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iBuyPower Element PC Review: Intel i7-7900X & Nvidia GTX 1080 Ti

Introduction Most of the readers that will frequent a hardware review site will swear by the experience of building their own custom PC. Price, performance and customization are all highlights we love to point out, but sometimes we like to overlook the problems like compatibility, DOAs, and tons of troubleshooting. If you’re a troubleshooter by nature, then building a PC is the perfect way to appeal to that need for figuring out problems. If you aren’t then the idea of building your own gaming PC is probably a nightmare! So what are gamers supposed to do if they want performance on a custom built level, but are afraid to dive into putting their own components together? The answer that you shouldn’t go to is to buy a Dell. Perhaps the real answer is to look at a company like iBuyPower. They have custom built PCs that are pre-assembled and pre-configured so that a buyer has little to worry about on their end. The only question is if the company is offering a worthwhile system to spend your hard-earned cash on. We’ll find out soon how this variant of the iBuyPower Element stacks up, but first let’s look at a statement from the company on their values. iBUYPOWER symbolizes several key beliefs: unity, strength, ambition, and perseverance. These are fundamental attributes of life inside and outside of gaming. You need them all to win. Leading the pack, iBUYPOWER is gaming, defined.Since 1999, iBUYPOWER has been delivering on its promise to build the...



Azza Storm 6000W Chassis Review

Introduction Please give a huge welcome to our new reviewer, Brendan Varik at PureOC! You can welcome him at the forum post for this review. AZZA is a brand that I suspect not too many of you are familiar with. They formed way back in 1996 with three main business philosophies: innovation, performance and growth. When they launched, they were primarily in the motherboard manufacturing business, and was one of the top ten leading suppliers in the 90’s. Today, however, is a slightly different story in the sense that they create mainly gaming cases and are looking to offer you some bang for your buck. In 2009, they were able to restructure and then distribute their products under the AZZA trademark that we see today. They no longer sell motherboards, but instead offer a plethora of computer accessories and components; ranging from cases to monitors, they’ve surely got something for you. Let’s get on with the meat of this review, and discuss what they sent over for us to look at. It is of course, as you probably already guessed by the title of this review, the Storm 6000 gaming chassis. Oh, and it’s the white variant of the two, because (surely) everyone loves the black and white themes that you can create with modern hardware. You can of course opt for the black version instead, which you can tell apart in the naming scheme by it either being the 6000W or 6000B SKU.   Are you looking for a case with eight expansion slots? Perhaps a possibility of vertically mount...



In Win 301 Gaming Case Review

Introduction Building computers is a work of progress. Most of us are happy if our first system turns on and we can successfully install Windows on it. After that we start finding ways to make Windows run smoother, cut the tearing/stuttering out of our gaming, make our cables look prettier, and even risk voiding warranties to overclock our parts for more performance. This is what we can consider the final stages of performance. However, if you’re really into building a PC for the sheer fun of building it, there’s a whole new level that makes a custom PC an entirely different experience. Most of our reviews focus on the straightforward attributes of a component’s ease of use, value, and performance. That frame of mind makes it very easy to give a recommendation on the majority of parts out there, but some companies force the reviewer to change their perspective entirely and gauge a product on a whole new level. That’s what In Win is going to do to us today. Sure, we’re not going to forget the practical aspects of this case, but we also have to consider the “Art” level of the design. This is the ultimate stage where a system becomes more than a high performance machine, but also represents a work of art reflecting the builder’s personal taste. In Win lives here and we’ll soon figure out how well the 301 Chassis fits into that level, right after taking a quick look at the values of this company. IN-WIN Development Inc., ...



Rosewill Neon K51 and Neon M57 Review

Introduction Everyone has different priorities for their PC build: Power, silence, size, comfort, lighting, cheap as possible, etc. When you are on a budget, some part of your build is going to suffer. Great power; you sit on the floor. Huge monitor; graphics card tops out at 30 fps. Lots of RGB lighting; keyboard and mouse from the 90’s. This review is for the latter. If you’ve shopped for an RGB keyboard recently, your options are $150+ mechanical or $50 fixed color membrane. Good news! Rosewill built something bright, colorful and affordable. They’ve also built a mouse with RGB as well, though affordable RGB mice have stiffer competition. However, should you buy them? Let’s find out. First, a bit about Rosewill: Rosewill’s mission is to consistently deliver reliable, high quality PC gaming, IT hardware and home products through leading innovation and long-lasting relationships. Rosewill Inc. was established in 2004, founded by manufacturing reliable, high-quality technology products. The first products under the Rosewill brand name included computer components such as computer cases, power supply units, keyboards, mice and cables. Over time, the product line strategically developed and entered new areas of growth, including PC gaming and home products. Under the management of experienced e-retail experts, Rosewill products can be found on all top e-commerce sites, along with product information and reviews. Today, Rosewill currently manuf...



FSP CMT210 Computer Case Review

Introduction The gaming mouse industry has been overrun with competition for quite some time now. That doesn’t surprise me, but I am starting to get a little surprised at how many budget cases are being introduced into the market. It seems like computer building is a pretty niche market, but on second thought, the idea that there’s a surge of prospective buyers in the $50 range makes a lot of sense. If you’re new to PC building, you’ve probably allocated a large amount of budget to other components and if you’re just looking to upgrade, pre-built system cases can have serious space limitations. FSP has traditionally been known for power supplies, but they’ve decided to enter the budget case arena with their CMT210 mid-tower chassis. Call me a sucker for punishment, but I still want to find that budget tower that really hits all the marks I think a budget case should hit. We’ll dive into the chassis soon enough, but first let’s take a look at a bit of info from FSP. Since 1993, based on its professional R&D expertise, enormous production capacity and high Quality Assurance, FSP has achieved an important position in the challenging IT industry. To strengthen the brand image and to provide better service to our customers, FSP built its own brand in 2003. FSP has a good understanding of customer needs, which includes providing products of high quality and reliability, after-sales service and continuous development of new pro...



Hound Advice: The Best Wireless Ethernet Adapter Setup for Gaming (…but on a budget)

I have a feeling we’ve all been there. We have a point where we think we just need to get a decent adapter and make due with a wireless connection. That lasts about 2 weeks, we realize we wasted money AGAIN, and we commit to running that Ethernet cable down the hall. But what if I told you that you actually could game on wireless? I don’t have any pills to offer, but I can give you an instructional video on how to get the best wireless signal that not only has pings nearly as good as wired, but also keeps a stable connection. As it turns out, the adapter is probably the weakest point. Check out the full video below in order to understand the concepts, or visit the description section on Youtube so you can get to the part you want. As always, head to the forums to start discussions and get answers to your pressing tech questions!



I Think NZXT is Building PCs for Consumers Now, Introducing BLD

I’m not exactly sure what the black magic is behind this, but the end result is that it seems NZXT is providing pre-built systems to consumers now. I ran through the process and I have to say that I don’t know if you can make the concept of building a PC easier for a gamer. On the other hand, I felt like some recommendations were a tad light on the GPU end and I didn’t notice Ryzen in the list of components yet. What can I say though, is that I’ve built my own PCs for so long that I can’t help but be biased, yet I can come just short of guaranteeing that what NZXT will offer will be immensely better than buying a Dell. Check out the rest of the press release for the details and a link to BLD. Introducing BLD from NZXT A recommendation engine that delivers the PC tailored for the games you play EMBARGOED UNTIL JUNE 6th, 2017 @ 7:00AM PST Los Angeles, CA – June 6th, 2017 –NZXT today launches BLD, the easiest way to get into PC gaming and play the games you want to play enjoying guaranteed gaming performance.BLD (pronounced “Build”) allows users who don’t have the time necessary to build a gaming-ready DIY PC. By leveraging over 10 million and counting analyzed gaming hours, BLD’s unique recommendation engine accurately predicts a system’s gaming performance so you can spend less time researching, troubleshooting and setting up. Start by choosing the games you want to play, at the performance settings you desire, then set a budg...



Is Nvidia Faking HDR? I don’t think it’s that Simple

News stories are popping up about Nvidia deliberately worsening an SDR monitor that was being compared to an HDR one to make the new technology stand out better. Has Nvidia really stooped to faking a showcase just to push new technology on consumers? If that’s the case, then maybe HDR isn’t everything it’s cracked up to be and we can pull out our torches, our pitchforks and begin hunting down team green for trying to mislead us. On the other hand, I really think there’s way more going on than what meets the eye and even though wild speculation will ensue, I have solid experience leading me to believe that Nvidia was genuinely trying to give a realistic representation, even if their methods were questionable. Let’s start out with how this Computex display from Nvidia was found out in the first place. Hardware Canucks was granted access to the monitor settings and upon restoring factory settings on the SDR monitor, it looked much better than before, even looking better than the HDR display. One thing that makes total sense is that a reviewer would look at the SDR monitor and pick up on something being wrong right away. After restoring better settings, the SDR panel looked significantly better than HDR and it could easily be concluded that the new technology is being over-hyped. Hardware Canucks released a video and the story began spreading across the tech sites. That said, they do plan to have a follow up on the subject when they review an LG H...



Ballistix Announces Tactical Tracer DDR4 RGB Gaming Memory Modules

More companies are joining the foray for RAM supremacy and Ballistix is the latest to introduce integrated RGB lighting. The interesting part is that the light bar is removable and you can 3D print your own custom designs to swap in place. Even then, the black PCB and grey heatspreaders look excellent on their own, without the lighting. Check out the rest of the press release below for more info and I wouldn’t be surprised if many builders have these kits on their wish list once they release. Ballistix Announces Tactical Tracer DDR4 RGB Gaming Memory Modules PC modders and gamers can improve gameplay and performance while lighting up their rigs in style Key Messages: User-controllable RGB LEDs allow for the ultimate customization and color matching options for your unique rig Get faster speeds and more aggressive game play with speeds starting at 2666 MT/s Monitor temperatures and take command of RGB with the Ballistix® M.O.D. Utility Removable top bar and available design files allow users to customize and 3D print unique options Boise, ID — May 30, 2017 – Ballistix, a leading global brand of gaming memory, today announced the availability of Ballistix® Tactical Tracer DDR4 RGB memory. The new Tactical Tracer modules allow PC modders and gamers to light up their systems with RGB brilliance with the ability take control of their memory and color scheme while providing the increased performance and stability they expect from Ballistix memory. With sp...



QuadraClicks RBT (Right ‘Bove Touch) Gaming Mouse Review

Introduction They say you can’t reinvent the wheel, but that doesn’t stop car companies from doing something to make you think you need to buy a new rims or tires. Computer mice are in a similar position. While we have come a long way from the old trackball style of mice we used to have, today it feels like most new designs are built around gimmicks to sell more units. So when I say you should definitely take notice of the unit we have in review today, I understand why you might think it’s a gimmick, but I can assure there is way more going on with the original RBT Rebel than meets the eye. During my trip to CES last January, I got a little time to wander the show floors and see what I would randomly run across. I saw the RBT (pronounced “Rabbit”), put my hand on it, and figured it was a gimmick, but the designer saw me and stopped me before I could walk away. He explained what he had and while I wasn’t convinced, I decided to sit down and see if I could understand what he was saying. After trying the design out, it was beginning to dawn on me how this could be a huge benefit for gamers. The RBT on review is a prototype and while QuadraClicks, the company behind the design, is still in its fundraising stages, they’ve already raised over 100% of their goal to kick off the project. This review will be pretty straight forward because there isn’t a ton of details to go over until the product officially launches later this year, b...



Is this the most Comfy Chair Ever? Corsair Launches T1 Race Gaming Chair

To be fair, I’m not sure I’ve ever sat in a DXRacer yet. However, I’ve sat in many gaming chairs at conventions and such that left me wondering what the point was. Sure, it could’ve been the fatigue of trekking all over Vegas, but sitting in Corsair’s T1 Race Gaming Chair was the best seating experience of my life. My entire body literally melted into sheer comfort! Corsair doesn’t need anything else, yet they still have a hefty amount of features that keep it competitive, even at the $349.99 MSRP. Just keep in mind that the weight limit is around 265 lbs. Look, I do own gaming chairs now and yes, they do help with my overall comfort levels immensely, but months later and the feel of the T1 Race has yet to leave my memory. Check out the full press release info below for images, links and more info! Inspired by Racing, Built to Game: CORSAIR Launches T1 RACE Gaming Chair  FREMONT, CA – May 16th, 2017 – CORSAIR®, a world leader in enthusiast memory, PC components and high-performance gaming hardware today announced the launch of its first gaming chair, the T1 RACE. Inspired by racing, crafted for comfort and built to last, the T1 Race joins CORSAIR’s award-winning range of mice, keyboards, headsets and mousepads to complete the ultimate gaming experience. Built using a solid steel skeleton and dense foam cushions, the T1 RACE has the strength to ensure a lifetime of sturdiness, while it’s 4D-movement armrests raise, lower, sh...



Corsair One Shakes Up PC Gaming

Corsair is releasing a fully built gaming PC? Let me go over to Newegg and see how much cheaper it would be if I built it my….. Huh. Normally, we don’t cover pre-built systems because we believe in the rewarding experience of building our own. While that never changes, there are times that a fully built system can catch our eyes though. Let’s face it, occasions arrive where we need to recommend a good pre-built system, or even want something compact to use in place of carrying our main rigs to things like LAN parties. What really surprised me was the fact that I could MAYBE match the price of this Corsair One system if I built it myself. While I’ll list the full details in the press release below, I mainly want to cover the specs of the base system. The MSRP starts at $1,799.99 and here’s what you end up with. The processor is the locked version of the 7700, but it still has a 240mm Corsair cooler on it. Of course you can expect Corsair Vengeance for the RAM and a Corsair PSU, but they also include one of their Force 240 GB SSDs. There’s also a terabyte HDD for additional storage. The big bonus is the fact that this system includes a solid gaming graphics card in the form of a GTX 1070. When the marketing claims VR ready, they mean that in a solid way. At this point, when I was mirroring these components on a Newegg list, I was having a hard time matching the MSRP that Corsair is offering in the One series. When you top off the final pr...



Should you use all AMD for your Next Build?

The debate of AMD vs Intel vs Nvidia is an age old one that will probably never cease. As long as there’s innovation in the PC market, there’s bound to be a new top dog in the fight. Intel still has the IPC lead in processing and Nvidia is killing it in performance and energy efficiency with their GPUs. So why, when given a sizeable budget and asked by my friend to build a PC, would I go all out with an AMD base? Check out the video for the full answer because the Red side seems to be offering one of the best, non-compromised experiences we’ve ever seen from them. As always, remember that experiences vary and feel free to add your thoughts to the equation by heading over to the PureOC forums!



Gigabyte BRIX Gaming VR Wins d&i Award Ahead of Computex

I know pre-built systems aren’t our thing usually, but I had to post this PR because Gigabyte has an impressive little device on their hands. Honestly, if I had the spare cash, this would be my LAN party machine for game days (that I hardly ever have anymore) or my editing station for travel. Shoot, it would even sub as a great paper-weight that does so much more than holding paper. The internal heatsink in this device was fantastic, allowing high performance hardware to run cooler than most, if not all, mini-PCs can handle. Check out the info on the award below and while we won’t be able to get to Computex this year, we will be keeping an eye on the news! GIGABYTE Mini PC Recognized for Outstanding Form & Function City of Industry, California, May 2nd, 2017 – GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co. Ltd., a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards, is excited to announce that the BRIX Gaming VR has won a d&i award ahead of Computex 2017. This soon to be released Mini PC exemplifies the spirit of the d&i awards with its combination of gaming prowess and aesthetically pleasing design. Thanks to its small size of only 2.6L and powerful hardware, the BRIX Gaming VR miniature PC is perfect for use in VR setups, especially for standing and “room-scale” VR. This Mini PC packs a powerful NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX™ 1060 into a sleek, black, brushed aluminum chassis with orange highlights. Its subdued but sporty look can fit into any room, whether a room ...



EpicGear Morpha X Gaming Mouse Wins Computex d&i Award in Gaming Devices + Content of Games Category

See? I keep telling you the Morpha X is an amazing mouse! Obviously I know that mice preferences are subjective, but I can confidently say that EpicGear kept a strong element of practicality during the process of introducing modular innovation. I’m a huge fan of the design and feel of the Morpha X with the modular capabilities being a huge bonus. Check out the full press release below for more info and feel free to leave comments or questions in the forums! (For a more detailed look at the Morpha X, check out our review here.) EpicGear Morpha X Gaming Mouse Wins Computex d&i Award in Gaming Devices + Content of Games Category The Modular gaming mouse is named winner of annual award to be displayed at COMPUTEX, CES, Convergence, Gitex, iFA and MWC. Taipei, Taiwan – May 4, 2017 – EpicGear, the leading brand in professional gaming peripherals, today announces that they have won the prestigious Computex d&i Award (design and innovation) from Computex organizers TAITRA (The Taiwan External Trade Development Council) in conjunction with iF (International Forum Design). “We’re really honored to receive the Computex d&i Award” commented Jennifer Huang, Vice President of EpicGear. “EpicGear Morpha X Modular Gaming Mouse showcases our determination to offer innovative features and the absolute best gaming experience.” COMPUTEX d&i awards 2017 – Organized by TAITRA and iF The COMPUTEX d&i awards, hosted for the first time in 2008 by TAITRA i...






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