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Stephen B.

Stephen B.

Joined on 04/01/10

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Decent Motherboard

GIGABYTE GA-P55A-UD4P LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard w/ USB 3.0 & SATA 6 Gb/s
GIGABYTE GA-P55A-UD4P LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard w/ USB 3.0 & SATA 6 Gb/s

Pros: Overall, a solidly build motherboard that was easy enough for a first time builder to navigate. I chose the MoBo in part based on the USB 3.0 support, and I'm happy that it offers a ton of other connections. It was easy to install, and is compatible with a Cooler Master V8.

Cons: The included software - my experience is similar to other reviews. Some of it was DOA and required immediate updating, and some of it appears to be still not operating properly. EasyTune is a good concept but the execution is poor.

Solid, attractive case

Tuniq 3 IC-TQ3-US-BK Black Aluminum front bezel, 0.8mm SECC chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Tuniq 3 IC-TQ3-US-BK Black Aluminum front bezel, 0.8mm SECC chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: Looks even better in person - its smooth, monolithic front and under-case lighting are a nice presentation for any build. The drive bay door gives a more finished appearance. The case was easy to work with, but I ended up leaving out the middle bar. With a fan moved in front of the drive bay, and a Cooler Master V8, my rig still runs fairly cool. Plenty of room for cable management. Outstanding value for the money.

Cons: Could have enabled the front Firewire port.

Overall Review: Mine arrived in good shape, but there was some damage evident on the box. Shipping in the original box is risky.

Beautiful Memory Sticks

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBNQ
G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBNQ

Pros: No problems with the memory at all. These sticks perform very well, and are easy for a novice to overclock with the settings provided by the manufacturer (see the other reviews or the web). The heat sinks look great in the box.

Cons: None.

Blue Cable

OKGEAR GC18AUBM12 1.5 ft. (18 in.) SATA 3.0 Cable with Metal Latch, Straight to Right Angle, UV Blue
OKGEAR GC18AUBM12 1.5 ft. (18 in.) SATA 3.0 Cable with Metal Latch, Straight to Right Angle, UV Blue

Pros: What's to say? It's blue, it's a cable. The latches are nice

Cons: None.

Smooth

XFX Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card HD-577A-ZNFC
XFX Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card HD-577A-ZNFC

Pros: For a casual gamer like myself, this is an ideal card from a price/performance perspective. It can keep up with anything I throw at it, and renders beautifully.

Cons: Fan on high can be somewhat noisy, which can be resolved by tuning with Catalyst Control Center. Monitor has locked up a few times, but not to the extent that some reviewers describe.

High quality power supply

CORSAIR Enthusiast Series CMPSU-550VX 550 W ATX12V V2.2 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply
CORSAIR Enthusiast Series CMPSU-550VX 550 W ATX12V V2.2 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply

Pros: Everything about the power supply was very high quality, from the packaging, to the cables, to the performance. More than enough connectors for everything that you'll need to power.

Cons: Modular cables would have been better. The filpside to lots of connectors is lots of cables to manage. It's doable with a little extra space in the case, though.