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CM Storm QuickFire Rapid - Compact Mechanical Gaming Keyboard with CHERRY MX Brown Switches
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Looking for a budget mechanical keyboard? Look elsewhere. It seems Cooler Master jumped on the mechanical bandwagon to get some easy profits.

Cons: Dead key (L) on the third day of usage. The L key, of all friggin' keys! I'd expect WASD to break first, but the L key? What the hell.. quality control on this product must be awful.

Other Thoughts: Get a real brand, or don't get one at all. Don't make the same mistake I did.

Intel Core i7-4771 Haswell Quad-Core 3.5GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) LGA 1150 84W BX80646I74771 Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4600
  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: +Wonderful, stable performance... a constant with Intel's Core series.

+Supports older LGA heatsinks (LGA1155/1156, my 1156 True Spirit + 1156 mount worked flawlessly.)

+Will crunch everything you throw at it.

Cons: -Gets a little hot within Prime95, even with my crazy airflow/cooler setup. It still remains perfectly stable to multitask high-end media programs as Prime95 is running, which blew me away in all honesty.

60ºC was my average load temp, not sure if sensor's tripping out, thermal paste still settling in, or just a hot chip... but I believe it's just a hot chip.

Other Thoughts: Get the Intel Core i7-4770K if you want to overclock.
Get the Intel Core i7-4771 if you don't care to overclock.

Given the $20 price difference, just find the one you can find for the cheapest. You can't go wrong at these speed levels.

Turtle Beach Audio Advantage Micro Virtual 5.1 Surround Channels USB Interface Sound Card
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  • neweggOwned For: less than 1 day

Pros: Suprisingly decent sound quality. The lows seemed to have taken the most hit, but nothing some minor EQ tweaks can fix.

One port for optical and stereo connections. The optical passes DTS, which is great for my HD movies.

Cons: Low volume.

I hate this type of packaging.

Other Thoughts: Purchased to rid the noise of my onboard lappy sound card (Asus G50vt-x2am), I'm more than impressed. The volume output is a little higher than the onboard, but still way too low. I have to crank my amplifier to max to get my preferred listening level.


James P.'s Profile

Display Name: James P.

Date Joined: 11/20/06

  • Reviews: 11
  • Helpfulness: 6
  • First Review: 02/23/07
  • Last Review: 01/02/14
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