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Intel Core i7-4770K Haswell Quad-Core 3.5GHz LGA 1150 84W Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics BX80646I74770K
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Overclocks well.
Runs smooth with turbo.
Very low power usage.

Cons: People say these run hot after overclocking. I havn't seen this yet. Mine never goes above 50C. I guess just don't use that little stock cooler and you'll be fine.

Other Thoughts: I have mine on a mild overclock at 4.2Ghz, no voltage changes. Works perfect in turbo mode, At desktop it's like .7Ghz. Idle watts are around 60watts.

I was afraid it wouldn't beat out my old Sandy Bridge 2600K @ 4.8GHz. It's scary, but, it does.

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EVGA Hadron Air Mini-ITX Chassis Black with 500W 80Plus Gold Power Supply (110-MA-1001-K1)
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Please note I have a Hadron Hydro, but this still applies. DONT BE AFRAID OF ENOUGH POWER. The hydro is water cooled, so i have an added power pump. The whole system i have:

EVGA z87 Stinger
i7 4770k OC'd @4.2GHz
ATI HD7970 OC'd
Samsung 250GB SSD
Seagate 2TB

Idle: 60 watts.
Gaming: 200 watts.
Full load stress test: 350 watts.

That's not 500W, Dont fear the power. And don't fear the sound. The little fan on the power supply almost never turns on, unless it's working really hard (350w+). And even then, it's not loud.

Cons: EVGA you make your own power supplies, never time give me some pure black power cords. I'd pay an extra $50 if that's what it takes. The red, yellow, orange, green, everywhere looks gross in a case made to be looked at.

Other Thoughts: I've seen people put a noctua cooler in there on the Air, looks great, quiet, and runs cool. I use the EVGA waterblock, and it should run about the same temps. 20-25c at Idle, and around 45 in games. What more could i ask for in a tiny, very tiny, full on gaming case.

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EVGA Z87 Stinger miniITX - LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Mini ITX Motherboard with Brand New GUI BIOS (111-HW-E872-KR)
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: I'm having no issues with it. The BIOS works perfect. Overclocking has no issues.

I have a 4770k at a mild overclock of 4.2GHz, completely stable. And also a ATI 7970. Very small case so i'm just RAIDing 2 Samsung 250GB SSDs. I came from a EVGA Z77 board, not the stinger, but the improvements across the board make the board worth it.

Pros: Just as good as a ATX board for gaming systems.
UEFI (BIOS) Looks and works easy as can be, tons of options
Plenty of USB 3 ports
Plenty of Fan connectors


Pros: Just as good as a ATX board for gaming systems.
UEFI (BIOS) Looks and works easy as can be, tons of options
Plenty of USB 3 ports
Plenty of Fan connectors

Cons: The front panel audio and USB2 are impossible to get at after installing the rear I/O cover plate. Do that first if you want those options. For cable management reasons i just opt'd out of using them.

Other Thoughts: This board is the perfect medium. Let me explain. It overclocks fine. And that's all you really need for a m-ITX. Works just as well as any ATX. You aren't going to nitrogen cool this board at completions, you dont need a daughter board with extra power. The ASUS board is really really nice, but you just dont need it. I choose the EVGA mainly because i'm using the EVGA Hadron Hydro and it's made to fit. Plus the daughter board would most likely block some fan stream. Overall great board and great new BIOS (uefi).

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Display Name: Aaron C.

Date Joined: 01/16/14

  • Reviews: 3
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  • First Review: 02/01/14
  • Last Review: 02/01/14
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