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MSI Z87-G45 Gaming LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Pro Gaming with Killer Networking & Sound Blaster Intel Motherboard
  • Owned For: less than 1 day

Pros: I've got a G45 Z77 board. Some of you were talking about loose heatsinks. This seams to be common. When I first got mine, the first thing I did was tighten up all the heatsinks. Some were indeed loose. Haven't had any problems with the board.

Cons: Loose heatsinks. But, you've been notified. Inspect your boards BEFORE you install them. No problems once you perform your due diligence.

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Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 140mm Fan, 1x Rear 120mm Fan, option Fans-2x Side 120mm Fan
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Got this case to swap the guts from an HP Slimline case for my kids.

Besides swapping over the complete HP mATX MOBO, hard drive, and Blu-ray player, I added a new 775 watt power supply, 2 120 fans to the side, an NZXT fan controller (HP board doesn't have 4 fan controllers), a full height video card, and a second 1 TB hardrive.

Got a 20+ degree drop in temps going to this box! And, that was the real reason for the swap. Temps in that slimline case were just too high.

Cons: Cable management could be better. But, what do you want for $40? It's still great for a box swap!

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ARCTIC Freezer i30 Extreme CPU Cooler - Intel, 320W Ultimate Cooling Power,  Direct-Touch
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs Huge cooler - mediocre instructions 07/26/2013

This review is from: ARCTIC Freezer i30 Extreme CPU Cooler - Intel, 320W Ultimate Cooling Power, Direct-Touch

Pros: Definitely a sizable beast. Fits inside a Raidmax Cobra case no problem. Easier to use low profile ram so plan accordingly. Overclocking I5-3570k and hasn't broken 60C gaming.

Cons: Not a good time to install. This is my first aftermarket cooler and it took 2 people to get the cooler mounted.

There's no room for error in your installation and the instructions are sketchy at best.

Pics are all you get and no explanation of using the "sticky" stuff to hold things in place while you screw down the cooler.

There is a small injector of MX-4 Thermal Compound that provides just enough to cover the copper tubes. That's part of the problem because the stuff flows from the tube very fast. I ended up smearing it across the tubes because it all come out on two/three of them.

There a is a large sticky X that mounts on the under board reinforcing frame. You need to peel one side off, then attach it to the frame. Then you peel off the other side and press the frame to the backside of the mobo. Since I was in a learning curve, I managed to mess up the stickem on the reinforcing frame so badly it kept dropping off when I tried to mount the cooler.

There is a similar issue with the stickems for the mount spacers. There's no clear description how you transfer the stickem to one side of the spacer. (The side with the stickem goes on the top side of the mobo over the sockets of the reinforcing frame.) I lost one trying to figure it out and they only give you 4, one for each space. That meant I had to mount one spacer "loose".

All of these issues resulted in requiring someone to hold the mounting plate against the backside of the mobo while I held the cooler and attempted to put in the first screw with a loose spacer. I could have used a third hand myself. The cooler slid around a little bit and may have messed up the thermal paste.

Core 0 and Core 3 are showing higher temps than 1 and 2. Once I figure out a way to get things to stick more better, I will probably remount the cooler with fresh thermal paste.

Other Thoughts: Raidmax Cobra case
MSI G-45 Gaming mobo
I5-3570k

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Display Name: Fred B.

Date Joined: 01/06/10

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  • First Review: 07/26/13
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