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XIGMATEK Dark Knight II SD1283 Night Hawk Edition CPU Cooler with Stealth Aerospace Industry Thermal conductive ceramic coating LGA1150 Haswell Compatible
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: I do not trust liquid cooling...I know that view of things flies in the face of current technological expertise, but liquid cooling systems do occasionally leak. Huge problems can result. This CPU cooler does an excellent job of keeping things cool. Right now my chip (a 3770k) is in the low 30s. I have never seen it higher than the high 40s, and I play a lot of FPS games on max and near-max settings. This cooler does a fine job. Nuff said.

Cons: This cooler is a bear to install. Before building my current computer, I watched everything on the net about installing this cooler...probably eight or ten videos. When it came time to actually build the machine, despite the videos, and despite the included instructions...which are about one inch away from totally worthless...I still had problems with the installation. I found myself regretting that there were no rocket scientists living in my neighborhood. I finally got it installed, and I have never had cause for regret. One last thing: I did not use the included paste. I always use Zalman's thermal solution instead of the tube brands like Artic Silver. Zalman's "paints" on, so you never have to worry about an even coating, and painting is easy. Also, it does a great job. I did not have the problems mounting the fan that some have described. I do not know if this was a matter of luck, but for whatever reason, installing the fan was not an issue.

Other Thoughts: If you go with air cooling, if you get this cooler installed without going insane, you are going to be extremely happy with the product. It does what it is intended to do extremely well.

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Intel Core i7-3770K Ivy Bridge Quad-Core 3.5GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I73770K
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Tested, fast, flexible. The 4770k beats this CPU in some aspects and loses to it in others. All things taken together, the two are about the same. I bought my 3770K just as the Haswells were coming out. I went with the older technology because it was tested, efficient, and reliable, a proven CPU. I do not regret the choice. Now that the Haswell has established itself, which generation to buy is pretty much a matter of economics. One big plus for me is that it runs so cool: usually in the 30s and moving into the mid 40s when seriously gaming.

Cons: I really have nothing bad to say about the 3700K. It has the power to multitask easily.

Other Thoughts: I game a great deal, so this CPU may be overkill...the 3500K is perhaps the better price point for gamers since hyper threading is not really necessary; however, I like to keep my machines a while and upgrade one component at a time, so the 3700K seemed like a good way to go, working on the assumption that game design will be making use of the hyper threading potential sooner rather than later. Duration of ownership is closer to a year than not.

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Infinity Primus PC351BK Center Channel Speaker - Black Single
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs A Wonderful CS Speaker 01/14/2014

This review is from: Infinity Primus PC351BK Center Channel Speaker - Black Single

Pros: This is a three-way speaker with five speakers. My first CS speaker was two-channels with three speakers. I am an old codger who wears hearing aids. The first speaker came highly recommended, but it just didn't work for me. The infinity produces wonderfully clear and crisp dialogue without me having any concerns about volume. The extra speakers and sound separation make all the difference.

Cons: Make sure that you check the dimensions of this speaker before you buy it. It is huge and heavy. However, should you happen to forget to check the specs, do not under any circumstances send it back. Just spring for a new entertainment center. This speaker is that good.

Other Thoughts: You can sometimes find this speaker on sale here and other places. Accordingly, I'd suggest you keep your eyes open and be patient.

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Display Name: Henry D.

Date Joined: 12/25/05

  • Reviews: 34
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  • First Review: 03/21/07
  • Last Review: 06/05/14
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