Star Wars: Commander




SW: Commander is a RTS style game that allows you to build defenses to defend against enemy attacks, upgrade heroes and offenses for attack on others players or in campaign mode as well as build resource farming units to help build those resources. This game includes in-app purchases that will allow you to speed up the “real-time” aspect of the game so you don’t have to wait for hours upon hours for defenses to finish upgrading. That also means that those who spend the most money are going to be the players who are atop the leaderboard which sort of takes the fun away from the game knowing that the only reason you are losing is because the other player most likely spent more money. You don’t need to spend money to enjoy the game, but spending money will offer a much better experience.

The balance in the game seems to favor the offense, it almost feels as it doesn’t really matter how I set-up my defense because I am going to lose to an equally ranked player and vice versa when I am on offense. I am not sure if this is by design, or maybe I am just a really good offensive attacker in SW: Commander? I have yet to lose an attack, while I have defeated every base 100%, I have defeated every base the required 50% to get the victory and walk away with the looted resources from the attack.



SW: Commander is free to download. It is fun if you like the Clash of Clan style games but want to play with characters from Star Wars. It is worth the free download but I wouldn’t spend any money with in-app purchases because you will never make it to the top without spending hundreds of dollars trying to catch the leaders.

FEATURES

  • CHOOSE to fight for the Rebellion or the Empire
  • TRAIN your troops to charge into battle
  • BUILD units and vehicles with multiple upgrades
  • DEFEND your base against enemy forces
  • COMPLETE original story missions and gain additional rewards
  • LEVEL UP your heroes, troops, vehicles, and more
  • BATTLE on different worlds within the Star Wars™ universe
  • TEAM UP WITH FRIENDS and allies to form the ultimate squad


Download on Star Wars: Commander on Android; https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.lucasarts.starts_goo

Download on Star Wars Commander on iOS; https://geo.itunes.apple.com/us/app/star-wars-commander-worlds/id847985808?mt=8&at=10l5Ha

Cooler Master MasterCase 5 Pro

The MasterCase 5 Pro is a Free Form modular system that allows you to easily upgrade any hardware component inside your PC case. What Cooler Master defines as Free Form;

“Free Form enables you to vertically adjust or entirely remove drive cages via an intuitive clip-and-click panel, opening unparalleled flexibility to integrate replacement accessories like fans, water cooling reservoirs or even extra-long graphics cards.”

When choosing a case I wanted something that not only looked great but was also a beast in terms of being able to add more hardware to it as I built my gaming PC. Basically I wanted to future proof it in terms of having enough room on the inside for dual video cards, multiple hard-drives, water cooling options for when I overclock my machine, and something that was easy to manage. The MasterCase 5 Pro was that case! Look at the design of it, the black on it is sort of a matte black which gives it an even more bad ass look to it. The thing looks like the frigging Batmobile from the front:

The front


Installing peripherals like my SSD or my Bluray drive was simple, each component just snapped into place. For the SSD Cooler Master uses a “Slip-and-clip SSD pocket” that allows me to easily install my SSD below my motherboard which helped with cable management as well as allows me to hide my SSD for a cleaner looking setup inside the case. With the MasterCase Pro being modular that means I can mod the outside of the case as well, it seems like every single section of this case is removable. Cooler Master even has an online store where I can order additional parts for my case. This gives me the option to personalize in a way most other PC cases do not, as well as giving me that option to do so with ease.

Modular design


The MasterCase Pro is a mid-tower sized case so it's big in terms of size and weight. It being a mid-tower means it can support more peripherals such as up to three extra long video cards, you can fit up to five HDDs (3.5”), there are two front panel slots for a DVD/Bluray/CD drives, etc. Everything is a clip or a hand screw for this case, it supports up to a 240mm radiator for water cooling. Just take my word for it, this thing is a powerhouse and if you are looking for a beast of a case then this is it. I don’t have many complaints about the case, matter of fact I could only think of two.

One thing I have noticed is the power button is constantly being pressed on accident whenever I go to remove something from the front USB slot, or maybe I am just accidentally pressing it? I have noticed this happen also with the headphone/microphone jack on the front as well. I will remove something and next thing I know my PC is shutting down. I sort of wished they would have put the the power button and the restart switch in a different place on the front of the case. I believe what is happening is my thumb is using the front of the case as leverage for pulling out the USB device which is causing the power button to be pressed. This case just happens to have one of those USB slots that fits very tightly so when I do press the power button it is because I am doing so without thought. I go to wiggle the USB device / cable out of the slot and my thumb just lays on the button.

My gaming PC setup


The only other thing I didn’t like were the fans that it shipped with had very short power cables on them. While it wasn’t a huge issue because I had adapters that came with my power supply it would have been nice to not need them. I can’t complain because it did come with 3x 140mm fans which means I didn’t have to buy them. I plan on going with red LED fans in the future anyhow so these will most likely get replaced soon. The cable length is not a deal breaker just something that I thought I would mention.

Overall I am extremely happy with this purchase. As I get back into PC gaming more and more I am starting to get all sorts of crazy ideas about certain things that I want to add to my PC. I know with the MasterCase 5 Pro that I will have enough room to support almost everything that I want to add to my gaming rig. I have zero problems recommending this case to anyone who is in the market for one!

The Cooler Master MasterCase Pro 5 is available on Amazon for $130; http://amzn.to/1WJ0lCF
For more info, visit the Cooler Master website; http://www.coolermaster.com/case/mid-tower/mastercase5-series/

The new Survival Mode

An article on GameInformer has really got me thinking about Survival mode in Fallout 4 going forward. Todd Howard of Bethesda states;

We’re doing things like you can’t save, it only saves your game when you sleep. You can’t fast travel. There’re all of these diseases. We’re trying it all. It’s a different experience. We’re not trying to make it a ton harder. It’s harder because you’re doing more things. We want the combat to feel different, as opposed to just being a bullet sponge.

I can't imagine playing a massive open world game like Fallout 4 without using Fast Travel. I know there are a ton of players who play that way but I am speaking about myself. I do love to venture out in the Commonwealth and discover new places or stumble upon areas that I have yet to discover but if I have to walk across the Commonwealth just to find a bed to sleep in to save my game that changes the way I am going to look at Survival mode. I think it will also change the way I play in terms of actually doing some of quest that Preston Garvey gives me where I can actually build a new settlement vs. now where I more or less ignore anything from Preston.

The more I think about it the more I think these changes are a good idea to make the game more challenging. I recently started a Survival mode character on PC to see how I liked it, it is definitely much more difficult when starting out. My guns seemed way under powered compared to what I was used to in Normal mode, which makes sense as it is supposed to be much harder.

Are you playing Survival mode? Are you excited for the changes to Survival mode if so?


EVGA SuperNOVA 1000 G1 80+ GOLD



When building my gaming PC I wanted to make sure I had enough power to support the system for the next couple of years as I assume I will only add more hardware to the system of the course of time. I almost went with a 750w PSU but I asked a couple of fellow internet buddies their thoughts on a power supply and they told me to go for more power to future proof it. I decided on the EVGA SuperNOVA 1000 G1 which is a 80+ GOLD certified PSU. My thinking is a year from now my GTX 970 video card will be “dated” and I might not be able to run new games on ultra unless I add a second video card and run them in SLI. If I do that I would need to make sure I have a power supply that could power both cards plus all my other hardware as well.

The EVGA SuperNOVA 750 G1 was $80 and I paid $147 for the SuperNova 1000 so it was a bit more expensive but in the long run I think I made the correct decision. I chose the the EVGA PSU because I have always had a great experience with anything from EVGA plus they offer a 5-year warranty and EVGA has top notched customer support!
Here are some of the specs I talked about in the video as well as few more that you might find helpful;


Cable Length

  • ATX CABLE 1x 600mm (m)
  • EPS CABLE 2x 600mm (m)
  • PCIE CABLE 2x 600mm, 4x 600mm (m)
  • SATA CABLE 3x 550mm, 650mm, 750mm (m)
  • FOUR-PIN PERIPHERAL CABLE 2x 550mm, 650mm, 750mm (m)
  • FLOPPY ADAPTER 1x 100mm (m)
  • AC POWER 1x 1500mm (m)

Connector Quantity

  • 24 Pin ATX 1x
  • EPS (CPU) 2x 8pin (4+4)
  • PCIE 4x 8pin (6+2), 2x 6pin
  • SATA 9x
  • Four-Pin Peripheral 6x
  • Floppy 2x

Additional Details

  • Operating Temperature 0° to 50° C
  • MTBF 100,000 Hours
  • Net Weight 8 lbs
  • Size 85mm (H) x 150mm (W) x 200mm (L)
  • Fan Size / Bearing 135mm Double Ball Bearing

If you are looking for a beastly power supply for your gaming PC then checkout the EVGA SuperNova 1000 G1, you can grab it on Amazon for $144; http://amzn.to/1QVoNwr.

For more info about the EVGA SuperNova 1000 G1, check the EVGA website; http://goo.gl/hWFwBq.

PhotoFast and i-FlashDrive One

PhotoFast CR-8800

PhotoFast has two aspects to a single product. The first aspect is the iOS card reader / Lightning port dongle (CR–8800) that you plug into your iPhone that allows you to backup your data externally. The Lightning port dongle will work on all modern iOS devices (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch) that have a Lightning port. The second aspect is the PhotoFast iOS application that you will need to download onto your iOS device so that you can manage the data that goes from your iOS device to your PhotoFast dongle. The first time you plug the PhotoFast dongle into your iOS device you will be prompted to download the companion application to your iOS device. The CR–8800 retails for $39.99.


PhotoFast makes it easy to back up my images and videos from my iOS device to an external device without the need for cloud services, which can be expensive if you have to pay for them every month. I am just being honest here, iCloud only offers 5GB of free storage so in reality you will need to pay if you want to backup all of your content to iCloud. There are other options for photos and videos you could choose such as Google Photos and Flickr that will automatically backup your content for you, those services offer a higher storage capacity with their free accounts. Even if you do pay for iCloud, like I do, sometimes uploading may not be an option since your iPhone only backs-up to iCloud via WiFi while the iPhone/iPad is charging. Maybe you don’t have a WiFi connection? Maybe you have images that you don’t want to upload to iCloud or any cloud storage service for that matter. PhotoFast allows you to keep your data/content/images whatever locally on an external device that you can easily share to other iOS devices or any device for that matter. Any device that you can connect to with either a microSD card or some sort of an adapter, such as an Android phone/tablet or a laptop for example.

If you have an Android device with an available microSD card slot you can use the microSD card that comes with the PhotoFast dongle and easily transfer content from iOS to Android or vice versa. I have a Nexus 5X which doesn’t have a microSD slot available but I do have a GoPro that does and if I want to transfer 4K video from my GoPro to my iPhone or iPad then I now have an easy way to do so without the need for my desktop computer or my laptop! The PhotoFast dongle saves me time and also allows me to quickly transfer data to my iPhone.

I have also found another useful way to use the PhotoFast dongle with my PlayStation 4, but to do this I also have to use my USB microSD card adapter. Luckily I already had the USB microSD card adapter that I use with my GoPro. I share a ton of videos/photos to services like Vine, Instagram, Tumblr and YouTube. A lot of those videos and images are footage from gameplay from my PS4. Using the PhotoFast dongle not only saves me two steps with getting content from my PS4 to my iOS device, it also saves me time! This one of the biggest uses of PhotoFast for me, as I am constantly transferring both screenshots and videos from my PS4 to my iPad for sharing. While there are still hoops that I need to jump through to accomplish what I am trying to accomplish, PhotoFast does help remove a couple of those hoops!

About the PhotoFast dongle itself, it is super fast when transferring images and video from your camera roll to the PhotoFast dongle. I easily transferred 17 photos and 3 video files from my iPhone to the PhotoFast dongle in under 10 seconds. Obviously the results will vary depending on the video file sizes or the image file sizes. Some photos will be larger if they are panoramas, and they might be smaller if they are square photos. I personally didn’t see much of a difference in transfer speeds when testing to see how long it took to move content from my phone to the PhotoFast dongle. The dongle is small, light, easily fits in your pocket but just be careful you don’t lose it because it is tiny! There is a small hole in the dongle that will allow you to attach some sort of keychain type device to put on your keychain, sadly I didn’t see one included with the PhotoFast dongle I received, but  you can find those on Amazon (http://amzn.to/1T7zNLF) or eBay.

i-FlashDrive One


The i-FlashDrive One is the companion app that you will need to download onto your iOS device that will work in conjunction with the PhotoFast CR–8800 dongle. This is the application that will allow you to manage what data gets transferred to and from the device to your iPhone or just allow you to back up data stored on your iOS device. All your images and data will reside inside the application but you can easily export that data to either the iOS device itself or to other services such as Google Drive or Instagram, depending on what type of data you are transferring and where you need it to go.


The i-FlashDrive One supports numerous file types for audio, video, and still images. For audio you can upload audio such as an MP3, AAC, AIF, WAV, M4A and CAF. You can then use the One app to play that audio stored in the application which will help alleviate data you actually need stored on your iPhone or iPad, freeing up internal storage on your device.

For video the One application supports the following video file formats; MP4, MOV, M4V (without DRM), MKV, AVI, FLV, RM, RMVB, WMV, VOB, 3GP. As you can tell most of popular video file formats are supported, this is also a great way to upload a movie to the external microSD card and watch it on your iOS device without having to use up precious internal storage space on your iOS device.

Think about a long flight cross-country, you could load up a couple of movies and then watch them on your iPad without having to manage the storage on your iPhone or iPad to make room for the movies on the iOS device. The One application supports the following image formats; JPG, PNG, BMP, GIF, TIF, TIFF, ICO, XBM, CUR. Again with images you have most of the popular image formats that most people use on a day to day basis. It would have been nice to see .PSD file format supported but there is a work around for that, you can put all your .PSD files in a zip folder then upload it to the One application, unzip the folder then open the contents in your Adobe Photoshop app, Pixelmator or whatever app supports the .PSD format.

Other features of the One application include the ability to password protect your data within the application, you can also set up passcode protection on the microSD card within the One application. If using a passcode is not your thing then you can also use the Fingerprint scanner on your iPhone or iPad and protect your data as well. You can create .zip files, text files, backup your contacts or calendars, create voice recordings, and so much more. You can also backup social media accounts such as YouTube, Vimeo, Instagram, Flickr, Facebook. Which is really useful if you want to easily download previously uploaded videos of photos to a social media service but do not have them locally on your device.

The One application also supports AirPlay which means you can AirPlay videos or music from the PhotoFast dongle within the One application to an Apple TV or any device that supports AirPlay. The feature set for the One application is rich, it is a one stop shop for all your iOS data backup needs.

The PhotoFast dongle and the One app are a powerful combination that will allow you to manage your iOS devices in a way that Apple does not. Combined they give the consumer a choice as to how they want to manage their own personal data without the need for an outside third-party or a cloud service. I highly recommend both!

You can purchase the PhotoFast CR-8800 for only $39.99 on the PhotoFast web store; http://shop.photofast.com/ .

The One application is a free download for both iOS and Android, you can download the One application here; Download the PhotoFast App, i-FlashDrive One for iOS; https://geo.itunes.apple.com/us/app/i-flashdrive-one/id912314964?mt=8&at=10l5Ha 

Download -FlashDrive One for Android; https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=tw.com.photofast.IFlashDrive_ONE_Android&hl=en 

For more information about PhotoFast you can visit the PhotoFast website; http://www.photofast.com/

Fallout Cast - Episode 1



Topics -
DLC - Season Pass info
How we became Fallout fan-boys
Tip of the week; Parson’s State Insane Asylum / Cabot House Quest

Links to topics we discussed Season Pass info; https://bethesda.net/#en/events/game/fallout–4-add-ons-automatron-wasteland-workshop-far-harbor-and-more/2016/02/16/77

MrMattyPlays Video; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=102–zJQ29Y

Fallout 4 Opening Weeks Sales Figures ($750 million); http://fortune.com/2015/11/16/fallout4-is-quiet-best-seller/

Subscribe to Jackson on Social Media -
YouTube;https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxUZfzJqQZs4YBOvCJWmlaA
Facebook;https://www.facebook.com/Falloutnewspage/

Follow Christopher on Twitter @iCrizzo

Fallout Cast Tumblr blog; falloutcast.com

Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO



Buy On Amazon ($29.90); http://amzn.to/1oBimZa

CPU Socket
Intel Socket:
LGA 2011-3* / 2011* / 1366 / 1156 / 1155 / 1151 / 1150 / 775

AMD Socket:
FM2+ / FM2 / FM1 / AM3+ / AM3 / AM2+ / AM2

CPU Support
Intel:
Core™ i7 Extreme / Core™ i7 / Core™ i5 / Core™ i3 / Core™2 Extreme / Core™2 Quad / Core™2 Duo / Pentium / Celeron

AMD:
FX-Series / A-Series / Phenom™ II X4 / Phenom™ II X3 / Phenom™ II X2 / Phenom™ X4 / Phenom™ X3 / Athlon™ II X4 / Athlon™ II X3 / Athlon™ II X2 / Athlon™ X2 / Athlon™ / Sempron™

Full specs; http://goo.gl/oblOzg

Running the fan at just above 50% you can see the CPU temp is only 82°.

Razer Mamba TE vs Naga Epic Chroma

I recently got back into PC gaming on Windows, which means I have been playing Battlefield 3 and 4 again since those games wouldn’t run on my iMac natively. This is a not a Windows vs. OS X post but I just wanted to mention that on my iMac I was more or less limited to Diablo 3 and StarCraft II as far as what games I enjoy playing. For those two games the Naga Epic Chroma worked wonderfully, matter of fact I am still using the Naga Epic Chroma on my iMac as I type this. I was also using the Naga Epic on my gaming PC for the last week but I realized that I didn’t like it as much for fast-paced FPS games like Battlefield and Team Fortress 2, among others. I know the Naga Epic is marketed for MMORPG style games and for those style games I would highly recommend it. For FPS games I personally feel it is just has way too many buttons to be useful. I found myself constantly pressing the wrong hotkey button when gaming in intense situations where I needed speed to either switch to a secondary weapon, pull a knife, or throw a grenade, or whatever I needed to do. My reaction time felt slower as I was feeling for the correct button and continually would press the wrong hotkey button which resulted in an in-game death.

Razer - Mamba TE - Naga Epic Chroma


I knew I was going to buy another Razer mouse as I personally like Razer as a brand, I own two of their keyboards and now I own three of their gaming mice. I decided on the Razer Mamba TE for my PC gaming needs. The Mamba is a traditional gaming mouse with two hotkey buttons on the side, the scroll wheel which also doubles as a third hotkey button, then the obvious right-click and left-click buttons. The Mamba also has two more buttons on the top of the mouse that you can use to adjust the DPI (dots per inch) of the mouse. The Mamba has 16,000 DPI which is just under double of what the Naga Epic (8,200 DPI) offers. Of course you can map those two buttons or any of the buttons for that matter to perform other functions as you see fit. The two hotkey buttons on the Mamba just feel more natural as my thumb is placed over top hotkey button naturally. It is also much easier to tap the lower hotkey button as I can slide my thumb down to easily press the second button which makes a huge difference in fast paced FPS games.

The Mamba TE with the TE standing for Tournament Edition is a wired mouse. There is a non-TE version of the Mamba which is wireless but could also be used as a wired mouse if you wanted it to. The Naga Epic is similar to the non-TE Mamba mouse, in which it can be used either wirelessly or wired depending on your needs. I personally prefer a wired mouse for gaming because nothing sucks worse than having your mouse start to lose connectivity because of a dying battery! I will say that for most PC games I play that are either single-player or campaign style, like Fallout 4 or Witcher 3, not having a wire get in the way is nice! The Naga Epic comes with a nice charing dock that allows you to easily charge your mouse at night when you are not pulling all nighters in Skyrim or whatever game you play.

Let me talk about the lights on both mice. If I were to choose between the two mice based on which one had the better lighting effects then the Mamba would win this battle hands down. On the Mamba the Razer logo lights up, the sides of the mouse lights up, and the scroll wheel lights up. On the Naga Epic only the scroll wheel lights up and the hotkey number pad on the side lights up. When I adjust lights on both mice in the Razer Synapse app the Mamba just has more options to choose from.

Naga Epic Lighting Effects
Static
Spectrum Cycling
Off

Mamba Lighting Effects
Breathing
Reactive
Wave
Spectrum Cycling
Static
None

The Mamba also has the Chroma Configurator which I find hilarously funny since the Naga Epic is called the Naga Epic Chroma but can’t use the Chroma Configurator but the Mamba, not called Chroma, can use it. Anyhow the Chroma Configurator allows you to set-up the lighting effects on your mouse to completely customize your mouse lights to whatever fits your style. You can adjust seven different sections on each side (or strip) of the Mamba mouse as well as the logo and the scroll wheel effects. You can adjust things such as the speed, direction of the light flow, pattern, color, width, and effects layer. While you can customize the lights to whatever fits your individual style I personally feel the Mamba allows you to make it more personal because of the many more lighting options to choose from. Both look great lit up on top of your desk though so whichever mouse you choose will look fantastically colorful!

Mamba TE


One area where I feel the Naga Epic is better than the Mamba is in the weight department. The Mamba is super light in the hand, that isn’t a bad thing it is just I prefer a meatier mouse when gaming. The official weights for each are as follows:
  • Naga Epic - 150g
  • Mamba - 133g
While that doesn’t seem like much of a difference on paper, in the hand is another story. You can feel the lightness of the Mamba, it feels almost like I am only gliding my hand around on the top of my desk. This is all preference based, I am sure there are plenty of people who prefer a lighter mouse and most hardcore gamers probably do as well. My all-time favorite mouse was the Logitech G5, it was very light but it came with a weight system that allowed you to adjust the feel of the mouse. I loaded up the tiny tray on the bottom of the G5 mouse with all the weights it could hold, I sort of wished the Mamba had something similar. I haven’t noticed the lightness of the Mamba affecting my gameplay whatsoever, it is just something I notice when going from the Naga Epic to the Mamba.

Logitech G5
Other than the few items I outlined above the rest of the specs are on par with one another. The cable length of both mice is 7 feet long, both mice can be adjusted using the Razer Synapse software. Both mice work on either Windows or OS X, I assume any other OS as well although the Synapse software is not available for anything other than Windows or OS X. Both mice feel great in the hand, the curvature of the mouse feels very comfortable and my hands never feel sore after extended usage. There are over 16 million color combos for both mice, while the Mamba has more lighting options but both mice support the same color spectrum. I think the Mamba is a tad shorter in terms of height, the Mamba also feels longer in the hand. The Naga Epic feels more stocky

Nage Epic Chroma


Both mice are excellent products and I would have zero problem recommending either of them. Matter of fact I highly recommend both mice, depending on your needs I don’t think you can go wrong with either device. If you look at the customer ratings in places like Best Buy, Amazon, and eBay you will see that both have great ratings with very few negative comments. If you are looking for a gaming mouse to play a wide variety of games such as MMO, RPG, FPS, etc., then I would recommend the Naga Epic as I feel it is the better choice if you play different genre of PC games. If you are strictly FPS or even third-person action games then the Mamba would be my recommendation. If you are not a gamer but just want a mouse that is colorful and looks great on the desk then I would also recommend the Mamba.

Mamba Specs
* 16,000 DPI 5G laser sensor
* Up to 210 inches per second / 50 G acceleration
* 1,000 Hz Ultrapolling / 1 ms response time
* On-The-Fly Sensitivity Adjustment
* Ergonomic right-handed design with textured rubber side grips
* Chroma lighting with true 16.8 million customizable color options
* Inter-device color synchronization
* Nine independently programmable buttons with tilt-click scroll wheel
* Razer Synapse enabled
* 2.1 m / 7 ft braided fiber USB cable
* Approximate size: 128 mm / 5 in (Length) x 70 mm / 2.76 in (Width) x 42.5 mm / 1.67 in (Height)
* Approximate weight: 133 g / 0.29 lbs (with cable)


Nage Epic Chroma Specs
* 19 MMO optimized programmable buttons
* 12-button mechanical thumb grid
* Tilt-click scroll wheel
* 8200dpi 4G laser sensor
* Wireless gaming-grade technology
* Charging dock
* Chroma lighting with 16.8 million customizable color options
* Razer Synapse enabled
* 1000Hz Ultrapolling
* Up to 200 inches per second/50g acceleration
* Zero-acoustic Ultraslick mouse feet
* 7 foot/2.1m braided fiber USB charging cable
* Approximate size:
* Length: 119mm/4.68”
* Width: 75mm/2.95”
* Height: 43mm/1.69”
* Approximate weight: 150g/0.33lbs
* Battery life: Approximately 20hrs (continuous gaming)
* The life expectancy of this battery depends upon its usage

You can buy both Razer mice on Amazon;
Mamba TE - http://amzn.to/1QoyLpt
Naga Epic Choma - http://amzn.to/1Vq8H1C

More info;
Mamba TE - http://www.razerzone.com/gaming-mice/razer-mamba-tournament-edition
Naga Epic Chroma - http://www.razerzone.com/gaming-mice/razer-naga-epic-chroma

EVGA GeForce GTX 970 SSC



When building my custom built gaming PC I decided I wanted an upper tier video but an upper tier video that didn’t break the bank. I also wanted something that I knew could run Fallout 4 on ultra settings but could also run any new PC game I purchased in the next year or maybe even the next two years on ultra settings. After much debate and some research online about different video cards to choose from I ended up going with the EVGA GeForce GTX 970 for my system.

Overall I am extremely happy with this video card, every game I booted up on it runs on ultra/high settings. Those games include; Fallout 4, Battlefield 4, Battlefield 3, Diablo III, StarCraft II, Rise of the Tomb Raider, and Skyrim. I know some of those games like BF3 and Skyrim are older but they are still graphic intensive, the GTX 970 SSC handles them all like a beast. I never drop any frames during gameplay, even in games like Battlefield 4 where you have crowded fight scenes with 64-players all going crazy in one small area such as in a map like Metro, the game runs smooth with zero lag.

If you are looking for a powerful, high end video card but one that doesn’t cost a fortune then check out the GTX 970 SSC. I think you will be extremely happy with your purchase! While there might be cheaper video cards that can run the above mentioned games on ultra settings, those cards might not be able to run a game that comes out 10 months from now on ultra. I have zero doubt in my mind that the 970 SSC will be able to handle anything that comes out for the foreseeable future. If something does come out that it can’t handle on ultra, the 970 SSC is both 2-way and 3-way SLI ready so I could purchase another 970 SSC and run them in SLI. Which the 970 SSC would be cheaper then and it would tackle that issue like a beast. I also want to mention that I am not running in 4K, I am running in 1080P as that is what my monitor supports. Also keep in mind that every system is different and results may vary, I am only giving my opinion on my setup using this graphics card.

SPECIFICATIONS

  • Base Clock: 1190 MHZ
  • Boost Clock: 1342 MHz
  • Memory Clock: 7010 MHz Effective
  • CUDA Cores: 1664
  • Bus Type: PCI-E 3.0
  • Memory Detail: 4096MB GDDR5
  • Memory Bit Width: 256 Bit
  • Memory Speed: 0.28ns
  • Memory Bandwidth: 224.3 GB/s
  • LED Logo: N/A

EVGA GeForce GTX 970 SSC is available on Amazon for $330; http://amzn.to/1o6i7nT

Full Spec sheet on the EVGA website http://goo.gl/iN3C0p.

Samsung 850 EVO 500gb SSD



This thing is thin, light, and super fast! While the 850 EVO is not a good as the PRO version, which contains higher endurance MLC NAND instead of TLC NAND. It will still give you a great bang for you buck. The Samsung PRO cost considerably more than Samsung EVO but Samsung makes great  SSD so in the long run it will be money well spent!

Specs:

  • Capacity: 500GB
  • Form Factor: 2.5 inch
  • Interface: SATA 6Gb/s (Compatible with SATA 3Gb/s & SATA 1.5Gb/s)
  • NAND Flash: 32 Layer 3D V-NAND
  • Thickness: 7.0 mm
  • Optimized performance for everyday computing needs
  • Sequential read speed 540 MB/s; Sequential write speed 520 MB/s; Random read speed 100K; Random write speed 90K
  • Energy efficient - improves battery life by up to 50 minutes vs. hard disk drives
  • Worry-free data security with AES 256-bit, TCG/Opal v.2 and Microsoft eDrive full-disk encryption
  • Backed by a five-year limited warranty
  • Cable, screws, and bracket sold separately
  • Software Compatibility: Windows 8 (32-bit and 64-bit), Windows 7 (32-bit and 64-bit), Vista (SP1 and above), XP (SP2 and above), Windows Server 2008 (32-bit and 64-bit), Windows Server 2003 (32-bit and 64-bit with SP2 and above


As you can see by the Amazon ratings it is an excellent, highly rated SSD


You can grab this on Amazon for $150.00; http://amzn.to/1P8sbGl

Supremery PS4 Controller Smartphone Mount



You can purchase the Supremery PS4 Smartphone Mount on Amazon for $19.95; http://amzn.to/1P4CtF6

This is the perfect solution I was looking for to connect my iPhone to my PS4 controller for easy access to the companion apps so many games come with nowadays. This is also handy if you want to stream videos while you game, maybe a baseball or basketball game while you play Witcher 3. If you buy this just be careful when removing it, the plastic that snaps together is really thin. I would recommend putting it on a second controller so you don't have to keep taking it on and off, unless you don't mind leaving it on your main controller. It doesn't get in the way either way, I just prefer a controller without the mount on it when I am not using the mount.