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Noctua NH-U14S 140mm SSO2-Bearing (Self-stabilising oil-presure bearing) CPU Cooler
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Pros: I can not praise Noctua enough... Firstly, let's just get performance out of the way. It's awesome, it matches any close-loop water cooler's temps, but does it quietly, and if you're like me, having water in my $3000 system really just isn't something I'm feeling.

I don't want to start a debate or knock anyone's preferences, I just don't understand watercooling, I think it is more of a fad than a practical technology, but when and if it improves I'll open my mind a bit. I'm not saying that professional water-cooling set ups aren't more effective, but it's not practical for the price, and especially for the risk.

The NH-U14S is what you get when you don't want to have RAM incompatibilities with giant coolers. It keeps the CPU nice and cool around 32-33c and is QUIET, like a ninja.

75 bucks man, no risk of water on your gear (think about that for a minute)......

Cons: Noctua colors, which you will learn to love the more you experience the quality of their products.

SeaSonic X Series X-850 (SS-850KM3 Active PFC F3) 850W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS 12V v2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Full Modular Active PFC Power Supply New 4th Gen CPU Certified Haswell Ready
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: This PSU is solid, and you can sum up the level of quality relatively fast, even without the elaborate packaging and, yes, "sacks" to store your cables in... I'm not complaining, I just think its bizarre lol. Not sure if I bought a PSU or a bottle of Crown...

Make no mistake though, there are few occasions where product quality really does justify a little packaging bling, and when you buy a PSU, and you have the money to make sure you get the best brand on the market, you buy a Seasonic.

Cons: This isn't a con, but for those out there that haven't done a build in a few years, or even if you're just replacing an older PSU, there is one step that is a bit different. As most people know, this PSU, and most modern quality PSUs are fully modular in order to grant better cable management. You'll notice that on the Seasonic X 850 there is an upper row of labels, and a bottom row; indicating which output connectors you should use, such as MB, PCI-E, Peripherals etc..

When you connect your 24 pin ATX connector which will extend out from the bottom row, there is an additional connector on the PSU side of the cable that plugs into one of the connectors on the top row. Your PC won't boot if you forget to plug that in. If my description seems complicated or vague, don't worry, you'll see exactly what I mean when you get yours.

Other Thoughts: Awesomeness.

Intel Core i7-4771 Haswell Quad-Core 3.5GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) LGA 1150 84W BX80646I74771 Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4600
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Excellent CPU, for high-end systems that aren't designed for overclocking. This CPU can be overclocked, but it is designed for mild overclocking, generally controlled by "pre-sets" in your system bios. It has a very, and I mean very mild speed boost over the 4770k but won't translate to much in actual performance.

Also good for virtualization. Yeah.... I guess that's good. Get this CPU if you aren't into overclocking, if you want to tinker and push your gear, get the 4770k.

Cons: The speed increase just doesn't justify the extra 20 bucks.


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Display Name: wallace l.

Date Joined: 02/07/10

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  • First Review: 12/26/13
  • Last Review: 02/26/14
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