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KURT H.

KURT H.

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My new favorite PC case

Fractal Design Define R5 Black Silent ATX Midtower Computer Case
Fractal Design Define R5 Black Silent ATX Midtower Computer Case

Pros: My previous build used the R2, big brother to the R5, but a pain if you have to move it. The smaller R5 is perfect size for an ATX build with multiple video cards and water cooling. This turned out to be the quietest build I've ever put together, most of the credit goes to this case.

Cons: None to speak of.

Overall Review: My PC sits on carpet, I put little 'furniture glides' under the R5 rubber feet which makes it easier to move the case for cable access when needed.

12/28/2016

Runs great on z390

G.SKILL TridentZ Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4 3600 (PC4 28800) Desktop Memory Model F4-3600C15D-16GTZ
G.SKILL TridentZ Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4 3600 (PC4 28800) Desktop Memory Model F4-3600C15D-16GTZ

Pros: Runs at rated timings. With small voltage boost, also runs at 1T command rate.

Cons: None at all.

Overall Review: This is my 3rd z390 build using this G.Skill product. With a small voltage boost to 1.38v will run at rated timings and 1T command rate. 3x with the same great results is a good track record, would definitely buy again.

KVM for 2K monitor

TESmart HDMI 2 input 1 output KVM Switch , support 4k @60hz  HDR 10 and Dolby Vision ,Complaint with HDCP 2.2, With USB2.0 and audio output interface
TESmart HDMI 2 input 1 output KVM Switch , support 4k @60hz HDR 10 and Dolby Vision ,Complaint with HDCP 2.2, With USB2.0 and audio output interface

Pros: HDMI input and output, handles 2K and 4K monitors nicely. Made the 'work from home' experience much better. Very competitive price and fast delivery by Newegg.

Cons: Input cords for HDMI+USB that come with the unit are short at 5 foot, but are standard type. If you need longer cords you'll need to purchase these separately. Unit doesn't come with HDMI cable for the output, bring your own. These units are not designed to work with wireless keyboards and mice, but work properly with wired input devices.

Overall Review: Let's me use my work laptop and home PC with my large 2560x1440 2K monitor using wired full size keyboard and wired mouse. Quick keyboard shortcuts or 'mouse gesture' to switch between PCs.

Very nice 2K gaming monitor

Westinghouse WM32DX9019 32" WQHD 2560 x 1440 2K Resolution 144Hz HDMI DisplayPort AMD FreeSync Technology Flicker-Free Anti-Glare Widescreen Backlit LED Gaming Monitor
Westinghouse WM32DX9019 32" WQHD 2560 x 1440 2K Resolution 144Hz HDMI DisplayPort AMD FreeSync Technology Flicker-Free Anti-Glare Widescreen Backlit LED Gaming Monitor

Pros: Crisp display, sturdy stand, thin bezel, 3 digital inputs (2 HDMI and 1 DP). Great price and super delivery from Newegg.

Cons: None! I'd buy another one but is now showing out of stock.

Overall Review: Was using a 6-year old WQHD 32-inch display, this replacement is the same size and resolution and blows the old one away in terms of picture quality and gaming response.

TridentZ F4-3200C14D-16GTZ 16Gb kit comments

G.SKILL TridentZ Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4 3200 (PC4 25600) Desktop Memory Model F4-3200C14D-16GTZ
G.SKILL TridentZ Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4 3200 (PC4 25600) Desktop Memory Model F4-3200C14D-16GTZ

Pros: Running with ASRock Z170 MB and 6600K CPU, enabled XMP timings in BIOS and memory running at rated timings without any problems. Very easy to setup. Low CAS timings. I was looking for memory with tight timing and good bandwidth without any fuss, this is it.

Cons: Sure, cost is always a consideration. In this case you get what you pay for, so not really a con.

Overall Review: I've never been disappointed by any G.Skill product I've purchased.

12/28/2016

Never going back to a smaller case

Fractal Design Define XL R2 Black Silent EATX Full Tower Computer Case
Fractal Design Define XL R2 Black Silent EATX Full Tower Computer Case

Pros: After years of using mid-size cases for my builds, squeezing the GPU in, figuring out how to fit 4 all the 3-1/2" drives, putting up with the rats nest of data and power cables, I was blown away by how quickly my new build went together using the Define XL R2 case. No muss, no fuss, there was plenty of room for everything and then some. Cable routing was easy, I can fit more HDDs than my MB can support. Sturdy case, I love easy to clean dust filters on the front and bottom. You couldn't ask for a quieter case, lots of internal sound absorbing material to mute fan noise. Although I'm just using a single GPU this case will allow 4x of the longest cards without any problems. It includes more than enough accessory hardware (screws and such) for most builds. I've found my new favorite case for future builds.

Cons: I like having separate LEDs for HDD and Power, this case only has a single LED for either/or.