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Joshua B.

Joshua B.

Joined on 06/20/08

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Most Favorable Review

Beautiful Monitor - But there's so much to consider here

Acer Predator XB1 XB271HU bmiprz 27" WQHD 2560 x 1440 2K Resolution 144Hz (165Hz OverClock) HDMI DisplayPort NVIDIA G-Sync Built-in Speakers USB HUB LED Backlit IPS Gaming Monitor
Acer Predator XB1 XB271HU bmiprz 27" WQHD 2560 x 1440 2K Resolution 144Hz (165Hz OverClock) HDMI DisplayPort NVIDIA G-Sync Built-in Speakers USB HUB LED Backlit IPS Gaming Monitor

Pros: This was the first monitor I've purchased over 60hz. The difference is huge. I didn't realize how extensive the difference until I was looking at this side by side with my Asus 24" 2ms 60hz. It's staggering how much less strain I put on my eyes with this monitor. The real difference is in first person shooters. This monitor didn't make me any better at PUBG, but I can no longer use the excuse of not being able to see every little detail. I paired this with the purchase of a MSI 1080 DUKE and the Gysnc thing seems pretty good, though to be honest the jump to 165hz more than overwhelmed whatever effect Gsync might have. It's the prettiest gaming experience I've ever had.

Cons: My first one arrived with a bright green dead pixel in the middle of the monitor. As you would expect, Newegg was wonderful about shipping a replacement, but it was frustrating to wait two weeks. The second monitor is perfect and there's no going back to sub 144/165hz. It's expensive. You really have to budget around the cost of a gysnc monitor right now. Never before has the cost of a monitor been such a factor when putting a new system together.

Overall Review: So here's the deal. Like many of you I've been building my PCs for gaming off Newegg since the early 2000s. You log in, read a bunch of reviews and piece together a new gaming rig that hopefully lasts 2-5 years before you update it, or do a new build. Total cost is likely around $1200 for something nice that will last. Monitors that are this expense, but this pretty are kind of a game changer to how you think about the overall cost to a new system build. Am I happy with it? Yes! Would I recommend it to someone who's on a budget, or even trying to be careful of costs? Probably not. The combo of an Nvidia Gysnc monitor/graphics card could very well be a 50% increase to what you're having to budget for your rig. This feels to me like a new way to have to think about building gaming machines. If spending $550-$800 on a monitor won't really hurt you, then buy it! If it means making financial choices elsewhere in your life - I'd say pass and get a much less expensive 144hz non-gysnc monitor.

Most Critical Review

Sounds great, then died

TRITTON AX PC Pro 5.1 True Surround Sound Headset, 8 Precision Speakers, Designed For PC – USB Input Only
TRITTON AX PC Pro 5.1 True Surround Sound Headset, 8 Precision Speakers, Designed For PC – USB Input Only

Pros: Amazing sound.

Cons: Mic died on me without warning or abuse. After 1 email and two phone calls I'm giving up on the RMAing the headset. Company has a great product but no idea how to pull off the support to match.

Overall Review: If I had gotten any sort of support from Tritton i would buy another set, maybe even one of their more expensive ones. Now I won't be buying again at all. Very disappointing.

Does what it's supposed to

Link Depot POW-ADT-3P4 6 in. 3-Pin to 4-Pin PC Power Adapter Cable
Link Depot POW-ADT-3P4 6 in. 3-Pin to 4-Pin PC Power Adapter Cable

Pros: Works like it should.

Cons: None.

Overall Review: Cheap and it works. Not sure what else you can say.

This is indeed a SATA cable

Rosewill RC-18"-SA2-90-BK SATA Cable 90 Degree Right Angle SATA III 6.0 Gbps, SATA Cable 18 Inches, SATA 3 Cable - 18 Inches, Black
Rosewill RC-18"-SA2-90-BK SATA Cable 90 Degree Right Angle SATA III 6.0 Gbps, SATA Cable 18 Inches, SATA 3 Cable - 18 Inches, Black

Pros: Works great and isn't that awful bright pink color.

Cons: None.

Overall Review: Bought these because my new rigs was all blue and black. And then there were these terrible looking pink SATA cables running to the DVD and hard drive. That had to change. Good price, works great.

Expensive but GREAT

COUGAR CF-V14HB Vortex Hydro-Dynamic-Bearing (Fluid) 300,000 Hours 14CM Silent Cooling Fan (Black)
COUGAR CF-V14HB Vortex Hydro-Dynamic-Bearing (Fluid) 300,000 Hours 14CM Silent Cooling Fan (Black)

Pros: Thank goodness, no LED's. Very quiet. Moves a ton of air. Comes with all sorts of adapters and wires.

Cons: I couldn't figure out for the life of me how to use the included rubber mounting 'things' (used case screws instead) I looked around online and didn't see a good explanation anywhere. I guess you just shove them through? Price is high.

Overall Review: When I hooked these up directly to the 3 pin slots on my motherboard, they were running at 100% speed. That was a bit loud for my taste, so I used the included 3 prong cable that looks like it's just for extending the cable length. It reduced the speed down and made the nearly silent. I have 3 in my case. The whole system runs cool. If you want a quiet fan that moves a ton of air, this one is a winner. I'd recommend this to anyone looking to have a cool case, and not wanting to deal with having some adolescent LED filled case. That Vegas glow was cool for when I went to LAN parties, not so much now when I have coworkers over for a tour of the new house and dinner. 100% recommend as a 140mm fan. Quality but pricey.

Runs cool and a Great Price

Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus - CPU Cooler with 4 Direct Contact Heatpipes
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus - CPU Cooler with 4 Direct Contact Heatpipes

Pros: I have never, in my entire life, used a stock heat-sink on a CPU. I've also never had one die. You should ALWAYS upgrade your cooling. My normal go-to brand for aftermarket cooling is Zalman, but I saw such rave reviews for this product, I had to try it out. I was not disappointed. Keeps my i5 3550 cool under full load.

Cons: It's large. Very Large. If may interfere with your RAM slots. If I had done more homework, I would have bought the newer version of this that Coolmaster has out, the 'Hyper EVO' Installing it wasn't the easiest thing. Cut my knuckle.

Overall Review: Mail in rebate made this thing too cheap to pass up. My CPU runs at about 30 idle and 50 under load. No overclock. I 100% recommend this to anyone looking for aftermarket cooling. No reservations what so ever, just make sure people haven't had trouble making it fit in the setup you are going with. Look around for issues with case and motherboards. If it will fit in you rig it's a home run.