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Intel Core i5-4590 Haswell Quad-Core 3.3GHz LGA 1150 84W Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4600 BX80646I54590
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: About what you expect from a new Core i5 processor. Four fast cores, plenty of heat, nice performance.

Cons: Supplied heatsink is mostly useful as a shiny paperweight.

Other Thoughts: The stock Intel cooler is barely passable. Suggest getting a third party heatsink as it seems the days of being able to use a stock CPU cooler are long gone.

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Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO - CPU Cooler with 120 mm PWM Fan
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

3 out of 5 eggs Installation is a nightmare 06/07/2014

This review is from: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO - CPU Cooler with 120 mm PWM Fan

Pros: Keeps a hot CPU quite cool and is very quiet.

Cons: How do I count the number of ways it was a PITA to install this cooler?
-The instructions are worthless. Throw these away and Google a guide from a third party.
-The included screwdriver is barely useful. Better not to use it if you don't like stripped out screws.
-The X shaped retention bracket barely fits under the cooler, and you have to blindly line it up in the center and with a pin that clocks it into place. The 'clocking' by the way keeps it from rotating about +/- 5 degrees.
-Have to install the fan dead last, but there's no easy way to get it on or off the cooler without twisting it around due to the slop in clocking.

Other Thoughts: There must be better options out there. Although the price on this model is pretty good, I'm not sure I would buy it again.

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Intel 730 Series SSDSC2BP240G4R5 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Just put this in a new rig, installed a load of software and Microsoft updates, and it's still clicking along at like-new speed. Impressive compared to so many other SSD's I've owned that work well for about the first hour or two and then give up the ghost.

Cons: Price is a little high, but then again you're getting a premium product.

Other Thoughts: If you're looking for a fast and consistent SSD drive to build a long-term system around, this one is worth a look.

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Display Name: James S.

Date Joined: 12/13/03

  • Reviews: 7
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  • First Review: 02/10/13
  • Last Review: 06/07/14
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