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CORSAIR AXi Series AX860i Digital 860W 80 PLUS PLATINUM Haswell Ready Full Modular ATX12V & EPS12V SLI and Crossfire Ready Power Supply with C-Link Monitoring and Control
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  • neweggOwned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Modular.
Quiet fan.
Self-test circuit.
Power efficiency is a nice compliment.
Handles an overclocked gtx 760, AMD-Fx 8350 with FSB and HT overclocking on the mobo quite easily.

This power supply has proved to be a long haul one that has lasted to date: 2 years and 1 month since purchase. I am quite pleased.

Cons: None?

CORSAIR Hydro Series H100i Extreme Performance Water/Liquid CPU Cooler. 240mm
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  • neweggOwned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Reliable.
Lasted a little over two years.
No leaks.
The fans are some of the most quiet "stock" fans that I have received with any product.

Cons: Did eventually kick the bucket 2 years and 1 month after purchase.
I would suggest replacing the preapplied thermal compound. You can usually get a few degrees colder with something like Antec Diamond 7, Tuniq or Artic Silver 5.

All parts eventually die, especially in electronics. Considering this was cooling an overclocked AMD Fx-8350 for over 2 years with little to no issues--I can't help but recommend it. Now let's see if Corsair will stick behind their 5 year warranty on Hydro products!

Other Thoughts: I will update this review, if possible, with Corsair's reaction to my warranty claim.

GIGABYTE GA-990FXA-UD3 AM3+ AMD 990FX + SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
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  • neweggOwned For: more than 1 year

Pros: This board is excellent for the price. I wont list all of the features because the specifications will show you that; however, just know that for the money comparable boards do not offer as many PCI slots or peripheral support as this model. The on/off charge is quite nice for charging your phone via USB.

Cons: Getting Linux to dual boot/install is a small pain. One must turn on IOMMU in the UEFI/BIOS. Matter of a fact, changing any of the settings may prove a bit difficult for average users and will require some learning of the UEFI, in particular how Windows interrupts your boot sequence.

Other Thoughts: I've included this tidbit in my other thoughts section due to the fact that I have not had a hardware based issue from this board till after a year of ownership. However it has only seen light to moderate usage as I have little to no time for gaming these days. To put it short the PCI-E as well the 4 and 1 slots have ceased to work. This did not bother me as I have tinkered with computers at home and college for years and expect things to just fail sometimes! My issue, thus far, is that Gigabyte has denied my warranty status stating that it has expired. I bought this mobo from NewEgg on 3/29/2013--well within the company's 3 year limited warranty. I can ensure that the motherboard and all "interacting" components were tested thoroughly: power supply voltage--check, video card works in another mobo: check; etc...

With all that said, I still recommend this motherboard! And I still give it Four Eggs, although, I'd really offer 3.5 depending on exactly how this warranty goes through!


WILLIAM B.'s Profile

Display Name: WILLIAM B.

Date Joined: 01/19/10

  • Reviews: 4
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  • First Review: 04/09/13
  • Last Review: 04/17/15
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