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Intel Core i5-4690K Haswell Quad-Core 3.5GHz LGA 1150 Desktop Processor BX80646I54690K
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Essentially a free upgrade bump vs. the i5-4670K. If you already own an i5-4670K, there is no reason to go to the i5-4690K, unless you are overclocking. Even then, it's only a modest bump.

Cons: Intel claims you must have a Z97 motherboard to use the Haswell refresh CPUs. In reality, most motherboard manufacturers have released BIOS updates to their Z87 boards to support the refresh, but it's annoying to see Intel making this claim.

Other Thoughts: This CPU is literally the same silicon as the i5-4670K, but with a better thermal package for overclocking. It's great at what it does and is an excellent refresh offering, but if you already own another Haswell CPU, you're better off waiting until Broadwell (whenever that may be).

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Fractal Design Core 3000 FD-CA-CORE-3000-USB3-BL Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Very nice design, solidly built, great value. Black interior with white highlights looks nice. Drive cages are well-spaced for ventilation. Thumb screws everywhere!

Cons: The white metal drive caddies tend to get a little warped. White plastic caddies caddies would have been more appropriate. It would be nice if it were a little wider, which would make it easier to work in, and would allow for a 200mm fan in the front/top (like the HAF series). LEDs are literally painfully bright.

Other Thoughts: Following the suggestion of other reviewers, I took a sharpie to the LEDs, which reduced the brightness a little.

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Rosewill HIVE Series HIVE-650 650W Continuous @40°C, 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified, Modular Design, Single +12V Rail, ATX12V v2.31/EPS12V v2.92, SLI Ready, CrossFire Ready, Active-PFC Power Supply
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Nice specs.

Cons: Product which arrived wasn't as it was described here. (Wasn't a con for me; see below.)

Other Thoughts: The product photos here show standard multicolored round-bundled cables wrapped in black mesh. The PSU which arrived had modular cables which were moulded flat and all-black. IMHO this works a lot better and looks very nice (especially combined with my Fractal Design case with a black interior), but keep in mind it wasn't the same as was described.

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Ryan F.'s Profile

Display Name: Ryan F.

Date Joined: 06/17/02

  • Reviews: 22
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  • First Review: 09/25/08
  • Last Review: 07/07/14
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