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Intel Core i7-860 Lynnfield Quad-Core 2.8GHz (3.46GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1156 95W SLBJJ Desktop Processor
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Best CPU I've ever owned. Handles high end games such as BF3 without breaking a sweat. I even sometimes run other game clients along side BF3 and still no problems ever.

Cons: The heat is a bit of an issue (around 40C idle, 70C under load), but I purchased a Corsair H60 CPU cooler and have not seen temps surpass 60C since. I'm sure any ol' after market cooler will do just fine though.

Other Thoughts: I've owned this CPU since May 2009, and I must say that this it is by far the best I've ever owned (next to my old e8400 Wolfdale which I upgraded from, that thing is still incredible.)

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XFX Double D HD-687A-ZDFC Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
  • Owned For: less than 1 day

Pros: Great card overall, can handle anything you throw at it, HOWEVER, (read other thoughts)

Cons: Labeling this card as a X8XX series seems a little strange to me because every series before the 6XXX cards the X8XX series was the top of the line (next to the X9XX). I only put this into the cons section because it doesn't make any sense to do this and it will have, without a doubt, confused many people.

Other Thoughts: The 68XX series cards are set to replace the 57XX cards, THEREFORE, this card here is the high end mid-level card. It is essentially the 5770 on steroids. Yes it will play BF3 and Skyrim and MW3 but only on mid to high setting before it starts to hiccup.

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Hitachi GST Deskstar 7K1000.D HDS721010DLE630 (0F13180) 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: In RAID 0 6GB/s these babies fly.

Cons: N/A

Other Thoughts: Had some problems getting RAID 0 to work on a P7P55D-E LX with the onboard RAID, but I bought a RAID card and all was well. I'm sure this has nothing at all to do with the HDDs themselves, but just a heads up for anyone with this mobo.

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Joe G.'s Profile

Display Name: Joe G.

Date Joined: 11/22/08

  • Reviews: 8
  • Helpfulness: 6
  • First Review: 04/03/09
  • Last Review: 10/06/12
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