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Thermaltake CLW0217 Water 2.0 Extreme/All-In-One Liquid Cooling System
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: I'm SUPER impressed by this cooler. I got it for a steal ($50) during black Friday week and boy, am I glad I got it. The performance is through the roof (5.0 GHZ on an 8350!) and the software is pretty nice. Luckily the software now monitors the core temp (VIA openhardwaremonitor) so it can throttle the system accordingly.

The first time you start it up it makes lots of strange water sloshing noises but it quickly subsides after a few minutes. The pump is silent once it is broken in. This thing keeps my temps 20+ C colder than my 212 EVO.

Cons: The fans. Boy they really suck, but who uses the stock fans anyways. The ones they come with dont have great static pressure (or CFM) and are really loud. Luckily the solution is easy, get some new fans. I'd recommend either Corsair SP120 PWM high performance, or some 1875RPM gentle typhoons.

The installation is really a two person job, this makes it much easier and better overall. I'd recommend installing the rad first, then mounting the cpu block, this is much easier than what the instructions say.

Other Thoughts: I got my fans in a pull set up (cause my case is huge and has room for it above the rad mount). The thing looks really nice, especially in the pull setup that I have going. Strongly recommend, it's a little less popular than the h100(i), but it performs just the same, if not better. Good job thermaltake!

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G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model F3-1866C9D-16GXM
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: I've had my RAM for about 8 months and it continues to work flawlessly. My MOBO broke somehow, but the RAM has continued to work fine. It looks mighty fine and works mighty fine at that. I really shouldnt have gotten this much RAM because I never really use more than 8GB if I try, but it does pair really well with an SSD. I can have every program in the world open at the same time and switch between them perfectly. The RAM is nice and fast and has some tight timings.

This RAM does fit under the 212 EVO if you put in slots 2 and 4 (on most motherboards)

Cons: Not very great at overclocking. Not really a con because it's not really made to, but I tried and it wasnt very good.

Pretty much changing any timing will cause Windows to BSOD unless you increase the voltage a lot (1.6v+) which I didnt feel comfortable doing. I suppose the frequency works fine if you are NB overclocking, but you'll need to up the voltage quite a bit remember.

Other Thoughts: Really happy with this RAM. Luckily I got it while the prices were starting to rise (~$115) although I would have loved to have purchased it when it was at $70 two years ago.

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XFX Double D FX-787A-CDFC Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: I've had this card for about 8 months and it has worked great. It plays everything on max or close to max settings @ 1080p. Honestly this is one of the best ~$200 cards out there. I always recommend it to my friends when looking for a powerful, but cheap build.

The card looks SUPER sexy (the pictures dont really do it). It runs as quiet as I could really ask for. I got a liquid cooler (for my CPU) and my build stays silent, even when gaming.

Cons: Unfortunately it's not voltage-unlocked but it can be overclocked past 1.1 GHz on standard voltages.

Other Thoughts: I really want to get another one of these for a crossfire because it will get better performance than the 280x for a fraction of the cost. Especially now since AMD's drivers are a TON better, cross-firing is almost at the same level as nVidia. Overall, great, solid card and I definitely recommend it.

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Display Name: Luke H.

Date Joined: 10/23/12

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  • First Review: 11/08/12
  • Last Review: 12/19/13
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