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Chris M.

Chris M.

Joined on 11/08/08

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OCZ XMP!

OCZ XMP Ready Series 6GB (3 x 2GB) DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model OCZ3X1600LV6GK
OCZ XMP Ready Series 6GB (3 x 2GB) DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model OCZ3X1600LV6GK

Pros: Running on my EVGA X58 board at rated speeds. 8-8-8-24 at 1600 with no issues whatsoever. All 6GB recognized by Vista 64-bit. VERY HAPPY with this purchase. Call me nerdy, but I like the heatsinks on these much better than the OCZ GOLD. Fits the color scheme of the EVGA X58 very nicely.

Cons: EVGA board doesn't support XMP yet. You can still adjust the heck out of the settings, but all manually. Not the memory's fault but just worth noting.

Overall Review: I was torn between Corsair Dominator, the OCZ Gold, and this. Dominator was about $40 more at the time, OCZ Gold was about $20 cheaper. I emailed OCZ and got responses back within minutes, literally. I had an entire 5 email long conversation within 30 minutes, and I was sold on OCZ. Officially a fan of thier tech-suppoert if they were willing to answer my stupid questions. Anyway, the guy told me this is essentially the OCZ GOLD set, with XMP timings and the different heatsinks. He also said (as well as thier website states) it's "optimized" for Core i7. Not sure what that means, but it hasn't given me any issues whatsoever.

Don't listen to uneducated reviews!

YAMAHA RX-V465 5.1-Channel Digital Home Theater Receiver
YAMAHA RX-V465 5.1-Channel Digital Home Theater Receiver

Pros: This thing does EXACTLY what it says it does. It's not as flashy as the V565 or V665, and doesn't come with all the bells and whistles of a comparable Onkyo, but for all my looking it's the cheapest decent 5.1 receiver that does HD audio via HDMI. If you want HD audio via HDMI and don't need 7.1 surround, you should definitely consider this receiver! Also, it's got an MP3 "headphone" input on the front so you can hook your ipod or mp3 player right up on the front... VERY handy!

Cons: Uneducated reviewers... This thing ABSOLUTELY DOES pass HD audio through an HDMI cable unlike the other reviewer posted. I set it up on first try. Users need to make sure they are outputting audio from thier blu-ray player correctly before posting. Other than that, it could have better binding posts for all 5 speaker outs. Only two nice 'banana' hookups for the front speakers, the other three are clamp style hook-ups. No pre-outs... but it's a $300 receiver... what do you expect!?

Overall Review: I spent about a month looking for the best cheaper option for a 5.1 receiver that has all the new HD audio features and can pass them through HDMI. This is the best one I was able to find. Other receivers in the $400 price range and up have a lot more features and will be a bit nicer in general, but you'd be hard pressed to find a new reciever (2009 model, not refurb) that does HD audio for this price!

THE case for the NVIDIA (or EVGA) fan.

Cooler Master NV 690 NV-690C-KWN2-GP Black SECC/ ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Cooler Master NV 690 NV-690C-KWN2-GP Black SECC/ ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: First off. It looks awesome. Green LED in front and the green tinted window set it apart from every other BLUE LED case out there. FANS GALORE... Front, Bottom, Door, Rear, 2x Blowhole, and one blowing on the back of the CPU. I filled the whole thing with Green LED fans (except for the top 2) and it looks awesome. If you're unsure on this, go look at the Coolermaster 690 reviews... very positive... this is essentially the same case, only Green and without the extra door fan... which is a BONUS!... the V8 is about 1/2 from the door panel... if the fan in the regular 690 was there, it wouldn't fit.... This case is PERFECT for my setup... Glad i picked it over the Antec 900. The Antec is about an inch shorter and shallower. Not sure the i7 setup would have fit in there as well.

Cons: - 80mm fan on back panel blowing on the CPU sticks out too far for the panel to go back on "nicely". I got it back on, but with some help. Don't know much about fan witdths, but the Green LED fan I have back there from Thermaltake is aparently just a hair too wide.

Overall Review: Seems to be very good for cooling. I've got a Core i7, EVGA X58, Coolermaster V8, and Antec TPQ-1000W in there and the CPU is idling at 18C and 25C is the max I've had it up to after 4 hours of COD4. Fans seem to be helping. Also to note... the EVGA X58 board BARELY fits in here. in fact, I had to remove two of the wire ties along the side of the drive cage to plug SATA and IDE cables in. Not a Con at all, but just worth noting.

Perfect Processor

Intel Core i7-920 - Core i7 Bloomfield Quad-Core 2.66 GHz LGA 1366 130W Processor - BX80601920
Intel Core i7-920 - Core i7 Bloomfield Quad-Core 2.66 GHz LGA 1366 130W Processor - BX80601920

Pros: Installed in a flash. FAAAAAST! Extremely OCable. People on the EVGA boards are getting this guy up to 3.8 and higher on air and 4.2 on H2O. Have yet to OC, but Dummy OC on my EVGA board put it up to 3.2 with the flick of a switch. Awesome!

Cons: None whatsoever... VERY deserving of the Customer Choice Award

Overall Review: Coolermaster V8 cooling it. No OC so far, but at rated speeds it idles at 18C which is room temp, and 4 hours of COD4 and Bioshock had it up to about 22-25C... Have yet to see it over 30C.

Core i7 + EVGA X58 + Coolermaster V8 !!!!

COOLER MASTER V8 RR-UV8-XBU1-GP 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler Compatible with Intel 1366/1155/775 and AMD AM3/AM2+/AM2
COOLER MASTER V8 RR-UV8-XBU1-GP 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler Compatible with Intel 1366/1155/775 and AMD AM3/AM2+/AM2

Pros: Shipped from Newegg early January WITH all the Socket 1366 hardware. THANKS NEWEGG! Keeping my Core i7 rig nice and cool. Idles at 18C which is just about room temp here, and after about 4 hours of playing COD4 and Bioshock it was around 22-25C. Can't ask for much more. Top tier at FrozenCPU, and it comes with Core i7 hardware... PERFECT.

Cons: Instructions for the Core i7 are kinda washy... I wasn't exactly sure what parts I needed... It was clearly thrown in as an afterthought to an already produced V8 package. Just one little sheet. It got the job done, but there could have been a little more detail.

Overall Review: This thing is gargantuan. It BARELY fits in my Coolermaster NV690 Nvidia Edition case. It's literally less than half an inch from the window glass. Not really a con, but just an FYI. MAKE SURE YOUR CASE CAN HANDLE THIS. It looks awesome too, little red LED's in the top. Very well put together and very well packaged.

THANK YOU EVGA!

EVGA E758-A1 3-Way SLI (x16/x16/x8) LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard
EVGA E758-A1 3-Way SLI (x16/x16/x8) LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: This board has been perfect thus far. Everything installed easily and she fired up on the first try... what more can I ask for? Core i7 920 EVGA X58 EVGA GTX 260 Core 216 SC Coolermaster V8 OCZ DDR3 3x2GB 8-8-8-24 XMP Evertying listed there is working like a champ... haven't ventured into OC yet, but the utilities they give you help out from what I've seen and read... Turned on "Dummy OC" and instantly went from 2.67 to 3.2... YOU BET!

Cons: None so far. Newer bioses fix the memory recognition so my DDR3 1600 was recognized right away. I haven't had ANY of the issues some others have. Board has been rock solid.

Overall Review: This is the first PC I've put together in a few years now, and it was pretty much idiot proof with this board. It came with absolutely everything I needed. One thing to remember is this is an EVGA board... they've got amazing tech support. They also have an awesome forum with people who are able to answer just about every question you could throw at them. Tons of threads about OC'ing and exact settings to use, etc... Definitely a +1 for this board!