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This review is from: GELID Solutions GC-Extreme Thermal Compound
Pros: I installed an H80i and the temps went *up* about 5 to 10 degrees over the stock Intel CPU cooler (from 30 - 35C to 35 - 45C). Decided the paste must have been bad and used some old Arctic Silver 5 I had laying around and didn't get enough on there for fear of putting too much and it messing up my system, so the temps were again 5-10 degrees higher with much wider fluctuations to the high side. It shot up to over 80C once.
So, I looked around and researched a lot of things and found the GELID GC-Extreme and took a chance. Cleaned it all up again and applied the compound a little thicker than probably necessary, but figured it's not supposed to be conductive, so what the heck.
It immediately dropped the temperatures down to below where the original Intel stock CPU cooler was (29 to 33C). After a little while, I now see temps as low as 25C and almost never above 40C even under load and in the middle of summer in Texas.
Cons: The only con I can find is it's a little odd spreading the paste evenly, but it's not that bad and a little too much in my case hasn't caused any issues in well over a month's worth of use.
Other Thoughts: Board: ASUS Z87-Pro
CPU: Intel I5-4670k
CPU Cooler: Corsair H80i
This review is from: XFX HD-667X-CDF3 Radeon HD 6670 2GB 128-Bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.1 Video Card
Pros: It's not what I wanted, but for under $50 it will allow me to wait until 800 Series cards come out early 2015.
It has 2gb, a Display Port, and it installed very easily. Doesn't require a fan or power plug to work. I slapped it into my ASUS Z87 Pro, uninstalled the Intel Onboard Graphics driver and Windows 8.1 pro did the rest.
Cons: * It's not what I *really* wanted, but it didn't cost me $300+ either.
* The DVI-D is *only* digital, so you cannot put a DVI to VGA converter on it
Other Thoughts: Works like a champ. My CPU isn't running above 55 degrees Celsius anymore (usually more like 35 now) and that was running FIFA 14 with settings on high pushing a 144hz ASUS monitor at it's highest resolution. I don't think I want to run something like Crysis, BF or the new COD coming in November on the highest settings, but it will do for now.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Been as solid as a rock and is cleaner and brighter than my old AOC 22" (nothing against it, but it's just a 5 year old LCD monitor that's served me well).
Now that I have a DP cable to my MB's DP port, I can run the 144Hz. Can't wait to be able to afford new video card and game to really push it.
Cons: None that I can think of.
Other Thoughts: Will be picking up another at some point (when the price drops again) to fully retire my old AOC or maybe I will pick up one of the new 4k's when I can afford it.READ FULL REVIEW