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This review is from: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO - CPU Cooler with 120 mm PWM Fan
Pros: Keeps my FX 6300 stock speeds running cool under 40C at all times (I think peak is around 50C, MAYBE). Definitely a great budget alternative if you're still a liquid cooling skeptic (like me). Comes with fan brackets if you want to use any other 120MM fan (WHICH IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED).
Cons: The fan that this comes with is noisy! Even cleaning and oiling it still made so much noise compared to the case fans my case came with (which I am now using as the heatsink fan).
Do yourself a favor and buy a quality 120MM fan, do not use the one that comes with this!
Other Thoughts: For anyone who still thinks air cooling is a viable choice (which still is) then you can't go wrong with the Hyper 212 EVO. Just make sure to replace the heatsink fan unless you like playing with a lawnmower!READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Rosewill CHALLENGER - Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Three Included Fans - 1 x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1 x Top 140mm Fan, 1 x Rear 120mm Fan - Two More Optional Side 120mm Fans Supported
Pros: Lots of room to expand your system. No worries about whether that GTX Titan will fit into your system! Plenty of internal hard drive slots and a built in SSD drive bay included in case you ever want to install one in the future (which I will be in a few days). Two secure side panels to open: one to install components and one that exposes the back of the motherboard and connectors to internal hard drives. Very convenient way to connect/swap hard drives and install/uninstall your CPU coolers.
With the included case fans and air flow design, you can safely stick with air cooling if you're still hesitant on liquid cooling (this case also supports liquid cooling if you aren't).
Cons: A little heavy and bulky, but that doesn't really bother me. Accidentally bent the left side panel when upgrading my system once. It takes a bit of work to secure it back on, but it was my bad.
Other Thoughts: Overall a very well designed and solid versatile computer case. A very good deal for $60, get it! You won't be disappointed!READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Runs everything I throw at it with a GTX 770 2GB, 8GB ram and Win 8.1 build, nothing OC'd. Throw in a Hyper 212 evo and you're set for gaming! I run BF4 on high settings in 1080p with constant 60+ fps. Ultra occasionally dips to mid 40's. ALL on 64 player servers.
This CPU is also great for basic video rendering.
Cons: Turbo doesn't really work on my system, but it could be just my system alone. The FX 6300 uses Hyper-threading, there are only 3 actual cores. But as long as you unpark your cores, you'll be fine.
Other Thoughts: For the price of $120, you cannot go wrong with this bad boy. My motherboard limits FX CPUs to 95W only, but the FX 6300 saved me from upgrading to another MOBO just to use an FX cpu.
I've had this since December of last year and the FX 6300 is still running strong. I cannot recommend this CPU enough for those who want to finally experience mid-high end gaming without breaking the bank.