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Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge Quad-Core 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623I52500K
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Reliable and sitting stable at 4.4 for 2 months at about 25*C Idle and 40*C when gaming. Full load has taken it up to 75*C. Great CPU, just make sure to grab an aftermarket cooler if you plan to overclock.

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: Mobo: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3
CPU: Intel i5-2500k
RAM: 16 GB G.Skill Ares 1600 4x4
SSD: Mushkin Enhanced Chronos
HDD: 1 TB Seagate Barracuda
PSU: Antec CP-850
Cooler: Hyper 212+
Case: Antec 1200

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EVGA 01G-P3-1561-AR GeForce GTX 560 Ti FPB (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Runs quiet.
Runs relatively cool under full load.
Runs SC2 on Extreme at 60-140 fps.
Ran Diablo 3 beta at high fps and zero issues. (D3 is the game I got this card for)
Lifetime warranty.
EVGA step-up program for 90 days.
EVGA even provides overclocking and burn-in software from their site.

Cons: Has crashed only twice since I've owned it, both times on youtube... maybe a driver error? Not worth complaining though, it recovered once from the crash and the other time forced me to restart.

Other Thoughts: Hopefully the Gtx 660 or 670 comes out soon so I can use my step-up to snag one up.

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ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Great motherboard, overclocks my i5-2500k to 4.4 with zero issues. Great subtle colors and design (if you're into that sort of thing). LED Dr. Debug is very convenient. Easy to use BIOS. Best bang for buck board you can buy (I do like me some alliteration).

Cons: No USB 3.0 headers... but knew that going in. Z77 boards for $10 extra came out a week after I built this thing.

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Matthew C.'s Profile

Display Name: Matthew C.

Date Joined: 04/05/03

  • Reviews: 15
  • Helpfulness: 4
  • First Review: 05/10/12
  • Last Review: 05/10/12
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