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Noctua NH-L12 120mm & 92mm SSO Bearing PWM Fans CPU Cooler
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5 out of 5 eggs Awesome for low profile server cases! 06/15/2016

This review is from: Noctua NH-L12 120mm & 92mm SSO Bearing PWM Fans CPU Cooler

Pros: Great cooler for the price and amazing build quality.
Brings temps on a i7 860 @ 2.8GHz down to almost 25c at idle and never goes above 55c at full load.
It's low profile and is great for long depth servers, plenty of room at top.

Cons: The only real con I have with this cooler is it takes up more horizontal space in a case. Making it not as ideal for short depth server cases, but I won't hold it against Noctua, this cooler isn't really meant for my use case, but it works flawlessly.

Other Thoughts: Bought this cooler to replace the aged and frankly not up to par stock cooler from Intel. I replaced the stock intel cooler with this NH-L12 and cut my temps by almost 75%. I installed this in a 3U server case, on a i7 860 and was almost able to overclock it a bit, but I don't want to push it. I would go with this cooler again!

iStarUSA D-313SE-MATX Black Aluminum / Steel 3U Rackmount Compact Industrial Chassis - Black Bezel 2 External 5.25
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Pros: 3U, supports standard ATX PSU, Micro ATX MOBO and full height cards.
I really like the 5.25" slots, they allow for front Hot Swap bays, though behind them might be tight with the PSU.

Cons: Tight fit with 3.5" drives, can fit 2-3 comfortably, but not idle for air flow given that two of the drives will block the 120mm fan, though there's a 80mm fan next to it.

Though this isn't a biggy, it support a ATX PSU, the bracket at the front pre-installed won't hold one on place and you'll have to remove it to fit one. No biggy in the grand scheme but would be nice for added support.

Other Thoughts: I really like the 5.25" slots, they allow for front Hot Swap bays, though behind them might be tight with the PSU. I would go with this configuration unless you plan on using 2,5" drives as there is limited space in the case for the drives.

Lenovo Laptop IdeaPad G780 (59347664) Intel Core i5 3210M (2.50 GHz) 4 GB Memory 500 GB HDD NVIDIA GeForce GT 635M 17.3
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Pros: Third gen Intel core i5, Nvidia graphics (be it discrete though with Optimus) , 17" screen (nice screen for the price) and USB 3 inputs.

This is a really nice base system or first gaming laptop, the specs are decent and for the price (I bought it on sale for $550 from Newegg) and it's a great starter.

Cons: Decent laptop, but...

4GBs is bad for gaming, I installed a second 4GB G-Skill RAM Module and this thing came alive! Discrete graphics (switchable) are bad and do almost nothing for battery life on this thing, you'll still get only 2 hours maybe 3 if your lucky when doing casual web surfing and word processing. The CD tray is flimsy and I wouldn't trust being to loose with how you install disks. The VGA port needs locking screws so you don't loose connections.

For other cons see Other Thoughts.

Other Thoughts: My impressions of the G780 is that it's a nice laptop for the price, but don't expect this thing to be a beast, it's an introductory system.

However, the HDD, RAM and Lenovo's pre-loaded Windows 8 install are all bad. I had to replace each of these after a year or operation with the exception of Windows 8, had to replace that due to I don't like, nor wanted Windows. The Hard drive almost failed after six months and I had read/write errors in the thousands. The RAM Module that came with the system failed after a year and I have to replace that now too. Overall, it's decent system, but be warned and wary of these issues on every buy.


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Display Name: Aaron P.

Date Joined: 03/03/11

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