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CARLOS A.

CARLOS A.

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Most Favorable Review

Amazing Budget CPU

Intel Pentium G3220 - Pentium Dual-Core Haswell Dual-Core 3.0 GHz LGA 1150 54W Intel HD Graphics Desktop Processor - BX80646G3220
Intel Pentium G3220 - Pentium Dual-Core Haswell Dual-Core 3.0 GHz LGA 1150 54W Intel HD Graphics Desktop Processor - BX80646G3220

Pros: *Price *Performance *Low Energy Consumption *Impressive Gaming Performance

Cons: OC'ing is out of the question

Overall Review: I purchased this for a friends build on a budget and needless to say I am surprised on how well it performs. Its not a Core i3 or Core i5 and while it doesn't perform as well in intensive programs like Cinebench R15 and the x264 HD Video encoding its an amazing value for average daily use. Where it really shines and blew me away was in gaming. As I said I purchased this for a friends budget build with the intention of later upgrading to a Core i5 when he could afford a Core i5. Its paired with a EVGA GTX 760 and the truth is I thought it would bottleneck a little but I don't notice any difference between this and my personal Core i5-2500 and GTX 760. I actually went back and benchmarked a couple of games like Bioshock Infinite, Sleeping Dogs and Tomb Raider. I was expecting a much bigger gap but instead was pleasantly surprised to see that my system and his are within 7fps of each other on those games. I can't say enough about how impressed I am with this chip. It stays cool and the stock cooler is actually pretty quiet this time around. I am assuming the fact this CPU doesn't get hot sort of negates the need for a large heatsink. I was going to go with an AMD APU but decided to go this route instead last minute and I am glad I did. This is a solid choice for an everyday family PC, office PC and an exceptional budget gaming CPU that could last you for a while until you decide to upgrade...if that upgrade is even needed. My build: Core i5-2500 (non K), 8GB Gskill 1600, EVGA GTX 760, 1TB Hitachi HDD. His build: Intel G3220, 8 GB Team Elite 1333, EVGA GTX 760, 1TB Seagate HDD

Most Critical Review

Great Card Until You have to RMA

GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 970 4GB G1 GAMING OC EDITION, GV-N970G1 GAMING-4GD
GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 970 4GB G1 GAMING OC EDITION, GV-N970G1 GAMING-4GD

Pros: The GTX 970 is in my opinion the best well rounded GPU on the market. Gigabyte has done a great job with the cooler as they have with previous cards. This card delivers smooth 60fps @ 1080p on high-ultra settings with most games without a hiccup when paired with a Core i5 2nd gen or higher.

Cons: Gigabyte customer service is without a doubt the worst customer service of any PC component manufacturer on the planet so if you buy this product with the hopes of getting service within the warranty period you better keep your fingers crossed. About 10 months ago my friend told me he processed an RMA for a GTX 770 through Gigabyte and they flat out denied him stating he had replaced the thermal paste which he swore to me he didn't so they denied his claim and returned his card. This was the same GTX 770 he purchased refurbished through Newegg. Fast forward and I am in the market for a GTX 970 and it was a tossup between the Gigabyte and MSi and the only reason I went with Gigabyte was because of a rebate which I have yet to receive. I have had this GPU in total for almost 2 months. Right after my 30 day Newegg warranty was up I was directed to Gigabyte's RMA department because the GPU became unresponsive and stopped producing a video signal. I tried everything they suggested before I called including rolling back the drivers, installing new drivers and nothing helped. They finally gave me an RMA # and I was told to ship the card to them on my dime which cost me $12. I waited almost 2 weeks before checking the status of my RMA and when I did I was shocked. My RMA was refused because they claim I replaced the thermal paste with after market thermal paste which is a complete lie. After going back and forth with them on the phone they told me there was nothing they could do because I had altered the card and they would be shipping it back to me. So here I am today with a GPU that I spent neatly $400 of my hard earned money that is no more than a paper weight and there is nothing I can do about it. They will more than likely reply to this with some false effort to smooth things over but don't be fooled they don't care. This company will fabricate a lie to refuse your warranty claim.

Overall Review: When considering your next GPU or component for that matter steer clear of this company. You have been warned.

Excellent RAM even if you are not a fan of RBG lighting

CORSAIR Vengeance RGB RT 16GB (2 x 8GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 3200 (PC4 25600) AMD Optimized Desktop Memory Model CMN16GX4M2Z3200C16W
CORSAIR Vengeance RGB RT 16GB (2 x 8GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 3200 (PC4 25600) AMD Optimized Desktop Memory Model CMN16GX4M2Z3200C16W

Pros: *Great performance on my AMD platforms *Pricing is very competitive *Only 1.76" tall *Lighting is fully customizable using Corsair iCUE software *Optimized for RYZEN

Cons: *As much as I like Corsair I am not a fan of iCUE software *Optimized for RYZEN *DDR4 is at or near end of life

Overall Review: When it comes to desktop memory the only thing I expect is performance and that it works as advertised without hiccups. Out of the box it worked with XMP enabled at 3200 by simply enabling it in the BIOS. I didn't have to tinker with any other settings as I have had to do with other memory modules I have tested in the past. I have put this PC through hours of buttery smooth gaming with this memory and have not had a single issue. I did not attempt to overclock it because truth be told the hypothetical performance increase would be negligible and you would never see it in real world use. It's not low profile memory by any means but it is only 1.76" tall. This could be a factor if I decide to switch to air cooling in the future. I was a disappointed my Gigabyte B550 Aorus Elite could not control the RBG lighting. The modules were not detected by the RGB Fusion software until after installing the iCUE software but even then the Gigabyte software could not control the lighting. This is not a deal breaker though as I will take functionality over aesthetics any day of the week. At the end of the day this has been some of the best performing RAM I have ever used. Most consumers just want a piece of hardware to work out of the box and that is what you are getting here. I like it so much so that is is going to stay in my RYZEN PC and I plan on picking up another 16GB kit in the near future before DDR4 is phased out.

10/10/2022

Great Budget Power Supply From A Reputable Company

CORSAIR VS Series VS600 (CP-9020119-NA) 600W ATX12V / EPS12V 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
CORSAIR VS Series VS600 (CP-9020119-NA) 600W ATX12V / EPS12V 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply

Pros: *inexpensive * will work with almost all motherboards *has two 2+6 pin connectors which can power any single graphics card *nice build quality. *120 mm fan which is silent. *good quality wires

Cons: *cables a little shorter than I would have liked, great for medium case not so much for a full sized case *quality of housing material scratches easy but expected in this price range

Overall Review: If you want to power just a single graphics card then this is a great choice but if you are looking to power multiple cards or a real power hungry card I would recommend looking at the bronze line or better. I am giving it a 4 eggs for the performance and quality for this price tag. I am currently using this power supply with an older AMD Athlon 860K quad core build which I use as a standalone PLEX server and it runs 24/7 and so far its worked flawless for over a month. I did test this power supply with my FuryX and while it worked fine I would not recommend it as a long term solution for high end builds. If you are looking entry level or even mid range this is a solid choice.

AMD IS BACK!

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: -Blistering fast -Excellent price for performance ratio -Runs very cool on idle and surprisingly cool under a full load -Included Wraith Cooler is the best stock cooler I have ever used and it looks awesome

Cons: The biggest con is I feel they could have waited another month and really hashed out some of the issues like RAM speed limitations with motherboard manufacturers. I don't think there was enough testing with each prior to launch. I would like to see AMD eventually go away from having the pins on the CPU.

Overall Review: I had been sitting on a Sandy Bridge with a E3 Xeon which served its purpose for a very long time. I mainly use my system for gaming, video encoding and as a PLEX server for my home so its on 24/7. Aside from the early teething issues I love this CPU and I believe the architecture has a ton of potential. Do not confuse this with the AMD FX line this architecture is the real deal and a worthy Intel competitor. Also for once a CPU manufacturer included a stock CPU cooler that not only looks awesome but performs exceptionally well. I have this CPU paired with MSi Tomahawk B350 which I bought in a bundle here on the egg, a ASUS R9 FuryX and under a full gaming load its barely audible. I have not heard the CPU cooler ramp up once. I tried overclocking the CPU for a couple of test runs but found that leaving it at stock and allowing it to turbo as needed is more than enough for gaming and video encoding. I would recommend the R7 1700 specifically because of the price to performance and with some tweaking you can get it close to a 1800x. That said the R7 line isn't for everyone. If you are strictly looking for gaming I would wait until the R5 lineup is released. That isn't to say the R7 is bad for gaming because its exceptional but you will be investing a lot of money and to buy a CPU you will not be fully utilizing for the time being. If you are a content creator then the R7 lineup should definitely be considered as your next upgrade. I feel as the architecture matures it will only get better and I am definitely excited to see what the future holds for the Ryzen lineup. AMD is finally back!

Great product, easy set up and reliable.

TP-LINK TL-PA7020 KIT HomePlug AV2 MIMO AV1000 2 –Port Gigabit Powerline Starter Kit, up to 1000 Mbps
TP-LINK TL-PA7020 KIT HomePlug AV2 MIMO AV1000 2 –Port Gigabit Powerline Starter Kit, up to 1000 Mbps

Pros: -Easy Plug and Play setup -2 Ports on each adapter -Ethernet cables included -Over the period of 1 week the speed is consistent and has not dropped once

Cons: -Not getting the model with 3 ports is my only con but that isn't reason to knock any eggs

Overall Review: I have 130Mbps down and 5Mbps up through my ISP. With every powerline kit I have tested I have never been able to get over 36Mbps until now. With this powerline kit I am able to get almost 80Mbps down and I get my full 5Mbps up from one side of the house to the other (1900SF). In my living room I have my modem, HD Homerun Prime, an ASUS wireless router with a 4TB external hard drive attached to it. Transferring files through the powerline from my PC to that external drive connected to that router I get 18Mbps to 23Mbps but that said the USB port on the ASUS router is 2.0 so that definitely plays a role. All that said I was close to giving up on powerline adapters but this kit has given me renewed hope that the technology is evolving and is an extremely affordable means to running internet on the same power grid where WiFi is an issue. Lastly I would like to point out that I have tested quite a few different adapters and if you are having an issue where your speed is really low I have found the cause to be too much noise in that receptacle. Try to use a receptacle where no major appliances are plugged into it because they create too much noise in that receptacle. Never attach a powerline adapter to a power strip as that will also have a big impact on speed and reliability. Its no secret TP-Link makes solid networking hardware and I can definitely recommend this product to anyone without a doubt. This product has earned its place in my home network and I will continue to use it going forward. 5 Eggs!