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Pros: Put it to you this way. People are dropping GTX 780's, 4770k's, and all sorts of top of the line gear into this humble looking case. The reason for this is because it is the best MicroATX case out there. The airflow is great, and will accomodate an SLI or crossfire installation of some LONG graphics cards. I verified I could stuff two GTX 770 HOFs into mine. What's more? Room for two 240mm radiators? Check. This case is very easy to work with, actually it is a pleasure to tinker with. The thumbscrews and snaps mean that you almost never need to resort to tools for most jobs (the back panel covers have thumbscrews too, but they were shipped too tight to unscrew without a screwdriver). Of course, you can buy your own thumbscrews, but you can't get a case that is this well developed at this price point.
Cons: So you decided to go small and make a MicroATX build? Fact is, Corsair cannot violate physical laws. If you want to put a long GPU into a case, the case will have to be longer than the GPU. Space for wire management or a crazy air cooled radiator also means the case has to be wide. Don't expect space savings from this case unless you have some kind of full tower or custom rig.
Other Thoughts: Unlike the video with Joanne, I find the front plate pops off quite easily. Sometimes it unsnaps while I am grasping the case it to turn it around, lay it on its side, etc. while working on it. Also call me dumb, it took me a good minute or two of hunting to find the power and reset button.
The side of the case is glossy, when taking photos you tend to get yourself pictured in the glare unless you just go ahead and take off the side.
Pros: Gorgeous card, the fastest 770. 2 GB is plenty. The price is great if you can find it. I was making a black and white build and this card was crucial. Hats off to Galaxy for making this card, clearly someone over there has some guts and vision and broke through the corporate rigamortis. Galaxy made a thing of beauty and awesomeness.
Cons: Sadly, mine arrived DOA. I tried to get "24/7 tech support" but I just had to do a ticket and go back and forth with email. Tech support was terrible -- they asked for my full specs, even after I created a ticket with my full specs attached (using a software called Speccy). They kept asking me for full specs, it was like asking a vegan to plan a bbq. I just think they don't care about high end computing, where do they find these guys? Called them in the middle of the night, the answer was (after a long pause) "Hello?"
Other Thoughts: Galaxy is binning their GPUs and giving the best ones to this card. Makes you wonder about how far GPU Boost will take their other cards.... Also it is a long card so make sure you have clearance. I was waiting and waiting for this card to come up in stock, when I did, I ordered it. Happened to be DOA -- coincidence? I have my suspicions that Galaxy cut corners and it cost me some shipping. It's a crying shame this HOF is discontinued. I tell ya. A real shame.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Thermaltake Water 3.0 Extreme (CLW0224) Water/Liquid CPU Cooler 240MM
Pros: This is a performance mod -- you don't need this much cooling unless you are pumping some serious voltage into your chip -- for the purposes of overclocking. That said, when overclocking my 4770K, I ran a test for a full hour At 1.39 volts, 100% CPU load using a benchmarking program. My cores all firing, none of them hit 80 C, sometimes spiked to the upper 70's though. They say 1.25V is the max you can run on air, so that's about 200-400 MHz worth of extra voltage, depending on your chip.
Also if customization is your thing, the water block has a very flat and even surface, cylindrical if you will. This is great for spray painting or decals.
Cons: Foam padding for backplate (on the backside of the motherboard) is not removeable. Once you stick it on, it's a commitment to this cooler. Okay, unless you rip the foam -- but then, you got foam gunk on the back of your motherboard. Whatever.
The copper face came with a little dent, tiny little nick basically, in the face of the cooler. How else to explain that the factory thermal paste was untouched but when cleaned off, revealed a tiny dent? Still, at that point you just soldier on right?
The backplate has three holes on each of the four corners, into which you insert a screw hole. Well, the instructions didn't cover this, but at least with my ASUS GENE, the holes they instructed to use didn't fit the holes for a socket 1150 -- wasn't even close. I had to use trial and error, it was a major pain. Literally took an hour to bolt it in there. The water block's holes lined up just fine, somehow.
Other Thoughts: You may want to consider push/pull.READ FULL REVIEW