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ASUS MAXIMUS VI HERO-R LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard - Certified - Grade A Certified Refurbished
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Using this board with an i7 4790K and it's a wonderful combination. I followed the instructions in the ROG forum on updating the EUFI BIOS prior to installing CPU and RAM etc. and everything is working beautifully. Also the board looks and performs like new. Even still had the plastic film on the chipset heat-sink.

Cons: Onboard audio not all they make it out to be. Maybe if you have never owned a discrete soundcard the audio might be fine. It is really good for onboard, but I guess I got spoiled by my old (PCI) Xonar DS 7.1 soundcard. Can't use it though, board doesn't have any legacy PCI slots.

The board also came with the wrong I/O shield in the box. None of the ports even came close to lining up. Called ASUS support and they tried telling me that there was NO WAY they packed it with the wrong one, Newegg must have swapped it! Really asus?! Newegg somehow got through your box seal, swapped I/O sheilds, resealed the box so no one could tell and are giggling like school girls at their cleverness. Found one on the bay for $14 free shipping.

Other Thoughts: Despite the audio not meeting my expectations and the wrong I/O shield, I LOVE this board! Would give asus support a -1 egg for trying to blame newegg for the I/O shield.

RAIJINTEK ZELOS, Low profile CPU cooler, 3 pcs 6mm nickel plating Heat-pipe, 9015 PWM fan, Total height of 44mm including fan, Supports Intel & AMD modern CPU sockets and platforms
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: I've built a lot of computers and used a lot of different CPU coolers. I've built custom water cooling loops and closed loop liquid coolers. My experience is, you get what you pay for. This is a $20 cooler and that is what you get. SLIGHTLY better temps using Arctic MX4 than the stock cooler that comes with an Intel core i5 4690 (also using MX4). Fan looks cool.

Cons: The 3-4 degree drop in temp is not worth the time and effort to remove the motherboard to install this thing. Also, the craftsmanship is right on par for the price tag. The cooler looked like it had been crushed down from the top, but the packaging wasn't damaged. The pre-installed Intel mounting brackets were bent in to the point that I had to straighten them in order to get the screw studs aligned with the holes in the motherboard. The bottom of the fins on the upper portion of the were in contact with the top of the base plate. I had to carefully pry it up to level it out a bit. It still sits at a cockeyed angle. The machining on the base plate and the direct touch heat pipes looked like it had been done with a die grinder.

Other Thoughts: Overall I don't recommend this cooler. I took a chance based on the one and only review I could find(here on the egg). My recommendation is to spend a little more and buy something from a reputable company. Your decision though, it's your $20.

PNY Optima SSD7SC240GOPT-RB 2.5
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: MUCH faster than a conventional HDD or SSHD. This is my first SSD and I am impressed by it's speed and responsiveness. I can't compare it to other SSDs, but I can't imagine needing anything faster for it's intended use.

Cons: None for me.

Other Thoughts: Install was a breeze using Acronis True Image to clone old HDD. Cloning 112 GB took 18 minutes with this SSD in a USB3.0 external enclosure.


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Display Name: KENNETH U.

Date Joined: 01/31/08

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  • First Review: 07/12/10
  • Last Review: 07/10/15
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