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darrin r.

darrin r.

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Solid cooling.

Intel BXTS13X Water/Liquid Cooling Thermal Solution for Socket LGA1150/ LGA2011 / LGA1366 / LGA1156 / LGA1155
Intel BXTS13X Water/Liquid Cooling Thermal Solution for Socket LGA1150/ LGA2011 / LGA1366 / LGA1156 / LGA1155

Pros: Don't let some reviews stop you from getting a solid cooler with very good performance. I have 4 of these on my gaming pc's and they do perform well with temps (27c to 31c at idle)(Intel and AMD cpu's) and at gaming loads (42c to 45c). My systems have not gone over 45c while running any of my games at all and flight sims like rise of flight and A10 warthog do push the cpu hard while running. For me this is solid performance from the cooler. With a slight overclock my temps go up by 2c to 3c depending on the system I am running at the time. I do run 2 120mm fans (cooler master jet flows) on the coolers to get best performance. As for the back plate I have not had one issue with any of my coolers at all. The back plates with this cooler have worked fine for me. You can get a kit on e bay made by the manufacture of this cooler to use it on AMD cpu's and I have 2 of them installed this way on AMD cpu's without one issue. You can even use the back plate that comes on the motherboard with these kits with AMD AM3+ cpu's. Installation was easy and I had the cooler installed in around 30 min. If you spend more you may find better performance but if your like me just gaming (world of tanks and rise of flight) and not trying to run super overclocked system this cooler will serve you well.

Cons: I have found no cons with this cooler at all. The only thing even close to con is it would be easier with 2 people to install. It's hard to hold everything and start the screws in the radiator using 2 120mm fans.

Overall Review: I have only found these kits for this cooler on e bay and they do work well for the cooler to use with AMD cpu's. Also this cooler dose not need the extra usb plug in on your motherboard other coolers need. It dose not need extra software that can have issues like some other coolers have and I have had these issues in the past with other coolers. You just install it and it works so if you want to keep things simple that should be that way check this cooler out you will love it.

Most Critical Review

DOA

XFX XXX Edition P1-650X-CAG9 650 W ATX12V 2.2 / ESP12V 2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
XFX XXX Edition P1-650X-CAG9 650 W ATX12V 2.2 / ESP12V 2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

Pros: I can not list any had to RMA but new egg is one of the best and I returned the 650 xfx and ordered the 750 xfx and it works perfect. New egg is graet about returns and I order from them because of this for all my PC part anymore. I do not use other on line stores (A.com) any more because they ship your order with very little protection for your pc parts you just paid alot for.

Cons: DOA for the 650 xfx but new egg did give me a refund as quick as I returuned the power supply. So all I lost was the time to send it back (7days from my home to the west coast) and the time I had to wait for my refund to my visa (2 or 3 days).

Overall Review: I use new egg for PC parts all the time and they do stand behind what they sell. I will give new egg 5 stars for this. I have other xfx products and this is the first I have had to return.

Super Card

EVGA GeForce GTX 980 04G-P4-3988-KR 4GB CLASSIFIED GAMING w/ACX 2.0, 26% Cooler and 36% Quieter Cooling For Gaming Graphics Card
EVGA GeForce GTX 980 04G-P4-3988-KR 4GB CLASSIFIED GAMING w/ACX 2.0, 26% Cooler and 36% Quieter Cooling For Gaming Graphics Card

Pros: I have used EVGA video cards in every gaming pc build for years now and they do not let you down. When you go with EVGA's flagship card for the 980's that's what you get. I replaced an EVGA GTX590 CLASSIFIED card with this one and it blew me away with the performance from a single card. The GTX590 was still running fine I just want to upgrade to the 980 classified card. The performance from the card is amazing with half the fan noise. I have only had the card a few days but I love it. This is one cool running card with temp far lower than the GTX590 it replaced.

Cons: None for me I use full tower pc cases for all my gaming pc's but this card is huge and very wide...

Overall Review: For the money a back plate should have come on the card.

Best case I have.

Cooler Master HAF XM - High Air Flow Mid Tower Computer Case with USB 3.0 and Two External Drive Docks
Cooler Master HAF XM - High Air Flow Mid Tower Computer Case with USB 3.0 and Two External Drive Docks

Pros: This case has more room than some full tower cases I have and is laid out better than any I have used. It will take the largest video cards out without issues with room. The cable cutouts are all where they are needed for clean installation. I have a lot of full tower cases some even made by cooler master and this case is almost as big and has more room inside than some like my inwin dragon rider full tower.

Cons: Not one con..

Overall Review: If you need a smaller mid tower this one may not be for you. If you want a mid tower case with lots of room and laid out perfect for installation of high performance hardware this is it.

10/22/2014

Cards that run anything.

EVGA 04G-P4-3688-KR GeForce GTX 680 Classified 4GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
EVGA 04G-P4-3688-KR GeForce GTX 680 Classified 4GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

Pros: I have had 2 of these cards running in one of my gaming systems for well over a year now without one issue. The cards run cool and really don't need to be overclocked to run anything I have played at max video settings. I have run EVGA card s from when the gt220 cards came out and out of all of those cards I had an issue with one of my gts450's but it was after running 2 years while overclocked above factory settings. If you want to run the 580's still this is the card to get if you can't find a 590 anywhere. I still run my 590 and it still runs anything at max and with super FPS just like 2 of these cards do. I love these cards and don't plan to ever sell mine they still give solid performance and run 60fps or better in anything I have played at max video settings.

Cons: There are no cons with this card but the price.

Overall Review: I have 2 of the GTX680 classified cards as well and they do have better performance but I paid more for the cards as well. I would go with the EVGA GTX 680 classified card over the 580's but what ever you want to order it's your money and this is one solid card that dose last well. As for me I will be going with EVGA GTX780ti in SLI for my new system this year. I have looked at other cards running in friends and family members pc's but the performance from the 780ti's looks the best from what I have seen. Good luck with what ever you order.

For the money this thing is hard to beat.

Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo CPU Cooler, 4 CDC Heatpipes, 120mm PWM Fan, Aluminum Fins for AMD Ryzen/Intel LGA1200/1151
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo CPU Cooler, 4 CDC Heatpipes, 120mm PWM Fan, Aluminum Fins for AMD Ryzen/Intel LGA1200/1151

Pros: I have 3 of these coolers and have run them with everything from the AMD 3850 cpu amd the 1100t to the i7 990X cpu and they have performed very well. For the money it gives super performance and has lasted for years with factory fans. I did add the 2nd fan to all coolers to boost performance with overclocking. Installation was not an easy but it is easier with your motherboard out but in the case in no big issue.

Cons: Not one con to list..

Overall Review: I have liquid coolers in 2 of my gaming systems now but I'm still afraid of leaks. I worry every day and think about just putting my 212's back in those 2 systems. For the money you pay and performance this gives you with peace of mind of no leaks to go with it this cooler is worth the money. If you are going for super high overclocks on something like the AMD8350 or and i7 4770K you will be needing to look at liquid cooling but with lighter overclocking needs have no fear this cooler will do the job for you.