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MSI GeForce GTX 1070 DirectX 12 GTX 1070 GAMING X 8G 8GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support ATX Video Card
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: - Great design. Visually, probably one of the best looking 1070s on the market
- Excellent cooling that is also very quiet

Cons: - Checker-boarding and artifacts when just browsing webpages. I did check GPU-Z and my card came equipped with Micron memory. I don't know if that's the culprit or not, but I was inside the Newegg return window, so I just send it back as defective. I don't want to wait for a bios update that may or may not fix the issues I was experiencing. Why risk it? I am running a dual screen set up with 5120x1440 resolution, so maybe that had something to do with it. Since I can only get a replacement, not a refund, I am worried the next card will do the same, barring a MSI releasing a bios fix that hopefully cures the problem.

Other Thoughts: I would STRONGLY recommend you hold off on buying this card as many, if not all, are now shipping with Micron memory modules instead of Samsung like the earlier versions. Hopefully the bios fix will correct the memory problems and all will be well. I guess I'll find out when my replacement comes.

Thermaltake CLW0217 Water 2.0 Extreme/All-In-One Liquid Cooling System
  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Excellent closed loop water cooler 11/17/2012

This review is from: Thermaltake CLW0217 Water 2.0 Extreme/All-In-One Liquid Cooling System

Pros: Currently the best closed loop cooler on the market, even besting the H100 from Antec. Fan control software works great and is very useful (fan speed, cpu temp, water temp, pump rpm); rubber hoses; pump seems to be really solid quality. It's keeping my 3570K in the upper 50s Celsius under load, which is overclocked to 4.3GHz with 1.2v. With my prior air cooler, a CM Hyper 212 Evo, load temps reached very high 60s to low 70s - not bad for air, but TT Water 2.0 Extreme has resulted in a 10c-12c drop in load temps.

Shop around for this cooler as there as good prices out there.

Cons: Not really a con, but do your homework before buying this, or any, closed loop water cooling system. I have a Cooler Master HAF XM mid-tower, and after about 20 mins had decided this cooler just wasn't going to install properly. The CPU power connector on the top of the mobo can easily get in the way, or your mobo heatsinks, or your RAM - there are lots of opportunities for this cooler to cause you some headaches. Do yourself a favor before you mount anything and look at all your mounting options. I ended up mounting my Rad underneath the bracket and installed the fans in a "pull" arrangement where the rad would typically go. I did have to flex my mobo a bit, but it works. There was no way to mount the entire unit (rad + fans) either on the top of the bracket, or underneath. If you have the case I do, this will be your only option. You can't mount the entire unit on the top, where you really want to, because the unit is then too tall and the rad cover (from your case) won't fit at all. In a perfect world, you could install this entire unit in about 15-20 minutes, but if you have space issues, it could take an hour or so. It took me about 45 minutes.

Other Thoughts: I debated for days between this cooler and the H100 from Antec - this is a newer model that specs better than the Antec, but the Antec has very good reviews - although I have read complaints of pump noise. So I took the plunge on the WE 2.0 Extreme after finding a solid price from one of the vendors named after a rainforest. When the box arrived, I was very pleased with the hardware; it is well built and I really liked the rubber hoses and overall design. The radiator is very nice and only had a few bent fins, which I fixed prior to installing.
Unless you are benchmarking, you will never run the fan control software in "extreme" - it's loud. The system works well in "silent" mode, and there's also a custom option. Silent works great and you'll probably leave it there 90% of the time.
Also - remove the stock thermal paste and use your favorite brand.

Cooler Master HAF XM - High Air Flow Mid Tower Computer Case with USB 3.0 and Two External Drive Docks
  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Good build quality for the price. Onboard USB 3.0 connections. Well laid out; cable management is excellent. Large and quiet fans. Smaller than a full tower, but a bit larger than most mid-tower cases. Still a large case, but will be a plus when it comes to airflow. Capable of handling the longest of video cards. Plenty of zip-tie rings to keep things nice and tidy.

Cons: A little more plastic than I'd like to see, but not a deal-breaker, especially at just over $100. If you want all steel or all aluminum, be prepared to shell out double the money. The case can be slightly awkward to pick up if you have one hand on the back and another on the front - I'm not entirely sure where to place my hand on the front.

Other Thoughts: The removable cable cover next to the PSU is nice, but remove it completely before you install any fairly large PSU.


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