Date Joined: 03/02/06
Pros: I purchased this primarily for the 4 USB 3.0 ports on the front, as well as sufficient room for a Noctua cooler. Very forgiving case design, much larger than I really needed, but works fine next to my workstation area.
Tons of room for cables behind the MB. Very good quality, solid and heavy.
Cons: I deducted two eggs as I am still trying to figure out the fans and the closed areas. The front panel looks nice, but there is minimal air flow around it, and there are 2 fans pulling air in at that spot. So, I open the door for the air, which makes it noisier.
Overall Review: Still fiddling with the fan controls, and that may address the front panel being opened most of the time.
Pros: Larger than the last Noctua cooler I purchased (UP 12, I think), 6 pipes for each block. This one has a "stepped" fin design providing extra clearance to nearby components. On my new build, there is at least an inch of clearance above the memory modules.
I could have gone to water cooling, but realized this was actually as quiet and with less moving parts to go wrong.
Cons: Measure your case carefully. I purchased a new case as well, a ATX full tower, to provide both adequate clearance for this cooler and USB 3 ports.
Pros: Had thought of having a SSD for a new build, and was waiting for the Haskwell release. Then, my primary drive failed, and requiring immediate replacement.
Like everyone else new to SSDs, am honestly surprised how fast this is. I may even delay my new build for awhile, as this is pretty impressive. (Not really, still will build, but it more of a preference now than a necessity)
Cons: Had to make a trip to the local electronics store to pick up a special very very small Torx wrench, to attach the SSD to my existing platform/heat sink which held my old drive. It bolted right in, but didn't realize initially this would be required.
Overall Review: Was mentally prepared for a much more difficult transition and build, but the Samsung SSD and software made it pretty straightforward. I would suggest reading up on ACHI configuration as opposed to IDE.
I am a little concerned about constant writes to a disk for IE 10 or other internet programs. I had an extra WD drive laying around, and am using that for IE, limiting the writes to the SSD drive.
Pros: This is a high quality PSU, and plenty of connectors, more than enough for a i7 build. Absolutely no voltage issues anywhere.
Running an i7, single 4870 graphics card, 4 HDs.
Cons: I would have liked a 750 watt rating, didn't want to make the jump to an 800 or bigger.
Overall Review: Perception wise, this PSU runs cooler than my 6 year old computer PSU, which was smaller. As a result, my overall i7 runs cool, which was one of my goals.
Pros: On an i7 build, used this card as a single graphics card system. Played Crysis at full resolution, had no issues (other than Vista 64 related problems). Google Earth (which I use more than Crysis) is great.
Cons: The card is heavy. Looking at it from the side, the back end of the card looks like it is drooping, and non-supported. Works fine, though.
Overall Review: Wish it would have had an audio connector to simplify connection to HDTV, but that is on my motherboard, so not a problem
Pros: I opted for the 940 as a middle of the road option of the i7 chips. The chip runs ~ 37 degrees with an aftermarket Noctua cooler (2 fans).
The ability to multi-task several programs at once w/o overall system slowdown is sweet.
Cons: I bought an early chip, so I paid dearly for it. My only hesitation is that I know I am not pushing the chip as much as it could be pushed. So, if the chip failed today, I may drop to the 920 chip.
Overall Review: Played Crysis on this, and no issues.
My son opted for a 9550 and saved some coin, with reasonably close performance. This is still going to be cutting edge for another 6 months to a year, so it is a future looking investment.
Pros: This case is very nicely assembled, lots of room (except as noted below), and it was fun putting these things into the case. Lots of air flow. Right now, my i7 is idling at 35 degrees, air cooled (using air cooling only). Huge side fan, moves lots of air.
Thankful that the design is subtle, not a lot of LED fans.
Filter underneath the PSU fan, I like that. The bars on the bottom provide lots of room for air flow around the case. Room for adding another 3 fans if you really need them.
Now am thinking of adding more hard drives to fill up some of those bays!
Cons: The reason for 4 stars is that the case came with two faults. One was a fan without a connector (not crimped properly), and one was a USB cable from the front control panel that was defective. While both of these were bad, the support from Cooler Master was superb. Newegg offered to replace the case, but Cooler Master was able to send me the replacement parts. 15 minutes later, all was good as new.
Overall Review: Check your clearances! I am using an aftermarket air cooler, and it stands pretty tall, and came in contact with the large side panel fan. Had to do some minor adjustments to make things work. Almost went with a taller cooler, but glad I didn't....it is pretty tight there.
Pros: I chose this mobo after selecting my memory, Corsair Dominator. This is the board that Corsair used as a testbed for their memory. Check out the Corsair website for good info on this board.
Haven't OC'd yet. However, per various forums, this is "the" board to test on.
Cons: I thought about giving it 4 stars because the first one had an issue with the memory. With 1 or 2 sticks of 2 GB memory, it worked fine. With 3 sticks (total of 6 GB memory), the board would not post.
Discussions with ASUS revealed that the motherboard was faulty, and Newegg replaced it asap.
The replacement board works perfectly. So, it was just one of those things.
Overall Review: I would like to commend Newegg for their prompt service in replacing the board. First build in a while, and Newegg made it easy.
Also, FYI, if using a large aftermarket cooler, you may need to rotate the cooler 90 degrees if populating all 6 slots for memory. With the Corsair memory, as tall as they were, it was a little tight on the nearest slot.
Pros: Great case, appears very solidly built. Huge, room for a lot of components. My first full sized case, and it is bigger than I imagined.
Cons: Ok, I am going to keep this case, as it still appears to be the best case for me. But.....two problems with loose wiring and connectors. The connectors were not crimped correctly, so one of the front USB connectors did not work, and the rear fan connector was literally laying on the bottom of the case. While the case fan leads were obvious, the USB connector was harder to troubleshoot, and then I saw the disconnected wire. (No, I was not pulling on them).
Am going to see what Newegg can do to resolve this.
Overall Review: While the case is nice, I am disappointed as I am assembling this build and now will have to wait another week probably to assemble.