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John D.

John D.

Joined on 04/11/09

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Best Single TowerCooler on the Market

Noctua NH-U14S, Premium CPU Cooler with NF-A15 140mm Fan (Brown)
Noctua NH-U14S, Premium CPU Cooler with NF-A15 140mm Fan (Brown)

Pros: Performance Build Quality Warranty Keeps my 4790K 4.7GHZ oc cool

Cons: NONE

Overall Review: I bought this for my new gaming pc deciding ahead of time not to opt for liquid cooling and take the risks of leaking, pump failure, noise, etc. I almost went for the Hyper 212 Evo as that is probably the most highly recommended single tower cooler on the market, but ultimately decided on the noctua after watching videos and reading reviews on both. What stood out on the noctua for me: - 6 year warranty - Reputation - Ease of installation - Free upgrade to new socket mounting in the future It was twice the cost of the 212 evo, but being a one-time purchase, the difference wasn't a big deal. Installation was super easy, all the parts were superbly manufactured and it's been rock solid in use. I have my 4790K overclocked to 4.7 GHZ @ 1.248v and during prime 95 it never goes over 82*c. During gaming, browsing, watching movies, photoshop, etc it never goes over 50*c. I did replace the fan a couple of months ago for one of noctua's NF-A14 industrialPPC-2000 PWM fans and it dropped temps by a few degrees (since the industrialppc fans move more air), plus it's a black, which goes along with my system (details below) better than the stock fan. Based on the performance of this cooler and their fans, I'll be sticking with noctua in the future for my pc cooling needs. System Specs: CPU: Intel Core i7-4790K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor OC to 4.7GHZ@1.248v CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U14S CPU Cooler Motherboard: MSI Z97 MPOWER MAX AC ATX LGA1150 Motherboard Memory: Crucial Ballistix Tactical 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory SSD: Samsung 850 Pro Series 512GB 2.5" Solid State Drive SSD: Samsung 850 Pro Series 512GB 2.5" Solid State Drive HDD: Western Digital Red Pro 4TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive HDD: Western Digital Red Pro 4TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 980 4GB FTW ACX 2.0 Video Card Case: Fractal Design Define R5 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case Power Supply: EVGA 850W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 64-bit Case Fans: 4x Noctua NF-A14 industrialPPC-2000 PWM 140mm Fan Mouse: ROCCAT Kone Pure Naval Storm Wired Optical Mouse Keyboard: Max Keyboard Blackbird Tenkeyless (TKL) Cherry MX Backlit Mechanical Keyboard with Brown Switches

Perfect for a simple media server.

Seasonic FOCUS series SSR-450FM 450W 80 + Gold Power Supply, Semi-Modular, ATX12V/EPS12V, Compact 140 mm Size, 7 yr warranty
Seasonic FOCUS series SSR-450FM 450W 80 + Gold Power Supply, Semi-Modular, ATX12V/EPS12V, Compact 140 mm Size, 7 yr warranty

Pros: Seasonic, so it's reliable All black cables 37 amps on the 12v rail Quiet Fair price

Cons: None

Overall Review: I bought this for a small media server/NVR built in a cube itx case. It's been a solid performer so far. It's been very quiet in use; no noticeable fan noise. The cables are all black, so this PSU won't be an eyesore in any build. Setting it up was easy; everything plugged in with no issues. I'm pleased with my purchase. System Specs: CPU: Intel Core i5-9400F 2.9 GHz 6-Core Processor CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-L9i Motherboard: ASRock B360M-ITX/ac Mini ITX LGA1151 Motherboard Memory: Crucia Ballistix Sport LT 8 GB (2 x 4 GB) DDR4-2666 Memory OS SSD: Crucial MX500 250 GB M.2 SSD NVR HDD: WD Purple 4 TB 3.5" 5400RPM HDD Media Storage: x2 WD Red Pro 4 TB 3.5" 7200RPM HDD Case: Cooler Master Elite 110 Mini ITX Cube Case OS: Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64-bit Case Fan: Noctua NF-A15 PWM 140mm Fan Case Fan: x2 Noctua NF-A8 PWM 80mm Fan

Devil's Canyon BEAST

Intel Core i7-4790K - Core i7 4th Gen Devil's Canyon Quad-Core 4.0 GHz LGA 1150 88W Intel HD Graphics 4600 Desktop Processor - BX80646I74790K
Intel Core i7-4790K - Core i7 4th Gen Devil's Canyon Quad-Core 4.0 GHz LGA 1150 88W Intel HD Graphics 4600 Desktop Processor - BX80646I74790K

Pros: Fast 4.7 GHZ Overclock on Air 4 Core, 8 Threads for Multitasking Rock Solid Reliability

Cons: NONE

Overall Review: I built my gaming PC earlier this year and decided to go for the 4790K over the 4690K for the higher clock speed and 4 extra threads. Both of those matter to me as I'm frequently gaming, listening to music, browsing, etc concurrently. Those extra threads and GHZ really do make a difference in a multitasking machine; especially one used for video editing or other content creation. For me, cost was not an issue. It was only $100 more than the 4690k, and for a system I expect to last me the next 6+ years, it amounts to pennies. Paired with a noctua NH-U14S, I was able to hit a 4.7 GHZ overclock on all cores at 1.248 volts. I could probably tweak this a bit, but since it's been rock solid I don't see the need to push it further. Temps have been fine as well, reaching 82* celsius on the hottest core during prime 95 26.6 after 4 hours of running it and barely breaking 50* celsius when gaming or doing anything else. There's really nothing to complain about with this processor. Though it's on its way out with the 6700K now released, if you got a 4790K within the past year there's no need for buyer's remorse. Their performance is extremely similar, so there's not a whole lot 4790K owners are missing out on. If I were building a new pc today, of course I'd go for the 6700K over the 4790K, but feel absolutely no regrets or that I'm missing out with the 4790K. System Specs: CPU: Intel Core i7-4790K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor OC to 4.7GHZ@1.248v CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U14S CPU Cooler Motherboard: MSI Z97 MPOWER MAX AC ATX LGA1150 Motherboard Memory: Crucial Ballistix Tactical 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory SSD: Samsung 850 Pro Series 512GB 2.5" Solid State Drive SSD: Samsung 850 Pro Series 512GB 2.5" Solid State Drive HDD: Western Digital Red Pro 4TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive HDD: Western Digital Red Pro 4TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 980 4GB FTW ACX 2.0 Video Card Case: Fractal Design Define R5 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case Power Supply: EVGA 850W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 64-bit Case Fans: 4x Noctua NF-A14 industrialPPC-2000 PWM 140mm Fan Mouse: ROCCAT Kone Pure Naval Storm Wired Optical Mouse Keyboard: Max Keyboard Blackbird Tenkeyless (TKL) Cherry MX Backlit Mechanical Keyboard with Brown Switches

Great Z97 Board; Info on Wifi/BT Adapter

MSI Z97 MPOWER Max AC LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
MSI Z97 MPOWER Max AC LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Solid build construction, lots of usb ports, attractive design, built in wifi/bt (see other thoughts)

Cons: Defective wifi/bt module

Overall Review: I bought this to build my first gaming pc (specs at the bottom) earlier this year. I needed a Z97 motherboard that had built in wifi, lots of usb 3.0 ports and reliability. I almost went for the asrock oc formula, but that board wasn't compatible with my cpu cooler. This is a quality motherboard. Nothing feels flimsy or cheap on it... ...aside from the wifi/bt module. The first one I had was defective. It connects to the board via a pin header with very small pins. The pins on the first one were too short, so the module wouldn't fully seat even with the screw securing it. It would wobble at the slightest touch. causing the module to become disconnected. I had to do some back and forth with msi (originally they wanted me to send the entire board in) but they finally agreed to send me a replacement module. The replacement works absolutely fine. It doesn't wobble at all and it hasn't disconnected once since installing it. Realistically, the adapted should be attached at the factory, or at the very least, improve the connector so installation is easier. Being soldered to the board at the factory would be ideal and would negate pretty much every negative review or complaint this board received due to the wifi/bt module. As a performer, the board has been rock solid. The uefi is easy to navigate, and the board explorer is a great feature (it especially came in handy troubleshooting the defective wifi/bt module). No problems with any of the ports, usb, audio or otherwise. My current system will easily last me for the next 6+ years, so I wanted to spend a bit more upfront for the features and quality I needed. Aside from the defective module, I am satisfied with my purchase. System Specs: CPU: Intel Core i7-4790K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor OC to 4.7GHZ CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U14S CFM CPU Cooler Motherboard: MSI Z97 MPOWER MAX AC ATX LGA1150 Motherboard Memory: Crucial Ballistix Tactical 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory SSD: Samsung 850 Pro Series 512GB 2.5" Solid State Drive SSD: Samsung 850 Pro Series 512GB 2.5" Solid State Drive HDD: Western Digital Red Pro 4TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive HDD: Western Digital Red Pro 4TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 980 4GB FTW ACX 2.0 Video Card Case: Fractal Design Define R5 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case Power Supply: EVGA 850W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 64-bit Case Fan: 4x Noctua NF-A14 industrialPPC-2000 PWM 140mm Fan Mouse: ROCCAT Kone Pure Naval Storm Wired Optical Mouse Keyboard: Max Keyboard Blackbird Tenkeyless (TKL) Cherry MX Backlit Mechanical Keyboard with Brown Switches

Love it. Bought 2.

Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000BEVT 500GB 5400 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 2.5" Internal Notebook Hard Drive Bare Drive
Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000BEVT 500GB 5400 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 2.5" Internal Notebook Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: Fast, quiet, efficient. Newegg price.

Cons: I can't afford another right now. : (

Overall Review: I love this hard drive. I originally bought one for my PS3 and it works great in there. Tons of space and my PS3 is actually running cooler. I credit it to the efficiency of the hard drive. About stripping screws on the PS3's hard drive cage, the important thing is to use a properly sized driver and to apply a bit of inward pressure to ensure the driver doesn't slip and strip the screws. Installation was flawless. I liked it so much I bought another for my laptop. I already had a 320GB hard drive in there but I figured why not? Great price at newegg. I'm trying to scrape together another $90 so I can buy another one. Kudos to WD for labeling it scorpio blue and putting a nice blue accented label on it. Blue's my favorite color.