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ASRock Z97 OC Formula LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

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5 out of 5 eggsJust Plain Awesome

Pros: These Gaming/Over Clocking motherboards just keep leap frogging tech year after year. I received this as a gift, I do not posses a fancy new I7 CPU and I only have a G3420 plain Jane chip. I can only use it as standard PC. The setup on this is fast and easy. As I am sure read other reviews, it is rich with features. The BIOS is outstanding, Your mouse works in it and it has a interactive picture of the board to find out what is what. I guess when you build a really New board you have to change up how things are done. ASRock changed it up for the good. It took me a little getting used to the BIOS at first After a few restarts and some SATA changes I was running. Win7 64Pro was backed up prior to the install and only took a few minutes to get up to speed. I am going to have to get some more drives to test out the RAID array, but this board will keep you occupied. Over all a great board with a ton features.

Cons: No cons what so ever.

Other Thoughts: This is packaged better then others too. The board is zip tied to a foam plate, and tucked in a static proof bag. The install disk and booklets come in a felt bag like Crown Royal, nice touch.

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5 out of 5 eggsRock solid performer

Pros: While it seems to be aimed mostly at extreme overclockers, this motherboard's features and build quality should also appeal to enthusiast gamers or anyone who wants a powerful, stable platform that can extract every ounce of performance from their build. When I unboxed it, I was surprised at its weight. The heatsinks are massive, and other boards I own seem lightweight in comparison. It has top-notch components, with 12-phase CPU power and 4-phase memory power. Maybe overbuilt for regular use but I like overbuilt, well-designed products. It even has a waterproof coating ("Conformal Coating"); mostly for LN2 users and condensation issues I assume, but which could also protect the board -- if not your graphics card(s) -- against watercooling accidents.
Eight layer PCB and 4 x 2oz copper for better cooling and durability - Asrock doesn't make a big deal of it, but others tout their 2 x 2oz copper.

The UEFI is well laid out and intuitive. For the advanced user it has an amazingly detailed level of tweaks for CPU and memory voltage and timings (etc.), most of which, especially the latter, are more than I can use.

It's not all about extreme overclocking though.
Average skill enthusiasts can get great results with the higher lever menus in the UEFI, plus the Windows utilities provided by Asrock in their Formula Drive app under the OC Tweaker tab and (somewhat hidden) under the Operation Mode tab - you first select Performance Mode then click "Advanced". This gives access to the "EZ OC" menus and the Auto Tuning function. Both worked well for me, allowing a stable overclock of 4.5GHZ at 1.32 vCore (override voltage) with a Pentium G2358 and stock Intel cooler. I had no problem applying the XMP profile for 16GB (2x8GB) Corsair Dominator RAM at 2133MHz.
The UEFI is customizable to your preferences to some extent, plus it has the usual OC profile save/load options.

The CMOS reset button on the header panel is convenient, and the voltage check points ("V-probe") allow easy insertion of multi-meter probes without slipping.

PCIe on/off switches allow you to turn off one or all of your graphics cards in SLI or Crossfire without removing them, for debugging or short term testing.

The audio solution features TI NE5532 op-amps and Nichicon audio capacitors. I thought it sounded fuller and more detailed than my Asrock Z87 mini-itx mobo (despite similar specs). I'm not sure if it was quite as good as the Core3D audio on another board I own, but audio is always a subjective opinion. I used Sennheiser HD600 headphones for this test.

An "HDD Saver" utility lets you switch hard drives off in Windows to prolong their life, and/or conserve power.
A nice feature is the Thunderbolt AIC connector which allows you to install a Thunderbolt card. I'm not using it now, but the option is welcome.

I like that the onboard LEDs turn off after POST. An Asrock utility also allows you to turn off the front panel LEDs (power, HDD activity) for night time use.

Cons: The "Easy Driver Installer" and "Easy RAID Installer" UEFI functions both fail with the error message:
"No Driver Update Available (Error code 5)", even though there is an internet connection. Note: this happened before and after I obtained drivers and with or without a FAT32 USB drive connected. Then it hangs and I have to power down or reboot. Maybe their server is down? Even so, it should not just hang. I downloaded the Atheros driver on another PC and downloaded the others locally after I got the OS (Windows 7 x64 Pro) and Atheros driver installed.

I would expect the OC utilities to be grouped together, and better documented. Formula Drive is the main app I use, containing utilities like System Info, and OC Tweaker. Ideally, the latter should contain all the overclocking functionality, but some of it is buried under the Performance Mode tab as I mentioned above, and there is an entirely separate utility called Timing Configuration for memory tweaking (somewhat advanced) and yet another called Rapid OC Configuration which allows keyboard hotkey usage for basic CPU overclocking. This also activates the onboard OC (+,-) and Menu buttons, which apparently are not enabled by default. Frankly, I find these buttons to be anything but rapid if I need to ensure the supporting software is running, in which case I may as well just use the keyboard hotkeys or another utility. It could be that they are useful for competitive overclockers needing on-the-fly hardware tweaks, so although they don't add anything for me, they don't break anything either.

Changing RAM modules will require removing the graphics card in PCIe slot one, as the tabs are right against it. Single-tabbed slots, like most recent mobos have, would have been better.

HDD Saver only works in AHCI mode, not RAID.

I prefer an Intel NIC, but the provided Atheros is ok.

No onboard DVI port (cancelled out IMO by having no VGA port either).

Cosmetically, the gold heatsinks look fine to me, but I don't think the yellow PCIe x16 and RAM slots go well with them.

Other Thoughts: Other features I couldn't fit under Pros:
M2 SATA (6Gb/s) or PCIe x2 (10Gb/s) cards up to 11cm (Type 22110) are supported onboard between PCIe slots 1 and 2.
There is also a serial port header, should you need one, and a TPM header.

The Asrock Formula OC was designed by a leading overclocker (Nick Shih, hence the "Nick Shih" profiles in the UEFI) and has seen overclocks of over 7GHz by him and John Lam, who set a world record of 7181.23 MHz with this board.
I won't be using the onboard LN2 Mode switch, nor the Nick Shih profiles in the UEFI (some will, of course), but I was able to get a nice overclock on my Pentium G2358 with just the provided utilities.
My CPU temp peaked at 83C at 100% load under testing. Any reasonable aftermarket cooler would allow better cooling and potentially faster overclocks, but I was happy with a very stable 4.5GHz.

Conclusion: This board is extremely solid, with exceptional performance. It has more things than I need, but also lacks nothing. The "Cons" I listed are either minor nitpicks or things I easily worked around, not enough to dock an egg for.

This motherboard was provided to me by Newegg for the purposes of this review.

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5 out of 5 eggsWhat a beautiful looking Motherboard

Pros: I had many good first impressions when I got this Board...first, it looks so good! The black and yellowish gold color scheme is really clean looking and eye catching. There is even a custom signature on the MB that reads, designed by "Nick Shih" printed on it. The build quality is solid looking and solid feeling. The actual layout is much the same as my Gigabyte Z97 board, only this ASRock MB has more and clear markings printed on the board for the ports and headers etc.
The M.2 slot is a plus for those who want to give that a try, I do not have any use for a M.2 SSD because they are still too expensive, and really not much faster than the good old SATA 3 Intel SSD I use already. I mean a start up time of 11 to 14 seconds is fast enough for me, so why send a bunch of money for an M.2?
I do mild gaming, phot editing, and some video work, and have not messed around much with serious OC work, but what little I have done, this board is more then capable of overclocking your system. It's a stable, and great looking board for running Windows 7 and Windows 8, 8.1 etc.

Cons: No cons that I have found, it's a real nice board.

Other Thoughts: A friend of mine has been running his rig with an ASRock MB for the last couple years, and it has been advice is that if you are going to go with a Z97 board for gaming or video or photo work, then do not hesitate to get this board. It has good sound, good LAN interface, and it is so good looking!

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  • scott m.
  • 9/12/2014 4:13:50 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsAsrock z97 OC Formula

Pros: Looks Good!

Cons: Box was delivered with a dent on one corner... Newegg should really do a better job of carefully packaging there products... I'm on my 8th PC build so I'm no newbie. I've never had a board I couldn't even get into the Bios. CPU fan would turn and the bios would appear for 2 secs then black screen Error Code A6. Tried to get help on Asrock support forum to no avail. This is the 1st Asrock product I have purchased and depending how things go from here will be the determining factor if it will be the last. I will give the board a 2nd chance because chances are it was damaged due to the poor job Newegg did packaging the Motherboard. I will update my review after the RMA process is complete.

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  • Lyndon H.
  • 9/8/2014 5:35:25 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGood overclocker, stable, easy

Pros: Off and on, I've been a pretty serious CPU and GPU overclocker since 2000. This was probably the easiest motherboard and CPU installation I've used in an upgrade since I've been building computers - about 15 years. I've mellowed a bit in my overclocking forays from previous years, so the built-in overclocking profiles of this board appealed to me. I was not dissapointed! The computer fired up the first time I pressed the power button after assembly. After a few BIOS tweaks, such as fan speeds and other non-CPU parameters, I selected 4.7GHz in "Optimized CPU OC Setting" with all cores set to overclock mode. It fired right up into Windows at 4.7GHZ and has been rock stable since then, even during fairly heavy multitasking. Other pros: quality seems to be very good; rich, easy to navigate UEFI BIOS with LOTS of options; lots of USB ports; plenty of SATA ports; very good power delivery. For the price point, this is probably the best Intel Socket 1150 performance motherboard available for the pricepoint. If your goal is nitty gritty, manual overclocking with every setting imaginable, this board is for you. If you simply want to run your CPU at default frequency or select a pre-programmed overclocking profile, it's also the board for you. System: ASRock Z97 OC Formula, Intel Haswell 4790K, Prolimatech Megahalems CPU cooler (fan set to low), old BFG EX-1000 PSU, 12GB (mixed brands and voltages!) DDR3 1600 (four modules), Nvidia GTX 670 video.

Cons: The manual is pretty thorough and well written, with the exception of BIOS options. If you wish not to use an overclocking profile and not to manually overclock the CPU, the Intel Turbo Boost Technology works quite well, averaging about 4.4GHz with the 4790K.

Other Thoughts: Often I don't review hardware at Newegg, but this motherboard was such a breeze to setup and overclock, it surpassed my expectations, which were high. I'm really impressed.

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  • Chase H.
  • 9/7/2014 5:19:14 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Very easy to use the UEFI and very capable of OC. The audio on board audio is nice as well.

Cons: Im sure it's not just this mobo but I ran out of USB 2.0 headers pretty quick. I had to buy a USB internal expansion to get all of my case USB's and peripherals running.

Other Thoughts: I bought this for my first PC build. I wanted something that was easily upgraded and expanded down the line. Like adding more memory, going down the SLI road.
I never intended on overclocking anything when I chose my parts but I wanted something that was capable of it so that if I do change something I wont limit myself with the hardware. But like I said I never intended on OCing my pc but the UEFI makes it too easy. I may have bumped it a smudge, nothing to boast for but a little something.
I wish it had some sort of on board wireless. It would have saved me a USB slot. not a big deal just an after thought.

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5 out of 5 eggsOCing Paradise

Pros: The ASrock Z97 OC Formula is in a class all by itself in its price range. It has features that usually only boards twice it's price would have. Actually this board has most of the features I've always wanted in a board. One that is really important for people into over clocking is the reset CMOS button on the back I/O panel. That is a major time saver. This board has ON/OFF switches for all the PCI-E x16 slots. Which I was actually able to use when building my Z97 system. The system wouldn't post and I was able to use those switches to determine which PCI-E device was causing the problems. This board also has a power input for the PCI-E slots. I use it, but it's only really necessary for 3 or more graphics cards. I have my Titans set to 1.35v, so I need all the juice I can get.
This is the first board I've owned with UEFI BIOS. Aside from all the usual BIOS settings you'd have, there are a few options you wouldn't have in traditional BIOS. Like the ability to download various hardware related drivers straight from the BIOS onto your data drive. All the drivers are available on the included disc, but down the road it would enable you to access newer drivers without an OS or a disc drive. There's also an easy RAID tool. You just copy the RAID tool onto a flash drive and hit "CTRL+I" the next time you boot. Then you can configure your RAID, quick and easy. This board also features an HDD Saver connection with 2 outputs. Any drives you connect to the HDD Saver header can be controlled, via software, to allow you to determine when those drives will be allowed to remain running.
Of course this boards primary features involve over clocking. Which there are more OCing options than I've ever seen on any board. In fact, the world record for over clocking the i7 4770k and 4790k were both set using this board. That doesn't really mean much for the average user. But if you're planning to use LN2, then this board offers some interesting profiles. Configured and endorsed by professional over clocker Nick Shih, there are a number of preset profiles for clock speeds from 5.8 GHz to 6.6 GHz. Running at such high clock speeds and voltages requires more power than the average board can supply and providing stable power requires quality components. This board features two 8 pin CPU power inputs and the best combination of high end components I've ever seen on a board for under $400.
There are even some simple profiles for the average user. I ordinarily wouldn't use auto overclocking myself, but as I was unfamiliar with so many of these new settings I used the auto OC to get me to 4.7 GHz. Then used those settings as a baseline for achieving a higher clock speed. Unfortunately, due to the limited ability of the 4790K I wasn't able to exceed 4.8 GHz by much. But the auto OC feature did make it much quicker and easier. The only thing I really had to change myself was the voltage.
I'm running out of room so I will continue the Pros in the "Other Thoughts" section

Cons: I only have a couple gripes about this board. The memory dimms are too close to the top PCI-E slot. It's not the memory slots that are the problem actually, it's the RAM clamps. For anyone running a card with the factory cooler on it, you'll almost definitely be fine. It's just people with custom water blocks that may run into trouble.
The problem I had with this build was that the clamp on the 3rd RAM slot was in the way of the water block on my GTX Titan. I have a full custom liquid cooling loop. I'm using Koolance water blocks for my Titans and one of the screws holding the back plate on sits up a bit too high and hits on the RAM clamp when I tried to install it in the top PCI-E x16 slot. I attempted to slip it under the RAM clip, but the card wasn't seated correctly and the system failed to post. So eventually what I ended up having to do was heat up a knife on the stove and used it to carefully slice a portion of the RAM clip off so that my card could seat properly. Anybody who is considering trying this method should be extremely careful to not drip any molten plastic on to their board and be very careful to keep any metallic objects away from the board. Also, it's highly likely that it would void your warranty so you may want to contact ASrock first and tell them what your problem is before making any alterations to your board.
Initially I attempted to cut away the problem section of that clip, but the clips are too rigid to cut without damaging the board. And you don't want to get any electromagnetic devices near your board like a dremmel tool or any other powered cutting tool. I suppose a pneumatic tool would work, but then you risk spraying shards of plastic all over your board.
The only other issue I had with this board, and it's really more about the CPU than the board, is that it only supports 16 PCI-E x16 lanes. So if you're using two high end dual GPU cards like a Titan Z or 295x2 then you risk a bottleneck on your PCI-E x16 slots. If you're running SLI or X-Fire both your cards will have their interface reduced to x8. For most single GPU cards that's not an issue and I can't even say with certainty it would be an issue even with two dual GPU cards. But, at some point in the future it may become a bottleneck.
If you plan on running 3 or 4 cards then you may want to consider a more expensive board with an onboard chip that enables more PCI-E x16 lanes.
I've also read that 3 and 4 way SLI isn't currently working with these boards at the moment, I can't verify that, but I'm sure they're working to release a BIOS update to fix it, if it is true. Apparently 3 and 4 way X-Fire isn't affected.

Other Thoughts: Another feature for the extreme over clocker is a built in dehumidifier. Again, for the average user the dehumidifier isn't going to do much unless you keep your PC near a shower or live in a particularly humid climate. Its possible that the average water cooling system could create some condensation, but for people using LN2 or liquid Helium, the humidifier is an excellent addition. It has a number of settings that can allow you to enable it to run periodically, at specific times or leave it on. This board also has another incredibly brilliant feature, thermal coating. Which also doubles as water proofing. I love that feature and I'd like to see that become standard on all hardware. Ordinarily a board by itself doesn't generate a lot of heat. But add components at 70C or 80C right next to it, and it absorbs a lot of that heat. The thermal coating helps to keep that heat out, and does a good job of it too. It also keeps your board safe from liquids.
This board supports extreme memory speeds for DDR3 up to 3400 MHz. At this time 2666 MHz DDR3 is the fastest affordable memory and is what I'm using. Setting it up was simple. I just enabled XMP Profile 1, set the speed and the board did the rest. I also set the timings manually, but the board had the correct timings and voltage set already.
ASrock over clocking/monitoring software "Formula Drive" has several interesting features. Intel Smart Connect, which will update your email and social media while the PC is asleep. Online Guard Management allows you to establish an internet curfew and restrict access to specified web sites. USB key is a cool feature. It allows the user to configure a USB flash drive to act like a password. Granting the user access to the system without having to use passwords. One thing I find valuable is the X-Fast RAM feature. It allows the user to configure a RAM disc with user specified values in only a few seconds. There is a feature that brings up an overview of the board showing temperatures for 7 crucial components and the CPU. Fantastic Tuning gives you the ability to configure custom profiles for fans connected to any of the 6 fan headers. You can load your BIOS over clocking profiles from Formula Drive or OC your CPU and alter voltages manually. Another valuable feature is the auto update for your drivers from Formula Drive. That's always useful.
Some of the other features are a Thunderbolt AIC connector. App charger, allows you to charge Apple devices up to 40% faster. This board features a variable length M-SATA port, right behind where your PCI-E devices would be seated. Quad X-Fire or SLI support. An E2200 Killer LAN chip. 6 onboard USB 3.0 and 4 onboard USB 2.0 with an extra header for each. Purity Sound 2, which is a high quality onboard audio controller. It has support for Dolby & DTS up to 7.1 channels @ 24 bit, 192k Hz.
If you're interested in getting a Z97, but don't want to spend a fortune. This board is way to go. It's Eggcellent!

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5 out of 5 eggsASRock has made me a believer

Pros: - Solid design. Build is solid. I was a little worried based on lots of other ASRock reviews I have read over the years. Most of those stated that while they never experience stability issues or DOA, the PCB was very thin compared to products from ASUS, MSI, and Gigabyte. Not so with this board. That was the first thing I noticed after removing it from the packaging--just how solid and sturdy this board felt. My guess is that's because this is a higher end model, but I have no complaints either way.

- Great UEFI Bios. Lots and lots of options here. Probably more features than I'd ever use and more options than I care to go into.

- Overclocking options are crazy granular. For me, as I'm more of a casual overclocker, I felt slightly out of my element a bit, but the help within the BIOS itself was pretty detailed (english translations were above par). After orienting myself, I was able to achieve a stable overclock of 4.7 on air with an Intel Core i7 4790K processor. Granted, this was with an aftermarket cooler.

- Lots of SATA ports, PCIe ports, excellent board layout.

- Windows installed and ran perfectly with zero problems. All games were stable and speeds when doing heavy workloads were excellent.

Cons: Honestly, I wanted to not like this board because of some of the reviews out there. I thought this was a manufacturer who cuts corners, and while that may be true in some cases, this board is rock solid and I would use this in my system hands down.

I have absolutely nothing negative to say about this motherboard.

Actually, thing, but this is more for ASRock about their packaging with all their stuff. Now that I experienced this board, I went out and bought a mini itx board as well for a security system at work. Works excellent as well, but my biggest...bother, I guess you could that both the mini itx and this one are zip tied to the foam surrounding it. Honestly, I think that's a bit overkill and it's annoying to take those apart. That said, I guess I'd rather have my motherboard arrive in one piece but other manufacturers are able to safely transport their hardware without incident and without having to use zip ties. Just a thought.

Other Thoughts: - Do NOT pay attention to the people on here who have commented about this board only having a x16 or x8x8 config for graphics cards. This is a CPU limitation. Not a board limitation. ALL non x series motherboard suffer from this configuration. The CPU literally only has so many PCIe lanes to go around. If you want to get upset about it, blame Intel, not ASRock or any other manufacturer for that matter.

- Other reviewers commented on the "horrible" NIC. Look, it may not be Intel, but the NIC is fine. I've never had any issues with it. Do I think it's worth the hype? No, but to say that there are bad "reviews" out there isn't accurate; go look for yourself. Virtually everything I've read is opinion based, not fact based. These people only listen to what they hear and don't try it for themselves. Again, I would prefer an Intel NIC, but for no other reason that possible incompatibility that quite frankly I haven't ever run across. The NIC is just fine, so don't worry.

- People have complained about the m2 location. To those people I ask, where else would you have them put it? There is literally no place to put it other than in between the PCIe slots.

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5 out of 5 eggsGreat value and options

Pros: weight- This board is heavy meaning the board is carrying a lot of copper and layers which = cooler longer lasting components and for overclocking it usually means better overclocking with lower volts if built right and this one is.
Looks, options,buttons,
i7 4790k-4.8GHZ at 3.85 volts ( mind you I have a good processor)

Cons: Con? The manual's are not great at all and that us usually the case with all but these don't even have board layout diagram of the board so you will want to familiarize yourself with the switches before installing and maybe make a diagram in case you need it. I had to pull out my reading glasses and do this as you always want a quick glance of where what is when overclocking.
for those that use Crossfire or SLI this board only supports pcie x16 on single card the others are x8 NOTE: so little difference if any it really doesn't matter to me

Other Thoughts: This was installed easily and booted without thinking and continued the windows install so even with a low info manual a 1st timer should have no problems installing.
intel 4790k,H100 cooling in cosmos case. I played with the on board overclock buttons and was surprised it actually overclocked it stable but with volts I didn't like as I like maximum o.c. with lowest volts everywhere so onto bios and what a nice bios as I was able to navigate and adjust all areas of board including individual fan speeds based on heat keeping the system quiet and cool when not loaded and only roaring when pushed to limits.. The on board killer nic performed well but no better than a separate old Intel card I compared it to but that being said it worked great.
I did cause errors with memory modules and graphics to test the code system to help you diagnose and it worked great identifying each item at fault of no boot and that can be a huge lifesaver.
While overclocking and at stock I noticed cooler temps throughout compared to the high end board I had used previous and was able to achieve the highest overclock I have ever had on this cpu passing stress tests ( yeah it was hot) but while gaming the temps stayed in the high 50's to low 60's stressing it in the background at the same time.
This board is just simply fantastic for overclocking and I even used the bios to download and flash the board and it worked.
ASRock has a winner in this board and at this price I can't get over how smooth and cool it is and shows they are listening to builders who want a great board at a fair price w/o all the extra bells and whistles most of us never use.
I have never had an ASRock mb for my o.c. systems and now I don't know why as this exceeded all expectations and blew away my $385 dollar board for performance. Better manuals for all companies would be nice though.
If you are wondering between this and another please give this board another look and I am sure you will be happy and proud.

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  • john l.
  • 8/26/2014 6:29:39 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsworks great

Pros: well packaged and easy to install in a haf xm case powered up great works fast with a i7 4790k I am impressed with the quality of this board and the way it is layed out my first build and it wasn't hard to do

Cons: could have a little more information on connectors but I can't knock it because I am a first time builder otherwise a solid motherboard in terms of function and how well it is built

Other Thoughts: 4790k cpu asrock formula oc board sparkle 700 w platinum psu haswell certified four sticks of team Vulcan/zeus 1600 ddr3 memory 4gb each intel 530 240 gb ssd and a wd 1tb drive with a lg mdisc dvd cooler master haf xm lepa cpu cooler runs cool at 30-34 Celsius all the time I am very happy with this build

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