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Joseph W.

Joseph W.

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Good ram, cheap update

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL

Pros: I have owned 4GB (2 x 2GB) of G.Skill Ripjaws ddr3 ram since 2011 and haven't had a single problem with them. I have recently purchased another 4GB (2 x 2GB) so my gaming rig can have 8gigs of ram. Windows 7 and Yosemite OSX run great on my rig with this extra ram. Editing software and screen recording programs respond quicker now. I am one of the people that usually have up to 20-30 tabs open sometimes in a browser and the more ram for that the better. The year is now 2015 and I think 8 gigs of ddr3 ram is more than enough for now. Specs: i5 4670k @3.4ghz (when I want extra performance I overclock it to 4.2ghz when I'm gaming. Otherwise I keep it at 3.4ghz.) G.Skill Ripjaws 8gb ddr3 ram Corsair 100i Nvidia GTX 760

Cons: None that I can think of. Maybe this rams a bit dated in the speed department, but I doubt many people will be able to tell different ram speeds anyways. It's ram at the end of the day. However to be honest I've never had experience with faster ram than this so I can't tell you if there's that much of a difference.

Overall Review: I bought these when they were on Sale. I'm unsure if they are still on sale. I bought for $34.99 plus tax which turned out to be something around 37 dollars. When I bought these originally in 2011 I think these sold for 59 or 60 back then.

Most Critical Review

Not as quiet as I had hoped, better than stock fans on Corsair 100i tho

Fractal Design Venturi HF Series Black Fluid Dynamic Bearing High Airflow 120mm Case Fan
Fractal Design Venturi HF Series Black Fluid Dynamic Bearing High Airflow 120mm Case Fan

Pros: It is probably keeping everything cool since it is shooting a lot of air out because I can hear it.

Cons: It's louder than I was expecting and I don't know how to slower the speed so I don't hear it as much.

Overall Review: I used two of these as fan replacements for the corsair 100i because the corsair fans while quiet at time would become ridiculously loud under load. These fans are better than the stock fans on a corsair 100i in my opinion but on average these sound kind of loud. Maybe there's software out there to slow the fans down a bit? I can't find anything and I tried googling. Specs: CASE: Corsair Graphite 600t white edition CPU: i5 4670k Motherboard: MSI Z87-G45 Graphics Card: Msi gtx 760 Ram: 8 gigs of ddr3

Correcting a Review I left on here

GIGABYTE Vision OC GeForce RTX 3070 8GB GDDR6 PCI Express 4.0 ATX Video Card GV-N3070VISION OC-8GD (rev. 2.0) (LHR)
GIGABYTE Vision OC GeForce RTX 3070 8GB GDDR6 PCI Express 4.0 ATX Video Card GV-N3070VISION OC-8GD (rev. 2.0) (LHR)

Pros: *Forgive the picture quality I took it through a glass. I don't believe there's any scratching on the gpu. I think that's a mark on the glass. Where my pc is setup it's hard to take a photo when it's on. Also that's two different pci cables and not a daisy link. Hard to tell in photo. Very powerful gpu for 1080p and 1440p gaming that supports ray tracing! Maybe considered a little lower end for 4k gaming but I've been having fun with it at 4k and didn't want to spend much more money than the current sale price. The ray tracing works good at 4k too but it depends what you consider good. I'm pretty much good with anything above 30fps as long as the frames don't drop below that often. When I bought this it was on sale for $599 with a $10 rebate bringing it to 589.99 but after taxes around $629. Gigabyte is a very trustworthy company. They've honored their 3 year Warranty in the past. Some other Graphics card vendors such as Sapphire will treat the customer poorly and will not honor their small 2 year Warranty. I usually find deals on Gigabyte and MSI brand gpus. They're usually cheaper than the competition. EVGA is always expensive compared to Gigabyte and MSI. I think Asus runs deals every so often. The gpu brands I've owned are XFX 8800 gts 320mb, Gigabyte 470, Gigabyte 570(Gigabyte honored warranty and upgraded me), MSI gtx 760, Gigabyte 1070 8gb, Sapphire 580(died on me and Sapphire was rude to me and didn't want to honor warranty), MSI 480(died on me but was used card. Probably a miners card). MSI 5600 xt 6gb(traded it for rx 5500 xt4g and got cash from it.) I don't ever recommend trading for cards because you might not be so lucky and get a dead one. Also didn't realize at the time the trade was going to be for a Sapphire rx 5500xt 4gb but it ended up working out fine. Didn't die on me yet! Still don't recommend Sapphire. I highly recommend Gigabyte and MSI products because they're usually offering the better deals and their Customer Support from my experience has been one of the best. I had an MSI motherboard that I thought was defective but I think the bios was off on it and MSI fixed it. I now make sure to keep my Bio updated on it. - White GPU/Silver goes great with my Corsair 678c case. - Huge upgrade coming from an rx 5500 xt 4gb - Sign up on Gigabyte Aurous website to get the 3 year Warranty - At the time of this review Gigabyte on Newegg is offering the cheapest price on RTX 3070 8GB. Comes in both white and black variation depending what you preder. - Cool rgb light on the Gigabyte logo. They also have software to change the color. Right now I have mine red. - I can't emphasize enough of about my love for Gigabyte and MSI products. They usually just work and if there does end up being an issue and they deem that the user isn't at fault they have no issues replacing parts or in some case maybe even upgrading parts. I have love for Gigabyte and MSI.

Cons: The only Con I can think of is that the price will probably go back up under inflation. Also all the people waiting for the 4000 series are probably going to be disappointed when they are all bought out by bots and are probably going to be expensive too. I'm not an expert so you choose to do what you want with your money. Whether that's wait which could cost you more in the long run if the 3000 series ends up jumping back up in price. Right now it's about msrp I believe. I believe it's the founders edition which used to go for around $499 the vendors such as Gigabyte, MSI, EVGA, Asus and the top brands of Nvidia usually ask for a little more because of the cooler on it and I believe they're a little faster than the Founders Edition.

Overall Review: Make sure you have 650 watt psu or higher. I made the mistake of originally getting this and thinking my standard not bronze 80 plus EVGA would be enough and that was also a daisy link connection which could have made this graphics card underperform. I ended up going with what the internet recommended and picked up a gently used like new corsair rm650x 80 plus gold 650 watt power supply and now this computer runs like a beast. I cannot confirm if my original power supply was dying but it was creating lag spikes in GTA V until I upgraded my power supply. Gigabyte does recommend a 650 watt power supply and I know people say but with your setup it should have only been using around 400-450 watts at the most. True but maybe there's a huge quality difference between standard 80 plus(not even bronze psu) and gold 80 plus. Either way if the gpu vendor is recommending a certain power supply wattage there's probably a good reason for it. With my old EVGA 600 watt standard 80 plus psu that I had bought from best buy a couple years ago I was getting crashes in Friday the 13th the game on steam. When I got to the main menu it would crash. When I received this new psu in the mail today I get no crashes now. So the Gigabyte RTX 3070 8gb didn't like something about that EVGA 600 watt power supply. It could have been the daisy link cable and not separate pci cables. Who knows what it is and maybe the manufacturer of this card can reply and let me know what they think the issue was. Whether my EVGA 600 watt was dying or if I just needed a 650 watt psu for whatever reason. I felt the need to correct this review because Gigabyte has been a very kind company to me. When I have issues they resolve those issues. Not all companies are ran this way sadly. I've had a horrible experience with Sapphire and PNY. Two companies that are probably not as big as Gigabyte or MSI. I feel like the bigger companies usually have better customer service and that's why they make the big bucks. Treat the customer with respect and help them resolve issues. It pays off because it makes the customer want to do business with them in the future. I will never give Sapphire or PNY my business ever again. I had an issue with a PNY ssd and their company blew me off because they didn't like that I purchased it from them directly & they knew it was brand new. This is why I prefer to buy things on Newegg but even with that said PNY didn't have to be rude. Also PNY's customer service was laughably bad. The first person completely ignored me and the second person just said they wouldn't honor the Warranty. Lesson learned not to do business with PNY but also if you're going to buy New it's probably recommended to buy from Newegg because if there's issues the company can't fall back on excuses on why they won't honor their Warranty. Sorry for this rant and if you had better experience with Sapphire and PNY that's good but I personally didn't. So I will bad mouth them because it's my money and if I felt like I was treat poorly I let others know to Warn them about said company. Best price I've ever gotten on a upper mid range graphics card was an Msi rx 5600 xt 6gb. Bought from Newegg back in September of 2020 and they must have been running a deal. I was able to do some 4k gaming with mixed settings with that card. Obviously that card is much weaker at 4k gaming compared to an rx 3070 8gb but I'm telling you that's insane value for that card. Nvidia and AMD both have their pros and cons. Nvidia's control panel is really dated looking and looks like something from Windows XP time period and AMD's control panel in my personal opinion is much more attractive looking. Also Nvidia and AMD both have different image sharpening and it makes the graphics in games look a little different or unique looking. I wouldn't say one is worse or better than the other even though many claim AMD is better. I think if a person is used to Nvidia image sharpening they might prefer that over the AMD sharpening and vice versa. If someone was used to how AMD gpus looked with their image sharpening they'd probably prefer AMD. Nvidia right now is Winning in the Ray Tracing War. From what I've read and heard in videos online is that AMD's 6000 series is awful at ray tracing. Specs: Ryzen 3700 MSI B450 tomahawk max (original not v2) Gigabyte RTX 3070 8gb Vision OC Corsair 678c white graphite case Corsair Vengeance 8x2 16gb ddr4 ram at 3200mhz Corsair rm650x 650 watt psu My current NVIDIA Control panel settings: Image Scaling - Off Ambient Occlusion - Off Anisotropic filtering - 16x Antialiasing - FXAA Off Antialiasing Gamma correction - Off Antialiasing Mode - Application-controlled Antialiasing Setting - Application-controlled Antialiasing Transparency - Off Background Application Max Frame Rare - Off (you decide) Cuda -Gpus All Power Management mode - Normal Texture Filtering - Quality (choose either Quality or Performance. Don't choose High Quality or High Performa

The Best Graphics Card I've ever owned for a great price

MSI Gaming N760 TF 2GD5/OC G-SYNC Support GeForce GTX 760 2GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 SLI Support Video Card
MSI Gaming N760 TF 2GD5/OC G-SYNC Support GeForce GTX 760 2GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 SLI Support Video Card

Pros: This card is cheap in a good way, meaning you get every single Penny that you put into it. This has to be one of the best graphics card in the 259.99-300 dollar price range. The MSI GTX 760 2gb graphics card will max out any game that is out right now at 1920x1200p resolutions or 1080p if your monitor doesn't support 1200p. I almost forgot to mention the fact that his quite is not only powerful for the current games out on the market, but its quiet and it runs very cool. Games tested with it at 1920x1200: Bioshock Infinite= without using the game app to get an even more overclock out of the card I got around 100-80fps on Bioshock Infinite on Max graphics. However early in the game Fraps told me that when the character you are looks at that Faith sign and then into the water and the reflection comes up it dipped down into the 30's and I thought that it was weird that it did that. GTA IV was maxed out with an avrg of 57.2fps with this gnu, didn't use the overclock app. Tomb Raider with TressFX effects was maxed out with playable framerate but I didn't have fraps playing with it, so idk what it was. Specs: CPU: Amd Phenom iI x4 965 3.4ghz Motherboard: Asus M4A79XTD Evo AM3 AMD 790X ATX AMD Sound Card: Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Speakers: Logitech X-530 5.1 Gaming Case: Corsair 600t graphite white case Graphics Card: MSI GTX 760 2gb card Ram: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB ddr3

Cons: I don't know about that rebate, it seems like a conjob almost since its almost impossible to get the 10 dollar rebate unless you waste your gas money going to your local post office to drop it off. The rebate could have been done better but they clearly didn't want anyone to take advantage of the rebate, so they basically force you to not to take advantage of the rebate. You're already getting a insane deal on a great graphics card, so that is probably the reason they made it a pain. The free game Spliinter Cell Blacklist that came with this code doesn't work and tells me it's invalid, and I have no idea if that means someone has stolen my code or it's because they still don't have the game up for DOWNLOAD. I'm pretty sure the game is completed, so I don't know why they can't have it up for Download and let you activate it on August 20th to play it. It's like they want us to run in a server load of slow download speed if they are waiting to let us Download it.

Overall Review: I upgraded from a Gigabyte GTX 570 that was running at 780mhz to the MSI GTX 760 that runs at I believe 1019mhz. You can even use the gaming app that comes on the MSI GTX 760's dvdr/cdr with your gnu. The gaming app allows you to push the graphics card even harder without hurting it because MSI programed it to allow for it to do that, so it gets about 1210mhz. I'm unsure exactly how many mhz it will push on the card but I do know that its in the 1200mhz range which in my opinion is pretty good seeing how that it about a 180mhz or 200mhz upgrade from the overclock!

Iomega is my favorite External Harddrive brand

iomega Prestige 1TB USB 2.0 3.5" External Hard Drive 34919
iomega Prestige 1TB USB 2.0 3.5" External Hard Drive 34919

Pros: It's built very good, when you touch the outside of the external HD it feels super cold because of the aluminum material its made out of. And it doesn't run hot. Iomega Prestige external Harddrives come with a switch on em so you can easily shut them off. I was happy with the 1tb Iomega Prestiage Hd so much, that I choose Iomega 2tb for 100 something bucks over Seagates 2tb drive which was 80 something bucks. I like both Iomega and Seagate since I haven't had any problems with either brand but Seagates feel plastic and I don't know if plastic is best. I like the cold feel of aluminum. I see alot of reviews of ppl saying so and so drive dies on them. I don't know why, I never had that happen to me but then again maybe some ppl have these running 24/7 or are very unlucky when it comes to ordering stuff. While external harddrives are built like tanks for the most part to take some damage. If a worker for usps/ups toss this around too much in the box. I guess it could break?

Cons: None that I can think of.

Not what I expected, this case is not good for cooling in my opinion

Cooler Master HAF 912 - Mid Tower Computer Case with High Airflow, Supporting up to Six 120mm Fans and USB 3.0
Cooler Master HAF 912 - Mid Tower Computer Case with High Airflow, Supporting up to Six 120mm Fans and USB 3.0

Pros: Makes a beautiful paper-weight, since its actually a pretty cool looking case. I actually thought it was an ugly case when I ordered it but when I got it in the mail the case is a real beauty in the looks department.

Cons: Runs hot, getting 54-56 on idle on my Amd Phenom II x4 965 black edition at 3.4ghz(stock settings) and when it was overclocked at 3.7ghz it was getting same temps on idle...

Overall Review: This case was a huge let down, my original case a Hewlett Packard(a 6 year old hewlett packard case) ran on idle at 37c overclocked at @3.7ghz. But this case, well I don't even know if I can play pc games with this case because at stock settings its telling me my chip is running at 54-56. People on an overclock website recommended this case to me, and they must be high because this case is not good for overclocking unless I spend hundreds of dollars on new fans and water cooling. This thing works like a toaster, it heats up too much.