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5 out of 5 eggs Win 10 works just fine with this - updated review June 12, 2116 06/12/2016

This review is from: Intel Pentium G3258 Haswell Dual-Core 3.2 GHz LGA 1150 53W BX80646G3258 Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics

Pros: Price/performance = unbeatable. Got mine for $56 at an online auction. Running at 3.6 with Xigmatek Gaia - never hits 50c. Idles @ 19c on silent mode. & about 40c at load. I also have a i5 4690K running @ 3.7. I can't tell a real world gameplay performance difference. This scores 7.2 in Win 7 WEI. But that's a relative overall kind of score. This cpu rocks on single-thread performance. It beats AMD FX 6300, i7 860 and i5 760 in most game scenarios due to this. Those CPUs beat the G3258 in "heavy" multi-threaded tasks but - for home, small business, schoolwork, web surfing and most gaming, this CPU beats those - it's 50% faster! I also have an i3 3240 and this is about the same I OC'd the i3 3240 to 3.5 (100 mhz) by bumping the FSB 100 mhz. I can't see any difference in their performance. Possibly if you were in a big raid in WoW, using Ventrilo or Team Speak and you were web surfing at the same time, you "might" see a difference with this compared to a quad core. If you want to build a great machine (seriously great) and inexpensively, you should give this a hard look before you get anything AMD or an expensive Intel quad.

Cons: None - except I bought an i5 when I didn't need it and wasted $200 when I could've built my gaming rig with this CPU and spent $100 more on a better GPU and still saved more than $100 overall. An R9 285 or GTX 960 would rock with this CPU! I use a R9 270X and it runs WoW at 60 - 100 FPS on high settings.

Other Thoughts: There were lots of negative comments in 2015 re: Windows 10 not working with this CPU. I just upgraded a few days ago on June 7, 2016 and all CPU functions - including OC'ing - work as they are supposed to.

If you want a great home/office/schoolwork PC you can't go wrong. AMD can't touch this. You likely won't be able to tell the difference between this and a $200-$350 CPU unless you are video editing animating/rendering etc. I bought a used Z97 higher end ATX mobo (Gigabyte Ultra Durable) for $55 and it's great!

Plextor M6e M.2 2280 256GB PCI-Express 2.0 x2 Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) PX-G256M6eA
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4 out of 5 eggs Really really good - generally speaking 02/01/2016

This review is from: Plextor M6e M.2 2280 256GB PCI-Express 2.0 x2 Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) PX-G256M6eA

Pros: Easy to install, takes advantage of new tech, plugs right in to m.2 slot on MB. Win 7 installed on it with no difficulties at all - really fast by the way. This is a good size for an OS drive plus 2-3 large games like WoW, War Thunder and SWTOR. Really the price isn't so high considering it's new and faster tech. No BSODs, quick boots, fast performance. Win 7 WEI = 7.9! This was true at the time it was written - shortly after I got it. Recently I had some problems - see below.

Cons: None - for quite awhile. I had to re-load Windows on it several times after 10 -11 months. Data corruption caused several system freezes and crashes. The drive was unusable as it was not reliable and I can't afford the time to reload Windows and restore my system over and over again. It was less than a year old and I started to regard it as garbage. Windows will only crash so many times before a system re-install is needed. It had the worst time when I was playing WoW. I had my OS on it and the game. I just don't use it at all now. I tried to contact Plextor Customer Support. The voice message told me to leave a message, that they were busy. I contacted Plextor customer service after I waited over a week to hear back. This time I got through easily. The rep gave me some avenues and assured me the 5 year warranty would be upheld in RMA if I wanted, I downloaded a Plextor testing tool and the latest firmware. I used both. I reinstalled WoW and I haven't had any issues in about 1 1/2 weeks now. My OS isn't on the drive now.

Other Thoughts: Mine was OK for awhile, but then, within a year, it wasn't. It seems that it needed some maintenance. The new firmware seems to have fixed mine. It's working good now. I just use it as a game drive now - maybe the new firmware makes it viable as an OS drive but my system is stable now and I don't want to mess with it.

LOGITECH G502 Proteus Core Tunable Gaming Mouse
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3 out of 5 eggs too small for larger hands 11/01/2015

This review is from: LOGITECH G502 Proteus Core Tunable Gaming Mouse

Pros: Good quality switches. Very positive tracking. Very quick responsiveness.

Cons: This mouse is on the small side. After many gaming sessions, I went back to my Anker 8200 DPI gaming mouse. I wanted a Logitech because I like the on-the-fly option to freewheel the scroll wheel. Can't do that with the Anker. It always has the "clicky" scroll mode. But the Anker fits my hand better. Therefore it works better for me. Other Logitechs have been larger and I didn't have this issue.

Other Thoughts: If this mouse were larger it would be great for me. Since I can't use it for its intended purpose, I took off 2 stars. Disappointing. I have never had this issue before except with the type of OEM mice that come with a new computer. I have hands that use large to XL men's gloves. My hands aren't huge. I am 6' 2" tall and my hands are proportionate to my body size.


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Display Name: Michael L.

Date Joined: 01/03/05

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