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This review is from: Intel Core i7-920 Bloomfield Quad-Core 2.66 GHz LGA 1366 130W BX80601920 Processor
Pros: Bought this processor May 12, 2009. After a bit of fiddling to find the best OC, I settled on 3.8 GHz and have been there ever since. Runs solid as a rock, no issues whatsoever with 3.5 years of use. I could probably push the clock higher as the Zalman cooler is superb and I have a very well ventilated case, but honestly I don't see the need. I was originally planning on upgrading with Sandy Bridge, but here we are after the release of Ivy Bridge and I still don't feel any serious motivation to upgrade. The increased OC headroom and decreased power usage might be nice, but I'm starting to think I'll stick with this until they release something in the same price range that's at least 6 core, hopefully 8. Until then, I just haven't run into the limits of this processor and I'm a relatively heavy gamer.
Cons: Would be nice to feel like I needed to upgrade so I could get a motherboard with SATA 6, USB 3, and PCI-E x16 2.0 but this darn processor is just so good I can't justify it!
It is sort of lame that LGA 1366 was only supported for a couple generations of Intel processors, but that's not really the processor's fault.
Other Thoughts: The one area where I've run into what might be processor based bottleneck is playing Starcraft 2, cheating to allow my population limit to 600 then storming a place with heavy explosions and other effects, but that could just as easily be a bottleneck from my GTX 460. I've already upgraded video cards once, and I think I'll go through another generation before I get past the useful life of this processor.
Paired with a Zalman heatsink: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835118046
Gigabyte X58 Motherboard:
This review is from: Enchanting Elegance 2.50 carats Pear Shape Sterling Silver Alexandrite Pendant
Pros: Excellent quality. I was a bit worried it was going to be subpar quality because of the extremely low price, but the necklace is very well put together. It looks fantastic and is a high quality product. Packaging was also very nice and indicated some care had been put into the packing. I would definitely purchase another if the occasion ever calls for it.
Other Thoughts: It's a necklace, so there are only so many good things you can say about it. There aren't any major flaws, the chain seems to be good quality and the box was nice :)READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Antec Twelve Hundred Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case
Pros: *Enormous - Plenty of room for huge aftermarket coolers and video cards
*Lots of fans combined with excellent airflow and decent cable management make this case very easy to keep cool
*Surprisingly quiet when fans are turned down
*External fan controls
*Sounds a bit like sticking your head in a jet engine when the fans are turned up to full, but they provide amazing amounts of cooling power
*Very sturdy. Reminds me of an oxy tank in build quality and weight
*PSU mounted to the bottom of the case
Cons: *LEDs can't be turned off (except for 200mm fan) Makes it kind of hard to sleep while the computer is on
*Definitely not tool-less. Lots and lots of screws make everything secure and feel very high quality, but can be a pain if you much around with your system a lot.
*Cable management is decent, but difficult. Not a lot of room to move around.
*This case is very very large. This is a good thing for fitting in all your components, but not so good if you have a PSU with short-average cables. I have difficulties reaching some of the upper 5.25" bays with my cable setup. Actually had to use extenders for one of the drives.
Other Thoughts: I upgraded to this from a mid-tower with two fans. The difference in cooling is amazing. With my old rig, I struggled to get my i7 920 past 3.4 GHz on air. With the new case I'm stable at 3.8 GHz and case temps are at least 15 degrees cooler on average. With the fans turned up to full (I only use this for distributed computing applications) the case goes down another 5-10 degrees and processor temps go down by upwards of 10.READ FULL REVIEW