SteelSeries Siberia v2 Headset

It wasn’t long after I bought my gaming mouse that I bought a gaming headset. What do you know? I’ve suddenly become a gullible butthole!

As much as I hate to admit it, it was this Justin Bieber parody that put me on to the SteelSeries Siberia headset. In the YouTube comments someone was like “DUDE WHAT HEADPHONES IS HE WEARING” and someone else was like “steelseries siberia bro” and I looked at them and I was like “dang those are pretty baller!” (because, like I said, I’m a butthole now.)

Aesthetics mean a lot to me, because after all the audiophiles everywhere were like “Don’t get a gaming headset, it’s a waste of money, get some good Sennheisers and a clip-on microphone!” I just brushed these people off (the people that own $2000 headphones made of exotic wood to authentically recreate the soundstage of London’s Royal Albert Hall, and $2000 amps, pffft, what the heck do they know) and bought me some freakin’ SteelSeries Siberia v2’s.

Well, believe you me, when you go from a pair of 15 dollar speakers on sticks with foam glued to the edges, the Siberias are heavenly, but there’s always a downside in that apparently my head is ginormous, or my ears are freakishly low on my head, because this headset barely fits. I stretch the thing to its limits.

But now whenever I see someone wearing a pair of SteelSeries Siberias and the headband has a lot of slack, I know “That dude has a tiny head.”

Oh yeah, they sound pretty good too.

Razer Deathadder – Will It Up Your Game?

You want the short answer?

Too bad.

The Razer Deathadder is an ergonomic gaming mouse, molded for the right hand, but a left handed model is available. It uses an advanced infrared sensor capable of 3500 dpi sensitivity, but let’s be serious… Are you really freakish enough to use movements that small in your FPS escapades?

Well, let’s look at it this way. Before, I was using a Microsoft Wheel Mouse Optical. Yes, one of those, and I had no problem with it. I’ve played Unreal Tournament, Urban Terror, Starcraft, Starcraft II, and plenty of others with this mouse.

But when, after several years the left button stopped clicking reliably, I was looking at mice – planning to replace it with the exact one I had been using – and I started hearing about gaming mice, mostly the Logitech MX518. However, Logitech just sounds… icky. I’ve used a couple of Logitech products in the past and never liked them, plus their gaming mice just look… cheap somehow.

Enter Razer. Of course Razer has been the name in gaming mice since the Boomslang came out in ’98, but I always looked down on them as silly junk peddled to gullible gamers. Somehow, though, I became too intrigued for my own good and started looking seriously at their products until finally I purchased the Deathadder. I figured I didn’t mind spending the money on a mouse that was obviously of high quality and would likely last me a few years, so I went for it.

I had heard that the Deathadder was pretty big, but the first thing I noticed when I unboxed it and plugged it in was… it’s pretty big. I was accustomed to what Razer refers to as the “claw grip” and the “fingertip grip” due to the size of the Microsoft mouse, but the Deathadder just naturally fills my entire hand. It took me a day or two, and lots of fiddling with sensitivity settings, but I’ve come to the conclusion that I really like it. I currently have it set at 1800 dpi with sensitivity set to 6.5, which I assume means it’s functioning at roughly 1170 dpi. So I’m certainly not taking advantage of the power of this fully operational battle station, but I am really enjoying the slightly increased sensitivity, the comfort of the mouse, and definitely the smoothness of its movement. (The Teflon feet on the mouse have it gliding across my bare desk – no mousepad – smooth as butter.)

So will it up your game? Maybe, maybe not. Will it be more comfortable? Well, that’s personal preference, but to me, most definitely!

Monster Heatsink from Hell

I was looking up CPUs the other day (still haven’t decided exactly what hardware I’ll be using for my upcoming computer build) and found this picture on a post from Tom’s Hardware:

Giant CPU Heatsink from Hell

It's too big, Gus! (Click for full size)

Apparently they had used this heatsink, a Scythe Mugen-2 Revision B, to overclock an Intel Core i3-530 to roughly 4.3 GHz from its out-of-box clock speed of 2.93 GHz. Calling that “pretty impressive” would be a considerable understatement.

Unfortunately for me, this seems to have given me the idea that I could back off from the Core i5-661 (3.33 GHz) that I was planning on buying, to the considerably cheaper Core i3-530… and overclock it. You’ll notice the ellipsis. That’s because I’ve never overclocked anything, and in fact, have been kind of an opponent of overclocking most of my life. However, the ease with which this Core i3 seems to be overclockable, as well as the fact that I’m planning on using the ASRock H55M Pro motherboard (chosen because it’s slightly less expensive than, as well as reviewed better than the closest equivalent Intel board, and the added benefit of a second PCI Express x16 slot) which apparently has excellent overclocking options from the BIOS, means the temptation to overclock is higher than I’ve ever felt before.

All I can say now, though, is… we’ll see.

Obsolete Upgrades

Today, I bit the bullet and purchased a new video card from Tiger Direct to replace my aging Foxconn GeForce 8800 GTS–the old model with the G80 architecture and 320 MB of video RAM that I bought for way too much money about two weeks before the cheaper and slightly better-performing 8800 GT was released. My disappointment was palpable, like many things are.

However, the GeForce has served me well and I’ve gotten nearly two and a half years of bang out of my buck. Of course, it would go even further if I wasn’t greedy and didn’t want to run Starcraft 2 at 1080P on full settings on a 47 inch LCD… but I digress.

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