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Austin O.

Austin O.

Joined on 12/30/05

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Nice Mobo...

GIGABYTE GA-P35C-DS3R LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard
GIGABYTE GA-P35C-DS3R LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Nice motherboard, worked right out of the box for me, has very nice overclocking capabilities, and the BIOS are very thorough for customization.

Cons: Doesn't come with a lifetime supply of beer.

Overall Review: A lot of people were saying that this mobo was DOA when they recieved theirs, and I'd say the same if I hadn't noticed something... When I mounted the motherboard for the first time, I couldn't get any power, and nor would it boot. I later realized that if the screws are too tight, and the mobo came into contact with the metal on my case, it simply wouldn't boot. But when I placed the foam tha came in the box behind the motherboard (between it and the side of the case) it booted up just fine. Make sure you try and place something there if yours doesn't boot, and before you jump the gun on returning it.

DEM COPPER BLADES, Y U NO BUY YET?

ZALMAN CNPS9500A-LED 92mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler
ZALMAN CNPS9500A-LED 92mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler

Pros: Been using this thing for 4 years, and why haven't I jumped on the Cooler Master bandwagon? Because if this cooler was any more legendary, we'd have discovered an ancient scroll that foretold this monster's coming. Right now my i5 2500K idles at around 25-27C. I should mention that's OC'ed to 4.0 GHz. This thing is relatively quiet. There's a manual control for the fan speed, so unless you're cranking on it yourself you should still be able to hear the fly farts.

Cons: The only reason you'd have a con is if you tried to hurr durr this bad boy onto your motherboard and sliced up your hand. Don't get me wrong, it's very easy to do this. So unless you're intentionally aiming for a sacrificial blood letting, be careful.

Overall Review: Pretty large, worth the price, see title of this review.

Wonderful

Intel Core i5-2500K - Core i5 2nd Gen Sandy Bridge Quad-Core 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Intel HD Graphics 3000 Desktop Processor - BX80623I52500K
Intel Core i5-2500K - Core i5 2nd Gen Sandy Bridge Quad-Core 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Intel HD Graphics 3000 Desktop Processor - BX80623I52500K

Pros: Lightning fast, very OC friendly. This CPU tears through Day Z.

Cons: I guess the only con would be maybe the heatsink/fan, but that's to be expected. It was no big deal throwing my old Zalman CNPS9500A from my Q6600 build on it and going about my business. Idles around 25-27C.

Overall Review: If you're looking for a CPU for a modest gaming build (or just every day use), don't hesitate. Not all of us can afford an i7 Ivy and this does more than get the job done on a budget. The performance-to-price ratio is nuts.

Excellent

EVGA 896-P3-1267-AR GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 Superclocked Edition 896MB 448-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card
EVGA 896-P3-1267-AR GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 Superclocked Edition 896MB 448-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

Pros: Excellent card, I've been able to play everything I've thrown at it with great results. Crysis runs on full settings, Left 4 Dead runs amazing, and GTA IV looks great as well. I'm running all these at 1680*1050.

Cons: None yet.

Overall Review: Before I bought this I read that the card was massive, and I shrugged it off not thinking it could be much bigger than my current card. This thing is larger then my ATX motherboard. Had to move around some SATA cables but made the room.