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Noctua NH-U14S 140x150x25 ( NF-A15 PWM) SSO2-Bearing ( Self-stabilising oil-presure bearing ) CPU Cooler
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: I can not praise Noctua enough... Firstly, let's just get performance out of the way. It's awesome, it matches any close-loop water cooler's temps, but does it quietly, and if you're like me, having water in my $3000 system really just isn't something I'm feeling.

I don't want to start a debate or knock anyone's preferences, I just don't understand watercooling, I think it is more of a fad than a practical technology, but when and if it improves I'll open my mind a bit. I'm not saying that professional water-cooling set ups aren't more effective, but it's not practical for the price, and especially for the risk.

The NH-U14S is what you get when you don't want to have RAM incompatibilities with giant coolers. It keeps the CPU nice and cool around 32-33c and is QUIET, like a ninja.

75 bucks man, no risk of water on your gear (think about that for a minute)......

Cons: Noctua colors, which you will learn to love the more you experience the quality of their products.

Intel Core i7-4771 Haswell Quad-Core 3.5GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) LGA 1150 84W BX80646I74771 Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4600
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Excellent CPU, for high-end systems that aren't designed for overclocking. This CPU can be overclocked, but it is designed for mild overclocking, generally controlled by "pre-sets" in your system bios. It has a very, and I mean very mild speed boost over the 4770k but won't translate to much in actual performance.

Also good for virtualization. Yeah.... I guess that's good. Get this CPU if you aren't into overclocking, if you want to tinker and push your gear, get the 4770k.

Cons: The speed increase just doesn't justify the extra 20 bucks.

ASUS MAXIMUS VI HERO LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Excellent features, build quality, very good board to have to deal with troubleshooting, ASUS. This board is perfect for a very specific type of gamer. That rogue that wants a super fast system, but isn't into tweaking his/her rig into oblivion.

Don't get me wrong, you want to overclock, this board, it will do just that; especially with ROG integrated systems, you can run SLI/Crossfire no problem, fasten a Noctua grade air cooler or any water cooling set up you choose.

The price is the best part, as I said, you can tweak, you just can't really run a tri-card or quad GPU set up, at least not the way you're supposed to, that is the only difference when compared to it's bigger brothers like the extreme or Rampage.

Don't be one of those people that buys an expensive board in order to feel good about it when in the next 4 years; you're not even going to use the features, or don't even understand them. If gaming is what you want, with a single or dual GPU set up, this board is more than enough.

Cons: So far I am unable to find any 2 weeks in.

Other Thoughts: Harold Ramis is dead. :(


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Display Name: wallace l.

Date Joined: 02/07/10

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  • First Review: 12/26/13
  • Last Review: 02/26/14
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