also based my purchase on a how well it could handle games, I did a notebook check and it seemed to run every game I wanted just fine (left 4 dead, portal 2, minecraft, GTASA) and as soon as I got it, I ran all of these games and they ran great, on maxed out settings. This laptop is fast, even with the bloatware that came preloaded, which I removed about 75% of it, it was very fast compared to my old dell 1100 inspiron. All around great computer.
-full keyboard w/ num pad
-integrated dual graphics
-the beautiful display(lacks compared to my 23" LED aus monit.)
-500gb 5400rpm HDD
-QUAD CORE POWAAH
Cons: I'm nitpicking at the computer now, I'm not a fan of the usb placement and the lack of usb 3.0, but what do you expect from a 600 dollar laptop. I also don't like that fact that it doesn't have media controls integrated(you have to the function key to access). I can't think of anything else really, I am very pleased with it. I guess the color but who buys a computer based on its exterior color or doesn't? it's kinda purplish.
Overall Review: Great buy for the money.
I see that people have been complaining about the comp having the wrong hardware, I thought I had the same problem because my laptop under devices was showing that it was using the 6520g radeon and I thought that was the extra graphics card but thats the integrated one, I searched under the AMD Vision Control application that controls the graphics and under information it has a little link called hardware and in that tab it shows two boxes *primary adapter* and *linked adapter* for the primary its the 6520g and under linked its the 6650m, the 6650m only kicks in when heavy graphic situations occur on the laptop and the crossfire will ask you if its "high powered" or "power saving" <- great feature. I just wrote this to solve some confusion if any for potential buyers, because there are some incompetent owners who write bad reviews, or smash the laptop day 1 & say it was new eggs fault. The shipping was slow, ordered tues & received the following wed, UPS 3 day