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Craig B.

Craig B.

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One hot piece of hardware

ASUS Crosshair V Formula/Thunderbolt AM3+ AMD 990FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
ASUS Crosshair V Formula/Thunderbolt AM3+ AMD 990FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

Pros: *AM3+ / AM3 Capable *Overclocks RAM like a champ *Sleek look *Competitive price *Thunderbolt Lan/Audio card *Triple SLI/Crossfire *Awesome Utilities included on the disk *Easy overclocking *BIOS can be operated with the mouse instead of just your keyboard! *Includes Kaspersky (I like Zone Alarm, but its still a nice perk) *Includes Daemon Tools *Auto-detected my G.Skill DDR3 1600 1.25v RAM and set the timings & voltage automatically *Comes with a crossfire bridge & a 3-way SLI bridge *Overall just an awesome awesome board!

Cons: *If you use a modern video card without a water block cooler - or use a very large aftermarket fan, you will need to mount the video card in the 2nd PCI-E 2.0 slot if you decide to use the Thunderbolt Lan/Audio card. (Leaving the first one blank) *BIOS default sets your RAID to AHCI - I had to set mine to IDE to get my HDD to boot. *Sata III cables have a very ugly black & white decorated connectors, I ended up using the red&black I had from my previous mobo. *Only comes with two pin extensions - one for power & LEDS' the other for USB 3.0 so make sure your chasis has the connectors included for your front I/O ports or you may need to purchase some. *Only includes 3 SATA III cables, if you have more ODD's / HDD's / SSD's then make sure to get extra cables to compensate for it.

Overall Review: *Make sure to install all the drivers immediately after a successful boot - it will reduce the probability you will run to problems down the road. *Seems like if you don't use the Thunderbolt card your default audio driver is RealTek - its not bad, but it works. *If you are only using one GPU - you will only need to plug in the 8-PIN & 24-PIN connectors to power the system. The other 4-PIN is only if you are running SLI/Crossfire. So one VGA = use the 8-PIN and leave the 4-PIN disconnected. *If you don't care for the Thunderbolt - then get the cheaper version instead, it's basically the same hardware.

Most Critical Review

Not Amazing, Not Terrible.

TRENDnet TEW-827DRU AC2600 v2 StreamBoost MU-MIMO Wi-Fi Router
TRENDnet TEW-827DRU AC2600 v2 StreamBoost MU-MIMO Wi-Fi Router

Pros: - The hardware is exactly identical to other Netgear/Asus/Linksys AC3200 offerings, which are all based on Broadcom chips, same RAM and FLASH size, 2 USB ports. I quickly installed it, set up the router, and it was running within 5 min. - Make sure to update the firmware (1.0.4.0) - 5ghz Channel works splendidly. 2.4ghz is mediocre. - Able to setup multiple SSID's & unique security for each one is a really nice feature. - You can stream movies from a NAS (if you have one that is) and the speed is actually quite great.

Cons: - Price tag is very off putting to the average user. - The LED's are very bright. - It can run hot, make sure its in a place that gets plenty of airflow. - It's approximately the size of a dvd player. - Streamboost sucks. - Parental controls don't work (firmware is bugged it seems :/ ) - Wifi Range is kinda hit and miss depending on the material(s) of the building you are in. I tested it at a friends house, my house and at work. It was inconsistent, I know that's the nature of wireless but I've had better results with different routers honestly.

Overall Review: In terms of 'bang for your buck' I would say that there are better choices out there that will give the average end user what they are looking for (performance, working features, decent wireless range, etc.)

WOW

ASUS VG278Q 27" Full HD 1920 x 1080 144Hz 1ms DisplayPort HDMI DVI Asus Eye Care with Ultra Low-Blue Light & Flicker-Free AMD Free Sync G-Sync Compatible Built-in Speakers LED Backlit Height Adjustable Gaming Monitor
ASUS VG278Q 27" Full HD 1920 x 1080 144Hz 1ms DisplayPort HDMI DVI Asus Eye Care with Ultra Low-Blue Light & Flicker-Free AMD Free Sync G-Sync Compatible Built-in Speakers LED Backlit Height Adjustable Gaming Monitor

Pros: - Color(s) are vibrant & crisp - Graphics on AAA games look absolutely amazing. - It's big! - 144 Hz :) - DP / HDMI capable - Came with tons of cables! (HDMI, Displayport, DVI, etc.) - Mountable! (You'll need to remove the back plate or have longer screws if you want to keep in it)

Cons: - It's not 'ASUS ROG' branded, but it's good enough that it could've been.

Overall Review: - This is a TN panel, which is excellent for gaming. Although some prefer IPS & some prefer VA (though you'll pay a pretty penny for the latter in many cases) - I didn't really pay much attention to the built-in speakers, as I have my own surround sound setup already. It does add a little bit of thickness to the monitor, so if you like monitors with a slim profile... this might be a deal breaker.

CORSAIR ML140 PRO RGB, 140mm Premium Magnetic Levitation RGB LED PWM Fan, CO-9050077-WW. Single Pack.
CORSAIR ML140 PRO RGB, 140mm Premium Magnetic Levitation RGB LED PWM Fan, CO-9050077-WW. Single Pack.

Pros: - SO quiet! I was really surprised. - LED Colors are VERY Vibrant, did not expect the quality to be so high. - PWM Control is a really, really nice feature for those who need it. Most may just install, set & forget it - but it'll still do the job well.

Cons: - Need CorsairLink to configure the LED's (but it kinda says that on the box / product description so take that with a grain of salt) - Price point definitely seems a little high, some may see the quality of construction as a justification for it however.

Overall Review: - It does not come with the CorsairLink node, you will need to purchase that separately.

12/26/2017

Love it. Fantastic PSU

CORSAIR CX750M V2 (2017 Edition) CP-9020154-NA 750 W ATX12V v2.4 / EPS12V 2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Semi-Modular Active PFC Power Supply
CORSAIR CX750M V2 (2017 Edition) CP-9020154-NA 750 W ATX12V v2.4 / EPS12V 2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Semi-Modular Active PFC Power Supply

Pros: - Cables are easy to route, not too thick! - Semi-Modular is great for cable management if that matters at all to you. - Fan doesn't turn on unless it heats up to a certain point. - 24 Pin was easy to connect.

Cons: - Not fully modular, minor complaint though.

Overall Review: - This should be sufficient for the average gaming rig that doesn't run 2+ video cards with everything overclocked. - I have the 1000w version as well, and these perform beautifully.

10/13/2017

Aww Yisss

Corsair Gaming MM800C RGB POLARIS Cloth Edition Mouse Pad
Corsair Gaming MM800C RGB POLARIS Cloth Edition Mouse Pad

Pros: - Base is solid, doesn't slip or move around on smooth surfaces like wood or glass. - RGB Lighting is brilliant & pleasing to the eye. - The weave fabric feels smooth-ish to the touch, more so than other mouse pads I have had.

Cons: - USB Pass-Through isn't USB 3.0 - There is only 1 USB Pass-Through port

Overall Review: - You will need Corsair Utility Engine (CUE) to get the RGB effects to work, NOT Corsair Link! :) - Packaging was solid, unboxing was simple.