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Michael k.

Michael k.

Joined on 04/01/05

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Great card

ASRock Radeon RX 6700 XT Challenger D Gaming Graphic Card, 12GB GDDR6 VRAM, AMD RDNA2 (RX6700XT CLD 12G)
ASRock Radeon RX 6700 XT Challenger D Gaming Graphic Card, 12GB GDDR6 VRAM, AMD RDNA2 (RX6700XT CLD 12G)

Pros: Great card, not too loud, excellent performance @ 1080p & 1440p with all the eye candy on. It's not the prettiest component in my case, but I'm not complaining. Sometimes I stop playing my games, and just look around at the in-game scenery. Kudos to the devs. For a kid that came up on an Atari 2600, contemporary gaming is a treat. Doom Eternal on Ultra-Nightmare settings at 250-300fps?? How can you not stop and look around??!

Cons: Uhhhh...you probably can't buy it, because bots and miners are ruining the lives of loyal PC gamers everywhere all over the world.Cards with the stock vBIOS will likely default to a 500mhz core clock. I spoke with tech support about it when I first received my card, which happened to be 3 days after release. They asked for specs, and screenshots. After I provided what was requested, they responded with a new vBIOS within 24 hours. I flashed the card, and it's been smooth gaming since. So, this isn't a con with regard to ASRock customer/tech support. Just mentioning it for folks who might encounter the same issue. Just have to flash to the latest vBIOS which is now available on the product page.

Overall Review: I've been a repeat customer with Newegg for close to 20 years. Built a lot of rigs for myself and friends/family during that time. There's never been a worldwide chip shortage like we're seeing now, and for people like me who are used to regularly updating components it's been extremely frustrating and costly. I got this card through the Shuffle a few weeks ago. So, I'd like to thank the Newegg Shuffle. Not only did I manage to score this 6700xt, but I also helped my friend get an rtx3060 today. Now we can finally game on par again!I don't see any other retailers trying to come up with ways to get scarce parts into the hands of loyal customers, and dedicated gamers. It's actually kind of discouraging when sellers look the other way while retail consumers get bent-over by bulk buying bots. I guess maybe I just won't shop with those outlets anymore. Thanks again Newegg!

Wow, just WOW

AMD Ryzen 7 1st Gen - RYZEN 7 1700 Summit Ridge (Zen) 8-Core 3.0 GHz (3.7 GHz Turbo) Socket AM4 65W YD1700BBAEBOX Desktop Processor
AMD Ryzen 7 1st Gen - RYZEN 7 1700 Summit Ridge (Zen) 8-Core 3.0 GHz (3.7 GHz Turbo) Socket AM4 65W YD1700BBAEBOX Desktop Processor

Pros: If it was up to Intel there wouldn't be an 8 core / 16 thread CPU anywhere near this price point, so thank you AMD. It's getting to the point where this CPU can be had with a decent motherboard and 16GB DDR4 for around $300 if you shop the sales, so that's what I did. Before I paused Assassin's Creed Odyssey to write this review I was downloading a couple Dead albums, streaming a basketball game, downloading a game thru Steam, and playing the aforementioned AOC on Ultra settings without a single dropped frame (a tip of the hat to my Sapphire Nitro+ RX 590 as well). When I tried multitasking like that with my i5-4690k @ 4.6Ghz it was evident that my usage was outpacing my system resources. Haven't needed to OC this Ryzen at all, but I will. It's just the nature of a computer geek I guess.

Cons: Cons are people too, but this CPU is no con job.

Overall Review: My first home built system was a K6-2 450Mhz, then I graduated to a 1Ghz Slot-A CPU. The next time I owned AMD was an X2 4800+. All did what I needed them to do at the time, but that was the last time I owned anything AMD other than a Radeon video card. Intel's performance was too superior after they got embarrassed toward the tail end of the P4 days. To see AMD sticking it to Intel again is satisfying as a consumer. This part is an incredible value for the price and I have ZERO buyers remorse. The fact that it comes with a functional and aesthetically pleasing CPU cooler is like being told that I matter as a human being after the years of neglect suffered at the hands of Intel with their garbage after-thought bundled fans. Dr. Lisa Su is a rock-star, you heard it here first! :-D

Check the voltage

KINGWIN ABT-650MM 650 W ATX 12V v2.2/ BTX SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Power Supply
KINGWIN ABT-650MM 650 W ATX 12V v2.2/ BTX SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Power Supply

Pros: Solid little PSU. I have three of them now. Normally not a brand I frequent, but they came in a bundle deal with some Radeon 7950's I bought. They get the job done. There is a steady 425W load on each 24/7, and I haven't had any problems yet.

Cons: Smells like China Cables are shorter than other brands

Overall Review: I have been tinkering with PC's for about 20 years now...long enough to know to check the voltage switch on the back of the PSU before I turn it on. Mine was set to 230V out of the box. Keep that in mind if you pick one of these up. I see plenty of comments regarding DOAs, and it's not out of the realm of possibility that this would be why. Don't ever depend on Chinese QC. As a builder you should always check the little things yourself.

THANK YOU SILVERSTONE!!

SilverStone ST45SF 450 W SFX12V 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
SilverStone ST45SF 450 W SFX12V 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply

Pros: 450W SFX PSU pushing 36A on the 12V+!!! Thank you Silverstone! Just what I needed to build a mini-itx gamer. I got mine along with the Sugo 05BB case, but I owned the original Sugo 05B with the 300W PSU first. That's why I feel obligated to give thanks for this little gem of a PSU. The chassis design has always been spot on, but 300W was never enough to realize its portable powerhouse potential.

Cons: None. Really. If you've ever dabbled with small form factor builds, you probably already know how nice an option this PSU is.

Overall Review: i3 560 @ 4.6Ghz 2x4GB Corsair XMS3 @ 1600Mhz XFX Radeon 5830 1GB @ 860/1160Mhz Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi HD USB sound Seagate Momentus XT 500GB hybrid Silverstone Sugo 05BB w/ 450W PSU (front end mod) Corsair H50 all-in-one Whole build draws about 200W off my UPS under load, so now I'm thinking it's time for a video card upgrade. Should be able to manage a 2GB 6950 nicely. Obviously this isn't the choice for a micro-atx or larger enclosure. If you can go with an ATX PSU you should, you'll get much better value for your money. This little monster is for small form factors, and it rings in at a premium price because it fills a niche need with no competition. But in that segment, and even at this price, it really shines.

DUH?!!

GIGABYTE GA-H55N-USB3 LGA 1156 Intel H55 HDMI USB 3.0 Mini ITX Intel Motherboard
GIGABYTE GA-H55N-USB3 LGA 1156 Intel H55 HDMI USB 3.0 Mini ITX Intel Motherboard

Pros: The shut down issue is correctable with a higher quality passive, or fan-cooled, heatsink on the northbridge chipset. If you have not addressed that issue yet, then you might be legally "special".

Cons: It has a substandard heatsink on the northbridge?!! People continue to complain when this issue has already been addressed. Oh! I would like the board better if it was black! Maybe with silver trim.....

Overall Review: When your momma tells you you're "special" you really have to consider the context of the statement. The heat of the chipset has already been addressed. A new PSU, RAM, or anything else won't solve the problem! A new NORTHBRIDGE HEATSINK will! You can pick up a Zalman right here on newegg for $7. There's no excuse not to try.

If it shuts down

GIGABYTE GA-H55N-USB3 LGA 1156 Intel H55 HDMI USB 3.0 Mini ITX Intel Motherboard
GIGABYTE GA-H55N-USB3 LGA 1156 Intel H55 HDMI USB 3.0 Mini ITX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Excellent board especially for overclocking. Anyone having issues with random shutdowns on this board needs to address the overheating of the northbridge chip. My system is cooled with a Corsair H50 so there's no airflow from a CPU fan to alleviate the heat issue of the chipset. Picked up a Zalman passive heatsink, problem solved.

Cons: None

Overall Review: Don't knock the board for heat issues. Mine was caused by my own design since I didn't consider the the lack of airflow that would be caused by water cooling and inverting my PSU so it would draw cool air from outside the case.