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Sean F.

Sean F.

Joined on 07/25/11

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High quality fan

Phanteks PH-F140SP_BK 140mm Non-LED Case Fan
Phanteks PH-F140SP_BK 140mm Non-LED Case Fan

Pros: It's quiet. It moves good air. It's a case fan.

Cons: It's a $15 case fan.

Overall Review: At $15, it's possibly the best performance/value 140mm case fan on the market right now, if you're looking in high end quiet + good airflow fans.

Great Game!

NVIDIA Witcher 3: Wild Hunt GTX Game Bundle
NVIDIA Witcher 3: Wild Hunt GTX Game Bundle

Pros: Awesome game with stunning graphics. It also came with this weird black thing that had some fans on it. Though I don't understand what the weird black thing is all about my dogs love to play fetch with it. Thanks Newegg!

Cons: Since the game was released today, I discovered that I way overpaid for it. I spent $500 but it released at only $60!

Overall Review: Not sure what the weird black thing is all about. I'd think they would save money on shipping if they didn't include that.

Pretty decent freebie

SteelSeries Flux Gaming Headset
SteelSeries Flux Gaming Headset

Pros: Comes with 2 different plates, flat black or red flashy MSI ones. Not bad to have options. Fully detachable cable that can connect on either side. A huge plus for long term durability. Very sturdily made and durable, not worried about packing these up and taking them around places, which is what they're made for. Folds up very well. Comes with 2 different cables with an in-line mic; one for phones and such a TRRS connector, and one for laptops with 2 TRS connectors. Decent sound for what it is; 40mm drivers are pretty industry standard for gamer-oriented sets. The tiny in-line mics have surprisingly good quality.

Cons: Not the greatest audio quality, but I'm an unabashed audiophile. That said, if this isn't a huge concern for you they do put out acceptable sound--I wouldn't buy them if I didn't get them free, but I'm not the target audience here. They're versatile enough that I've managed to find a use for them. Not the most comfortable headphones I've ever worn, but it's not a style of headphone I'm used to/usually wear either.

Overall Review: Got this free with an MSI motherboard. Decent little gift. Comes with a good variety of options. I can't say enough about the build quality/likely durability/portability--this set was designed for it and it does it well.

Cheap Function Cable

Coboc SC-SATA3-18-LL-BK 18" SATA III 6 Gb/s Data Cable w/Latch, Black
Coboc SC-SATA3-18-LL-BK 18" SATA III 6 Gb/s Data Cable w/Latch, Black

Pros: It's a SATA cable. It's black. It's cheap. It connects SATA devices to a SATA controller.

Cons: None.

Overall Review: Not much else to say.

Amazing features for the price

MSI X99S SLI Plus LGA 2011-v3 Intel X99 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
MSI X99S SLI Plus LGA 2011-v3 Intel X99 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Great features for a low price. Has most of the gadgets most people upgrading to an x99 build are going to want, and does it well under $200. It looks GOOD. While I wouldn't use appearance as the basis for deciding on what motherboard to buy, its all black sleekness ended up working very well with my other components. One of the classiest motherboards I've seen. It plays nice with overclocking. The UEFI is reasonably swift and navigable, once getting used to it. Connectors are reasonably well placed.

Cons: I had a rather long saga with getting fast boot to function properly, though some of this is on me for doing self-troubleshooting on it far longer than I probably should have. Ultimately, it was resolved easily enough with a BIOS + EM update that wasn't publicly available, so as long as these issues are getting sorted out as they come up, I'm not holding an egg against it for such a new chipset. The onboard sound is older compared to contemporaries, but seeing as I use a dedicated card anyhow and the onboard sound is sufficient for any task you'd likely use onboard sound for anyhow, I have no problem with this as a cost saving measure. No MSI badge/sticker I could find in the package. This is a total silly nitpick, but it'd be nice to have had one to go with my other badges/stickers. So far down on the list of priorities....

Overall Review: MSI support's English can get pretty broken, including the automated responses from their system. I'm not counting this against them as it made for some pretty good laughs while trying to get a problem sorted--much needed stress relief! And they got the job done, so... They should probably get it right for the automated responses at least, though.

For $50 more than a 4790k?

Intel Core i7-5820K - Core i7 4th Gen Haswell-E 6-Core 3.3 GHz LGA 2011-v3 140W Desktop Processor - BX80648I75820K
Intel Core i7-5820K - Core i7 4th Gen Haswell-E 6-Core 3.3 GHz LGA 2011-v3 140W Desktop Processor - BX80648I75820K

Pros: 2 more cores/4 more threads than a 4790K for $50 more. It processes? What can you say about a processor that works well? Additional lanes allow for 8/8/8 that you can't hit on a z97 build without an expensive PLX chipped board. While stock frequency is a bit low, it overclocks extremely tolerably, enough to make that one disadvantage to the 4790K in single/low core usage applications like games negligible. Can hit 4.4 stable @ 1.25V and 4.5 stable @ 1.3V -- get a lucky chip and you can see ~4.5 stable below 1.3. 4.3 @ 1.25 is a very stable, cool, and feasible OC with any decent cooler.

Cons: 28 lane limit, but I knew that going into it, so I'm not holding any eggs against it for that. Can still run 8/8/8 + a 4 lane PCI-E SSD if wanted, and if you need more than that/have the GPUs for more than that, you can probably afford a 5930K or above anyhow... Doesn't come with a stock Intel cooler, but I already have enough paperweights.

Overall Review: The pricing of this vs the 4790K, in addition to a decent combo deal, is what pushed me up to a x99/DDR4 based build. If you can actually take advantage of the extra cores/threads, it is very much worth it.