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This review is from: MSI H81M-P33 LGA 1150 Intel H81 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
Pros: An H81 MB that allows overclocking!!!! Running an i5- 4690K at 4.4ghz. Stable as a rock. Just changed multiplier. An H81 MB that allows overclocking!!!!
Cons: Can you really have a con on a $45.00 MB that can be had on sale for much less? If I had to nitpick it would be because the memory profiles only go up to DDR3 1600.
Other Thoughts: If you are between an I3 and an I5 due to your budget this MB can help you get the i5. There are 3 areas where I skimp when building my PC(if I have to). The case, memory brand name,and the MB. I don't skimp on PSU, CPU, GPU and CPU cooler in that order.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: CORSAIR Hydro Series H60 (CW-9060007-WW/RF) Water Cooler Manufactured Recertified
Pros: Great price. Seems like it was brand new. Comes with the shrink wrap plastic on the box. Cools much better than stock cooler especially when running Intel burn test.
Cons: Tubing is a little stiff. But I did use a micro-atx board so it has a good bend to it.
Other Thoughts: Bought mostly for the fact that the stock Intel cooler is so unbelievably bad. The way it mounts through the four holes...READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Heavy steel. Durable. Cool lights if you like that sort of bling.
Cons: Outdated. Cheap fans that are poorly placed. Case released in early 2008. Much more modern options out there. For same price you can get a Corsair, Fractal Design, Phanteks, etc
Other Thoughts: It was a good buy for me in 2009. Passed it on to my son in late 2012. Buying him a Fractal Design R4 for his birthday. The Smilodon will live on when sold to one of his friends .READ FULL REVIEW