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Faris G.

Faris G.

Joined on 06/06/06

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Works with LGA1156

ZALMAN CNPS10X QUIET 120mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler
ZALMAN CNPS10X QUIET 120mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler

Pros: This is a great cooler. It is huge but fit in my Antec 900 case. It came with all the adapters for LGA1366/1156/775/AMD, eventhough newegg spec didn't list LGA1156's compatibility. Also came with a full tube of very high quality thermal paste. Super easy to install, but make sure you don't lose the small clear plastic washers when you dump the contents out of the little baggie. I almost didn't see them (they go in the back between the nut and mobo). I haven't hooked up the fanmate2 so I don't know how it performs. Bios showed my i7 860 idles at 24C. It is also very quite. Love the look of the fan and heatsink. Zalman did a nice job with the tower design (I never really liked the old style).

Cons: I'd really like to see a nice soft blue led on the fan but it's not really a con.

Overall Review: Get this cooler, works great !

Great Game

Dragon Age 2 PC Game
Dragon Age 2 PC Game

Pros: This is a great game despite the mediocre reviews. It doesn't deserve the really bad reviews on this site. I have played to completion on nightmare using all classes. Love trying out different builds. The fast pace action is great when you get better at it, but the pause is there if you need it. Truly, the game deserves 4 eggs but I'm giving 5 just to make up for the really bad reviews.

Cons: Bioware could have made the storyline better in terms of continuity between Acts. For an RPG, you don't really get immersed into the 'role play' of your character as much. Graphics is good but could be better.

Overall Review: Still a great game.

Gripjaws2

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Intel XMP 2.0 Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Intel XMP 2.0 Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL

Pros: Correction on timing: I posted the wrong timing :( It is actually 11-11-11-28 @ 1600 MHz showed by CPU-Z. I tried XMP Profile 1 but got Bios message upon reboot and it reverted to default (didn't try tweaking manually). Anyhow I'm still pleased.

Cons: Could use 2 more sticks, just to fill the slots....nah...overkill.

SSD Caching

GIGABYTE GA-Z68XP-UD3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
GIGABYTE GA-Z68XP-UD3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: SSD caching using Intel SRT tech works ! Set up chipset SATA to Raid in BIOS (integrated peripherals) by enabling xtreme HD. Set boot priority to CDROM. Make sure you have HDD and SSD installed (in my case I used 1TB WD7200rpm Black and 64GB CrucialM4). Put Win7 disc in drive and boot from CD to install OS. Do not set up RAID in BIOS if u want the system disk to be on a single drive with SSD as caching. Install OS, then mobo drivers as well as Intel SRT tech (version 10.5) from Gigabyte disc. Then run SRT from programs menu, choose Acceleration, set SSD as cache (I use enhanced mode) and system drive as the one to be accelerated. Thats it.

Cons: So far so good

Overall Review: Case: Corsair Graphite 600T Power supply: Corsair TX750 Graphics: Intel & EVGA GeForce 560Ti OC (Virtu enabled) Mem: 8GB Crucial Ballistix CPU: core i5 2500K CPU cooler: Antec Kuhker H2O 620 HDD: WD 1TB 7200rpm Black SSD cache: 64GB crucial M4 Mobo: Gigabyte Z68XP-UD3

"Simply The Best"

Corsair Graphite Series 600T CC600TM Graphite Grey Mid-Tower Gaming Case
Corsair Graphite Series 600T CC600TM Graphite Grey Mid-Tower Gaming Case

Pros: What's not to like. Quality build all around. Aesthetically pleasing, very quiet, roomy, easy to install components, plenty of room for cable management. I can tell Corsair engineers put a lot of thought in every aspect of the design, well thought of. Worth what I paid for (I've paid more on another 'quality' case but not as pleased as this one). Glad I got this one with the mesh window, not as obtrusive as the clear window and allows for extra cooling. Like the soft white LED lighting through the mesh, very pleasing. The side panels are easily taken off which is the best feature !. I LOVE THIS CASE. Don't even need to install additional fans, the 2 big ones (front intake and top exhaust) and the rear fan provide excellent ventilation while being very quiet. I ended up with an extra fan by putting an Antec Kuhler 620 CPU cooler, so I stuck the 120mm fan that I removed from the rear to the side. Did I mention NEAT ?

Cons: Not really a con to take an egg off but I had to remove one metal pin on the drive holder in order to install a 2.5" SSD drive. Documentation is hardly worth mentioning. Something for Corsair to improve upon in the future.

Overall Review: I wished I had the modular power supply, would have avoided the extra hassle of tucking away unused cables. By the way, I didn't buy this from Newegg, got it from a 'particular' brick and mortar store (same price on no tax day).

This is the ONE

ZALMAN MS1000-HS2 Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
ZALMAN MS1000-HS2 Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: Solid build. Replaced my Antec900 with this. Has a lot more room and slots for cable management. Now my case is very tidy with all the cables tucked behind (on the other side of the drive cage, no room behind mobo tray). Added an extra 92mm internal fan to help pull air better from the front. Added a bottom (intake) and an extra top (exhaust) 120mm fans. This case you can installed your PS two ways, fan facing to the floor or vice versa. I put mine facing the floor to intake air from outside. This case is beautiful but heavy. I had no problems installing 3 hard drives in the hot swap cage. Very easy to use. With 6 case fans going it is pretty quiet. No annoying bright lights. This case exudes class of its own. I am very pleased although before I received it I was kind of apprehensive considering I spent more than 200 clams (plus shipping cost) for it. Well, it is worth every penny.

Cons: Expensive but not enough to take an egg of.

Overall Review: This case is bigger than the Antec900 as well as many other mid-tower cases but it is NOT too big to look ugly like most full tower cases. It is a masterpiece of engineering. Aestethically pleasing. Great airflow, decently quiet. I must have looked at all the cases at newegg a million times (...well, maybe not a million) but I kept coming back to this one and finally decided it's never gonna go on sale or have free shipping. Just get it already.