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James P.

James P.

Joined on 11/02/11

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Most Favorable Review

Inexpensive, but quality.

Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo CPU Cooler, 4 CDC Heatpipes, 120mm PWM Fan, Aluminum Fins for AMD Ryzen/Intel LGA1200/1151
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo CPU Cooler, 4 CDC Heatpipes, 120mm PWM Fan, Aluminum Fins for AMD Ryzen/Intel LGA1200/1151

Pros: Keeps my i5 2500k cool. Easy to install, slightly a hassle with the x-clamp but there was only one way for it to go in, just takes a bit of elbow grease. Don't overtighten! Was going to use IE Diamond or Arctic Silver, but I elected to test out the stock grease for reference, and it's worked just fine so far. So no problems there. Fan can mount on either side: BIG plus.

Cons: The instruction manual is about the most uninteresting and unhelpful thing I've used a microscope to view. Fortunately it really isn't that complicated. Just take a deep breath and relax, you'll do it okay. There are always how-tos that you can look up.

Overall Review: Build: Apevia X-Jupiter G-Type Metallic Gray Intel i5 2500k Asus Maximus IV Gene-Z Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo EVGA+MSI GTX560 SLI 4x4GB G.Skill Ripjaws DDR3 OCZ ZT 750w

11/25/2011

Wonderful Card

GIGABYTE GV-N780OC-3GD REV2.0 G-SYNC Support GeForce GTX 780 3GB 384-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready WindForce 3X 450W Video Card
GIGABYTE GV-N780OC-3GD REV2.0 G-SYNC Support GeForce GTX 780 3GB 384-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready WindForce 3X 450W Video Card

Pros: Absolutely great card. I had a 3GB GTX 580 since 2011, and while I didn't NEED to upgrade, I sure wanted to. The 780 was the obvious choice; I didn't need a 780 TI or a Titan. Fortuitously it went on sale, and I snapped it up. Worked like a charm, slightly longer than my Gigabyte 580 but not a problem at all. However, it runs 10 full degrees cooler than the 580, both idling and at load (30C-60C). My only regret is now I might have to wear a sweater in the winter. Also, I had a dual-monitor setup with the 580, and with the 780 I was able to make it a 3 23" monitor setup. Everything's buttery smooth and I have the screen real estate to rival Zeus himself. I currently have the two side monitors hooked into the DVI, DisplayPort -> DVI on my middle monitor, and a very long HDMI cable from my PC to a 32" HDTV, mirrored to my game screen so the other denizens of my abode can watch me play CSGO. If there's anything cooler than that, I don't know.

Cons: The con is very minor: The card starts running out of memory @ 3GB if you're doing anything with 4k resolution. It's not a concern for me at all, but if you're an uberuser you might need to check out the TI or the Titan/Black.

Overall Review: This and the previous 580 I have owned have made me a Gigabyte user for life.

Good quality, Blue LEDs are fun.

Rosewill Stallion Series 500W ATX12V Gaming Power Supply - RD500-2DB
Rosewill Stallion Series 500W ATX12V Gaming Power Supply - RD500-2DB

Pros: Got it for an old Q8300 build that still has a lot of life in it. Upgraded the graphics card, and I needed a 500w supply that would do the trick with a midrange card these days. Picked this Rosewill supply because of a deal, and I couldn't be happier. Slick ps, braided cables, good amount of connections. Powered the card perfectly, and definitely adds some flair to an otherwise boring case.

Cons: Read issues about build quality, hasn't happened here and likely won't. Supply is well-built. Rosewill delivers quality. Defectives are 95 times out of 100 the fault of human error in shipping.

Overall Review: Blue LED's are a tad bright. If it went in a case with a window, I'd be dazzled constantly. I happen to find case LEDs both gaudy and gorgeous simultaneously, and this power supply is a fun way to add sexiness without adding or changing fans or the like. ~485w power supply when accounting for the LEDs. Build: Intel C2Q 8300 Asus cg5270 uATX motherboard Rosewill Stallion 500w EVGA GTX 560 8 GB 800mz DDR2 (Still runs BF3 on high)

11/25/2011

Good card.

EVGA GeForce GTX 560 (Fermi) 1GB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 SLI Support Video Card 01G-P3-1460-KR
EVGA GeForce GTX 560 (Fermi) 1GB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 SLI Support Video Card 01G-P3-1460-KR

Pros: Decent price, good midrange card. Runs BF3 on high, depending on your resolution. Not ultra with one card. Runs fairly cool with a slight overclock. Airflow, case, yadda yadda. Came with a sweet EVGA tag. No lame sticker, thing's metal. As mentioned in the cons, not the best single card option, but this is a very doable SLI option. You can squeeze good performance out of two of these for a few years to come.

Cons: Not the best single-card option. Spring for the 560Ti or the 570 if you are looking for a single solution.

Overall Review: SLI smashes a single 570 for about 40 bones more, and is in the ballpark of the 580 for 150 less.

11/25/2011

Works well, slick, and powerful.

PC Power & Cooling ZT Series 750 Watt 80+ Bronze Fully-Modular Active PFC Performance Grade ATX PC Power Supply (OCZ-ZT750W)
PC Power & Cooling ZT Series 750 Watt 80+ Bronze Fully-Modular Active PFC Performance Grade ATX PC Power Supply (OCZ-ZT750W)

Pros: Modular, plenty of cables, runs my billion 4-pin case fans and LEDS, and most importantly my 2 GTX 560s.

Cons: As was mentioned, cables are stiff but I find with any braided cables that it's always a good idea to massage out the kinks and folds before use. Otherwise your braids might fray a lot sooner than you'd like. Not nearly enough of a con to lose an egg.

Overall Review: Build: Apevia X-Jupiter G-Type Metallic Gray Intel i5 2500k Asus Maximus IV Gene-Z Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo EVGA+MSI GTX560 SLI 4x4GB G.Skill Ripjaws DDR3 OCZ ZT 750w

11/25/2011

Big, good-looking case.

APEVIA X-JUPITER G-Type X-JUPITERG-MG Metallic Gray Aluminum ATX Full Tower Computer Case
APEVIA X-JUPITER G-Type X-JUPITERG-MG Metallic Gray Aluminum ATX Full Tower Computer Case

Pros: Good, spacious case. Bought it for 100 off, 70 ain't half bad for a full tower. Definitely good-looking, but only the side and front fans have LEDs. The back two are lightless. Additional spot for a fan mounted to the top, thought it might be difficult given the cables coming out of your power supply there. Roomy, plenty of airflow, the knobs do work and control the fan speed, and the LCD on the front is solid. I left the HDD temp sensor to gauge ambient temps instead. Cable management could be better, all of my components came with zillions of zipties so I was able to make do. Definitely a good buy for the price.

Cons: Top hard drive bays extremely frustrating with the screwless brackets. I finally gave up and set my hard drive in one of the lower bays. Don't know if it's bad ODD design or bad front panel design, but I have my disc drive in the top bay and I can't shut the front panel fully because it will hit the button on the disc drive. I will file down the button to compensate and hopefully solve my problem. I have the Hyper 212 EVO heatsink, and while it FITS inside the case, with my micro ATX motherboard (Maximus IV Gene-Z), the side fan comes down right on top of it and would not close. Fortunately it was close (within 2 cm of closing when the fan made contact with the top of the heatsink, and only then on the corner of the fan) so I was able to take a small hacksaw and slightly trim the unnecessary plastic corner off of the side of the fan, enabling it to close with 8mm or so to spare.

Overall Review: All in all, a good case if you have a bit of elbow grease to spare. Build: Apevia X-Jupiter G-Type Metallic Gray Intel i5 2500k Asus Maximus IV Gene-Z Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo EVGA+MSI GTX560 SLI 4x4GB G.Skill Ripjaws DDR3

11/25/2011