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ASUS SABERTOOTH Z77 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: This board has everything you could possibly want. The quality you get for the cost you pay is truly astounding. I've got a 3770K running at just below 4.7 GHz, with 32 GB of RAM running at just about 1850 MHz. The thermal radar and voltage monitoring are wonderful and pair very well with programs like CPU-Z and AIDA 64.

Even with a roughly 30% OC on the processor, the temps on this board stay well within reason.

Cons: If for some reason 32 GB of RAM isn't enough for you, then you'll have to look elsewhere.

Other Thoughts: ASUS is awesome. They hit the ball out of the park with the Sabretooth series. Everything about this board screams quality.

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EVGA 04G-P4-2686-KR GeForce GTX 680 w/ Backplate 4GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: FPS gaming in 5760 x 1200, WITHOUT ANY STUTTERING, is pretty freaking awesome. Seriously, playing FarCry 3 in that resolution is a very unique experience. The core clock idles just above 800 MHz, but shoots to 1100 MHz under load. StarCraft 2 fairs equally well, and some might say this card is overkill for RTS, but I disagree. When you've got well over 200 units in frame, and each one of them is moving smooth as butter, with all settings maxed out, you just get a huge smile on your face.

I think it's also worth mentioning that this thing is extremely quiet. I only every get a tiny wine out of it when under load. If you're into water-cooling, I wouldn't put a waterblock on this thing just for the sake of keeping it quiet.

Cons: Derp! COST! But, seriously, this card is relatively future-proof and worth the extra cash. Gets pretty hot. I'll be throwing a waterblock on it pretty soon.

Other Thoughts: If you're on the fence between a comparable 2 GB SLI solution versus a single 4 GB card, then definitely go with the 4 GB solution. Also, I won't go into the ATI/AMD versus NVIDIA debate, but I previously had a pair of 4870s in Crossfire, and of course this blows that setup out of the water, but it's not fair to even compare the two. My point is: I feel happier with a single card versus SLI or Crossfire from both a cost/benefit perspective and a power consumption perspective. I understand it is all a matter of personal preference, but my recommendation is for a single card.

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SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD256BW 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Obviously this thing has amazingly quick boot times. Read and write speeds are pretty close to what Samsung advertises. I'm getting about 520 read, and 480 write. Loading times for games like StarCraft 2 and FarCry 3 are very quick.

Cons: Cost! But the performance is worth it.

Other Thoughts: The PRO series is noticeably quicker than the non-PRO series. If you've got the extra money, I wouldn't hesitate to go PRO. If this is going to be your main drive, then I would definitely go for at least the 256 model. 128 just doesn't seem to cut it these days.

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Display Name: Luke G.

Date Joined: 07/03/08

  • Reviews: 11
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  • First Review: 02/25/09
  • Last Review: 05/30/13
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