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Cooler Master HAF XM - High Air Flow Mid Tower Computer Case with USB 3.0 and Two External Drive Docks
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: This case has more room than some full tower cases I have and is laid out better than any I have used.
It will take the largest video cards out without issues with room. The cable cutouts are all where they are needed for clean installation.
I have a lot of full tower cases some even made by cooler master and this case is almost as big and has more room inside than some like my inwin dragon rider full tower.

Cons: Not one con..

Other Thoughts: If you need a smaller mid tower this one may not be for you.
If you want a mid tower case with lots of room and laid out perfect for installation of high performance hardware this is it.

Intel BXTS13X Water/Liquid Cooling Thermal Solution for Socket LGA1150/ LGA2011 / LGA1366 / LGA1156 / LGA1155
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Don't let some reviews stop you from getting a solid cooler with very good performance. I have 4 of these on my gaming pc's and they do perform well with temps (27c to 31c at idle)(Intel and AMD cpu's) and at gaming loads (42c to 45c). My systems have not gone over 45c while running any of my games at all and flight sims like rise of flight and A10 warthog do push the cpu hard while running. For me this is solid performance from the cooler. With a slight overclock my temps go up by 2c to 3c depending on the system I am running at the time.
I do run 2 120mm fans (cooler master jet flows) on the coolers to get best performance.
As for the back plate I have not had one issue with any of my coolers at all. The back plates with this cooler have worked fine for me. You can get a kit on e bay made by the manufacture of this cooler to use it on AMD cpu's and I have 2 of them installed this way on AMD cpu's without one issue. You can even use the back plate that comes on the motherboard with these kits with AMD AM3+ cpu's.
Installation was easy and I had the cooler installed in around 30 min.
If you spend more you may find better performance but if your like me just gaming (world of tanks and rise of flight) and not trying to run super overclocked system this cooler will serve you well.

Cons: I have found no cons with this cooler at all. The only thing even close to con is it would be easier with 2 people to install. It's hard to hold everything and start the screws in the radiator using 2 120mm fans.

Other Thoughts: I have only found these kits for this cooler on e bay and they do work well for the cooler to use with AMD cpu's.
Also this cooler dose not need the extra usb plug in on your motherboard other coolers need. It dose not need extra software that can have issues like some other coolers have and I have had these issues in the past with other coolers. You just install it and it works so if you want to keep things simple that should be that way check this cooler out you will love it.

EVGA 04G-P4-3688-KR GeForce GTX 680 Classified 4GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: I have had 2 of these cards running in one of my gaming systems for well over a year now without one issue.
The cards run cool and really don't need to be overclocked to run anything I have played at max video settings. I have run EVGA card s from when the gt220 cards came out and out of all of those cards I had an issue with one of my gts450's but it was after running 2 years while overclocked above factory settings.
If you want to run the 580's still this is the card to get if you can't find a 590 anywhere. I still run my 590 and it still runs anything at max and with super FPS just like 2 of these cards do.
I love these cards and don't plan to ever sell mine they still give solid performance and run 60fps or better in anything I have played at max video settings.

Cons: There are no cons with this card but the price.

Other Thoughts: I have 2 of the GTX680 classified cards as well and they do have better performance but I paid more for the cards as well.
I would go with the EVGA GTX 680 classified card over the 580's but what ever you want to order it's your money and this is one solid card that dose last well.
As for me I will be going with EVGA GTX780ti in SLI for my new system this year. I have looked at other cards running in friends and family members pc's but the performance from the 780ti's looks the best from what I have seen.
Good luck with what ever you order.


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Display Name: darrin r.

Date Joined: 11/21/09


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