Date Joined: 11/03/09
No SATA data cables cluttering your face
Cons: Probably not worth the premium $$$ price honestly, more of a bragging rights and "because I could" purchase. Also, you might need to disable CSM in BIOS to get the drive to install Windows (through the USB and booting into UEFI off the USB, CDs might not work).
The EVGA x99 micro 2, I didn't have to do anything actually, the 2 ASRock boards needed CSM disabled or the "storage" option under CSM to be set to "UEFI only" and I needed to use a USB thumb drive with Windows 8 (created via usb media tool on microsoft site).
Pros: - Huge
- Soft and comfortable
Overall Review: The best mouse pad on the market, never slide off the table because its huge and provides great tracking for optical mice. I had one, spilled coffee on it and repurchased another, and will continue for years because nothing beats it imo.
Pros: - Sexy
- Gets over 60fps in most games and if you lower some of your settings you should get around 120-140fps easily at 1080p for 120hz/144hz monitors
Cons: - Well, I wasn't never able to get a really good overclock on it unfortunately, but it was a very solid card.
Overall Review: I only upgraded to a GTX 980 Ti for bragging rights, this card was working fine and got me the needed fps in CSGO or Battlefield for my 144hz monitor. Very good bang for your buck
Pros: - Very comfortable
- Sounds great in CS:GO, Battlefield in many games
- Microphone is flexible and seems good
Cons: I don't think I have any cons, it's done it's job for me and lasted this long providing great audio quality
Overall Review: I am using an external DAC with the headset so it's louder than using the integrated audio on my motherboard. The headset is great and I'm still using it in 5/22/2016 and have no issues hearing footsteps in games like CS:GO where audio is crucial. I had the Audiotechnica AD700 before this headset.
Pros: cheap, sexy blue
Cons: couldn't get it to run at 3000MHz with my 5820k i7 overclocked to 4.5ghz.
Pros: + aesthetic blue
Cons: None really?
Overall Review: **Read the manual before building. RAM slots and Graphic card slots are specific, of course so is CPU installation***
I just got this board through another online retailer for my x99 build (5820k). I paired it up with some GSKILL 16gb DDR4 3000Mhz in blue ram. Looks really nice.
Time will tell if the board holds up, it seems very durable and came packaged good. PC powered up, running Windows 8 64bit at the moment and booted off USB to install. Again, no weird black screens or blue screens. Every piece of hardware was detected. Don't know what all the DOA reviews are about, maybe they didn't read the manual correctly or maybe Asrock QC is a bit out of whack.
Remember to read the manual. RAM needs to be in the black slots when doing quad channel and from left to right. CPU needs to match triangle and there are two levels that need to be opened. From reading intel manual, you want to leave that CPU cover piece ON when installing the new LGA2011-v3 CPU and it pops off after closing. The main PCI slot is the top one closet to CPU.
Msg me if you guys have any questions. I'm XxAlbertoxX at overclock.net
Pros: * 150$ for a full-tower; price
* The Corsair Obsidian Name, quality
* Sized somewhere between the 800D (big) and 650D (medium); functionality
* Amazing stock watercooling capabilities without modding (only other cases that come close are the Switch 810, Fractal Midi R2, and the 800D IMO, maybe forgetting 1-2 others)
Cons: * Somewhat flimsy side-panels, not as sturdy as the 650D
Overall Review: Let me preface this section with the fact that I've owned the Coolermaster CM690, NZXT Tempest EVO, NZXT Switch 810, Silverstone Raven RV01, Silverstone Temjin TJ04EW, Fractal Arc Midi R2, and Corsair 650D.
When I received my 750D, the front filter behind the front clicky-panel was warped. And inside, there is a slight-bend with the ODD cage that hangs above the HDD cages.
Those are really the only 2 flaws I noticed and I'm very VERY pefectionist (other people might not notice).
Now, the side-window is pretty, and large, and that contributes to it feeling slightly flimsy but overrall it's solid IMO, just not as thick as other panels.
I really like this case, even with all the ones I owned above. the 650D was too small for my liking and I didn't like how it had a small window and those latches.
One of my favorite cases I owned was the Fractal R2 midi because you could put 280MM radiators on top and front, and it had good cable management. I didn't like HOWEVER how the Fractal cases tend to be "rounded" at the edges ( I like angular edges like on the Obsidian series).
I do like minimlistic cases. I would definitely recommend this case, and I think for someone who likes a spacious full tower that isn't monstrous like the 900D, and wants water cooling options, a minimilistic design, angular edges, and fair price, this is a good value.
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Pros: Easy to install, one of the very few 280mm radiators, very sexy LED, nice software
Cons: Fans tend to be loud, especially in push/pull (sounds like min vacuum cleaner), won't fit all cases (make sure your case fits 15mm spacing, which is the standard in most cases except corsair.
Overall Review: Came from this after a Swiftech h220. Reason was I believed I had a dead pump due to the "CPU fan error" message on my Asus z87 sabertooth. Please, if you're getting this message, go into BIOS and lower the minimum RPM for the CPU fan to 200 or disable it completely (default is 600). Reason is, if the fan/pump doesn't hit the default 600RPM, it won't detect.
I had this message pop up when I installed the kraken x60 and I knew i couldn't have two dead pumps in a row, so I change it and now everything is running perfect. It cools better than the h220 due to the increased surface area (280mm vs 240mm), though it is much louder.
Pros: - Great Price
- Very aesthetic (Red/Black w/ Dragon accent art)
- Seems high quality
- Orientated to gaming if you are a gamer
Cons: I can't really find any at the moment other than the fact that (this is very picky btw) the LED Bios light is BRIGHT blue, but the board is red/black, so those going with a red/black color scheme, the blue is kind of ugly and ruins the theme IMHO. I don't see a function to disable it.
Overall Review: I purchased this from a local computer store in Chicago, IL for 189.99$. I knew MSI made quality boards, though they don't quite have the reputation of ASuS or Gigabyte I suppose but it seems they are working hard to attain it. I have owned MSI, ASuS, AsRock, and EVGA Mobos before .The Board is really perfect, and I haven't run into any problems yet. The UEFI bios is intuitive, the board is high quality & aesthetic and all the features seem great.
I was able to plug in, boot up with no issues. I don't know about those guys here posting negative reviews, so I'm not sure if it's the board or the user (were they building sloppy and bent pins?). I 'm very meticulous with my builds and I don't think many people are so be cautious when reading negative reviews like that.
I will say I haven't found anything wrong with the board, and the Mpower looks great as-well from MSI.
Will update if I find anything new/wrong,but as for now, I love the board functionality + Looks, and would purchase again from MSI.
Looks like they are really stepping their game up to compete with other motherboard manufacturers.
Pros: 1. Very Good Cable Management
2. Affordable (about 100$ less than it's closest competitor, the Corsair 800D)
3. Very Clean, minimalistic, design (like the Obisidian)
4. Large Side Window to see your parts
5. Decent build Quality
6. Lots of possibilities for people water cooling
Cons: 1. They could incorporate more high quality metals instead of plastics, maybe some aluminum brushed parts like in the Obsidian series
2. Hard to grip and pick up, but I guess this is a full-tower and not meant to be carried so maybe not a con
Overall Review: My only gripe is, that having owned a corsair obisidan 650d and MANY other PC cases, it *could* have been a bit more metal or even some brushed aluminum. It would actually be flawless at the point IMO. For now, the case is GREAT, easily a 9/10 or 10/10 if you keep it's price is your reference. Cable management is perfect, and even the back of the mobo tray allows for the cables to be a bit bulky and you can still close the side panel. Be careful to install the CPU cooler back plate first, because on my Corsair h80i, the mobo tray cut-out didn't expose my CPU enough to install the back plate while the mobo was in the case, so I had to unscrew it which was tedious. Other than that, it's a solid case for 169.99$. I got it in white and it's very sexy, clean & minimalistic. The side window is also one of the best I've seen. I would give it a 9/10. Please check out my youtube channel at YouTube.com/XxD3cayxX
Pros: I bought this only for ergonomic + gaming because my meka G1 thermaltake was not comfortable. and my bigges pet peeve was the flimsy palm rest so I bought this. somewhat dissapointed
Cons: It's really made high quality, though plain. However, my biggest selling point was the big palm rest it comes with that looked sturdy and comfortable but it kind moves around and actually doesn't feel all that sturdy. if you put your hand on one corner of the keyboard with the palm rest, it kinda moves around due to the weight on one edge
Overall Review: I don't know. I kinda dissapointed. The palm rest kinda moves when you lift your left hand up and its not actually all that bad but I wanted something 100% that did not move. I was thinking about the Corsair K90 because that one has thumbscrews to keep it from moving so now I'm dissapointed I didn't buy that one instead. Other than the palm rest and it looking somewhat bland however, it's a very high quality keyboard and actually feels very smooth to type on.
Pros: I bought this keyboard, not from newegg, but from e*b*a*y*. Though it was the same MEKA G1 keyboard. It feels amazing, the keys are big and sturdy and completely different than my Razer Lycosa, its a major step up. You won't hit anymore wrong keys while gaming because the keys are huge and sturdy. It feels much different than a regular keyboard because it is mechanical, you hands will feel weird on it for the first time, but it feels very good
Cons: My only con is with the hand/wrist rest. Another poster on pg.3 had commented on it but it feels "loose" or not completely snaps on "TIGHT". It kind of wiggles around for some reason due to the way it attaches. It's not really horrible and it's very miniscule (though I'm very picky) but maybe I'll even try it without the palm rest.
Overall Review: It's a huge step up from a Razer Lycosa. It makes that thing look like a cheap piece of kids plastic. I will never go bakc.
Pros: Unique heat dissapation layout (90° mobo layout), unique "stealth" fighter look. Not overly flash, but discreet but still with style.
Cons: Quality. I read the reviews on here about the front panel sliding door and how it broke on everyone. I was like "Nah, won't happen to me." I took the shot and bought it in December 2011 and it worked great. Yesterday however, it decides to slide upward out of nowhere; it had finally broke. I couldn't believe that what everyone said was true. Very dissapointed in this case. Even from the beginning, the front sliding door slid upward in a "choppy" manner (not a smooth sliding mechanism) it it looked like they just threw some vasoline in there to slide it (no ball bearings or anything). It just kind of blemishes a case that is this price tag$, having a broken front panel like that. If you think, it wont happen to you, think again...
Overall Review: Also, it needs to be said the cable management of this case frankly SUCKS. I don't get how companies can make a case that looks this visually appealing (in my eyes) but skimp out on quality and important things like cable management, especially when cables impede air flow and this case is designed with optimum air flow in mind. I was very dissapointed to find out the grommet holes inside the case mobo tray are so small in diameter you CANNOT even fit anything OTHER THAN A SATA CABLE! even the Sata PSU cable you have to BEND and swivel and tilt to get it through the hole (its soooo tiny). No chance in heck getting a Graphics card 6pin or 8pin PSU or, especially a 24pin PSU. You would have to drill out the mobo tray for that. so you end up having cables (big ) run up the front of the case, which is ugly because you can see it through the window. Also, the front sliding door WILL break on you. I'm getting a HAF X next time... I bought this case to be different ; big mistake.
Pros: Big, high quality, durable. Red LEDs
Cons: Well, I thought the RED LED would be brighter....
Overall Review: Seems like cool fans. Took out the two 200mm on my Corsair Obsidian 650D to try these RED LED ones out. LED isn't is bright as I thought it would be, but still good fans none the less. The build quality is what I'm after, and they feel like quality, LED fans, not cheap plastic 5$ fans that usually come stock in cases. This is a thick fan, and for example, won't even fit in the intake (front) of the Corsair 650D, without removing the HDD bays (all you do is remove the provided thumbscrews) and placing them in a different position (which the case actually allows you to do gratefully). The exhaust fan went in perfectly though.
Pros: Have an i7 2600k and also EVGA motherboard P67. Begging to love their products. This card looks cool and is HUGE. Alot of power
Cons: None, except for price, but you get what you pay for. Nvidia is more expensive than AMD ATI.
Overall Review: In BF3, using my rig (I7 2600K, gtx570 superclocked, evga sli p67 mobo, 8gb 1866mhz mushkin redline ram, corsair ax850, 60gb ocz agility 3 ssd) I'm pulling 60fps average on textures=ULTRA everything else on HIGH, and 16xAA with HBAO and motion blue on. 60 fps is pretty darn good for those settings 1920x1080. I'm thinking of getting another one of these in SLI just for the heck of it and any other future games so I can max those out even 1 year down the road
Pros: Well, it's fast , cool looking high end ram
Overall Review: Well, if your using sandy bridge, you don't want to be above 1.5v unless you want to void your warranty. some people dont care, and do it anyway. I, however, and more critical so I sold the RAM to get 1.5v since I have an i7 2600k. However, the motherboards default this ram to 1.5v at 1333mhz anyway so you would be fine unless you brought it up to manufacturers standards but then people say you can burn the IMC on the sandy bridge with the required voltage. It's up to you.
1. "razer" name
2. nice LED's
3. Somewhat comfortable
1: Mirror finish is too slick, slippery
2: somewhat cheap plastic feel
Overall Review: It doesn't have the durable feel like the Razer Deathadder mouse I have. I was hoping the keyboard to have more "heft" and be more solid feeling. Not so much a light keyboard with a plastic feel, but that's what it feels like. It's not that bad though, I've felt MUCH worse.
This I would rate as very descent, average keyboard, but with the "razer" name and cool LED's. It gets the job done.
Pros: Awesome motherboard from an awesome company. Never tried EVGA before this but always wanted to try them. Super impressed and will return to them. Love the look of the motherboard (the glowing I/O is cool looking). It seems like a fast, solid motherboard.
Cons: Only con, and it is completely aesthetic, is the AUDIO is wayyy to the middle /left of the motherboard! It makes it harder to run the cable from the case to the HD audio onboard. It made my cable management more messy even though I have a huge Corsair Obsidian 650D. And I have a gTX570 and frankly, the HD audio looks like it's blocking the way! I'd be really surprised if I SLI'd my GFX, if my second 570gtx would even fit!
Overall Review: Still very happy with this board. My video card is EVGA too. I will return to them, I like there warranty and 24/7 support and they seem to know how to design a product with good quality and aesthetics, a nice balance.
Pros: OH man, all my friends told me my mechanical drivers were bottlenecking my systems. I never listened, but continued to buy high-end cpu's and gpu's, ignoring the hard drivers. Man, were they right. This thing is really fast. Boots up to desk top in about 10-15 seconds. Installing programs is amazingly faster than mechanical drive.
Cons: Price, but the technology is cutting edge, and once you see how fast they are, you will be willing to pay.
Only downside is its 60gb. But only install the Operating system to it(boot drive), and format your mechanical drive and use that to install all programs that are non-OS.
Overall Review: Very fast drive. I'm considering buying the 240gb version just to have something bigger for my other files, even though I'm using a western digital 500gb at the moment, but I want the speed of the SSD now even for my storage files because I just have gotten so used to it and I love it!
Pros: 1. Quality
2. Power efficiency
2. 100% modular
3. the Corsair name + 850watts
Cons: Price, but it's worth it. You get what you pay for.
Overall Review: A beautiful power supply, top notch product. Everyone knows Corsair is a top competitor in the computer business and there PSU's are second to none. the Corsair name is very reputable high end and I would buy any of there products because you get quality every time. The power supply comes bagged so immaculately like it's a wine bottle wrapped in a delicate bag, it even comes with a pouch. I have a corsair obsidian 650d and H70 cooler in addition to this AX850. I will continue to buy their products.
Pros: 1. Beautiful black mouse
2. Nice snake LEDS
3. good feel and construction
Cons: None, even price was fair
Overall Review: Very awesome gaming mouse from a very respected gaming brand. Very happy with purchase, just a very solid, good looking gaming mouse. I used to think all mouses were the same, but the razer mouses truly are something really cool and something that should be added to the arsenal of any PC gamer
Pros: I bought this for my i7 2600k + EVGA P67 SLI + GTX570 rig.
1. Sexy looking sleek red
2. High end + fast
3. Perfect for Sandy bridge Intel since they need no more than 1.5 volts!!!!
Overall Review: More expensive than the other 8gb ram sets, but you get what you pay for. and perfect for the recommendations of intel's new chips...
Pros: Fast, the "Intel" name, cutting-edge tech
Overall Review: You get what you pay for. You pay more for the "Intel" name over brands like AMD but they are generally faster chips and more "prestigious" needless to say. Not that AMD isn't good, my last build was AMD, but Intel is on top of its game atm.
Pros: Ok, this is a great operating system for the most part. Some run into problems with hardware related issues, but that's a minority. Others, seem to have issues with the fact that this is an "upgrade" CD. Well, listen, You CAN do a CUSTOM install, that is, wiping the Harddrive clean without seeing that "windows.old" folder in Local C, or having to use the "upgrade" option.... I will explain below
Cons: OK, the only real cons, is YES, Microsoft could HAVE probably laid out better instructions on how to properly install this, and maybe better emphasized the meaning of "upgrade" on the box. But if you install clean, and it doesn't verify, which happened to me, and "tinker" with it, you may found out exactly what your problem is, like I did. But I still give Msoft 4 stars for a great operating system.
Overall Review: First of all, in order to get from 32bit to 64bit, you CAN do it, via CUSTOM install, BUT NOT via your desktop. THAT MEANS, you must reboot, and change BIOS to "boot from CD drive". Then hit custom install. NOW, Keep in mind, this is an UPGRADE CD, so you do need a prior version of Windows. Now this is #2, if you have multiple PARTITIONS, they CAN be deleted...BUT, this IS VERY IMPORTANT, the "SYSTEM RESERVED 100mb" partition that Windows creates, SHOULD NOT BE DELETED! If you delete this, the Upgrade CD will NO LONGER recognize windows on your HDD, when you format, and your CD WON'T verify. If you want a clean/custom install, make sure to reboot via CD drive, then hit CUSTOM, then leave the 100mb partition, and click "FORMAT" on your main drive (usually local C), this will ERASE all files on C, but it will still let Windows recognize your CD key BECAUSE the 100mb system reserve is still there! I had to reinstall 5 times to figure this out, email @ Albertopizano@live.com if ne question
Pros: Very low price (got it for 79.99$ with promo code, plus marked down from $149.99), appealing blue LED, modular, thin cables
Cons: Cables feel a little stiff, and one of the cables didn't "click" into it's spot on the power supply. I tried it in a diff. slot and it snapped in. Overall it's a good power supply and functional thus far, I'm just being really picky on cable quality
Overall Review: Seems to be good, I stress tested my system for 8+ hours with prime95 to make sure it was a stable power supply. (I reset CMOS for stock settings on CPU prior to testing). Everything seems stable so far. I really wanted a modular power supply, and the wattage seemed good on this for the price. My last power supply was a Corsair 750TX. This is a great power supply, although, when you buy it, if you owned a Corsair like myself, you may noticed the quality feels a bit "stiffer" etc... maybe cheaper, but for $79.99 and the wattage it put's out + modular you cannot go wrong. I will update if it fails etc... in the months to come