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Pros: This build is for my wife. I showed her my favorite 3 cases and she picked this one. Turns out, she made a good choice.
Very nice case. Looks great with plenty of room. Comes with 2x120mm fans.
2 days ago I ordered a Cooler Master 220mm for the big opening at top to exhaust the heat to help keep the inside as cool as possible.
I will probably buy another 120mm for the front, if I see it's necessary.
Cons: The 4 rubber pads where the PSU goes are fragile. All 4 were broken when adjusting the PSU for fit. No biggie. I installed the PSU without them. I can't deduct an egg for something that was probably my fault.
Other Thoughts: The HDD activity light connection...On the Gigabyte GA-Z97X-Gaming 5 motherboard, I hooked it up as the instructions stated, or so I thought, but no HDD activity light. Finally, after a few hours, I realized that 1 connection had to be plugged in, upside down with the wire ID facing down while all the other front panel connection ID's, faced up. Again, no biggie as I should have spotted the HDD light - red = positive to motherboard positive connection sooner than I did.
My wife see's only 2 components, the Cooler Master case and her new Samsung 27" monitor. She doesn't see the $325 i7 CPU or the 32gb of G.Skills memory. But that's OK, I know.
Bottom line...She couldn't be happier and really loves her new build. She did say, the case really looked cool.
Pros: Built my wife a mild gaming machine.
I chose G.Skills as my mentor (Carey Holzman) uses their memory more than any other on his customer builds.
Prior to ordering, I sent G.Skills a list of questions just to be sure their memory would work with the components I planned on using.
Less than 24 hrs later, G.Skills responded not only with the answers to my questions, but other tips and to assure me they would walk me through if any problem did occur.
There were no problems, but knowing I would have service after the sale was a biggie for me. I could not ask for more.
Other Thoughts: IF...anyone reading this wants to know the components I chose to go along with the 32gb of G.Skills memory.
1. Gigabyte G1 Gaming GA-Z97X-Gaming 5 (rev. 1.0)
Overclocking the components - Not yet. Everything is set on default. Reason? My wife won't let me OC her system. She knows if something goes wrong that's a problem we created, not the fault of the components.
BTW, when I told G.Skills I wasn't going to OC, they told me I should and would guide me through the proper procedure to assure system stability. Still, my wife said NO!!
2. EVGA GeForce GT 740 02G-P4-3747-RX 2GB 128-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 Video Card.
My wife isn't a big gamer, YET. Will have to wait and see if that changes. Till then, this card will do OK.
3. Samsung 850 EVO 2.5" 250gb SATA III 3-D Vertical Internal SSD.
4. Intel Core i7-4790K. Using the factory cooling fan.
5. Corsair CX750M PSU.
The rest...Samsung 27" monitor, Cooler Master HAF 912 case, LG DVD burner and a Star Tech multi-card reader.
As you can see, there's nothing fancy about her set-up.
Our #1 goal is stability over everything else. My wife has put it through it's paces and after approx 1 week, it's run flawlessly. No BSOD's or nagging error messages.
G.Skills is a big part of the "flawless" puzzle.
Bottom line...If I could do it all over again, G.Skills would remain my choice of memory.
This review is from: EVGA GeForce GT 740 02G-P4-3747-RX 2GB 128-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 Video Card
Pros: I've bought thousands of $ of computer parts from Newegg over the last 10+ years. many of them were refurbished. Not once...NEVER have I received a DOA item. NEVER! That's why when I bought this card, I wasn't worried at all.
The GPU....Comes with the GT 740 graphic card, nothing else. Went to EVGA's site and downloaded their latest drivers and other pertinent software to a USB. I'd rather have all this on a USB than a CD or DVD anyway.
This is on my wife's new build. She's a "kinda sorta" gamer, so, this card will do her just fine. No need for a high end graphic card...YET!
Cons: Has a mini HDMI which was no biggie. Grabbed a 6' Nippon cable for under $10.
Other Thoughts: My wife loves playing many of those online games and has just about every SIMS 3 game. This card plays all of those with ease and never gets above 100*F. Yes, I set the software to read in fahrenheit.
She has been hinting around about getting a more GPU stressing game. I'll find out more about this card when she does. If she needs to upgrade later, I'll put the 740 in my machine.
Bottom line...this card worked great out of the box and was seen by the BIOS on 1st boot. But I never expected anything else from EVGA,