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Carolyn T.

Carolyn T.

Joined on 01/07/12

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Most Favorable Review
Intel Core i5-6600 - Core i5 6th Gen Skylake Quad-Core 3.3 GHz LGA 1151 65W Intel HD Graphics 530 Desktop Processor - BX80662I56600
Intel Core i5-6600 - Core i5 6th Gen Skylake Quad-Core 3.3 GHz LGA 1151 65W Intel HD Graphics 530 Desktop Processor - BX80662I56600

Pros: new skylake architecture

Cons: locked (can't overclock)

Overall Review: wasn't planning on upgrading to an lga1151 until late 2016 but mobo died so this cpu purchase had to be the cheaper version That said, what I've seen so far, it performs well enough. It seems to perform around the same as my old cpu (3770k) when it wasn't overclocked.

12/22/2015
Most Critical Review
Silverstone PP07-PCIB Sleeved Extension Power Supply Cable, 1 x 8pin to PCI-E 8pin(6+2) Connector
Silverstone PP07-PCIB Sleeved Extension Power Supply Cable, 1 x 8pin to PCI-E 8pin(6+2) Connector

Pros: looks nice

Cons: not 11.81" (the cable I received was roughly 8" from end to end)

Overall Review: I've a few Silverstone products in my build and I, usually, don't have a problem with their products (at least nothing worth mentioning). This is actually the first time I've been really irritated with them and mainly because they didn't measure the cable; 8" is, after all, 3.81" shy of 11.81" I'm only keeping the cable because it would cost more to return them than i paid for them.....

Nice features for the price

ASUS Z170-A LGA 1151 Intel Z170 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
ASUS Z170-A LGA 1151 Intel Z170 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Nice design, extra water cooling cpu fan slot, onboard features (ex. cmos reset, on/off button, etc.) used to be reserved for high end gamer boards, decent price for what you get on this board

Cons: the plastic shield around the i/o panel... yes, it looks nice, neat, cool, awesome AND it makes it impossible (as others have mentioned) to use the first slot. So, if you're like me, and you still use a sound card (yes, I'm that old), it can't go there because the plastic that holds the big cover in place gets in the way (please note: the big hulky mass of a cover doesn't get in the way just the piece of plastic that holds it in place).<br><br>To my fellow klutzes, there are a lot of extra features on this board which are great! AND, I love that there is the ability to tweak outside of BIOS BUT I'm a KLUTZ and I fear this mobo is not klutz proof. In other words, all those lovely switches that you can just switch over.... yeah, they're really close to a lot of other things and I'm looking for a way in BIOS to shut those manual switches off so I don't accidentally nuke my computer..... On the bright side, they're are lights that let you know when you've nuked a particular part :)

Overall Review: I bought this after my last mobo died unexpectedly (hadn't planned to upgrade for another year). Overall, I'm really happy with this mobo; it works well and I'm glad I went with this mobo.

ATX form factor not so much

GIGABYTE GA-Z170XP-SLI (rev. 1.0) LGA 1151 Intel Z170 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
GIGABYTE GA-Z170XP-SLI (rev. 1.0) LGA 1151 Intel Z170 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Looks nice, has some nice features for the price point

Cons: The mobo I received came DOA but that can happen with any mobo. My main issue with this board is the less than accurate advertising about the sizing of this mobo. According to Gigabyte, the board is an ATX form factor. And while it is the correct length, it is over an inch shorter than an ATX form factor motherboard. I had read other reviews before buying this mobo and did notice that people had said that the board was slightly short but interpreted that to mean it was only maybe a 1/4" or so shorter than normal.... While the board did not appear that it would have bending/cracking issues over time (i.e. had it not been DOA, I would have kept it for at least the time being)., the lack extra stability that those mounting screws provide is worth taking into consideration.

Overall Review: Again, the board I received was DOA. So, after seeing just how short the mobo was I chose to return this mobo and purchase another board that was a true ATX form factor motherboard. Had the board been an actual ATX form factor instead of a wannabe, I would have just had Newegg replace this board with a working one.... but I don't really like wannabe's.

12/22/2015

Awesome case for the low price

Phanteks Enthoo Pro Series PH-ES614P_BK Black Steel / Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case
Phanteks Enthoo Pro Series PH-ES614P_BK Black Steel / Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case

Pros: well built; able to disassemble completely if you want to mod, paint, etc. because it's put together with screws; plenty of radiator options for custom water cooling; comes with plate for mounting res for custom water cooling; hdd cages are removable as is the optical drive cage; plenty of dust filters; cover to cover power supply; plenty of space for cable management and extra velcro ties as well as ones already tying down i/o wires in the case and extra screws are in a plastic case that keeps them separated and secure (rather than the standard baggies (which is just plain nice). For the price (even with the rave reviews), I really wasn't expecting such a well made and well laid out case. Very happy with this purchase.

Cons: The only real problems I had building in this case were small and not major enough to take off an egg. The first was the mounting screws were slightly bigger in size than the mounting holes; I simply took the mobo out and put them into the mobo mount without the board to expand the holes then put the mobo back in and it was fine. The second problem is the directions for the fan controller. I managed to get the thing to work using the mobo cpu connection but could not figure out how to get it to work via the sata connector (followed the directions and it just wouldn't work). The latter thing is something others have mentioned -- just be prepared to play with it a couple of times to get it to work.

Overall Review: As others have stated, I do wish Phanteks had given two ssd brackets rather than just one with the case. I mean if you're going to have the mount spot.... There are other add ons that you can get that either come with the upgraded versions of this case (ex. luxe version) which is nice. While I haven't constructed my custom loop yet (waiting on res), I've dry fitted everything and there is plenty of space in the case to fit rads, res, pumps, etc. with room to spare.

11/18/2015
Corsair Carbide Series Air 540 (CC-9011048-WW) Arctic White Steel High Airflow ATX Cube Case
Corsair Carbide Series Air 540 (CC-9011048-WW) Arctic White Steel High Airflow ATX Cube Case

Pros: Nice sleek look, good airflow, plenty of room for cable management (or to ignore cable management all together lol) in "back" half of the case, can accommodate large graphics cards and, for those people who can't work in tight spaces, room to work.

Cons: only one filter (no top filter), two gaping holes on the bottom of the case where HDD slots are (if you aren't using HDDs, they are wide open to dust)

Overall Review: I've always gone with large cases so I had room for bigger graphics cards, extra fans and just room to work in the case. Decided to try this case because it appeared to have the room for me to work and the cable management space just can't be beat by any other case on the market. Except for the big holes at the bottom of the case, I'm happy. Corsair really should have provided the ability to close off that section of the case (simple plates to put in the hdd slots would have done the trick). I put two 100 mm fans in those slots to push air out but it would have been nice if Corsair had simply provided a way to close that off. Given that people are now choosing to use SSDs more often, it would just make sense to acknowledge that in a case that provides a completely separate area for the SSDs.