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Acer G276HLDbd  Black 27
  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: - Huge display, go any larger and it might as well be a small TV
- Slim bezels around the screen
- A nice, sleek finish to the plastic
- Extremely bright
- Bought it while on sale ($200), great bang for your buck

Cons: - The stand is a bit wobbly
- Typically 27" monitors use a 2560 resolution as opposed to 1920, however this is a cheaper model so its to be expected

Other Thoughts: I upgraded from a tiny 19" screen with huge bezels and built in speakers (making it even bigger). The size of this monitor blew me away. At first I was worried about buying a 27" for gaming because I sit only 2 feet away from the screen, while it's suggested to sit 4-5 feet away to reduce head/neck strain. I don't find myself moving my head too much to see the entire screen and quite frankly I enjoy having the screen real estate, so don't let that scare you.

To give a perspective about size, my school uses the brand new, extra thin iMacs that are known to have huge beautiful displays, which is why they are put into graphics design classes. The problem is when I go to class i'm not used to such small, dark screens. The only thing better about the $2500 monitors is the resolution.

Out of the box its extremely bright, I have mine turned down to 30 and at night it still hurts to look at, which isn't necessarily a bad thing, since you can still have some room for adjustment.

The blue power button is a nice add-on which matches the rest of my set-up. It's also neat that the buttons are located underneath the monitor to keep that sleek look.

If I bought the monitor for $300 as opposed to $200, it would deserve 4 stars, simply because at $300 the monitors typically have the 2560 resolution, making this one lose its bang for your buck. I bought it ~6 months ago and it was on sale then. It's also having a sale as I write this, so it shouldn't be too hard to find it at a discounted price if you search around.

PNY Optima 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model MD4096SD3-1333
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: It's RAM, what do you expect? I've had no problems and the yellow/gold heat spreader looks good with my black motherboard.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: Kind of wish I bought the G.Skill RAM because it would look much cooler in my case, but I'm just going to buy one more stick of this instead to make my rig 8GB.

ASRock 970 EXTREME3 AM3+ AMD 970 + SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: 1) This thing is future-proof. 32 gigs of RAM, crossfire, and a uefi bios
2) Unlocked my Athlon x3 to a Phenom x4 with the press of a key (however the core was unstable and had to go back to x3)
3) The bios look much nicer than traditional ones
4) The X-Fast stuff is actually nice. I'm only using the LAN (I dont have any usb 3.0 devices) and it boosted my download speed from 400kb/s to 1.4mb/s in a click.
5) Some SATA slots are flipped to make it easier if your hardware is in a weird position

Cons: 1) Not full atx size, luckily it still fit my case
2) If you use the second PCIe x16 slot, you will block the PCI slot under it

Other Thoughts: Just a very small complaint, the mouse cursor in the bios is a bit slow and has minor FPS issues. Not a big deal at all, but it's noticeable.

Great board for $75 (at the time)!


Zachary K.'s Profile

Display Name: Zachary K.

Date Joined: 06/02/12

  • Reviews: 7
  • Helpfulness: 3
  • First Review: 06/16/12
  • Last Review: 01/11/14
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