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James H.

James H.

Joined on 07/02/13

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Most Favorable Review

Solid

Intel Core i7-4770K - Core i7 4th Gen Haswell Quad-Core 3.5 GHz LGA 1150 84W Intel HD Graphics Desktop Processor - BX80646I74770K
Intel Core i7-4770K - Core i7 4th Gen Haswell Quad-Core 3.5 GHz LGA 1150 84W Intel HD Graphics Desktop Processor - BX80646I74770K

Pros: -It just runs -Quality and performance you expect

Cons: -non so far

Overall Review: I was doing a new build and wanted the newest and shiniest. This doesn't disappoint. Slight overclock from 3.5 to 3.9. It does run hot...kinda. I'm running an all air setup and it stays steady at 60c. Ran a test with the fans ramping and then at 100%. even when not at full load it just seems to like to run hotter. I could easily drop it with a water setup, but it seems pretty stable and I don't think I'll push it anymore. No need to right now.

Most Critical Review

Meh...?

ASUS PCE-AC66 Next Generation AC Dual-Band Wireless Adapter IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n PCI Express Up to 1750Mbps (450/1300Mbps) Wireless Data Rates
ASUS PCE-AC66 Next Generation AC Dual-Band Wireless Adapter IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n PCI Express Up to 1750Mbps (450/1300Mbps) Wireless Data Rates

Pros: -Adds wireless connectivity -Looks good -Build Quality

Cons: -Doesn't work all the time(for me) -Initial specs and advertising were misleading

Overall Review: I'm currently running a Z87 haswell. My board already had wireless and i was going to use them together to increase my down/upload speed with teaming. Unfortunately it seems that it doesn't play well with the specs it was billed for. I recently finished my new build and it didn't take long to figure out that this was the source of my headaches. It was new and i thought it might just need a software update(wishful thinking). After reading another review it now seems that it just doesn't work well with z87 boards/haswell. Oh well. I didn't have any of the intermittent or drop issues. No abnormally slow transfer rates. When it worked it was fine. When it didn't it either wasn't recognized or it stalled/frooze my OS(Windows 7 Ultimate) before full initialization(At the windows logo). I contacted ASUS and they responded quickly. I didn't call the number they gave in the email though. I'll keep this card and try it in another computer. Maybe make a little money off of it. If it still has the same issues then I'll try to return it. If i can't I'll practice my soldering on it. In the mean time I'll try the ac68 to see if that works. It still gets 3 eggs for now, even with the problems, because it potentially still works...just not for me.

Perfect for me

AZZA PSAZ-1000PT14 1000 W ATX & EPS 12V 2.92 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS PLATINUM Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
AZZA PSAZ-1000PT14 1000 W ATX & EPS 12V 2.92 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS PLATINUM Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

Pros: -It is exactly what i needed -Build quality -Looks good

Cons: -It wasn't fully modular(my fault for not doing the research.)

Overall Review: Meets my power needs and i shouldn't have to ever think about an upgrade. Looks good in my case and the quality impressed. It isn't fully modular but that was my fault for not being thorough.

Massive

Cooler Master HAF X - High Air Flow Full Tower Computer Case with Windowed Side Panel and USB 3.0 Ports
Cooler Master HAF X - High Air Flow Full Tower Computer Case with Windowed Side Panel and USB 3.0 Ports

Pros: -It has plenty of space -Large fans -Looks Good -Quality build

Cons: -Air ducts for side and front intake -Video card support/Card holder

Overall Review: I'm currently studying for my A+ and Net+ certs and wanted something with a lot of space and accessibility so i can make regular changes to my new build. It doesn't disappoint in that aspect. You can get into it and remove something in less than a minute if your ready to work. This case can move a lot of air. A plus for me. I know that water cooling is infinitely more reliable these days but i still can't bring myself to try it. If i start doing really aggressive overclocks then it's a must and the case is ready. Good quality with only a minor defect that doesn't effect the case and is only noticeable if you inspect every inch to find it. The only problems I had are the ducts and the card holder. You only have space for one option and in my instance i didn't use any of them at all. The front duct hit's my graphics card and i can't use it. If i had the space it doesn't direct air to a vital part of my build. The side duct hits my Graphics card too and i had to remove it. Not using either duct made space for the card holder but it attaches to a mesh portion of the case and not to something solid so i didn't use it. Moving the side duct a half inch lower and allowing the card holder to attach to a point towards the front and on the inside of the case would allow someone the use of two options. You would still lose the front duct, however, two out of three ain't bad. You can also put a small fan in the card holder and the front duct, but that just seems a little overkill to be honest. I'll admit i still thought about doing it though. Make sure you have the space for it cause it's big. Other than that enjoy. It's a good case.