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Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge Quad-Core 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Great value
Very stable
Overclocks easily

Cons: Stock cooler but if you are buying this chip you should already know that you'll be using an aftermarket cooler otherwise buy something else.

Other Thoughts: I replaced a problematic i5 2500K Sandybridge that I got 2 years ago and would run stock at best even with a Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus. Busy with life otherwise I'd have dealt with it sooner BUT the chip was getting worse and retail box gets you 3 years of warranty so it's worth the extra $ despite the superfluous stock cooler. Intent on this build was to eventually upgrade to one of the best Ivy Chips and update video to give me a nice long run.

Anyway - cleaned the Hyper 212Plus, seated the new 3570k Ivy and voila - perfect. Checked temps with IntelBurn test topping at 60C. Took multiplier from 38x to 44x and temps under 10 runs max around 75 with mostly low 70s. Repeated multiple times over the next few days. Perfect and a very nice and simple air overclock. Idle sits around 33C.

Couldn't be happier. Just have to return my old 2500K and I'll upgrade video at some point but my XFX 6970 2GB is doing a passable job and I don't have much time for gaming these days (sad).

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Intel 510 Series (Elm Crest) SSDSC2MH120A2K5 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Good performance and reliability (6 months) 04/19/2012

This review is from: Intel 510 Series (Elm Crest) SSDSC2MH120A2K5 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: SSD speed
Intel reliability

Cons: Price - could be better but you are paying up for reliability here
Capacity - wish it was bigger but not a real gripe because I knew I was getting 120GB so my own issue for not paying up for a bigger drive (it remains sufficient for my needs though, I just like more).

Other Thoughts: Built up a new gaming PC 6 months ago and decided to go SSD (running W7 64). Saw the massive failure rates on competitors and narrowed down to Intel or Crucial (I'm busy with life and don't have time to rebuild failed OS drives or deal with issues). So far so good. I was coming from a WD Raptor and the speed increase is significant. Most loading time is hardware anyway but once the HD takes over, it's fast. Opening programs is instant. I no longer "wait" for my PC which I hate. Combine good multi-core processors (i3/5/7) with lots of RAM (I have 16GB but 4-8 is sufficient) and an SSD, you are no longer speed restricted.

Reliability was key in my decision and I was willing to pay up significantly for it. Given the speed this exhibits, I don't think I'm giving up much outside of benchmarking pride - and there's no pride in a down OS drive so good trade. Intel doesn't guarantee a perfect drive or no hardware conflicts but odds are in your favor here.

So far so good.

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Rosewill THOR V2 Gaming ATX Full Tower Computer Case, support up to E-ATX / XL-ATX, come with Four Fans - 1 x Front Red LED 230mm Fan, 1 x Top 230mm Fan, 1 x Side 230mm Fan, 1 x Rear 140mm Fan-Retail
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Lots of space
Excellent wire management
Great airflow
Roomy

Cons: At this price level - absolutely none

Other Thoughts: Went together very smoothly. Had no issues with rubber wiring chanels coming out until the very last one where I was rushing and being super sloppy - pulled too hard. Getting it back in took a minute, kind of have to figure out the technique as the rubber is soft. Had no issues with the others (routed everything through them) and didn't exactly put in much care.

All wires fit well on the back of the case where they reside behind the motherboard. Fan controllers are decent, no issues.

Front panel works and new USB 3.0 header plugged right into motherboard. Hard drive system is decent. When you do work, you'll be pulling both side panels if you are routing anything and want to keep it clean looking.

Stock fans are quiet and large. Move tons of air. Fan controllers are quiet with no hum as another reviewer experienced.

If there were issues with this case in the past, they are resolved now outside of a one-off. I paid 99 on black friday but I'd be happy paying ful

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Display Name: Christopher F.

Date Joined: 01/16/02

  • Reviews: 16
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  • First Review: 07/27/02
  • Last Review: 01/22/14
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