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Cooler Master HAF XB EVO - High Air Flow Test Bench and LAN Box Desktop Computer Case with ATX Motherboard Support
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Super easy to wire management, making this case look good is pretty simple. Hot swap bays work wonders.

Cons: It REALLY sucks if you have a sata cable unplug from the hot swap bay. The only solution is to dismantle everything (i.e GPU, front panel connectors, usb, motherboard tray, ect) plug it back in, and hope it doeasnt unplug again.

Other Thoughts: I wish Coolermaster would release an adapter that would make the 5.25" bays into hot swap bays identical to the other two.

Intel Pentium G3258 Haswell Dual-Core 3.2 GHz LGA 1150 53W BX80646G3258 Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: (NOTE THIS IS OVERCLOCKED TO 4GHZ ON A Z97 BOARD) Overall performance is comparable to most AMD quad core cpu's. I have alot experience with specifically the A10 5800k and the FX-4130. Overall the G3258 is faster, especially single core performance. The only time it was slower than the other two outside of gaming was when i was heavily multitasking (rendering on 3ds Max, Streaming Music, dowloading, seeding, and also working in photoshop). But lets get to the important bit, GAMING. I ran all CPU's with a 7970 or a R9 280x (literally the same card, just rebranded). The FPS i got were very close in all games. The G3258 fell behind was in games like Battlefield 4, but only by 7 frames at most. Another big advantage to the G3258 is that it is so cheap and on the 1150 socket. So when you want more perfomance, you can upgrade to a higher end i5 or i7.

Cons: The silicon lottery. Ran at 4.2ghz easily with a 1.2 vcore. But the highest i could get it to go was 4.4ghz, and to even get it stable i had to run with a 1.375 vcore! 1.375v! That is crazy high. But hey, luck of the draw

Other Thoughts: Makes me want a unlocked i3 SUPER bad

ASUS Z97-A LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Best motherboard i have ever owned 03/03/2015

This review is from: ASUS Z97-A LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Super easy to overclock. Currently running my 4690k @ 4.5ghz without issue. By far the best bios i have ever navigated trough. Setting up raid is easy as well. I currently have 2 512gb ssd's in raid 0 and 2 1.5tb's in raid 1.

Cons: Only 4 sata ports, but i knew that buying it.

Other Thoughts: Built in wifi would have been nice, but i'm just nit picking here. Overall an awesome board.


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Display Name: Cody

Date Joined: 10/10/12

  • Reviews: 11
  • Helpfulness: 3
  • First Review: 05/15/13
  • Last Review: 03/04/15
  • Most Favorable Review: 4 out of 5 eggs
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