Reviews

Segotep 750W 80+ Gold Modular

This Segotep 80+ Gold 750W power supply is a great value for money! The power supply can be found for as low as 80 dollars sometimes on their website, which is a spectacular deal for something with these specs! Another great thing about this PSU is that it is rated tier B on the LTT Tier List, which is usually a good sign. The power supply features modular cables which are great for cleanliness in the power supply basement/shroud, and while I wish the 24 pin cable was sleeved, it is okay because of how value oriented the power supply is. It features an almost silent 140mm fan to keep the PSU cool, and this is very good since quiet power supply fans are really important. The power supply packaging is very nice and there are many cables and connectors. Overall this is a great value power supply!

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Gamdias Hermes E3

The Gamdias Hermes E3 is a great budget mechanical keyboard! Rocking a 60% form factor, the Hermes E3 uses mechanical Outemu switches. One great feature for a budget board like this is the detachable USB-C cable which is very useful for portability. The keyboard I received is using blue clicky switches. You also receive a keycap puller, and can change out the keycaps for any other set you’d like. Speaking of the keycaps, they’re pretty good! One thing I’m not a fan of is the arrow textures on the W, A, S, and D keycaps, but part of that is because I am used to a different type of keycap. The stabilizers are a bit rattly, but for a budget board they could be a lot worse.

Overall, it's a very solid budget keyboard and I can recommend it to anyone looking for their first mechanical keyboard and want a 60% form factor.

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Tecware Spectre RGB Pro

The Tecware Spectre RGB Pro is a full sized RGB Mechanical Keyboard with Outemu Switches. The keyboard is available in brown, blue, or red switches. The keyboard features a standard full size layout and includes many great features that make this a good keyboard. It features a volume wheel and amazing RGB. The Tecware Spectre Pro has RGB software from the Tecware website that is easy to use and works well. You can set the modes and colors of the side, volume wheel, and the keys. There are a lot of cool modes in the RGB software to make your keyboard stand out. The keyboard also comes with 4 extra switches which is a great thing to include. It also has a USB C cable, switch puller, keycap puller, and a nice box. It uses standard Cherry MX keycaps so you can swap out the keycaps should you wish. It also has the ability to have the switches changed to any Outemu switch. At its price, the Tecware Spectre RGB Pro is a great keyboard and I highly recommend it for anyone looking to buy a full size keyboard at an affordable price.

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Aresgame AGK750 80+ Gold Modular

The Aresgame AGK750 is a great value power supply! Boasting an 80+ Gold efficiency rating, 750 watts, and full modularity, it’s a great value great performer! The power supply is a heavy unit that includes zip ties, screws, a bag of modular cables, hook and loop fasteners, a user guide, and a manual. Currently the AGK750 is priced at just $85 USD which is a steal with these specs! It is a bit of a longer length than a lot of budget power supplies, however the modular cables help reduce the clutter in your PSU basement as you can just plug in which cables you need to use. The AGK750 features a 10 year warranty too and I highly recommend using the Aresgame AGK750 in your next PC build!

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Vetroo V5

The Vetroo V5 is a decent budget cooler with one thing I dislike. The V5 is a tower cooler with a sleek design and performs great with respectable temperatures. The V5 is easy to install as long as you follow the instructions in the manual provided in the box the V5 comes in. The V5 is available in white and black colors at the time of writing.

The one thing I dislike about the V5 is the fan. It is a little loud and needs a 3 pin ARGB header to be controlled. This is a budget cooler, and I wish Vetroo included a Sata or Molex powered controller to manually change the RGB. The RGB looks stunning, so I wish budget builders had access to it. However, either way it is a nice look even without the RGB.

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Vetroo L5

The Vetroo L5 is a relatively low profile cooler for a nice price. It is extremely similar to the Vetroo V5, except the V5 is a tower cooler and the L5 is a lower profile cooler. Obviously, as a tower cooler, the V5 has a performance advantage, but the L5 holds its own and is a decent performer. It is a sleek cooler and at the time of writing is available in both black and white colors.

Just like the V5, I do wish Vetroo included a controller for the fan, but overall the L5 is a nice cooler. Installation is a bit hard but doable as long as you follow the instructions in the manual provided in the box.

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Iceberg Thermal IceGALE Teal 140MM Fan

The Iceberg Thermal IceGALE 140MM Teal fans are stunning PWM fans that are a bit pricey. These Iceberg fans are without a doubt my favorite looking fans as they are a great teal color. Packing material was premium. The fan speed is controllable and can be connected via a 4 pin connector to the motherboard. Speed is changeable and the noise levels of the fan are very reasonable. The price is a bit high as at 25 dollars you could get better Noctua fans, but these fans certainly shouldn’t be counted out due to their amazing looks.

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Segotep 600W 80+ Gold

This Segotep 600W power supply is a great value for money! The 80+ Gold rating and 600W power delivery is so great for 50 dollars! This PSU is rated a B tier on the Linus Tech Tips PSU Tier List, and if you have no idea what that is that is fine, in short it means it is great for mid range systems. I have been running my PC on it and I have had no problems, it is a great upgrade from something like an EVGA 400W N1 PSU as the fan is much quieter and it gives you more wattage to upgrade your components in the future. This PSU comes with every cable you will ever need including enough GPU cables for dual GPUs, two 8 Pin CPU power cables for overclocking on high-end motherboards, and plenty of SATA connectors. The cables are ketchup and mustard, meaning they aren’t all black and don’t look as good, but I would trade the extra wattage and great reliability any day of the week against similarly priced units with black cables. Overall I had nothing but good things to say about this power supply and I 100% recommend it for a custom PC.

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Redragon S107 Combo

The Redragon S107 combo is decent. It comes with a mousepad, mouse, and keyboard.

The mousepad is black and red and feels very nice to use and game on. I highly recommend the mousepad.

Now the keyboard is just OK. Don’t be fooled by the “Mechanical Feel” branding, as it really isn’t that good compared to a mechanical keyboard. But does it do the job for the budget? Yes. The RGB is pretty good too. My keyboard allows me to change the brightness of the RGB using FN+PG UP/DN. It can change colors with FN+HOME. And for static colors, press FN+SCRLK until you find your color. I use a static blue background.

Next we get to another just OK part, the mouse. This mouse impressed me much more than the keyboard at first, but I soon realized it wasn’t very good. Every once and a while I have scroll wheel problems. It feels satisfying to click the right and left buttons, but the worst part is probably the other buttons and the RGB. The backwards side button feels really nice, but the forward side button is much harder to press down. The scroll wheel, as I’ve said, has problems relatively often and sometimes I have to press it really hard to get it to register. The DPI and RGB is the worst part of this mouse. They advertise it as an RGB mouse but technically it is not. The mouse has 4 different DPI levels, and the DPI level controls the RGB. 800 DPI makes the mouse red, 1600 blue, 2400 green, and 3200 purple/pink. Most gamers will use 800 or 1600, so you are stuck with red and blue. If you have a themed color setup that isn’t a color on this mouse or want full RGB customizability, look elsewhere.

All in all, this combo isn’t bad and for low budget gamers it is pretty decent. The mousepad is great and if you aren’t a typing enthusiast and get a mouse that doesn’t have a faulty scroll wheel, I recommend this combo as you could do way worse.

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Cougar MG130-G

First of all, let me say that this case is 40 dollars. If you are expecting a miracle case that will be the easiest building experience of your life you aren’t spending enough money.

The Cougar MG130-G looks nice. The sleek gray and black looks great from a distance and can blend in with most color-themed setups because of the neutral look. You can mount 3 120MM or 2 140MM fans in the front, 2 120s or 140s on top, and a preinstalled 120 on the back. It is in the Micro-ATX form factor, meaning it has 4 PCI-E slots. The PCI-E slots are easy and straightforward to remove and install a video card into.

The airflow is not great, as there isn’t much room for air to come in. That being said, I am running a Ryzen 5 1400 and GTX 1050 TI and it is fine. Just don’t put a super high end system that needs optimal airflow in it. Then again, who would put a high-end system in a 40 dollar case.

The PSU shroud is OK. I wish they had made the HDD bay able to slide closer to the front panel to allow more room for power supply cables, but overall it is fine. The case comes with pre-installed standoffs, and I needed to add one which was a breeze.

Now for an odd problem that could have been specific to my own case: The screws to remove the back panel were so hard to get off. I had to use pliers to grip the screws and slowly twist them off because they were so hard to remove. I couldn’t do it with a screwdriver.

Overall this case is fine and looks OK. For a budget system I can recommend it.

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