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Mushkin Enhanced ECO2 2.5
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  • neweggOwned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Cheap price, serves well as a boot drive so long as it works.

Cons: Died after 1 year, taking some important files down with it.

Other Thoughts: Apparently the cheap SandForce controller is part of the problem. But I will be doing more research before I buy an SSD next time.

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NEW NZXT H440 STEEL Mid Tower Case. Next Generation 5.25-less Design. Include 4 x 2nd Gen FNv2 Fans, High-End WC support, USB 3.0, PWM Fan hub,  Matte BLK / Black
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: I love almost everything about this case. The case is well built, the steel feels high quality. But the most impressive are the small details. The stand-offs are pre-installed, and are perfectly straight, so you will feel no resistance when installing a motherboard. Cable management was obviously a major factor in the design of the case, because when you are finished no unnecessary cables will show. The top panel and front panel of the case have NO WIRES, because there are electrical contacts, so you don't need to struggle with short wires. The dust filter attaches with magnets. All of the case fans connect to a small hub on the back of the motherboard panel so no unnecessary wires are in view. Looks stylish yet professional, a lot of thought went into the design and it shows.

Cons: I had some heating issues in my first build with this case. I have 2 gtx 770s in sli and a 4790k using a corsair H-50. Initially I had the front three fans pulling are in, the h-50 in stalled in the rear exhaust pulling air in and the top two 140mm fans performing exhaust duties (because hot air rises, right?). My GPUs hit 89 degrees after 30 minutes of Far Cry 4. Right now the most successful configuration is installing the h-50 radiator in the front of the case and having the rear and top 140mm fans performing exhaust duties. With this set up, the 4790k will occasionally reach 58c but the gtx 770s never get above 78c and 70c (top and bottom) For less demanding games like Fallout 4, the CPU goes no higher than 50c and the 770s stay at 66c and 58c.

Other Thoughts: If you plan to using multiple cards with this case, invest in a good water cooler and install it in the front of the case.

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GIGABYTE GA-Z97X-UD3H (rev. 1.2) LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: The board feels sturdy, there are lots of neat audio inclusions so if you have Dolby 7.1 head phones you'll get the most out of them, the BIOS is easy to navigate, overclocking is easy as well. No issues installing drivers. No issues with posting or needing BIOS updates. Super fast install, fresh install of Windows 10, everything is working great.

Cons: The only problem I have with this product is that the heat sinks seemed a bit loose. After a closer look, I could see that the two sided tape that holds the heat sinks in place before the pins are installed to secure them was bunched up and not smooth. A little sloppy, disappointing, but not a deal breaker, and only enough to ding off one egg.

Other Thoughts: Would recommend Gigabyte motherboards to my friends and clients.

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Daniel S.'s Profile

Display Name: Daniel S.

Date Joined: 08/13/12

  • Reviews: 21
  • Helpfulness: 12
  • First Review: 08/16/12
  • Last Review: 05/23/16
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