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This review is from: Cool Power CP-G980 Gamer Series 980W ATX12V/EPS12V PCI-E Computer Power Supply
Pros: Worked initially.
Cons: When I tried to play some games with an "ultra" graphics setting, the PC would completely shut off, and then boot up again with a POST message indicating the motherboard detected a power surge. I had a different PSU that is 1000 Watts and it worked perfectly with ultra settings. So that confirms my issue was with this PSU. 980 or 1000 watts should be more than enough to power my machine. I thought about RMAing this unit but decided to just eat the cost and not go though the hassle. I searched other forums and others are reporting other issues with this same PSU.
Other Thoughts: In hindsight, I should not have skimped on the PSU, which is one of the most important components of a PC build. My recommendation is to buy a name-brand product and spend a little more. I just bought a Corsair RM1000x which should be arriving shortly.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Kept the CPU temp very low, but I didn't have it installed very long due to it's size.
Cons: My plan was to mount this cooler so that the air-flow went out the top vent/fan on the case. However, it was too wide (5 inches) and it overlapped one of the memory slots. Therefore, I decided to use the stock heat-sink/fan that came with the CPU. I guess I could have rotated it so the air-flow faced the back of the case, but I decided not to do this.
Other Thoughts: Be warned that this CPU cooler is very big and do what I failed to do, and do your research to make sure this same issue doesn't happen to you.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: The memory works, but that's about it.
Cons: Not happy with the Windows experience index I got (5.5).Everything else on the build was close to 8! BIOS even recognizes it at 1600. The weird thing is, I have same memory in a 4x2GB format in a different machine and I get a 7.5 index. Not sure how accurate these ratings are, but something to be aware of.READ FULL REVIEW