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Stephen T.

Stephen T.

Joined on 06/20/16

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Most Favorable Review

A Great 2011-v3 MoBo!

MSI X99A GAMING PRO CARBON LGA 2011-v3 Intel X99 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 ATX Intel Motherboard
MSI X99A GAMING PRO CARBON LGA 2011-v3 Intel X99 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: -Great Layout! -Super sturdy slots and pin-ports. -Click BIOS makes messing with the BIOS a breeze. -Lots of overclocking options. -Really good instruction manual. -Gorgeous! It’s a great pick for a windowed tower show build. -The bundles software is really useful. -Great card for SLI builds (just make sure you buy a 40 PCIe lane CPU if you plan to). -M.2 port!

Cons: -A bit pricey… but I’m worth it and I don’t mind the taste of Ramen noodles. -The beautiful dragon logo on the I/O shield will be covered by your graphics card in the PCIe-1 slot. It seems such a waste to have it hiding back there.

Overall Review: This board is a looker, but it’s also a worthy backbone to a ripped gaming rig that can impress with performance as well. I don’t have much to add beyond what’s above. Just do yourself a big favor; if you’re wanting to go SLI now or in the future AVOID the i7-6800K CPU because of the scant 28 PCIe lanes it supports. Go with a 40 lane chip and you’ll thank yourself later. If you are going to stick with a single graphics card like I plan to, the 6800K is a fine choice. I’d also recommend this to anyone that is really intimidated by BIOS tinkering or Overclocking. This MoBo and the included software makes it easy. Happy Building!

Good CPU Cooling Solution

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

Pros: -Easy to Install with clear directions -Cools like a champ! -Super Quiet -No mess, very very low risk liquid cooling -Thermal paste is pre-applied -Very attractive pump head and braided hoses

Cons: -Some of the wires are too short to hide really well -Thermal past can be easily smudged after pump head is out of packaging

Overall Review: This is a great CPU Cooler! I stress tested an i7-6800K (not OCed) using Intel Extreme Tuning Utility right after I finished the build and the CPU temp never crept over 35C. It also looks great in a windowed case with the braided black hoses and lit pump head aside from a very minor quibble with how hard it is to hide the wires coming off of the pump head because of their length. A first time builder could easily install this unit in a matter of minutes thanks to the design of the mount and the very clear instructions. Others have complained about noise... I have found it to be nearly silent when mounted in a Corsair Graphite Series 760T case. Maybe it is louder in some other cases. IMPORTANT: After removing the pump head from its packaging, pay attention to how you grab it. The thermal paste could easily be smeared by a wandering thumb. It's great to have it pre-applied, just as long as you don't forget it's there.

Good 2011-v3 CPU for Single Graphics Card Build

Intel Core i7-6800K - Core i7 6th Gen Broadwell-E 6-Core 3.4 GHz LGA 2011-v3 140W Desktop Processor - BX80671I76800K
Intel Core i7-6800K - Core i7 6th Gen Broadwell-E 6-Core 3.4 GHz LGA 2011-v3 140W Desktop Processor - BX80671I76800K

Pros: -Runs cool for me when stress tested (using a Corsair H110i). -Seems to be a good overclocking chip. -Less expensive than other 2011-v3 i7 CPUs

Cons: -Only 28 PCIe Lanes

Overall Review: -One Important Point: Good CPU for single GPU systems where the number of PCIe lanes won't limit you. If you are planning on ever using more than one graphics care DO NOT BUY THIS PROCESSOR. The number of PCIe lanes will make you regret the purchase. If you're going that route now or might want to in the future, spend a little extra and get the i7-6850. You'll get 40 PCIe lanes instead of the 28 that come on the 6800. If you're doing a single GPU build with no intention of adding a second in the future, this is a good processor.