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Pros: I used the SeaSonic M12II 850 watt supply in my latest build and it has performed flawlessly. My new ASUS Maximus Hero (I-7 Haswell) system came up fine the first time and this power supply has handled the power requirements without flinching. I love the modular system for cables and the end result after installation is a very clean layout with only the cables you need present.
Cons: The only knock on this supply will probably not be of concern to most people but it was an issue at my location. The computer that the supply is installed in is used with a software defined radio. One of the requirements for use with an SDR is that the components need to be well filtered for RF emissions across the HF spectrum. I found the SeaSonic to be an emitter of RF oscillations at 60 KHz intervals from below the AM broadcast band to 30 MHz. This is an indication that the AC primary line is not de-coupled (flitered) adequately for RF. Note that a comparable Corsair 800 watt supply was perfectly clean in this regard. It was not difficult to overcome this shortcoming by utilizing an external common-mode AC line filter but for FCC emission compliance this really should be done by the manufacturer with internal components.
Other Thoughts: This appears to be a very solid power supply and a reliable performer.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: This is a top-shelf board that simply screams along effortlessly. The build-quality is outstanding and every component I selected for it fits perfectly and runs smoothly. Mine had bios 1102 installed which did not support my new i7-4770K Haswell 3.5GHz LGA 1150 but it booted up just fine at first power-up and I ran it that way for several days with no issues at all. I installed the newest bios (1402) using the USB flash drive option and it went in with no worries at all. The GUI for the bios is simple to navigate even in advanced mode and its plenty smart enough to configure things optimally all by itself if you don't like to tinker. I installed Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit on this system and the ASUS installation CD had all the drivers required so that the Device Manager came up clean and happy. The onboard RealTek soundcard is excellent and my Titan sounds properly enormous when it shakes the earth as it lands next to me in TitanFall. From a cold start my system is sitting at the Windows 7 desktop in 24 seconds.
The short story is that you could certainly find a cheaper board, but if you want screaming fast performance and worry-free stability this is the board to choose. I have already recommended this board to 3 friends and their builds all went as smoothly as mine. Use proper ESD protection as you assemble your system and it should come up fine for you.
Other Thoughts: The motherboard is the heart of any system so I have always studied the reviews here at Newegg to pick one that has the feature set I need and also the highest customer satisfaction. I suppose that is why my last 6 systems have all been based upon ASUS boards, going all the way back to a P3V4X that is still running fine today. Once I select my motherboard, I head to the manufacturer's site and download the QVL (Qualified Vendors List) to make sure my components are on the compatible list. I use this machine primarily as a gaming platform and run TitanFall, Arma 3, and Ghosts with all the settings maxed out and this board runs them all perfectly. I could not be happier with how this build turned out.
As someone else mentioned in an earlier review, when you power your system up for the very first time the fans will begin to spin up, and then everything stops (including your heart). Rest easy and relax, after a hesitation that is long enough for you to say, "Uh-oh!" the board comes back to life normally and it continues the boot process uneventfully. I suspect it is just pausing to "discover" itself and whatever other hardware you have installed. I'm glad a previous reviewer mentioned this because I was sort of expecting it but the hesitation was a little longer than I expected. That hesitation does not occur again in subsequent start-ups.
-ASUS MAXIMUS VI HERO LGA 1150 Intel Z87
-Intel Core i7-4770K Haswell 3.5GHz LGA 1150
-ZALMAN CNPS9900ALED 120mm 2 Ball Low-noise CPU Cooler
-CORSAIR Dominator Platinum 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
-SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD256BW 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC (SSD)
-WD BLACK SERIES WD2003FZEX 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s HD
-ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner
-EVGA SuperClocked 02G-P4-2765-KR GeForce GTX 760 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 SLI Support
-SeaSonic M12II 850 SS-850AM 850W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Full-Modular
-LIAN LI PC-7B plus II Black Aluminum ATX Mid Tower
This review is from: LIAN LI PC-7B plus II Black Aluminum ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Pros: Smooth edges, strong chassis, excellent layout, beautiful finish. This is a premium mid-tower case that makes building a system very simple. Everything fits together perfectly and the no-tool removal of both side panels and front plate make entry into the case as simple as you could want. Air flows through these cases very efficiently and my I-7 systems always run cool. I have 3 of these cases and will use them over and over with new builds until the ATX form factor no longer exists.
Other Thoughts: I have three cases from the Lian-Li 7B product line and I purchased them all from Newegg. The oldest was purchased back in 2008. All of the parts are interchangeable, which allows me to do things like move the windowed side panel from the oldest case I purchased to any of the other two cases which have the plain metal side as this one does. I like the standardization and perfect fit of all the case parts. There are NO razor sharp edges in this case which makes it nice to work with. You will not regret purchasing this product.READ FULL REVIEW