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Frederic W.

Frederic W.

Joined on 07/11/09

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Most Favorable Review

Fast, cool, quiet

Intel Core i5-4570S - Core i5 4th Gen Haswell Quad-Core 2.9 GHz LGA 1150 65W Intel HD Graphics Desktop Processor - BX80646I54570S
Intel Core i5-4570S - Core i5 4th Gen Haswell Quad-Core 2.9 GHz LGA 1150 65W Intel HD Graphics Desktop Processor - BX80646I54570S

Pros: Cool, around 30-35 C idle, around 55 C under load, not bad given it's inside a small mini-ITX case and that I'm using a stock cooler. Quite fast, enormously faster than my old Core 2 Duo. Low wattage, therefore less heat, ideal for small cases.

Cons: Locked multiplier, so cannot overclock, but I knew that before buying it, I don't want to overclock anyway, I just wanted a fast and cool cpu that wouldn't require an aftermarket cooler.

11/16/2013

Very sturdy and reliable!

GIGABYTE GA-Z87N-WIFI LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Mini ITX Intel Motherboard
GIGABYTE GA-Z87N-WIFI LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Mini ITX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Plenty of features if you DO want to overclock, and just tweak your system. WIFI is always nice too. Very sturdy, it survived even after I mis-plugged it twice!

Cons: None

Overall Review: I'm really lucky that I haven't fried my motherboard, since I've plugged some cables at the wrong spots. The fact that it survived probably indicates that they took parts of superior quality when building this motherboard.

11/16/2013

Cool, despite being small

Cooler Master Elite 130 - Mini-ITX Computer Case with Mesh Front Panel and Water Cooling Support
Cooler Master Elite 130 - Mini-ITX Computer Case with Mesh Front Panel and Water Cooling Support

Pros: Small, its height being around one third of a normal case. The airflow is quite decent, my CPU, an I5-4570S, is staying cool. It seems that there's plenty of space for a GPU, though I probably will choose one which blows hot air outside, just in case. Very, very silent, you cannot hear anything unless you're really concentrating to find the noise.

Cons: Cable management can be a nightmare, even with a modular PSU, but that's a sacrifice to make when working with such a tiny case.

11/16/2013

Plenty of power for the price

Rosewill HIVE Series, HIVE-650S, 650W Fully Modular Power Supply, 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified, Single +12V Rail, SLI & CrossFire Ready, Black
Rosewill HIVE Series, HIVE-650S, 650W Fully Modular Power Supply, 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified, Single +12V Rail, SLI & CrossFire Ready, Black

Pros: Modular, which was a godsend for my mini-ITX case. Very silent, cannot hear it at all.

Cons: None

Overall Review: I got it at 69,99 $ on sale, having a quality 80 Plus Bronze 650 W power supply for that price was nice!

11/16/2013

Nice product

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: Speedy Inexpensive

Cons: Not really a con, just make sure you check in your motherboard's BIOS if the timings are set correctly. If not, just change them manually.

11/16/2013

Works, but loud

SAMSUNG Black 18X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA DVD-ROM Drive Model SH-118BB
SAMSUNG Black 18X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA DVD-ROM Drive Model SH-118BB

Pros: Inexpensive Works well

Cons: Can get extremely loud at times

Overall Review: Not much more to say, I've knocked an egg because this product can get extremely loud when reading a dvd, but, otherwise, it's a solid product.

11/16/2013