Here are some of the hardware accessories that our staff use and recommend, in no particular order:
Sabrent USB-DSC9 USB 3.0 SATA/IDE Hard Drive Adapter
If you have ever needed to perform data recovery or transfer files from an old hard drive, or just need the portability of a so-called "swiss army knife" hard drive adapter, then this USB 3.0 kit from Sabrent is a great choice. It has proven very reliable in mounting drives of every description, and offers very fast transfer speeds. The best part? It is less than $25 and comes with everything you need in the box.
Lexar JumpDrive P20 USB 3.0 Flash Drives
Frequent visitors will recognize the next selection, which was the subject of a mini-review recently. The Lexar P20 USB flash drives offer very fast transfer speeds (up to 400 MB/s reads on all sizes and 270 MB/s writes on the largest capacity), and are priced aggressively. What's not to like?
Logitech G900 Wireless Gaming Mouse
Mice, much like keyboards, are a very personal choice. One man's garbage is another man's preferred cursor movement device. I think that's how the saying went… In any event, I have spent a lot of time with the G900 wireless mouse from Logitech and now find it to be far and away the best to date. It works in both wired and wireless modes and remains usable while charging through a standard micro USB cable. It's fast, accurate, portable, but pretty pricing. Probably second on my list would be Logitech's G502 – so keep that in mind if you need a lower cost option.
CyberPower UPS 1500VA 900W
You don't think you need a battery backup until you do, as much like a security system, hindsight is 20/20. I bought a handful of these CybePower 1500VA units back in December and they have been running 24/7 since they arrived keep our workstations, test benches, and even our networking gear up and operation through brownouts and momentary power outages.
Netgear GS108 8-Port Gigabit Switch
Everyone knows the saying on the inside: switches get stitches. And in our case, having an extra Gigabit ready switch on hand has helped out on many occasions, allowing us to expand our network on the fly without sacrificing speed. This unmanaged switch actually includes lifetime next business day replacement so for under $40, it's hard to go wrong!
Logitech G533 7.1 Channel Wireless Gaming Headset
With 7.1-channel sound more affordable than ever thanks to technologies from Dolby and DTS using just two drivers, there are many low-cost surround gaming headsets on the market. Of these we've been impressed with the sound quality from the latest Logitech models, specifically the new wireless G533 headphones and the budget-friendly Prodigy G231 (currently $63 on Amazon). In addition to great sound the G533 also provided excellent wireless range and long battery life, making it an ideal choice for longer gaming sessions without wires.
Logitech HD Pro Webcam C920
The C920 has come down in price with the introduction of the C922, and it is still one of the best webcams on the market, long used by the PC Perspective remote team for our weekly podcast. Image quality is excellent with plenty of software adjustment options, and it supports high quality 1080p Skype streams as well.
not really exactly a buyers
not really exactly a buyers guide, as there’s not a lot of particular recommendations. I was hoping for more of a refresh of the Hardware Leaderboard…
This is not a guide, it’s an
This is not a guide, it’s an ad and WTF look at those drop down menu selections for Baby products.
LOL the embeds are context
LOL the embeds are context based from Amazon. That means it REALLY things you need some baby products. 🙂
Maybe, but promotional
Maybe, but promotional materal is creeping fruther into PCPer’s content instead of being tastefully off to the side. Ad Blockers that where mostly not needed at PCPer are now required to restore some form of non disruptive viewing of content.
Those pushed ads are pushing out scripts that interfere with the UI and only annoy. It’s not going to help if with any revenue shortfalls and juts creates more reasons to enable the ad blockers. More intrusive ads mean more ad blockers resulting in more ads pushed into readers faces that do not normally use ad blockers.
Hey there are drop down Amazon options for pet supplies and these wall of ads articles certianly qualify as dogfood.
i’m sure they’ll do an update
i’m sure they’ll do an update after Tuesdays processor releases and any resulting Intel price cuts..
Mini Price war Ryzen 7 1700
Mini Price war Ryzen 7 1700 against the 7700k, just watch out for those games that may like more than 4 CPU cores. Gamers that like to stream may want to look at more than 4 cores. I’ll take the 8 core 1700 and overclock, but even if I don’t as long as the framrates are mostly in the bounds low to high I’ll always take more cores over less cores. That price per core metric will be AMD’s winning metric! Look the R7 1700 $319.99/8 = around $40 per core, and the 7700K at 313.89/8 = around $78 per core.
And both the DX12 and Vulkan API’s are taking more of the stress off of the CPU, Intel’s or AMD’s CPUs. So I’ll take those extra cores and threads(8 core 16 threads) on the Ryzen 7 1700. And the latest AMD Generic Encapsulated Software Architecture (AGESA) update has fixed a lot of the gaming regressions with SMT enabled. The next AGESA updates from AMD will be targeting memory clocks/memory overclocking.
My head hurt when I see a
My head hurt when I see a gaming web site recommends a four core CPU in 2017.
If you only play games on your PC, then an i7-7700K at 5 GHz may be okay. But this CPU runs hot and at 4K may not provide good frame rates in all games. In two years, 4K gaming will be common.
On the other hand, AMD R7 1700 has 8 real cores. The gamer will enjoy smoother game play and an excellent multi-threaded performance.
By the way, AMD R7 1700 is cheaper than Intel core i7-7700K processor.
7700K is likely the last 4
7700K is likely the last 4 core CPU you will ever buy assuming you dont upgrade every year. Might as well skip it.
If you are upgrading, why
If you are upgrading, why would you buy anything on this list instead of just holding out for those Ryzen 5 CPU tests?
Even AMD says wait for the performance to be revealed.
If you are buying new, why not look at the MacBook that has some battery life for your portable programming? oh you are gaming? then buy a ps4? already have one of those sit back and make fun of these AMD fanboys
7700K does hold an advantage
7700K does hold an advantage today in games. Even after latest Ryzen optimizations. But it is a choice that limits the owner to 8 threads max, and only 4 real cores. If he ever needs more processing power, he will be forced to change the whole platform.
Instead of 960evo. I think
Instead of 960evo. I think that a 950Pro, corsair mp500 or an OCZ RD400 are much better choices in terms of quality. MLC and not 960s TLC memory, that is 3x endurance. Also they can sustain the advertise speeds forever in contrary with the 960evo that the speeds advertised are applicable only as long as the cache is enough, after that you get sata ssd speeds. There is a very in depth review on this matter on this site.
No keyboard recommendation?
No keyboard recommendation?
Logitech G502 is the worst
Logitech G502 is the worst piece of garbage mouse I have ever bought. It stops responding every 5 minutes.
Don’t buy it unless you want to destroy it in a fit of rage!!!
Mine doesn’t have that sort
Mine doesn’t have that sort of problems, but the scroll wheel sensor and click failed me and had to send it to them twice now. Would not recommend aswell.