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GIGABYTE GA-Z97MX-Gaming 5 LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: everything still running very well, i did a little overclocking with the bios and the core i3 4150 dual core cpu haswell refresh part its not much but was able to net another 150MHZ out of the cpu and got it to 3686.75 GHZ with a 104.30 Base Clock the system would not post at 104.50 base clock. my system memory only had to bump up 72mhz which is nothing.

did not add any voltages to anything just left it at auto and disabled all the power management settings. was hitting super pi 1MB times at 10.235 almost broke into the 9 second realm and that was with little effort i didnt even bother to boot into safe mode and disable explorer.exe and all unnecessary processes or msconfig anything, so might of been able to hit around 9 secs, for the benchmark folks out their who might of been curious. thats with a Corsair CX430M bronze power supply so it dosent have that super super tight voltage control that overclocking demands for perfection.

Cons: None yet.

i guess if i had to list something as a con, i mean im really nit picking here, i would say the mounting system for the heat sinks on the power regulator circuitry could have been mounted a bit more securely they wiggle to easily for my taste. But thats an easy DIY fix Imo.

Other Thoughts: Audio is still great, i love to turn the crystallizer setting all the way up in the XFi MB3 suite software and be able to hear finite audio details in my games i never noticed before lol. im asking people all the time "Did you hear that" and they say i cant hear anything at all LOL, the headphones im useing are not super great just some Logitech G230's for 50$.

i got tripped out a few times and had to take my headphones off to check and make sure that some sounds where not coming from inside my house when i was playing Path Of Exile

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Intel Core i3-4150 Haswell Dual-Core 3.5GHz LGA 1150 54W Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4400 BX80646I34150
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: *Low Power Consumption

*Hyper-threading enabled

*Very high instruction per clock calculation, runs circles around A*D 6 core cpu's in efficiency for both power usage and data processing

*Literally half the performance of a $300 core i7 Cpu for only 120$ with the current rebate

*Can handle playing planet side 2 on high settings with 100% render distance at 1080P with a GTX650ti GPU and standard 8GB 4x2GB DDR3 1600mhz at a solid 60FPS in heavy battles 50+ people and hell on earth going on every where.

* Can handle Live streaming to Twitch.TV at high resolution with the GTX650ti that im useing. unfortunately my internet connection cannot lol
CPU Usage on windows 7 dedicated strickly for gaming reaches around 70% load while streaming and gameplay still holds solid and smooth while it streams. that to me is amazing how a dual core can take that kinda punishment and not choke.

Cons: NONE

dual core cpu's from intel have not only improved from an IPC stand point and power usage but they have become such a bargain for the performance your getting that they basically scream at pc gamers

"BUY Me and you will not regret it"

Other Thoughts: dual core cpu's from intel have not only improved from an IPC stand point and power usage but they have become such a bargain for the performance your getting that they basically scream at pc gamers

"BUY ME"

it handles any PC game on the market like its nothing. and scales well with higher end GPU's

Pair this CPU with a samsung 840 evo ssd 250GB and standard frequency ram like ddr3 1600mhz and you'll be blown away at how fast your games load from level switches/zones, to texture loading.

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SAMSUNG 840 EVO MZ-7TE250BW 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: i get slightly above rated speeds on the Gigabyte Z97MX gaming 5 motherboard,

boot to desktop before i can sit down in my chair and get my headphones on.

games load ridiculously fast and thats with rapid mode disabled.

Cons: dont have money to buy a 2nd one.

Other Thoughts: if the ssd last for over at least a year and half before it fails it wouldnt even phase me because i would have been made happy for over 365 days of pure speed and near loading screen extinction levels of performance.

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jonathan R.'s Profile

Display Name: jonathan R.

Date Joined: 02/23/07

  • Reviews: 17
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  • First Review: 02/20/10
  • Last Review: 07/22/14
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