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Pros: overall good selection of ports and on board headers, I like having 2 USB 3.0 internal headers, and m.2 slots.

Cons: wish there were more USB ports

Other Thoughts: I bought this board with a 16gb kit of crucial DDR4 Ram and a i5 6600k to upgrade from my old fx8320. So far I have been happy, I ended up geting this board for $50 open box from micro center and for the price it is unbeatable. The only real complaint I have is there are only 4 rear standard USB ports, they get used up quickly (2 for keyboard, 1 for mouse, 1 for printer)

Fractal Design Core 1000 Black MATX Mini Tower Computer Case
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4 out of 5 eggs Good case for a budget build 03/14/2016

This review is from: Fractal Design Core 1000 Black MATX Mini Tower Computer Case

Pros: Overall this is a good case, it is decently built, the inside is painted, uses 120mm fans in front and and one on the side. This is a good case to use when you build a computer for someone who does not want a "gaming" computer. It blends in well when you use it in an office environment.

Cons: The steel used in the case is a little thinner than I would like, I wish the case came with a USB 2.0 to 3.0 adapter so older motherboards can use both front USB ports. Be careful when using larger Micro-ATX motherboards as one time I had to cut and bend part of the 5-1/4 drive bay so I could install a larger Matx motherboard (one with 8 mounting holes instead of 6).

Other Thoughts: This is one of my first choices for a computer build, I have built in this case 3 times and have been happy with it. I would not recommend spending much more than $30, because it is a cheap case.

Prolimatech PRO-MK-26-BK MK-26 Black Series GPU Cooler
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4 out of 5 eggs good cooler for XFX HD-7970 11/19/2015

This review is from: Prolimatech PRO-MK-26-BK MK-26 Black Series GPU Cooler

Pros: I bought the silver version of this cooler (now discontinued) for my XFX HD 7970 ghz edition. For the most part the cooler is amazing. It made my card max out at about 63ºC with 25% fan speed. The cooler is amazing at keeping these AMD cards cool.

Cons: This is a very big cooler, I had to remove the side duct on my Cooler Master Haf-X so I could fit the case door on. Also the stick on heatsinks did not want to stay, I had to glue them on. But that was probably my fault because I did not have any alcohol to clean the memory chips and the vrms. I also had an issue with Arctic 120mm PWM fans, the metal fan bracket would hit the fan blades. Also this cooler takes about a 1/2 hour to install, don't rush the installation.

Other Thoughts: overall I am happy with the cooler, but it needs improvement. also I wish the silver version is available. I have a crossfire setup in my PC and I have 2 different coolers. Also one thing to note is you will probably need some sort of video card support bracket. My card sagged down so far the one of the fans rubbed against the back of the other video card. Despite these issues I still plan to purchase another cooler and would recommend it to others.


Patrick K.'s Profile

Display Name: Patrick K.

Date Joined: 06/30/13

  • Reviews: 16
  • Helpfulness: 5
  • First Review: 09/29/13
  • Last Review: 08/29/16
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