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

Pros: This is a very overclockable processor. I used this processor to build my wife a new computer. I upgraded her from a core 2 quad q9500 and a Geforce GT630. Running 4.2 GHz on air at 1.95 v. With my Corsair H110 installed I'm running 4.6 GHz at 2.05v. Running Prime95 for 45 minutes temps topped out at 55C. Using the integrated graphics this rig easily bested her old computer by a good margin. My wife uses her computer for web browsing and photo editing.

Cons: None for it's current mission.

Fractal Design Arc Midi R2 FD-CA-ARC-R2-BL-W Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: I built my wife a new computer using this case. It was the most painless build I've ever done. The case is very well thought out, and the aesthetics are very nice. Lots of cooling options and spaces for extra fans. Unlike some of the other reviews I found the case fan controller to be well worthwhile. The included fans are very quiet and I can only tell a difference in the speed of the fans by opening Gigabyte's System Information App. I found that the CORSAIR Hydro Series H110 fit nicely in the top of the case. I do not have an optical drive installed in the computer.

Cons: It would be nice if the top filter was a removable magnetic filter like some NZXT and Thermaltake cases, but I don't plan on removing the filters that often.

Other Thoughts: Wife's Computer:

Fractal Design Arc Midi
Intel Pentium G3258 @ 4.6 Ghz running at 55 C at full load!
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB
WD 1 TB Storage drive
CORSAIR Hydro Series H110

Xigmatek MIDGARD II CCC-AM36BS-U01 Black Steel + Aluminum and Aluminum Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: The case is stylish and understated. The interior is well designed with with good cable management. The top bay is designed for a slim-line drive so I installed my old Sony slot loading DVD-RW and it looks great. The case comes with two case fans, but I usually like to use better fans, so not a con for me. I was able to shoehorn my Corsair H-100 into the top of the case, but it took some work. Once I installed the radiator inside underneath the top of the case I had to replace the back case fan with a Yate Loon 120 X 20 MM fan to make it fit. I have a pair of Corsair SP120 Quiet Edition fans on the top of the case blowing in. I also installed two Cougar 140 MM silent intake fans on the side panel, with a DEMCiflex 140 X 280 magnetic filter over them to keep out the dust. Case temps are about 2 C above ambient and the processor is running at 37 C under load and it is quiet! I've used the top mounted external port for 2.5" or 3.5" hard drives several times and it works well.

Cons: The case was just a little too tight for the H-100. I had to bend the clips on the top filter out and shave a little off the back of the rear fan to get the top to sit down properly. The screws that came with the case for the slim drive were too short so I had to order some more.

Other Thoughts: MSI Z77A-G43 LGA 1155
Intel Core i5-3570K running at stock speed
Flor now using Intel HD 4000 graphics
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1600
Corsair Force 3 240 GB SSD
2 SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB hard drives in RAID 1 as my data drive
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Display Name: Jeff B.

Date Joined: 10/12/02

  • Reviews: 6
  • Helpfulness: 1
  • First Review: 01/29/07
  • Last Review: 08/04/15
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