Posts Tagged ‘budget’
Introduction We always want the best case for the best components on our next build right? Well, let’s be a little realistic here, we always can’t afford the best of the best and sometimes we settle for something to make budget. The question is, do we cut our budget for hardware or the chassis? Introducing the MX300 from Cougar, a mid tower case that offers a wide variety of hardware configuration, cooling support and custom configurations. We recently had the opportunity to review the sister chassis called the MX500. Does the new MX300 live up to the expected reputation Cougar has built or does it need some help? Before we dig in further, let’s read up on Cougar. COUGAR is particularly targeting enthusiast gamers who not only demand state-of-the-art PC chassis and highly efficient power supplies, but also want to express their dynamic gaming life style with reliable quality products. COUGAR therefore wants to provide these enthusiasts with best-in-class innovative and cutting-edge gaming products. COUGAR was founded in 2007 by a group of enthusiastic and professional people in Germany who felt PC hardware had changed very little over the past 20 years, most cases and PSU models remaining rectangular boxes, having the same boring looks and an internal layout with endlessly uncreative cosmetic variations and poor quality. Therefore, COUGAR wanted to provide gamers more stylish product concepts meeting strictest quality requirements. Now, COUGAR has develop...
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:
Introduction: Today we will be looking at a more budget oriented Full Tower chassis from NZXT: The Source 530. Over the past several years, NZXT has become one of the premier manufacturers. They are ahead of the pack with innovative designs and features. Although they are somewhat costly, their series of full tower chassis’ leave little to be desired. This one could fit right in alongside NZXT’s award winning full tower designs, but this time in the much more coveted and affordable budget arena. Will the Source 530 feature all of the essentials? Will it bring it all together, for a cool, hassle-free computing experience? Let’s see if NZXT has once again raised the bar with the introduction of the new NZXT Source 530 Full Tower Chassis. Our Thanks goes out to NZXT for providing us with the review sample. “NZXT, a company built upon gamer’s dreams, hopes to create products that put consumers first. With the objective of designing unique products catered for hardware enthusiasts and gamers, NZXT has grown into a globally renowned brand recognized for dedication towards creating the next great gaming product. NZXT has won numerous awards from media and publications from across the globe with a product line spanning from gaming chassis, power, and gaming input devices. As a corporation formed by gamers, NZXT continues to expand into new horizons and push the limits further with each product unveiling. NZXT products are designed and engineered in the United St...
The non-reference Sparkle Dragon Cyclone GTX 650 derives its name primarily from the custom cooler (though you also get a factory overclock) that Sparkle has designed. It includes three fans that are swap-and-drop, allowing consumers the choice of Turbo, Stock, or Silent options to install in order to suit their preferences and needs. It's definitely innovative, but can the card compete in criteria other than price and fan design?
Air coolers are everywhere these days. They come in every imaginable shape, size and layout and offer varying price points and degrees of performance from "awesome" to "don't waste your money." NZXT is fairly new to the CPU cooler market, having released their first air coolers (the Havik 140 and Havik 120) just last year. Both received great fanfare and praise from their reviewers. NZXT decided to release a more budget-friendly set of air coolers dubbed the Respire series. Today we look at the baseline model, the Respire T20.
While premium kilowatt power supplies may garner much of the attention and buzz in the marketplace, it is the more affordable, mid-range units that quietly bring in the profits. And that's where the Cougar GX-S 600W might offer a solution. While this unit isn't a behemoth like some we've seen of late, the GX-S 600W is 80PLUS Gold certified and comes with a price of $119. Seems pretty good so far, so let's take a closer look at this Cougar power supply and see how it fares.
The Nvidia GeForce GTX 650 Ti is the latest in the Kepler lineup, and while it may share a similar naming scheme as the GTX 660 Ti, it has some very distinct differences, not the least of which is a considerably lower price tag. Costing about $149 for the reference design (and about $10 to $20 more for most partner cards), this creates a very interesting scenario, as it sits just above the Radeon 7770 in terms of price, so the question is whether this new Kepler card has the horsepower to compete in areas other than simply price. Nvidia has been extremely successful with the Kepler products, so will this card measure up? Can it beat the competing Radeon cards? Let's dive in and answer those questions and more. Click through for more.