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Ian T.

Ian T.

Joined on 10/07/04

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Excellent motherboard

ASUS ROG Crosshair V Formula-Z AM3+ AMD 990FX + SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Gaming Motherboard with 3-Way SLI/CrossFireX Support and UEFI BIOS
ASUS ROG Crosshair V Formula-Z AM3+ AMD 990FX + SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Gaming Motherboard with 3-Way SLI/CrossFireX Support and UEFI BIOS

Pros: - Amazing gaming motherboard - Amazing BIOS - Recognizes up to 32gb of 2400 RAM. - Able to operate even without a case if you like, thanks to buttons on board - Plenty of options for graphics cards, expansion cards, SLI, etc.

Cons: - Expensive. - Only PCI Express 2.0 (Though the difference between 2.0 and 3.0 performance is negligible) - Requires electricity?

Overall Review: It's expensive, I get it. But you get what you pay for. Honestly, this is my third ASUS ROG board. This is the only board I buy. It's worth it.

(almost) simple liquid cooling

Corsair Hydro Series H110i GTX 280mm Extreme Performance Liquid CPU Cooler
Corsair Hydro Series H110i GTX 280mm Extreme Performance Liquid CPU Cooler

Pros: - Relatively easy to install - Keeps your CPU cold. Like, really cold. My AMD FX-9590 idles at 10-15*C and even with heavy load and games rarely goes above 30*C.

Cons: - Instructions can be vague (explained below) - Tubes are a tad stiff

Overall Review: Two tips. One, ensure you can have space for BOTH the radiator and attached fan. Two, the metal mounting part you screw onto the heatsink/waterblock, turn COUNTERCLOCKWISE to remove it, CLOCKWISE to secure it. The directions were vague on this part. Otherwise, buy this immediately and use it.

My first SSD

Mushkin Enhanced ECO2 2.5" 512GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) MKNSSDEC512GB
Mushkin Enhanced ECO2 2.5" 512GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) MKNSSDEC512GB

Pros: - Wow this thing is fast - And so small!

Cons: - Cost.

Overall Review: Get this SSD. Put your Windows and your most used programs on it. Buy a nice 1-2TB HDD to store everything else (video, music, misc programs and less intensive games). The speed is amazing, loads right into your OS.

Awesome PSU

CORSAIR RMx Series RM1000X 1000W 80 PLUS GOLD Haswell Ready Full Modular ATX12V & EPS12V Power Supply SLI and Crossfire Ready, CP-9020094-NA
CORSAIR RMx Series RM1000X 1000W 80 PLUS GOLD Haswell Ready Full Modular ATX12V & EPS12V Power Supply SLI and Crossfire Ready, CP-9020094-NA

Pros: - Modular - Powerhouse - Great for bottom-mount cases when you don't want your PSU to suck air from under your case. - Extremely quiet. Fan actually doesn't engage until a certain power draw or temperature threshold.

Cons: - Cost

Overall Review: The power output is a bit overkill for the average computer, but if you have the money to spend on it, you won't be disappointed and will never have to worry about your power draw ever again.

Solid RAM

G.SKILL TridentX Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3 2400 (PC3 19200) Desktop Memory Model F3-2400C10D-16GTX
G.SKILL TridentX Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3 2400 (PC3 19200) Desktop Memory Model F3-2400C10D-16GTX

Pros: Reasonable price, good speed, solid performance.

Cons: None really.

Overall Review: Good RAM. My second set. Pairs well with the ASUS ROG Crosshair V board I recommend, both in performance and visually.

Solid mouse

Logitech G302 Daedalus Prime Moba 910-004205 Black 6 Buttons 1 x Wheel USB Wired Delta Zero sensor 4000 dpi Gaming Mouse
Logitech G302 Daedalus Prime Moba 910-004205 Black 6 Buttons 1 x Wheel USB Wired Delta Zero sensor 4000 dpi Gaming Mouse

Pros: It's a wired mouse. It moves the cursor and clicks on things. It glows blue. It's not expensive. Has just enough buttons without being excessive.

Cons: Have to wait for it to arrive in the mail. Doesn't just appear when I buy it. Can only click things on the screen, cannot click on fridge to retrieve beverage. Doesn't comfort me when I've had a bad day.

Overall Review: Did I mention it glows blue? It has other features too. Let's face it, if you wanted a million buttons, you wouldn't even be looking at this. I own two of these. I recommend it to friends. Just buy it.