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ASUS Maximus V FORMULA/THUNDERFX LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Extended ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: A snap to install, closer in dimensions to a ATX than a E-ATX board.
Haven't had enough time to play with all the settings yet, but so far I'm extremely happy with this purchase.
Windows 8 comes with drivers for almost everything contained on the board.

Cons: Most of the utilities on the driver DVD don't work in Windows 8, like the anti-virus, Daemon Tools.
I haven't had any hardware issues as of yet, all of my complaints are software related. The board isn't as Windows 8 ready as it claims. The front panel USB headers don't work without a bit of poking and proding, installing AI Suite II seemed to resolve that for me.

Other Thoughts: Despite my difficulties with Windows 8 I highly recommend this board to someone looking for a solid board with a lot of options.

I have a Noctua NH-D14 cooler and it fits over the heatsinks on the board, for anyone concerned about that cooler.

Case: Cooler Master HAF XM
PS: Corsair HX1050W
MB: ASUS Maximus V Formula/ThunderFX
CPU: Intel i5-3570k @ 4.6 Ghz
Cooler: Noctua NH-D14
Memory: 16GB G. Skill Ripjaw X 1600Mhz (4x4GB)
Video: ASUS DirectCu II GTX 670 2GB x2 SLI
HDD: 2x 500GB WD Caviar Black (RAID 0)
Optical: Lite-on 12x Blu-ray Burner

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CORSAIR HX Series HX1050 1050W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI CrossFire 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply New 4th Gen CPU Certified Haswell Ready
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Semi Modular design means less cable clutter.
Plenty of power for most any system out there.
Long cables, a little too long for my mid tower, but would probably be just right for a full tower.

Cons: Can't think of anything right now.

Other Thoughts: There is a slight buzzing sound that comes from the case every little bit. I haven't figured out exactly which part is making the noise, at first I was thinking coil whine. It comes and goes for maybe 10 seconds at a time, so it's hard to pinpoint the origin. If I can determine it is from the psu I may RMA it for one that doesn't make as much noise.

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NVIDIA Gift - Assassin's Creed III Game Coupon
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs 12/28/2012

This review is from: NVIDIA Gift - Assassin's Creed III Game Coupon

Pros: Quick and easy to redeem on the Nvidia site

Cons: Was hoping for a Steam code, but it gave a Uplay store code.

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Ryan C.'s Profile

Display Name: Ryan C.

Date Joined: 09/11/06

  • Reviews: 7
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  • First Review: 12/26/12
  • Last Review: 12/28/12
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