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This review is from: Asus VC239H Slim Bezel Black 23" 5ms (GTG) IPS Widescreen LED Backlight LCD Monitors, HDMI 1920X1080 , W/ eye care feature and flicker free Technology, 178/178 Viewing Angle and build in speakers
Pros: -This monitor has excellent color, brightness and viewing angles thanks to IPS. Text, images, and video are sharp. No issues gaming.
-The frameless bezel looks sleek!
-No dead pixels
-No blinding power LED. Shows a faint white light when on
-Menu and buttons are intuitive
-Has HDMI, DVI, VGA
-Has VESA mount capability
Cons: -Pressing buttons will cause some bending/wobbling
-Stand is decent, not the best. Cannot adjust height or swivel to portrait
-Power cable has an L-shaped connector to the monitor, looks awkward and may cause issues with wall mounting
Other Thoughts: Currently using an older Asus VH232H, also 23", alongside the VC239H. The color, brightness and viewing angles are noticeable and are much better in the VC239H. The bezel of the older monitor makes the VC239H look tiny in comparison despite the screen size being identical. The VC239H does sit lower by about 0.5 inch, so a dual monitor stand will hold them at an even level.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: -Graphics run on high settings and looks great on modern games like Skyrim, Tomb Raider and DayZ
-Can mine coins at around 300Kh/s
-Reasonable price with rebate (check is supposed to be sent, not some stupid debit card)
Cons: -The fan makes an irritating rattling noise. It seems loose, lubricating helps a little. Pressing on the center makes it silent but doesn't solve the problem.
-Getting a lot of artifacts, even on the desktop! Did some research and found out that it is a common problem with the 7850. Browsing Firefox also causes artifacts, but Chrome works fine. Consensus says that it may be a driver issue. There are still artifacts even with the latest drivers installed directly from AMD's website. I am using stock settings without any overclocking.
-PowerColor's support page is just a list of FAQs. Support seems non-existant. Attempting to contact them directly about the fan issue.
Other Thoughts: The fan noise and artifacts left a feeling of disappointment for what could have been the best bang for the buck graphics card.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: XIGMATEK Gaia SD1283 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler LGA1150 Haswell Compatible
Pros: -120mm fan is quiet
-Heat pipes directly contact with CPU
-Cheap during Black Friday
Cons: -I couldn't configure the heatsink the way I wanted on the motherboard. Fits only one way where the exhaust goes towards rear of case. I wanted to direct the exhaust upwards towards top of the case. Not sure if it's due to the motherboard or heatsink design
-Anti-vibration rubber was frustrating to install. Was close to tearing one apart. Instructions weren't clear about it either
-The fan obstructs a ram slot for performance RAM. I had to insert the ram in a slanted position and I'm worried something may break over time due to that. I am using Corsair Vengeance memory with tall heat spreaders. However, I think it would've been fine if I had used standard RAM with low profile heat spreaders
Other Thoughts: Good CPU coolerREAD FULL REVIEW