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Intel Core i7-4770K Haswell Quad-Core 3.5GHz LGA 1150 84W Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics BX80646I74770K
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: This processor is very fast, not just for the 3.5ghz speed but also it's architecture. Having upgraded from a first-generation i7-920 2.4ghz, as you would expect it was a world of difference. While it has a very slight edge over a 'regular' 4770 out of the box (albeit with higher power usage and temperature), it is much better suited to overclocking if that's your need.

Cons: As others have pointed out, this is not really a con of the processor but the heatsink+fan that comes with it - This thing runs quite hot even without overclock which is normal for the K itself, however you will _need_ a better cooler for the chip to be reliable. I'm using a Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO and that does the trick perfectly.

Other Thoughts: By trade, I do 3D visualization and animation via 3ds-max & Vray both at work and home. Although I had a badly outdated processor on this machine before, my render times have been cut by more than half when rendering on CPU. It also devours heavy-running games like a boss.

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Cooler Master HAF 932 Advanced - High Air Flow Full Tower Computer Case with USB 3.0 and All-Black Interior
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: This case is exactly what you would expect from Cooler Master at it's price, with functionality that matches it's solid build quality and presentation. The case is very spacious and well-organized with mounting points and options for almost any configuration, and the fans it comes with are exemplary. Especially considering the two massive fans on the side and top, they run quiet and smooth without the blasts of exhaust air you would expect from a case labeled for it's airflow. Accessibility for cables and hardware installation is superb. While the front intake fan is illuminated, the red LED's are set to an appropriate level of brightness. It also supplies an abundant set of front USB and audio sockets.

Cons: None for function, although the PCI brackets can take some doing to fit right.. The price is on the higher end for a full-tower, but you can see where the extra cost has gone.

Other Thoughts: I ordered this case specifically because my old system's poor airflow was an issue and this case provides ample air cooling. It's a no-brainer if you're running an SLi/Crossfire setup or have crowded hardware.

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EVGA 02G-P3-1568-KR GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 2GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Great performance for the price, no drivers/software issues so far and handles long sessions of peak output easily.

Cons: None. For users with especially small cases space may be an issue.

Other Thoughts: I upgraded from dual GTS-250's to one of these, and the performance increase was startling. As a card in the $250 range it handles graphically intensive games very well; Although it struggles on higher settings during Battlefield 3 and Metro 2033 (mind that I use 1920x1080 on both monitors, and supported with 16gb DDR3 RAM and an i7-920) it doesn't sweat for titles like TES:V Skyrim or Sins of a Solar Empire even with everything cranked up.

I've also used this card for rendering hefty scenes with 3DS Max & Vray, and even after many sessions of successive nights of 24-hour hard running the card shows no problems or fatigue.

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Display Name: James R.

Date Joined: 04/20/09

  • Reviews: 4
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  • First Review: 06/03/09
  • Last Review: 08/07/14
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