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WD Black 2TB Performance Desktop Hard Disk Drive - 7200 RPM SATA 6 Gb/s 64MB Cache 3.5 Inch - WD2003FZEX
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Price, I got these on for a ridiculous price-- from newegg I should note. 2 of them ended up costing me 189.99, so for that price I cannot complain.

Reliability, I have had several of these drives in other rigs, including the one I was replacing, and they have been solid for me.

Size, decent size.

Noise, so far, not so bad. These are basically storage drives for my gaming rig.

Cons: None so far. But time will tell.

ASUS RAMPAGE V EXTREME LGA 2011-v3 Intel X99 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Extended ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Features, OC potential, expansion potential, reputation of the brand, 3 yr warranty, updated Bios (coming from a Sabertooth X58... yeah, I know).

Cons: Price, but you get what you pay for here. A few stability issues (see other thoughts), and the location of the ATX power plugs for the CPU can be a pain (see other thoughts).

Other Thoughts: I got this motherboard because of the features it offered and the reputation of the Asus enthusiast motherboards. I'm not disappointed with my purchase, but I do have a few things that you might want to think about.

My rig has a custom liquid cooling setup (res, cpu, rad, gpus, rad, res). I as I was setting up the rad at the top of the case in push-pull, space to squeeze the ATX power plugs in became a concern of mine. Now, this is partly due to the case I am using (NZXT Phenom 630 Windowed Edition, which I also wrote a review on). My fans are soooooooo close to the mobo that it was a tight fit getting the plugs in, and then I had to get them so the spar pins from 1 of the plugs didn't go up into the fan. Making matters a little more tricky was the DirectCU, which further limits space. Now like I said, I think this is more of the case I was using and not the board itself, so I can't fault it for that, but I want people to be aware and plan a little better than I did.

Otherwise there was a stability issue when trying to OC the CPU, but a Bios update fixed that.

I would highly recommend this product to anyone looking for an A+ 2011-3 motherboard with all the bells and whistles

NZXT Phantom 630 Windowed Edition Gunmetal Steel / Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: - Mostly metal
- Removable hard drive bays
- mounting for SSD's on rear of motherboard tray
- Space
- Price (on sale)
- Good amount of front panel connections
- Filters for fans

Cons: Clearance at the top of the case could be better, it could cause problems depending on how you are cooling your system

Additionally, the length of the case could also cause some problems.

Other Thoughts: The cons reflect the fact that the system I built was liquid cooled and that I ran into radiator problems.

On the top of the case a 45mm 360 radiator will take up the top 5 inch bay. And depending on your motherboard, you might not even be able to fit all of your fans onto a radiator that size (which was the problem I ended up running into, simply not enough clearance between the top of the motherboard tray and the top of the case). There is little you can do about this sense there isn't enough room to put the radiator where the top 200mm fans would go (part of that is because of the front panel USB and switches, the other part has to do with height clearance).

I ended up getting a 30mm 360 radiator and that fits nicely and I can have the fans setup in push-pull with no issues.

On the bottom of the case you may run into length issues if you liquid cool. The space between the power supply and a radiator can be tight. I am running an EVGA g2 850 and there is just enough room to get everything connected with the radiator in there. If you have a PSU over 7 inches long, you are probably in for trouble. The system I built had a 65mm 240 radiator on the bottom, and it is a tight fit, with basically no wiggle room once the radiator was secured to the case.

All in all I think that this is a great case, and if you are air cooling you won't have any problems. If you are liquid cooling, it does have a few areas that need improvement, but it is still a good case overall.


Garrett C.'s Profile

Display Name: Garrett C.

Date Joined: 03/16/04

  • Reviews: 10
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  • First Review: 12/23/13
  • Last Review: 10/20/14
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