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CORSAIR Hydro Series H100i Extreme Performance Water/Liquid CPU Cooler. 240mm
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: This is my second stab into the single-loop water cooling solutions area (the first being Corsair's H80) and this is even better. Having learned from the H80, I paired this with 2xPWM SP120 Corsair fans for better static pressure as well as more silent operation.

The i7-4770k runs around 25-30 C idle and under full load on prime 95 never breaks 60 C at 4.2 GHz OC.

Cons: It's somewhat more awkward to mount given the plethora of cables you'll be routing for the Corsair Link controls, I find this a minor inconvieniance for all that this gives you.

Other Thoughts: Paired with the right fans, you'll get incredibly silent operation and great cooling, good buy!

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ASUS MAXIMUS VI HERO LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: great price for what you get, asus build quality and driver quality.

Cons: q-fan throws a CPU fan exception using the H100i, if you connect 2 PWM fans to the FAN_OPT and CPU_FAN headers, they will operate at 500 RPM (reported in the BIOS correctly) however the Q-Fan monitor will throw CPU_FAN error A-2 on every boot until it's disabled.

I disabled the Q-Fan Control and installed the ASUS AI Suite to monitor/manage the fans and this did the job.

Other Thoughts: System Specs:
i7-4770k
Corsair H100i
ASUS Maximus VI Hero
Samsung 256 GB 840 Pro
GTX 770 Lightning 2GB
16 GB Corsair Dominator Platinum

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Cooler Master Elite 431 Plus - Mid Tower Computer Case with Windowed Side Panel and USB 3.0
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: I ordered this case based on CoolerMaster's history of providing quality cases at a great price. I built a new rig in this case in less than 45minutes from start to finish. The build consisted of an ASrock mATX 1155 + Intel i3 2020 3.3 GHz with 3x WD 250 GB blue hard drives. I have 0 complaints about this case outside of wiring.

Cons: The wiring in this case was a bit tough, but that's not enough reason to take off an egg. I didn't expect much in terms of wiring from a mid-tower case at this range, however there was more than enough space for 3 HDDs and a Corsair 650 TX. Just something to keep in mind if you're building a serious rig, you may want to go bigger.

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Christopher M.'s Profile

Display Name: Christopher M.

Date Joined: 08/17/09

  • Reviews: 8
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  • First Review: 07/27/10
  • Last Review: 02/18/14
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