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This review is from: Cooler Master Hyper TX3 - CPU Cooler with 3 Direct Contact Heatpipes
Pros: The copper cooling pipes, fan, and heatsink are all fantastic combinations to have when cooling your CPU. I bought this model to replace the stock Intel cooler and it did wonders. I went from 60C idle, 100C under load to 20-30C idle and 40-50C under load which is a huge difference. I have a 1155 CPU socket and it definitely seats well with the socket. It runs relatively quiet for me at max fan speed so sound should not be an issue. It does not feel wobbly when it is correctly installed and you know that it's really not going anywhere once mounted. Total installation time should not take longer than 15 minutes when following the instructions for your socket type.
Cons: It's rather large and heavy so make sure your case is big enough to support it. I have it on a MSI Z77A-GD65 mobo and it supports the weight just fine, but cheaper mobos might not be able to support the weight. Instructions could have been written better, but this is a minor problem after you read over them and understand what to do.
Other Thoughts: I personally had a rough time installing it because of thinking I could do it without using the instructions when it came to screwing on the mounts. If you do not screw the mounts in exactly as the picture describes for your socket type it will not install at all. I just wanted to remind anyone reading this review to please read and look at the instructions. Once I installed the brackets on correctly it fit right in without a problem. While you should follow the instructions for installing the mounting brackets you can use your preferred method on applying the thermal paste. Overall, I'd highly recommend this product because it just does its job so well.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Very beautiful display and it has a relatively sleek design. Has all the ports you would need, and it's not too bulky. It has a magnetic base which is nice if you need to put office supplies or personal effects like keys in a spot you want them to stay.
Cons: Working with the buttons on the monitor to change settings can be a slightly difficult but after some practice it is not too much of a big deal. Also it has a magnetic base so keep it away from your external drives and your computer.
Other Thoughts: I'm not taking any eggs off for the cons because they are not anything too serious. I really like this monitor and it is definitely deserving of its solid 5 egg rating. The pros and cons of the magnetic base essentially balance it out so I don't think it's a big deal, but more of an interesting design characteristic.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: ASUS Z77-A LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Pros: It's a pretty sleek motherboard and is fairly simple to get all set up. The RAM slots are color coded to make it easy for first time PC builders, and it even comes crossfire ready. It also has some PCI slots for those legacy style cards. The bios is pretty stylish and it does not take too long to get used to how it works. It has 6 SATA, two 6gb/s the others 3gb/s.
Cons: Unfortunately, the board died on me within a month so I'm about to make an RMA claim. Also some of the power connectors were pretty flimsy and it does not offer a lot of slots for fans if you are into lots of fans. I feel the distance between the PCI slots is not enough but I could be nit picking. I will update the review once I complete the RMA process.
Other Thoughts: Besides the fact that it died out on me almost two months in is why I'm giving it 3 eggs. I'm going to RMA it and use it as a backup since I ordered another board to replace it. I'd advise to be careful using this board since there are not a lot of reviews on it so it is difficult to gouge the success/failure stories of the board itself. That said, it worked without a hitch when it did work for me, and the problem I had might or might not happen to anybody else who purchases this board.READ FULL REVIEW