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This review is from: Corsair Carbide Series 500R Arctic White Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Gaming Case
Pros: Finish is the highest quality I've ever seen in a PC case, on both outside/inside. The flat black is just stunning inside. The white is not overly shiny or plastic-looking.
All hardware is also quality. Fans seem to move a lot of air, and my hardware is about 3-5 C cooler than the last case as a result. Can't comment on longevity of fans yet.
Cons: If you do not buy the right power supply you may find that some of your connectors are too short to go through the grommets since the PS installs on the bottom of the case. Most PS's are built to go in the top, so the cords aren't long enough to take advantage of the some of the cable-hiding abilities of the case. I'm buying a new PS as a result.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Cooler Master Hyper N520 - CPU Cooler with Copper Base and 5 Heatpipes
Pros: I have an Ivy Bridge i5 3570k which was sitting at about 35-40 C at idle while at stock settings. After mounting the cooler it sits at about 28 C at idle, overclocked to 4.6ghz.
Even during the most intense gaming it never gets above 42 C. Happy with the purchase, but see cons.
Cons: The hardware that's included isn't the most user-friendly. I had to remove my mobo (ASUS Maximus) from my case to install the backing plate. However, when I tightened the nuts to a resonable tightness the CPU was moved just enough to cause my mobo not to post. I then had to take the computer back apart because I had to loosen the screws on the backing plate. Long story short, this isn't a cooler you can take off and reposition easily...
Other Thoughts: Despite the hardware, it's a great cooler for the money.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: This board has AMAZING OC features and the BIOS are top notch. No updates needed out of the box, and once I got everything working it was flawless... However, see cons!
Cons: Had to re-seat the i5 3570k CPU about 5 times to get the board to post. This may be the cause of many of the people who say this board was DOA. The CPU socket has enough edge-play that if it's not sitting EXACTLY right it won't post and will give various errors (00,15,30) on the display.
Also, it WILL blue screen if you use both a USB wireless networking controller and connect to a wired network at the same time. The packet-shaping software, IMHO, needs work.
Other Thoughts: Once I got it working, I took this setup to the MIllion Man LAN in Kentucky, and played every game at Ultra with NO slowdowns. Overclocked i5 3570k to 4.2 ghz on stock cooling and left it running for 4 days straight, no issues. This board is the real deal for gamers!READ FULL REVIEW