With Tax Return Season upon us there are many who might be considering putting together their first new PC build or perhaps updating their current build. During the process of putting together the parts list, there is one item that is frequently neglected; that item is the tool-set you will need assemble your rig. Any old average set of tools (as long as they contain at least a philips screwdriver) will do you in a pinch, but it's best not to use dad's rusty-old screwdriver because it could get rust flakes and who knows what other kinds of dirt and grime all over your new PC hardware. Thankfully there are tool kits designed specifically with system building in mind, and VisionTek has a fairly comprehensive kit of their own, which we will review for you today. Their kit comes with 26 pieces of surprisingly versatile, yet simple tools. We'll be taking a quick look at what something like this offers you, the budding system builder, in your quest to construct the perfect metal monolith. First, here's a word about VisionTek:
One of the most common questions we ask when working on a new computer build is "what power supply (PSU) should I get?" Often times it can be a tricky decision, as many manufacturers make the same claims as one another. What can compound this decision-making process is the amount of space you have to work with in your rig. If you are building a smaller form-factor PC, the size of your PSU can limit the total wattage you can get in your PSU as well, which can confound you even more. Silverstone is here to tell you that size doesn't mean everything, and that you can have your cake and eat it, too. Enter their Strider Gold S series power supplies, which are labeled as not only the world's smallest ATX power supplies, but are also rated to supply as much as 850W of peak output power. For today's review, we have their top dog on hand: rated at 80 Plus Gold certification and being fully modular with a silent operating 120mm fan and 850W of total power output, we'll see if this PSU lives up to Silverstone's legendary quality. We will also be taking a quick look at their new line of PP07 braided cable extensions for those of you who are simply not satisfied with plain looking cables, but lack the skill/time/patience to do your own custom braiding. First, a word on Silverstone for those who are new to the brand:
In a market which is quickly becoming saturated with a great selection of All-In-One (AIO) water cooling systems, it is becoming increasingly difficult to distinguish yourself from the rest of the crowd. After all, there's only so much innovation to be had before you've exhausted all of the possibilities of the specific form factor that these products really have to take. Antec believes that there is some unexplored territory left in this realm and have answered the call to be different with the introduction of their new lineup of AIO CPU coolers. On hand today is the middle child of the bunch, the Kuhler H2O 950: Will it's unique design and feature set enable it to stand out in the crowd, or does it fall flat and just blend in with everything else? Read on to find out, but first here's a little bit about Antec:
In an ideal world, when you want to build your next PC, you want to get nothing but the best components for the money you can get your hands on. Unfortunately, life tends to sometimes get in the way, and some corners must be cut somewhere to make the build happen. This is why various price points exist for different ranges of products, though lately several manufacturers have taken to the notion that the ratio of paying less for getting less is too heavily skewed in favor of paying less for getting nowhere near enough for your money. Cougar figures it's their turn to toss another chip into the stack of afford-ably priced gamer cases with the introduction of the MX500 mid tower case. Said to be a sleek, modern designed gaming tower, does this offer gamers the features they crave without breaking the bank? Let's dig in and find out, but first here's a bit about Cougar:
As anyone who games will tell you, your mouse will ultimately wind up making or breaking your gaming experience entirely. Be it the ergonomics of the mouse or the feel of the buttons as you click them, every detail matters when your virtual life is on the line, as well as the virtual lives of others. Cooler Master's CM Storm division caters to the gaming enthusiast that has such demands with various levels of product, ranging from mild to wild. At the top of their roster of performers is the CM Storm Reaper, which they have been kind enough to supply us for review. The CM Storm Reaper is part of their new Aluminum Gaming Series of mice, boasting all of the niceties expected of a proper high performance mouse: an Avago 9800 sensor rated at 8200 DPI (dots per inch), Omron switches, macro functionality across all eight programmable buttons, and aluminum accent pieces to lend not only a truly premium feel, but to a certain extent a degree of customization not present for most mice. Does the Reaper deliver a product that is more than the sum of it's illustrious list of parts? Read on and find out!
It isn't very often that you get your hands on fairly exclusive gear. It's even less frequent that once you get to use said exclusive gear you are capable of justifying the exclusive price tag that comes with it. Feenix, a boutique gaming accessory manufacturer, aims to deliver the highest quality gaming experience that fits into exactly such a scenario with the Feenix Nascita gaming mouse and the Dimora gaming mouse pad. These two products were designed with the expressed intent of delivering as perfect a gaming experience for the user as is humanly possible with naught but the finest parts, looks and attention to detail available today. With their steep asking prices, are they truly worth it for the sake of an exclusive experience? Read on and see for yourself!
The Enermax Aeolus Vegas cools well, is built to last, and keeps cables tidy.
The Enermax AeroOdio has great sound and powerful, quiet cooling that is hard to beat.
The Enermax TwisterOdio 16" notebook pad is a great cooler with awesome sound.
Intro This has probably happened to most of you: while sitting at your computer, playing a game or scoping out some new hardware you wish you could own, it occurs to you that it has been a while since you ran all of the maintenance procedures for your computer. Rather than performing the needed maintenance, you justify putting it off for fear of running out of time during the maintenance procedure or simply not knowing how to perform the proper maintenance. We all have busy lives, and it’s high time that a flexible, all encompassing piece of software came our way that helps with this. Enter System Mechanic, (now in it’s 12th rendition). This super flexible software kit involves patented maintenance technology designed specifically to keep everything in your operating system (OS) running as smoothly and easily as possible, (even with your SSD). Having been around for approximately 15 years now, the bar has been set pretty high for this version of the software, so let’s see what it delivers. As this was a digital copy there is no packaging to speak of so we’ll be getting right to the software itself. About iolo Technologies, LLC: www.iolo.com Founded in 1998, iolo technologies, LLC (www.iolo.com) innovates patented technology and award-winning software that repairs, optimizes, and protects computers and digital devices. The company is headquartered in Los Angeles with global sales presence in 33 countries and products in 11 languages. Since 1998 tens ...
Intro Here’s the situation: your friends just invited you to a LAN gaming session nearby, and you really want to go. Your favorite games are being played and you’ve been wanting to show off your rig for a while. You start making plans to go when it hits you: you have far too many accessories to cart around with you, not to mention you just shelled out 300+ dollars on that sweet 24″ monitor you use. Also, you certainly don’t want to be moving that around too much for fear of damaging it. *sigh* What’s a gamer to do? Roccat has been known to make rock solid accessories that cater specifically to the PC gaming enthusiast. From mice and mouse pads to headsets and keyboards, Roccat has your enthusiast needs covered. For the LAN gamer, they also offer the item we will be placing under the magnifying glass today: the Roccat Tusko. It’s a portfolio-style case for carting around your monitor and accessories all in one safe and easy-to-use package. Let’s dive right in and see if it’s got what it takes. Here’s a word about Roccat: Founded in 2007, ROCCAT™ develops high quality and innovative accessories in Germany for ambitious computer gamers. In close collaboration with the gaming community, outstanding input devices and headsets, which excel through their first-class precision, high level of ease-of-use and unique design, are designed at ROCCAT™ Studios in Hamburg. The ROCCAT™ Kone Gaming Mouse was the first produc...
Introduction If there’s one thing that can definitively be said of Enermax, they are very good at offering a compelling product for a very reasonable price. From their diverse portfolio of fans to their CPU coolers, cases and power supplies, Enermax ultimately winds up being a brand that goes on most people’s list of “considerations for my next build/upgrade.” In the current market this matters more than ever, as most are trying to pinch every penny they can but also want to retain as much quality and as many features as possible. Enermax has spotted an otherwise rather dull segment of ATX-mid cases and seeks to inject some more “oomph” with their new lineup of affordable cases called the iVektor series. Arriving in either white, red, or black we will be exploring whether or not this lineup continues the trend set by it’s predecessors of offering a lot for a little. Let’s delve a bit deeper as we explore an Enermax iVektor in white. About Enermax, via their Global page: Enermax Technology Corporation is a world-renowned PC Power Supply Unit manufacturer. Since our establishment in 1990, we provide power supply products and peripherals like chassis, cooler, fan and keyboard with excellent quality and have won recognitions of consumers around the world. ENERMAX products are recommended by worldwide reviewers, and certain were granted by iF, Red Dot, Good Design and Taiwan Excellence Awards. Those are pro...
Intro [Editor’s Note: We would like to introduce our newest contributing member to the writing team: Mike G. He will be writing reviews for us on several different products from now on and we are glad to have him. For this first review, Mike used a product he already owned. This is also why we couldn’t do our typical unboxing treatment, as he no longer had the original packaging. Regardless, he did a bang-up job and will fit in well here at PureOverclock. Please welcome Mike G. to the PureOverclock Staff! ] Let’s face it: when most system builders get their parts lists together, one of the affecting factors in product selection is product aesthetics. Whether is is the style of heat pipes on a graphics card or the color of the motherboard, looks can make or break a system. Of course after appearances are considered, performance matters as well. Depending on whom you ask, performance may mean a few different things; it could mean raw power, or it could mean efficiency. Rarely can you have both in one finely tuned package that also happens to look good and is reasonably priced. Corsair has maintained such a balance since 2002 with some of the most stylish and best performing memory you can buy, both in terms of pure bandwidth capabilities and responsible power consumption. Most recently, their Vengeance lineup has epitomized this balance, offering not only varying levels of performance, but offering several different styles of heat sinks in many different colo...