Joined on 07/27/12
Great case (Reviewer not thinking)
Pros: Great ventilation. Exceptional build quality. Easy cable management. Unique "theme".
Cons: The side panels are a bit tight and takes a little thought to close them. Nothing to take an egg off for as it took all of 3 seconds to figure out. The top side panel fan placement is no good if you are using a tall air cooler. I built in this case for a friend using the hyper212 Evo and couldn't use the top fan because of clearance. Again, nothing to take an egg off for. Just thought I would mention it to save others the hassle of finding out the hard way like I did.
Overall Review: There really should be a stupidity button to flag reviews. The "holes" in the top of the case are for exhaust fans. And why buy a case if you hate the color? You do realize there are pictures that could have helped you avoid these issues don't you? You checked the second highest experience box but with the stupid remarks and noob comments, you should have checked the lowest, or for that matter not wasted the bandwidth by posting a review at all.
A little clarity....
Pros: AMD for those that prefer it. Speed. Multitasking.
Cons: Power. Heat (if you don't cool it properly)
Overall Review: I work in a professional shop at a respected retailer. I am writing this review for the sake of giving good info so others can make informed buying decisions. I have built a total of 6 machines with this CPU. Four with water (H100/110 with stock thermal material) and two with air (Hyper 212 EVO with provided paste). The water cooled machines averaged 25-26 degrees C idle and 48-50 degrees C under full load (Prime95). The air cooled machines averaged 34-36 degrees C Idle and 56-58 degrees C under full load (Prime95). Load temps were taken after 4 hours of burn in with Prime95 running all cores at 100%. A water cooler is advised but NOT required. I can't speak for every air cooler out there but the Hyper 212 EVO is cheap and performs VERY well. Those who have complained about high temps on air are doing something wrong. Period.
Diamond in the rough
Pros: Cost. Under $40 for a quality cooler can't be beat. Performance. (See other thoughts) ease of install.
Cons: Sat here for 10 minutes and can't think of one
Overall Review: For the money this is the best inexpensive air cooler hands down. This went on an Intel i5 3570 (No OC) idle temps ranged fom 24-27 C. and 54-56 C under load (Prime95 for 4 hours)I have seen coolers that cost twice as much that don't get numbers like that. Installation was straightforward and quick with no hidden problems. The included fan is fine and fairly quiet. I did replace it with 2 Corsair AF series fans for a push/pull config. That is what was running for the temps I quoted BTW. Seriously, if you are trying to build on a budget you can't go wrong with this cooler.
Can't beat quality RAM
Pros: Cost. Was about same price as other kits that don't use hand picked ICs. Aesthetics. Beauty may be in the eye of the beholder but I can't imagine anyone thinking these were not beautiful. Nice looks without the wild "bling" others use. Compatibility. The Gigabyte Z77 UD5 mobo I used detected them and set the speed to the right setting without me needing to do anything in the BIOS.
Cons: Only one minor thing was the light bars didn't seem to work. Either they were defective or you need the Corsair link for them to work. I looked everywhere on Corsairs product pages but there was no info on this. Either way not a deal breaker as the RAM worked nicely and Iwasn't put off by the lack of lights.
Overall Review: I have been using Corsair RAM for over 10 years and have never had a major problem. The few times I have had to RMA a part or talk to customer service were a breeze. The pictures don't do these sticks full justice. If you want quiet, laid back appeal instead of something that looks at home in an alien disco, grab these.
Well worth the cost
Pros: Performance, power and cost.
Cons: None yet
Overall Review: This may be a shade slower than a 680, but then again it's about a hundred bucks less. The extra money was not worth the minor speed difference. BF3 runs like butter. Avg 75-80 FPS with everything on ultra and 8X AA. Fan was not heard over the rest of the system and the card never got over 65C.
Very nice indeed
Pros: Speed, while not up there with Sandforce was impressive. Capacity. No need to install any programs on a secondary mechanical drive. Compatability. Windows 7 recognized the drive and installed without a hitch.
Cons: Price. No reason to take away an egg. Quality costs.
Overall Review: Don't be put off by the few Mac users who reviewed this poorly. The issue was not the drive but their own lack of tech knowledge.