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This review is from: Noctua NH-D14 SE2011 140mm and 120mm SSO CPU Cooler
Pros: I'm running a 3930k, currently O/C'd using a previous air cooler to 4.2GHz stable with 64GB RAM (8x8) at 1866.
Previously, O/C'd Prime95 Large FFTs torture test 100% on a Corsair TPC 812 ("Vapor Chamber") w/ Arctic Silver 5 would hit a package temp of around 89C with the hot-core temp of about 95C and the fan was pretty noisy. When your temps are that high, you really can't even run the test for very long. I would see the temps approaching and then kill the test.
This cooler at that same overclock doing the same torture test never brought the package temp above 49C!!! that's a 40C drop!!! AND IT'S STILL NEARLY 100% SILENT!! It's actually more quiet at load than the other cooler was at idle!! NOCTUA, WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN ALL MY LIFE?!
Cons: This thing is rather large, but surprisingly light for it's amazing size. Make sure your case has space in it!
Other Thoughts: I did all my pre-purchase research beforehand to see if it would fit in my case, and allow my RAM to work also. I have a Corsair 400R and it fits on my GA-X79-UP4 with no problems, and my RAM is G.Skill Ares F3-1866C10D-16GAB (8 x 8GB sticks!) Of course, I'm running the infamous Intel i7 3930k, and now I'm ready to push this sucker even further. I actually don't have the Noctua thermal paste on this; after doing a multitude of review comparisons, I found that the general consensus was that the Arctic MX4 edged out the Noctua TIM included with this cooler by fractions of a degree. But since Newegg just happened to be selling a tube of MX4 for free after rebate, I bit the bullet. A 4-5mm diameter dot in the middle as instructed by the cooler (not the line like you'd see on Arctic Silver's instructions) and that's all it took. Noctua, I am in love with you. Have my automaton babies.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Corsair Carbide Series 400R Graphite grey and black ATX Mid Tower Gaming Case
Pros: Spacious, quiet, compatible with SSD's and water cooling (though I personally don't use water cooling). The fan lights are diamond white, with no blue hue, which is great for me!
Other Thoughts: First Corsair case I've owned... I've built several hundred computers using Antec cases (usually NSK cases or 300 cases)... my old PC was using a 10 year old Super LANBoy case that held up pretty well... but I'm tired of the blue lighting and didn't want a window. A friend recommended I look at this case and I liked it. Threw in 4 x 120GB Kingston SSD's, a gigabyte 2011 mobo with an i7 3930 and 64GB's of RAM and an AMD HD7870... the case was very easy to work with, runs cool and quiet, and the lights in the front are a nice shade of white.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Works as intended - 4 weeks, no issues in Windows 8.
Other Thoughts: I've bought over 40 G.Skill memories and have never had an issue yet. They make great RAM for everyone - budget shoppers and computer enthusiasts... I've got G.Skill RAM two laptops, three desktops, and a server (the server has 64GB memory). I've been installing it in my customers' computers as upgrade memory in place of Kingston, my late 90's and early 2000 brand of choice. Now G.Skill has my business, for no reason other than they're a great product at a great price.READ FULL REVIEW