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ARCTIC Freezer i30 Extreme CPU Cooler - Intel, 320W Ultimate Cooling Power,  Direct-Touch
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: 1. Easy to install (much more than hyper 212)
2. Comes with great thermal paste
3. keeps temps around 30C idle and around 52C full load (prime95, stock clocks)
4. Practically silent

Cons: Price

Other Thoughts: I'm going to start off by saying this cooler is probably not worth $50; I bought it because I got it for $30 on sale. It's really more $40 worth of cooling. Even though it is really easy to install and the instructions actually help compared to that of other coolers, The cooling capacity is really no more than that of the famous hyper 212 evo which is $15 less. Another advantage over the evo is the quietness of the fan. (nearly silent even when gaming/benchmarking). If you want something that's easy to install and comes with good thermal paste (because arctic cooling makes good stuff), than this is the one for you. Other issues for some people may be the overall size, which is HUGE. with higher profile RAM dimms you will find some difficulty.
Intel i5 2500k 3.3ghz
Asrock z68 extreme3 gen3 motherboard
Gskill ripjaws 8gb 1600mhz ram
Antec 300 case
525w psu
Diamond HD 6950
Arctic cooling i30

HIS iCooler Radeon HD 7770 DirectX 11 H777F1G2M 1GB 128-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card
  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: 1) Plays WoW and Diablo III on Ultra, and can handle demaning games like Crysis at decent framerates on High. Also plays Skyrim on High.
2) Price (lower than all other 7770's)

Cons: 1) Needed to upgrade from a 300w power supply to support this card.
2) 128-bit interface. Probably doesn't need any more bandwidth, but It would be nice.

Other Thoughts: I got this graphics card for my brother's computer (A gateway dx4320-02e). I was forced to also buy a new power supply to accommodate the new card, but that was to be expected. All in all it was a pretty awesome deal to get this card for $130. It arrived within 2 days and installation for the power supply and gpu took me nothing greater than 5 minutes. Very pleased with this card and it's a shame it can't be crossfired with my brother's motherboard.

ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: I used this for my first complete PC build, The motherboard holds it all together and I love mine very much. This motherboard (or the higher extreme offerings from asrock) should be considered FIRST before all others. This mobo overclocks like a tank with presets so any noob can OC! Also has a delightful EFI BIOS.

Cons: Had a hard time locking in the processor, but it's my first time putting in an intel cpu.

Other Thoughts: Asrock will be my go-to company for purchasing motherboards in the future!


Michael Q.'s Profile

Display Name: Michael Q.

Date Joined: 11/29/11

  • Reviews: 7
  • Helpfulness: 2
  • First Review: 12/01/11
  • Last Review: 08/28/12
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