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This review is from: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO - CPU Cooler with 120 mm PWM Fan
Works very well
Comes with a lovely 120 mm fan
Fan is quiet
I have continued to have good temps for the past 5 months; some dust build up has raised my idle by about 1°C but a good compressed air cleaning will fix this no problem.
It is holding up well even with the days reaching 38°C outside; the inside of my house is kept at 25°C.
The fan is still quiet and working well, averages 1250 RPM at 33°C. Even at full RPM (2000+) it remains fairly quiet; it's just an excellent design.
Cons: I didn't have too many cons when I first got it, but 5 months later, I do now.
-This thing is huge. It is nearly impossible to reach the fan headers for my various case fans near the top of my motherboard; I have to use long tweezers and a 3 prong holder to reach them when I had to replace a bad fan.
-It loves to move in place. The retention bracket and so on is mounted correctly, this I am sure of, but this darn (pardon my language) thing loves to move at the slightest touch! I'm sure that's not good for the thermal paste; it probably has bubbles now. I will reapply a new coating soon, but this thing is a chore to take off and put back on.
-Like I said above, it moves. I'm not sure if it is always making full, flush contact with the CPU or not because it always moves.
Other Thoughts: I'm still pleased with it, but its naturally loose nature (as other people have mentioned) has me worried about whether or not I am utilizing its full potential. If it isn't staying exactly in place where I put it and is even slightly rotating at the slightest touch, how can I be sure it is making flush contact with the CPU?
For these reasons, I had to take off an egg.
This review is from: Rosewill RTK-015 15 Piece Standard Computer Tool Kit
Pros: It has every basic tool you need to build a computer. Nothing crazy for soldering or something like that (then again, how many casual computer builders need to do that?)
Neat little spare part organizer, helps me keep track of my spare screws and stand-offs.
Tweezers and three prong holder are life savers.
Carrier/storage case is nice and makes people think I'm a pro when I work on their computers.
Cons: The screwdrivers and nut drivers have almost no grip in your hand if you sweat at all. I'm not deducting an egg for this, but rubberized grips would be an amazing addition. Keep your hands especially dry when using these or you won't be able to turn anything. I don't know if anybody else has a sweaty palm problem when working on a computer in the dead of summer, but I do.
Other Thoughts: Like I said, the tweezers and three prong holder are life savers. I have big hands and my computer has a 212 EVO heatsink; getting to the cha_fan connectors on the top of my motherboard are near impossible because of the CPU cooler, but the tweezers and holder made my life so much easier by just slipping right in there to unplug the connector for a fan I was replacing. Plugging it back in was a bit more of a challenge, but the advantage of having them was extremely noticeable.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit
Pros: It's an operating system.
I have to admit, it is nice to have it automatically find new drivers and the such so everything runs the way it should. Didn't have that with Linux.
Compatibility is nice and well, no porting needed for games and the like.
Cons: It's Micro$oft.
Other Thoughts: I am tired of shelling out cash for this operating system. I would much prefer to be able to take a hard drive from an old computer and put it into a new build. But, nope, one license, one machine.
I think for my next build I'll just go back to Ubuntu. I miss it.
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