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This review is from: ZALMAN LQ-310 Water/Liquid CPU Cooler 120MM
Pros: It keeps my CPU really cool compared to air cooling. between 30c - 50ish depending on what I am doing.
Cons: This can be a pain to install. Instructions aren't exactly clear so if you have never installed something like this before, then do some research on how to do it. Instructions are Bias against AMD CPU's and lean towards Intel oriented instructions. Takes up a lot of room with two fans installed, but does a better job than air cooled.
Other Thoughts: Its not extremely bad to install, but could be easier if the instructions are clearer. I am sure the foreign language instructions are clearer, but I cannot read them so it wasn't much help. I have my radiator set up with the hoses on the bottom and the block with the hoses on the top and I am getting good temps without any gargling sounds from air being trapped in the system.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: This CPU is very fast and can run very hot so liquid cooling is highly recommended, or a wind tunnel.. I get 7.8 out of 7.9 on the WEI with windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit. I have it sitting under a Zalman ZQ-310 and it runs around 30c to 52c depending on what I am doing.
Cons: I have yet to find any problems with this processor.
Other Thoughts: I went from a 125w 4 core AMD to this 8 core and I couldn't be happier with the performance. Pair it with some good ram and a ssd hard drive and you are set for just about anything.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: RAIDMAX Vortex ATX-402WB Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Pros: It looks really nice and has enough room for what I want to do. I have yet to find any sharp edges within the case so that is a plus. Has a USB 3.0 and 2.0 on the top of it.
Cons: Metal is kind of flimsy, but for such a low price I didn't really expect that much. My case came bent like it was dropped before packaging, so not sure about quality control with raidmax although I have used them before with no problems. Accidents happen, people just need to pay attention. Box and Styrofoam was in perfect condition so this had to happen at the plant before packaging.
Other Thoughts: Its a really nice case for the price. Mine came slightly damaged, but not enough that I couldn't use it and did not want to spend the time and money to ship it back and wait for a replacement. Raidmax is a pretty good company and with such a volume I guess accidents are bound to happen.READ FULL REVIEW