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Brian J.

Brian J.

Joined on 07/17/03

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Most Favorable Review

Better than expected!

Intel Core i5-4670 - Core i5 4th Gen Haswell Quad-Core 3.4 GHz LGA 1150 84W Intel HD Graphics Desktop Processor - BX80646I54670
Intel Core i5-4670 - Core i5 4th Gen Haswell Quad-Core 3.4 GHz LGA 1150 84W Intel HD Graphics Desktop Processor - BX80646I54670

Pros: Very fast! WEI is 7.6 for this processor. Windows 7 boots so quick now. Haswell is great and I notice a huge difference upgrading from my E8400. Everything worked fine on 1st boot and the CPU runs cool in a 75 degree environment. I'm very happy with it.

Cons: No regrets being an early adopter. Everything works perfectly! I debated between this and the i7, but hyperthreading is only good for very specific multi-thread applications, none of which I would be using. So getting the i5 saves money and it is a good logical choice without much compromise.

Overall Review: 32gb Gskill Ripjaw 1600 560se Samsung 840 pro SSD ASRock H87 Pro4

Most Critical Review

Coil whine and fan noise is terrible but card performs adequately.

ZOTAC GeForce GTX 970 4GB, ZT-90101-10P
ZOTAC GeForce GTX 970 4GB, ZT-90101-10P

Pros: Performs the same as any other GTX 970 in this class. The card does not overheat and I have been using it for 2+ hours a day.

Cons: Coil whine is bad! I never knew what coil whine was until I bought this card. You will hear the fans. This is a very noisy card. It reminds me of cards 10 years ago where super-hot cards were cooled by an oversized fan system. If you don't want noise, don't buy this card. I'm forced to game with headphones on because without headphones at lower volumes, this card usurps my audio with the drone of the fan and that crackle sound of the coil whine.

Overall Review: I am a verified owner but I purchased it as part of the black Friday sale and Newegg listed it under a different item number for that day.

Okay for the price, questionable performance

MSI Mech Radeon RX 6700 XT 12GB GDDR6 PCI Express 4.0 Video Card RX 6700 XT MECH 2X 12G
MSI Mech Radeon RX 6700 XT 12GB GDDR6 PCI Express 4.0 Video Card RX 6700 XT MECH 2X 12G

Pros: I gave my trusty 1080ti to my kid and replaced it with this 6700 xt. Was looking forward to a bump in performance for 1440p gaming as claimed on the front of the box.

Cons: I'm not so sure about the performance. It definitely performs better than the 1080ti in certain games like RDR2 and Cyberpunk, but in other titles such as CSGO which is a very high FPS game, it gets about half. I don't think AMD's overlay software is as good as Nvidias. The card does not have any lighting, doesn't have to be animated RGB but a backlit card looks nice and this lacks it. In addition the side of the card that you actually see is very ugly... they could have done a better job with the shroud.

Overall Review: It's okay for my needs but I wouldn't say that this is a desirable card. I question the value.

Fit and finish is not good

RAIJINTEK STYX Silver, Alu Micro-ATX Case, Compatible With Regular ATX Power Supply, Max. 280mm VGA Card, 180mm CPU Cooler, Max. 240mm Radiator Cooling On Top With A Drive Bay For Slim DVD On Side
RAIJINTEK STYX Silver, Alu Micro-ATX Case, Compatible With Regular ATX Power Supply, Max. 280mm VGA Card, 180mm CPU Cooler, Max. 240mm Radiator Cooling On Top With A Drive Bay For Slim DVD On Side

Pros: Small, and the design is nontraditional. The aluminum is fairly thick and looks nice.

Cons: Worst hard drive holder. The hard drive bracket where you can mount two SSDs is a total bust. They are mounted so far back on the metal plate that the lip of plate extends beyond the edge of the drive, which eliminates all but the most basic of SATA cables from plugging in. And as others have mentioned, forget trying to plug in cables with a 90 degree bend. But my straight ones with clips don't fit either. So my SSDs are dangling around in the case until I feel like taking an angle grinder to the bracket. I'm beyond the return period so I guess I could do that now. My other complaint is that the screw holes to the side of the case do not align with the holes on the fascia. One of them was put in at an angle and pre-cross-threaded. Nice job RAIJINTEK! Instead of quality control rejecting it, they just make it fit as-is and ship it out.

Overall Review: This case is only average, and for the price and considering the poor machining, I do not recommend it to others.

Works fine for Haswell i5 on H87

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin PC RAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL10D-16GBXL
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin PC RAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL10D-16GBXL

Pros: No reviews yet on whether or not this works on the Haswell platform, but the answer is YES. I bought 2 of these kits for 32gb and it picked it up fine. I had to tell it to use the 1600 profile because it was auto detected as 1333, but there were no problems doing that.

Cons: No regrets! 32gb RAM is awesome

Overall Review: Haswell i5 ASRock H87M Pro 4 Samsung 840 pro SSD WEI = 7.7 on Windows 7

Impressive

ASRock H87M Pro4 LGA 1150 Intel H87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
ASRock H87M Pro4 LGA 1150 Intel H87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: I was sold on ASRock after my father-in-law's last build. It just plain worked, and the company is like ASUS junior. I didn't think I would like the GUI BIOS but it really is awesome and convenient. This board is top quality. The H87 "budget" chipset isn't really a watered down version of Z87, it is nearly the same thing but without the overclocking ability and without "Lake Tiny" ssd optimization. It runs rock solid and most importantly, it boots very quickly. The BIOS screen is only on for a second, and if you are running Windows 8 (I'm not) there is an option for ultra fast boot option.

Cons: No regrets. At this price point, ASRock delivered. Obviously at the time of writing, this motherboard has been out less than a week, but I feel like it will last for years. Time will tell!

Overall Review: Haswell i5 4670 32gb Gskill RipJaw 1600 Samsung 840 pro SSD I use this mostly for running 5-10 VMs for pre-production testing and it does just fine with resources.