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Intel Xeon E3-1231V3 Haswell 3.4GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1150 80W BX80646E31231V3 Server Processor
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: * 4 Cores, 8 threads of Haswell speed (close match to an i7-4770)
* Stock cooler is adequate and has a copper core
* VT-D enabled

Cons: * No iGPU (no quick sync)
* Locked multiplier (obvious)
* Stock heatsink has allowed temps as high as 75C

Other Thoughts: I've done my fair share of builds, and I always try to find a good bang for the buck. I almost exclusively did AMD builds up and to a MAME machine I did which I needed less threads and higher IPC, so I did a dual core Intel Pentium G3220. I was amazed by that CPU, so I gave up on AMD (at least until they can release something semi-competitive to the IPC of the Sandy Bridge + core architecture). I also had a hard time not having 8 threads, since this is replacing a sandy bridge laptop with an i7. I got used to having 8 CPU graphs :-), so no i5 for me.

This CPU, as noted is basically an i7-4770 with a slightly lower turbo (3.8 rather than 3.9 GHz). Sure, I could have gone with a 4GHz i7, but the lower TDP, combined with a much lower price (about $60 less) make this a great CPU for the price. Don't get this CPU if you want to use 'on-board' graphics, as for Intel boards it uses the iGPU, which this CPU does not include. But for the gamer who doesn't care about overclocking this is a great value.

I'm using the stock cooler, which during winter months with lower ambient temps may be fine. Time will tell when ambient temps go up whether or not I will swap it out to something more potent.

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CORSAIR CSM Series CS450M 450W ATX12V v2.4 and EPS 2.92 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: * Delivers sufficient power
* Efficient
* Quiet operation
* Modularity where it counts.
* Nice big fan

Cons: * No software monitoring
* Only 1 PCI-E connector (although 8-pin is rated for the same as 2 6-pins, 2 6-pins are more common)
* Limited connectors

Other Thoughts: I purchased this PSU to power my new gaming rig. I wanted to match the PSU to power efficient components, and what I ended up with was a Xeon e3 1231-v3 (3.4GHz 4 cores 8 threads, basically i7 4770 w/o iGPU), MSI H97M-G43 and an Nvidia GTX 970 reference card, 2x8GB DDR3 1600, 3x120mm fans (Corsair Air 240 case). My Kill-a-watt reads 380 watt pull with Furmark burn-in and cpu-burn (7 threads) on. This is 100% GPU load an 90-95% CPU load according to HW Monitor. That's pretty much a worse case scenario for the 12v rails, and I don't use a lot of 5v (think USB). Gaming is pulls about 320 from the wall, so I'm guessing that the load is about 65% when gaming (working out at about 90% efficiency) and worst case 75% load, which I feel pretty safe at. I don't have a lot of headroom here, but it's a pretty solid PSU, as I've only noticed mild heat and I don't notice the fan noise. Time will tell how it works out, but it's capable enough of delivering the goods for the hardware listed above :-)

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Crucial Ballistix Sport 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model BLS4G3D1609DS1S00
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Good price, decent quality, nice spreader?

Cons: Not as cheap as it was a few years ago

Other Thoughts: I hated paying so much for 4GB when I remember when 8GB sticks were running in around in the $40 range a couple years ago. But such is the ride of memory - I watched this same thing with DDR2 years ago. Guess I'll have to wait for the DDR4 boat to come around to buy large amounts of RAM again.

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Display Name: Aaron R.

Date Joined: 01/06/03

  • Reviews: 14
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  • First Review: 03/30/09
  • Last Review: 01/06/15
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