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Francis F.

Francis F.

Joined on 04/17/02

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EVGA 121-BL-E756-TR LGA 1366 Intel X58 Micro ATX SLI Micro Intel Motherboard
EVGA 121-BL-E756-TR LGA 1366 Intel X58 Micro ATX SLI Micro Intel Motherboard

Pros: - Stable out of the box for Intel i7 builds - RAID onboard - passive chipset cooling for quiet operation - intuitive full-featured BIOS with robust i7 options and power management - SLI-capable if you need that

Cons: - HD audio header in really dumb place (under one of the PCIe slots all the way at the back of the board - fan headers could have been more convenient to the front of the board/case

Overall Review: Great base for my quiet, low heat, screaming computation i7 microATX build. My build (goals were quiet, low heat, and screaming fast computation): SAPPHIRE 100277L Radeon HD 4770 512MB EVGA 121-BL-E756-TR LGA 1366 Intel X58 Micro ATX SLI Motherboard OCZ Gold 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) 2x SAMSUNG Spinpoint F1 HD103UJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA (RAID 0) LIAN LI PC-V351B Black Aluminum MicroATX Case Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem CORSAIR CMPSU-520HX 520W PS

SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 4770 512MB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card 100277L
SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 4770 512MB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card 100277L

Pros: - 40nm process means lower power consumption - 60W at peak is great improvement over 48xx cards - Still extremely capable - fits comfortably in my MicroATX build - quiet cooling

Cons: None

Overall Review: My build (goals were quiet, low heat, and screaming fast computation): SAPPHIRE 100277L Radeon HD 4770 512MB EVGA 121-BL-E756-TR LGA 1366 Intel X58 Micro ATX SLI Motherboard OCZ Gold 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) 2x SAMSUNG Spinpoint F1 HD103UJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA (RAID 0) LIAN LI PC-V351B Black Aluminum MicroATX Case Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem CORSAIR CMPSU-520HX 520W PS

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: - DRAMATIC improvement over previous Intel generation - All-new memory architecture makes all the difference - Return of Hyperthreading - Nice quality quiet heat sink/fan on retail boxed part.

Cons: - This is nitpicky, but I had a bit of trouble seating the stock heat sink onto the motherboard, one of the pegs was stubborn

Overall Review: My build: SAPPHIRE 100277L Radeon HD 4770 512MB EVGA 121-BL-E756-TR LGA 1366 Intel X58 Micro ATX SLI Motherboard OCZ Gold 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) 2x SAMSUNG Spinpoint F1 HD103UJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA (RAID 0) LIAN LI PC-V351B Black Aluminum MicroATX Case Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem CORSAIR CMPSU-520HX 520W PS

OCZ Gold 6GB (3 x 2GB) DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop Memory Model OCZ3G1600LV6GK
OCZ Gold 6GB (3 x 2GB) DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop Memory Model OCZ3G1600LV6GK

Pros: Works as advertised

Cons: None

Overall Review: Not much to say - priced well, works great in my build. Make sure you get 3 sticks if you are on a Nehalem platform to get benefit of triple channel memory architecture. My build: SAPPHIRE 100277L Radeon HD 4770 512MB EVGA 121-BL-E756-TR LGA 1366 Intel X58 Micro ATX SLI Motherboard OCZ Gold 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) 2x SAMSUNG Spinpoint F1 HD103UJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA (RAID 0) LIAN LI PC-V351B Black Aluminum MicroATX Case Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem CORSAIR CMPSU-520HX 520W PS

CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-520HX 520 W ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply
CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-520HX 520 W ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply

Pros: - Modular cables excellent for compact builds - Very quiet

Cons: None

Overall Review: I wanted a high-quality 80 plus power supply that had modular cables for a compact MicroATX build that was also very quiet. This was the perfect choice. My build: SAPPHIRE 100277L Radeon HD 4770 512MB EVGA 121-BL-E756-TR LGA 1366 Intel X58 Micro ATX SLI Motherboard OCZ Gold 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) 2x SAMSUNG Spinpoint F1 HD103UJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA (RAID 0) LIAN LI PC-V351B Black Aluminum MicroATX Case Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem CORSAIR CMPSU-520HX 520W PS

LIAN LI PC-V351B Black Aluminum Micro ATX Desktop Computer Case
LIAN LI PC-V351B Black Aluminum Micro ATX Desktop Computer Case

Pros: - Clean look, no clear windows, fancy lighting or other nonsense - Compact and smartly designed MicroATX case - High quality construction - Ships with noise dampening features like rubber grommets for fans and hard drives, big fat rubber feet, 120 mm case fans on front - overall, very quiet (faint hard drive whirr is all I hear) - Can setup DVD to be on right or left side of case

Cons: - front firewire, USB, audio is fixed on the right side of the case - think about where this case will live if front ports need to be accessible - must remove 6 small screws per side to get inside case - cable management can be tough - not many anchor points for zip ties, nor room for extra cable length

Overall Review: - Use a modular power supply with this case - Having only one 5.25" bay occupied makes cable management much easier - No hard drive indicator light, if that matters to you - Motherboard tray somewhat useless - would have to undo all cables anyway to slide this tray out more than an inch or so My build: - SAPPHIRE 100277L Radeon HD 4770 512MB - EVGA 121-BL-E756-TR LGA 1366 Intel X58 Micro ATX SLI Motherboard - OCZ Gold 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) - 2x SAMSUNG Spinpoint F1 HD103UJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA (RAID 0) - LIAN LI PC-V351B Black Aluminum MicroATX Case - Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem - CORSAIR CMPSU-520HX 520W PS My goal was fast, small, and low heat. This case helped me reach that goal. No major complaints, and it looks great.