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Western Digital Black WD2002FAEX 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Was pretty quick when it worked.

Cons: Has always been really noisy.

Died just after 2 years. Had about 1100mb loaded on there from video, music, games, family photos etc. All gone. Got pretty noisy, then slow then dead all in one day. Tried to recover what I could. No luck. :(

Other Thoughts: I've always been pretty happy with WD but I have a Hitachi 1tb I bought for cheap 7 years ago in the same system and it works fine to this day. Been reading a lot how WD is slipping. Time to move on I guess. Sad.

EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Ti 06G-P4-4995-KR 6GB SC+ GAMING w/ACX 2.0+, Whisper Silent Cooling w/ Free Installed Backplate Graphics Card
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: -Comes with a backplate.
-No coil whine. Very very quiet even at high temps.
-Awesome aesthetics with lit up card logo on the side.
-Epic SLi performance scaling. Best I have ever personally witnessed. (more on that in other thoughts)
-Good temps for a single card. Shuts off fan when not needed and idles at ~50c. I have terrible A/C so my ambient is ~80F. Fan still didn't think it needed to kick on. I adjusted that. With the life claimed on these fans, why not?

Cons: -Card is 12" long. For me, not a HUGE deal but it was large enough in my full tower to keep me from using a standing tube reservoir.
-ACX 2.0 runs great as a stand-alone card but add any more and temps go up quick. VERY quick. Even with proper spacing and pushing this card, the rest of the hardware will feel the heat despite how good your air flow is. I am temporarily running these this way just to see how they roll before my water cooling setup arrives in the mail. 85C top card and 65C bottom. Initially it isn't possible to install them in SLi with just 2 port spacing without removing the backplate on the bottom card. Not worth removing an egg, however. I know what this card is made for. I just wanted the EVGA backplate and that sweet SC lit up logo. All that said, the card has yet to throttle back. Nice!
-Can only order 1 card at a time. Better price than other places, I guess.
-One of the cards that showed up had a nasty smashed box. The outer shipping box was fine. This must have happened at newegg. :\ Careful, guys.

Other Thoughts: Upgrading from 2 old 4gb 670's and it was about time, I'd say. I steadily upgraded to a 6-core i7 and 32gb DDR4 and now of course, 2x 980ti's! I was getting 25fps in Witcher 3 all ultra except hairworks off. First 980ti showed up and I decided to plug in my 2560x1600 dell u3011. Got a SOLID avg 60 fps with dips no lower than 55. Zero screen tearing as well which I found amazing mixed with how pretty this IPS looks. Second card came in and my fps shot up to an avg of 85fps, peak 119 and lowest was 72! To me, this is a night and day type upgrade. I will get 4k as soon as I have the water cooling sorted out.

With the 980ti out, it finally makes sense to go 4k for elite-class pc gamers but maybe not those with budget in mind. Even still, if you can manage to buy at least one card, I'm sure it can handle 4k at acceptable fps with some settings turned slightly down. That said, pretty games aren't everything, but I feel a LOT more immersed because of it.

EVGA has NEVER let me down in over a decade. Thanks!

ARCTIC Freezer i30 Extreme CPU Cooler - Intel, 320W Ultimate Cooling Power,  Direct-Touch
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: -Decent Aesthetics
-Very quiet
-Works with 2011v3...kind of

Cons: -The fan shroud blocks first DIMM slot on the right (or left, if you do a pull config) COMPLETELY on the MSI X99S plus. Why design it this way? It's already so large that it most likely won't fit in a lot of mid-towers and there is PLENTY of room in a full-tower. I still have a little over 2" between the top of the cooler and the case.

-No installation instructions and I couldn't find any for the 2011v3 online. Typically for someone who knows what they are doing when it comes to building computers, it is still good to reference the intended instructions to make 100% sure you are doing it right. Now comes the 2011v3. It's quite a bit different. The spacers are useless and the long bolts BARELY bite into the backplate that is already on the motherboard. I Had to go to the hardware store and pick some longer ones up just to be sure. You have to be extra careful not to over-torque the bolts as they could lift the cooler off the cpu, bend the brackets or strip the bolts. I just went back and forth until the unit felt snug.

Other Thoughts: Newegg is fairly difficult to navigate on coolers, IMO. When you search by socket-type, it sets them up by what the category each cooler is designed for so you get a massive socket-type list! Wouldn't it be easier if you clicked on say '2011-v3' and BAM, all of the ones that work are there?!

As far as the design goes, this cooler isn't specifically designed for this socket at all. Although it works, it's just barely. This was a very uncomfortable snag in my build. I've already got another one ordered elsewhere.

My experience from a couple other big air coolers were that they were very close to block a DIMM slot so you couldn't have big flashy RAM. For me, I didn't care really care. This one flat-out blocks a DIMM slot completely on either side depending on a push or pull setup. I compared it to one of my older large coolers and even on the smaller socket types, it looks like it most likely will block a DIMM slot or be VERY close. Too close.

All that nasty stuff said, I ran some stress tests on a 5820k stock. Highest temp on one of the cores was 62ºC. Comparatively, I ran a 3770k OC'd quite generously on big air and it never broke 65ºC. This is a bit discouraging but I cannot jump to conclusions as this newer cpu does run a little hotter but it is much larger so heat dissipation should be better. Not for me to really judge until I put another cooler on there and see what happens.


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Display Name: Ryan P.

Date Joined: 09/27/06

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