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ZALMAN CNPS9500A-LED 92mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler
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1 out of 5 eggs Do Not Buy for LGA 1150 09/16/2015

This review is from: ZALMAN CNPS9500A-LED 92mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler

Pros: It looked nice in the box.

Cons: The amount of pressure this will put on your motherboard is unacceptable. This is a faulty design for socket LGA 1150 and I would highly recommend you DO NOT buy it and try to make it work for you. I have a high degree of computer building knowledge and have built many machines and this product can damage your motherboard.

Please adhere my advice. Find something else for LGA 1150.

The instructions are not horrible as some have said, but the actual pressure required for the screws to mount on the brackets is a product defect.

Other Thoughts: Might cause damage to your processor too and bend pins. I will write an update to this review very soon when I know more. I am not pleased to say the least.

GIGABYTE Radeon R9 270 GV-R927OC-2GD 2GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready Video Card
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3 out of 5 eggs Great Card, Horrible Driver Issues 01/05/2014

This review is from: GIGABYTE Radeon R9 270 GV-R927OC-2GD 2GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready Video Card

Pros: 1) The card is fast at handling anything you throw at it in 3d.
2) The price

Cons: 1) The following driver related issues
a) Screen reverting back to smaller size on each boot (fixed this after 3 hours of experimenting by Catalyst Control Center and to the My VGA Displays menu on the left and select Properties (VGA Display), then uncheck Monitor Attributes, and then in maximum resolution, pick the size you want the monitor to default to and apply the changes. It should fill the screen, although you may have to adjust the buttons on your actual monitor to center the picture.

Also, in the Image Scaling (VGA Displays) area in the same menu, select Scale image to full panel size and uncheck the Enable GPU Scaling box.

b) Unable to play 2d games without super slow FPS. I tried loading other drivers. I tried changing settings, etc. Spent several hours if not days trying, but with no success. It remained a pig on DAOC. Unplayable. It just lagged so much that I had to stop.

If you play older games, ATI cards are not for you. their driver issues leave a lot to be desired and some people will say it's not the drivers. I say blah. It is. I tried everything else and nothing worked. The other company's drivers are much more refined and work better on 2d and 3d games.

I always use the other type of card but I went for this card because the specs and price were impressive and because I was impressed with the performance of my AMD CPU, but ATI is trouble for older games imo.

Other Thoughts: Research compatibility issues with ATI cards in the games you want to play before buying this card.

Antec Basiq BP430 430W Continuous Power ATX12V Version 2.2 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Intel Haswell Fully Compatible
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Pros: Quiet power supply. When I say quiet, I mean almost silent. The wires are plenty long for a mid-case.

Cons: The motherboard wire bundle isn't sheathed like most of my other Antec power supplies, but I knew this going in. Has 3 sata power connectors, but would have been nicer if it had 4, but again, I knew this going in.

Other Thoughts: I own or have installed about 8 Antec PSU's on my own computers and ones I have built for relatives, and I have never had an issue with any of them. All of my computers get Antec PSUs, and I have never seen one fail even after years of usage. I wouldn't install another brand even if it were free.


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Display Name: Frank A.

Date Joined: 02/19/13

  • Reviews: 5
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  • First Review: 03/22/13
  • Last Review: 09/16/15
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