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MSI Z87 MPOWER MAX AC LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Lots of expensive hardware. I never really cared much about having the best capacitors, mosfets, etcetera, but this thing has them. I have overclocked my 4960k to 4.6 Ghz for normal usage and feel that this thing has the adequate components to supply the power needed. I like how many USB 3.0 ports are available, the fact that it has a built in wireless adapter, and it looks pretty cool. The stock software that comes with it for overclocking is so/ so and I think the bios interface is pretty crummy, but the MSI extreme tuning utility is good, and all I need to play around with my overclock settings and compare my results overclocking performance results against others.

Cons: So far I have had a few issues with this board. One being that sometimes when restarting, I will get an AC90 code, and an infinite reboot loop. It can only be resolved by unplugging all devices from the USB 3.0 headers and then restarting. After that I can plug them in. Not something you should see from a high end board, but I am assuming this thing is still on heavy discount. I don't like the bios interface very much, it is confusing and doesn't explain how to manually change any of the overclock multipliers. The overclock genie gave me an overclock to 4 Ghz, and the second stage overclock gave me an overclock to 4.2Ghz, which in my mind is pretty pathetic. 4.2 Ghz is only 8% over stock for a 4690k.

GIGABYTE Radeon R9 290 DirectX 11.2 GV-R929WF3-4GD 4GB 512-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready Video Card
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: It is an R9 290 at a pretty great price. I bought the same card last year for 400$ more than I just paid.

Cons: Runs hot, and the fans on the cooler wirr up like turbines when the card is only running at about 60% gpu utilization with temps up in the low 80s Celsius. Right now there is a metal on metal vibration noise coming from my rig that stops if I grab the metal cage of this video card. The gigabyte bios upgrade utility fails gives me a "Bios Version not match!" error when I try to upgrade the bios as described by another NewEgg Commenter. I am getting screen tears during normal desktop usage.

Other Thoughts: If I can get the bios updated on this card and get the screen tearing, vibrations, and high operating temperature issues worked out, I expect I will be very happy with this. However, this is not a card to plug in and go with no issues.

Cooler Master i500 - 500W Power Supply with 80 PLUS Bronze Certification
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Cools better than stock. Not sure how quiet it typically is. I had an extra 120mm fan that I put on as a puller to the heatsink. The fans make a louder noise than my old heatsink.

Cons: Price is a little high. Fan a little loud (note there is another fan that did not come with the water cooler that may be the source of the increasing noise.)

Other Thoughts: I installed this to keep my Fx-8350 cool because I was getting freezing up on my computer. When I installed this cooler, I continued to get freeze ups even though my cpu temps were significantly cooler.

For instance my current CPUID temps are, CPUTIN 37C, AUXTIN 81C, and FX-8350 package 16C. I think the actual core temp is 16C. I think the AUXTIN is the VRMs.

Long story short, the freeze ups seem to be due to the VRM's on my 970 Motherboard overheating.


Kevin P.'s Profile

Display Name: Kevin P.

Date Joined: 12/01/07

  • Reviews: 6
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  • First Review: 09/10/13
  • Last Review: 01/04/15
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