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EVGA Z97 Classified 152-HR-E979-KR LGA 1150 Intel Z97 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Extended ATX Intel Motherboard
  • Verified Owner
  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Current build:
Intel i7 4790K
G-Skill Ripjaw 16GB 2133mhz
Asus GTX Titan X
Kingston HyperX 120GB SSD
WD 2TB hard drive X 2
Corsair 760T White Case
Custom Water cooled loop that includes CPU and GPU.
list goes on and on with other various parts.

Board is extremely sturdy, no flexing.
Triple BIOS.
Dual NIC.
Black color scheme.
Built in BIOS speaker.
Temp display on board.
Big passive heatsinks on board
PLEX chip
90 degree connects for 24 pin and 3.0 usb
Dual 8 pin connectors on top of board
Extremely easy to overclock cpu

Cons: Hard to connect the 24 pin, felt like it was going to break the board by jamming the connector in.
Some LED lights cannot be disabled.
Unable to verify RAM slots for dual channel.
Few internal usb 2.0 connectors

Other Thoughts: I was considering an Asus board but most of their boards have a red color scheme. So, I went with this board due to its all black color scheme. Probably could have pushed the CPU to 5.0ghz with water cooling but its at 4.7ghz. In addition was able to put the latest Bios on this board without any issues. My first board that I purchased was an Asrock z97 mobo but that fried within a few days, I guess it couldn't handle the GTX Titan X.

NZXT Phantom 820 Series CA-PH820-G1 Gunmetal Steel / Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case
  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Best solution to water cooling
Plenty of room for air cooling
Enough space for long video cards
Excellent case for cable management
can fit 3X120 radiator on the top and 2X140 radiator on the bottom
Light changing effects are awesome
Built fan controller is a plus
Light at the back at the case to see your wires is one of the best ideas to have for a case
Bottom filters are easy to remove and clean
Side window provides an OOOO-AHHHH effect
Pedestal on bottom of case provides better airflow if your case sits on carpet like mine does
There was offsets already put in place for an ATX motherboard
Plenty of spots to tie down cables for cable management

Cons: After adding all my cables to the back it was a little difficult to close the case i had to slap it close
Door for drive bay is squeaking

Other Thoughts: Here is my build:
Intel i5 2500K OC to 4.8 Ghz
XFX 7970 GHZ edition
Corsair Vengence 32G 1600
NZXT Phantom 820
EK waterblock for CPU
EK Waterblock GPU
Alphacool 140MM X2 80MM
Primochill tubing
XSPC RX360 Triple 120MM 56MM
Scythe gentle typhoon fans 120MMX 3
BGears B-blaster fans 140MM x2
Senty Mesh Fan Controller to control the extra fans
Swiftech Maelstrom with Dual Pumps

Corsair Vengeance 1500 USB Connector Circumaural Dolby 7.1 Gaming Headset
  • Verified Owner
  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Fits over my dumbo ears
fits around my 7 3/4 head
great sound
7.1 sound
when i was playing tomb raider i thought the sound was coming from behind me so i quicky turned around to realize that it was the game
The lay flat on the desk so they dont drop off

Cons: sound did stop all of sudden i just unplugged it and re-plugged back in and resolved the issue


Aaron H.'s Profile

Display Name: Aaron H.

Date Joined: 10/05/10

  • Reviews: 19
  • Helpfulness: 8
  • First Review: 05/02/11
  • Last Review: 06/18/15
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