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This review is from: ASUS SABERTOOTH Z77 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Pros: This motherbaord was on my wishlist for a while and ive now had about a year with it and it has really been a great product for me. Works great with my i5 3570k the overclocking is really easy and overall its just a well put together product. has usb 3.0 and it works great. hooks up to the various case ports on my coolermaster cosmos II. This motherboard really doesnt miss a beat.
Cons: Not a big con. but the shrouding or armor on the mobo does allow for a place for dust to get stuck in so be sure to use your compressed air under the armor to blow any hiding dust out.
Other Thoughts: great higher end motherboard for the ivy bridge setups. i have 16 gb of g skill and run a 660 GTX FTW by eVga i5 3570k, 2 OCZ solid states.
-no SLI yet-
This review is from: COOLER MASTER Silent Pro Hybrid RS-850-SPHA-D3 850W Intel ATX 12V V2.3 & SSI EPS 12V V2.92 SLI CrossFire 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Panel Power Supply with Fan Control
Pros: I really like this power supply. Simple design and easy to set up. Truly modular unlike many power supplies that have some modular and some cables non removable. Comes with a fan control unit. Cables were able to reach anything i needed them to in the very large cooler master cosmos II case.
Cons: no major cons. didnt really use the fan control unit part because it didnt seem to fit well on my cooler master cosmos II case. This i felt kind of strange since they both are cooler-master products....
Other Thoughts: great psu solid design truly modular and highly functional.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Great Structure, Solid Design. Fantastic cable routing system, Creative sliding front door and top to reveal drives and power buttons and fan controls. Bottom mounted and bottom vented PSU. The doors are hinged and can be taken completely off the case (which i realized halfway through my build...this guy doesn't like instructions) Pretty much all tool less for anything that you would want to be tool less. (personally i like my pci cards to be screws not tool less so it was perfect for me) The case in provided with plenty of fans but more can be added (to the side door or top of case) the Cosmos II doesn't actually sit on the ground because of the roll cage like bars on the bottom that are matched on the top. These serve the purpose of allowing the air flow to come from every direction reducing dead zones which create heat, making this design superior to the last cosmos case which you really could only knock it for its airflow. This case fixed that and then some. Having built a system with the cosmos I and now the cosmos II i can say that the cosmos II is the best case i have ever worked with. USB 3.0 and eSATA on the front of the case to boot!!! Really a dream for anyone who loves building PC's
Cons: The instructions sort of suck. but this seems to be a common theme with cases for the most part, sadly it can really cause some unneeded headaches. Costly but it should be a case that wont need a replacement for a long long time. HEAVY HEAVY HEAVY this crazy mamma jamma almost weights 60 pounds naked so fully loaded its not that easy to move it so be happy where you put it! No removable Mobo tray but im a sucker for those so some may not mind that at all.
Other Thoughts: This is my current build
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series16GB (4 x 4GB)
2 OCZ Vertex 4 128 GB SSDs
Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz
ZALMAN CNPS9900MAX-B 135mm
COOLER MASTER Silent Pro Hybrid RS-850 watt
EVGA GeForce GTX 660 FTW Sig 2 2GB 192-bit GDDR5
ASUS SABERTOOTH Z77 LGA 1155
COOLER MASTER COSMOS II RC-1200-KKN1 Black Steel