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Pros: Blazing fast CPU from both a gaming and photo editing perspective. Debated between this and the 3770K model, but since I will not overclock, decided to save the money and go for the 3770.
Cons: The stock heatsink and fan included are absolutely horrible. Other reviews mention this but it is worse than my worst expectations. I had to knock an egg off for that. See comments.
Other Thoughts: When running software such as photoshop and photomatix, the cpu temps were 60 C and spiked to over 80 C with stock cooler and no overclocking. The temps on all cores even spiked to 95 C while merging a 9 exp HDR image in photomatix. I know this is still below the max rating but 90+ is beyond my comfort zone. After installing CM 212 plus, temps are back down to 25 C and spike to 50-55 C.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: - Great case and good airflow design with multiple fan options.
- USB 3.0
- The handles are surprisingly useful
- fits virtually any graphics card with room to spare
- came with 3 pre-installed case fans (1 rear, 2 red LED front)
Cons: I hate to leave cons blank...because there are none!
Other Thoughts: For the price you cannot beat this case ($69.99 after rebate). I also considered the CM HAF 912 case but went with the Scout because of the looks. Looks matter.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Corel Paintshop Pro X4
Pros: easy to use, can do most editing tasks, fun to make hdr photos, works with layers and raw files which is a big plus at this price point. Bought this during a sale for next to nothing (assuming my rebate comes through!)
Cons: I was first introduced to PSP 7 and was using PSP 9 before upgrading to X4. I actually miss the old layout and window color scheme. Also, sometimes instead of simply giving an error, the whole program decides to crash when you try to do something unintended like hdr merging tiff files.
Other Thoughts: I've experimented with photoshop and will admit it's a powerful piece of software but it takes time and training. 90% of what can be done in photoshop can be done with paintshop pro at a fraction of the price and without months of training!READ FULL REVIEW