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Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge Quad-Core 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623I72600K
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Fast, runs cool, easy to overclock, and is reasonably priced

Cons: None so far

Other Thoughts: Got mine running at 4.6GHz using an old Thermalright Ultra 120 Extreme cooler (with socket 1156 adapter bracket)and it still idles below 30c.

I went from an i7 920 to this and I do notice a decent speed increase.

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ZOTAC ZT-40101-10P GeForce GTX 480 (Fermi) 1536MB 384-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Fast! I have 2 in SLI and they bring games to their knees. I'm able to play with 16xQAA at 1920x1200 in many games and these cards don't break a sweat. Even Crysis is nothing to sweat anymore.

Cons: Runs hot though if you have air conditioning and good air flow it won't be a problem. Also you'll need at least a 700 watt power to run 1 card or over 1,000 watt PSU for SLI.

Fan on this card is loud but I use headphones so they don't bother me.

Other Thoughts: With good air flow you can safely overclock these cards pretty nicely. I got mine to 800mhz core without a problem.

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Western Digital WD VelociRaptor WD3000HLFS 300GB 10000 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Fast 10,000RPM, SATA, almost silent compared to the older Raptors. Also looks cool compared to other HDDs.

Cons: Relatively low 300GB capacity, a bit pricey vs other HDDs though not as much as a good SSD. SSDs are faster but you need to spend a lot more to get a good one.

Other Thoughts: If you are not yet sold on SSDs the Velociraptors are a very good alternative. These are excellent for gaming rigs, for loading games up fast. I got a pair of these in Raid-0 running Windows 7 and everything is very snappy.

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Scott B.'s Profile

Display Name: Scott B.

Date Joined: 04/09/07

  • Reviews: 34
  • Helpfulness: 26
  • First Review: 04/09/07
  • Last Review: 05/05/11
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