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Pros: First things first, this card looks amazing! The cooler on it does an amazing job of keeping this power hungry card cool and the backplate just keeps the look clean. Powers through everything in 1080p and does a solid job at 1440p. Considering you can get this card for less than $300 most of the time, this card is an amazing deal. The card stays cool and quiet, and has had zero issues.
Other Thoughts: Sometimes I've been caught up in the hype train when it comes to graphics cards and the ridiculous suite of extras they come with. This card just simply works! Installed card, installed drivers, and play games, no extra stuff needed.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: This chip runs cool, fast, and can handle everything thrown at it like a beast. Easily overclocked to 4.6 ghz and could probably go higher, but I don't want to risk messing up the chip. The Corsair H110i GTX I installed with it might be overkill for this chip as even overclocked and running at 100% the temps on the hottest core barely creep up to 60C. It was easy to install and there is not a better option within $50 either way. I absolutely do not have any remorse for going for the i7 as there are only 1 or 2 programs I might run that could leverage the extra threads and the performance gains there are no where near enough to justify an extra $100. If in the future more games and software leverage hyper-threading I may upgrade but as for the foreseeable future I am 100% happy with this processor.
Other Thoughts: Be careful when overclocking this chip if you have a beastly cooling solution attached to it. I almost made the mistake of setting a temp target to judge my overclocks and that would simply not work here, as I feel I could try to push the 5 ghz mark and potentially ruin the processor without ever coming close to thermal throttling.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Like the title says, this is hands down the best case I've ever owned. The solid aluminum construction and clean aesthetics make this case worth every cent. Super easy to build in and cable manage, and hides all of the cables completely keeping your build looking nice and clean. Despite it's size there are plenty of fan and radiator mounting options. Personally I installed 3 120mm in the front (intake), the corsair H110i GTX in the top (exhaust), and a 140mm fan in the rear (exhaust). Going for an equal to positive pressure scenario. Someone might complain about heavy this case is, and it is (especially after you put all your hardware in there), but the superb build quality definitely tells the tale of why. Personally adding a couple of extra pounds for solid aluminum construction that feels ridiculously sturdy. The lack of 5.25" bays may turn some off, but I haven't used an internal optical drive for a couple of years now, and it helps maintain the very clean look on the front. The airflow through this case is amazing, without a hard drive cage interfering with airflow, and air flowing directly towards the GPU and across the motherboard everything stays cool.
Other Thoughts: If you are considering buying this case please do your research before buying. This case is meant to provide builders with a very clean and unobtrusive look to their systems. There aren't alot of hard drive mounting options under the shroud (only 2 drives will fit), however there also two more on the back of the motherboard tray for SSD mounting. Something to keep in mind and plan for when planning your system. You can install additional hard drive mounts inside the case that could ruin the look your going for and obstruct airflow to the rest of your components. For me it was perfect, I run 2 SSD's and 2 Hard Drives, so the mounting options were a perfect fit and all you see through the window are the components I want to be seen.READ FULL REVIEW