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Intel Core i7-4820K Ivy Bridge-E Quad-Core 3.7GHz (Turbo 3.9GHz) LGA 2011 130W Desktop Processor BX80633i74820K
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: I get it, it's only a 4-core, BUT...
It's $20 cheaper than the 4770k, and better, stronger, faster!
Coupled this with a $200 X79 motherboard, had an excellent result.
The way I see things, the money invested is equal to a premium Z87 setup, but the return in performance is a little bit better. I now have the option of upgrading to the 6-core without replacing all my hardware, too--makes me a happy camper.

Cons: You will need to purchase aftermarket cooling, but stock HSFs have sucked for years, so hopefully you would plan to in spite of any CPU you buy. The last 3 builds I did I just threw away the stock HSF immediately.

Other Thoughts: Under the NZXT X40 Kraken, my CPU idles at 28.5 C stock. That 75 degrees Farenheit, my house is cool at about 68. That's amazing for an out of the box AIO cooler :D
With overclocking, accomplished 4.7GHZ stable, 35 C
Under full load, 54.5 C.
This is with the fan ramping up to 50%, the stock Kraken is a bit loud, but I'll be replacing the fan which should remedy this.

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SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD256BW 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Fleet as a cheetah. Light as a feather.

For the premium speed and Samsung reliability, the price is wonderful. I've seen lots of other brands priced higher than $199.

Cons: Takes some tweaking to utilize all 256GB. Out of the box it showed only 238GB available. This is due to the current firmware--Not enough to deduct an egg.

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Pioneer Black 16X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 5X DVD-RAM 12X BD-ROM SATA Blu-ray Burner BDR-2209
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Fast. Works. Writes BluRays and can play them with the proper software licenses.

Cons: None. See other thoughts.

Other Thoughts: It would be nice if BD-R players started being packaged with a full media suite so they could support BluRay playback out of the box. I'd pay the extra $50 or whatever, just so I had peace of mind that the included software wouldn't be neutered to read/write only.

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Adam E.'s Profile

Display Name: Adam E.

Date Joined: 01/22/11

  • Reviews: 39
  • Helpfulness: 16
  • First Review: 04/29/11
  • Last Review: 03/05/14
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