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Intel Core i5-2500K

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Pros: Excellent value, great overclocker, perfect chip for gaming, does not run hot

Cons: Very limited BCLK

The 2500k is an excellent mainstream offering from Intel. It can now be picked up for as low as $180 online, which is directly in AMD's "value oriented" territory. Except that the 2500k greatly outperforms AMD's offerings at that price point (especially when overclocked). This quad core chip is excellent for gamers, and can handle any modern graphics card setup. It is also a good option for those wanting performance on a budget. Would highly recommend this chip for any budget or gaming build.

CM Storm Sniper Black Edition

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Pros: Excellent airflow, fan controller, full black chassis, on/off led switch, dust filters

Cons: Too many front panel connections, relatively loud when fans ramped up, no PSU dust filter, hard to clean

The Storm Sniper is an excellent case for those looking for maximum air cooling. It comes with a 6 channel fan controller and a LED on/off switch, as well as 3 x 200mm fans and a 120mm exhaust fan. There are vents for a bottom mounted PSU (however no filter), and the case can support even the longest of graphics cards with room to spare. It has a great black powder coat finish that looks very nice, and Cooler Master has done a great job ensuring the plastic and metal components are the same colour. This brings us to one of the short comings of the case, the amount of plastic. The front bezel, top vents and bottom vents are all plastic, which are some what difficult to work with when...
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Audinst - HUD-mx1

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Pros: Good value, compact, excellent sound quality, RCA out, headphone amp, USB powered

Cons: No on/off switch

The Audinst HUD-mx1 is one of the most recommended entry level USB DACs on the market, and it's for a good reason. This DAC has a flat sound signature that is perfect for the budget or up and coming audiophile. It also has a very capable headphone amp that can drive headphone with up to 600Ohm impedance. Initially when I purchased this item, I was not very happy with it as I could not hear much difference between it and my Xonar DX, however as I tested it over a couple of days I really noticed a difference. Especially with the difference in sound-stage. The Audinst has a bigger sound stage than the Xonar, and overall a crisper sound, which can really be appreciated when playing music at...
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Razer Lycosa

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Pros: Flat "laptop style" key design, good aesthetics

Cons: Poor LED distribution, very plastic (cheap feel), keys will randomly stop working every now and then, LED not bright enough

This is a very simple gaming keyboard. The build quality is not that great and the overall feel of the keyboard is cheap. The poor LED distribution and brightness makes it difficult to see the keys both in the light and in the dark, also keys will stop working randomly from time to time. The keyboard does have a very nice design which may appeal to a lot, however due to its poor quality, I cannot recommend this keyboard.

Noctua NH-C14

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Pros: C-type "top flow" design, dual 140mm fans, low profile, cools motherboard components

Cons: Needs more heat pipes, no PWM fans

The Nocuta NH-C14 is an excellent cooler. It has solid craftsmanship and easily meets Noctua's reputation for quality. Although not as strong a performer as its cousin the NH-D14, the C14 can still hold its own when tested with high overclocks and provides for more versatility and compatiblity due to its design. Its two fan configuration allows for multiple setups of the cooler including ultra low profile (remove top fan) and high clearance profile (remove bottom fan). Also due to its design, motherboard MOSFETS and system RAM are cooled along with the CPU, which in theory should help prolong the life of the components. One of the short comings in my opinion is that it only has 6 heat...
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G.Skill ECO (2x2GB) 1600MHz 7-8-7-24

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Pros: Low voltage, good frequency and timings, great overclocker

Cons: Price, overclocking limit is around 2133MHz

The ECOs are an excellent set of RAM for those who are after low voltage modules. I have two sets of these (4x2GB) in my 2500k rig and I can tell you these and Sandy Bridge are a match made in heaven. They easily overclock to 2133MHz with relatively good timings whilst at the same time managing to operate under the Intel recommended max voltage for SB memory (1.58v). With 1.55v my four dimms run at 2133MHz with 9-10-9-27 timings no problem, they are benchmark stable, and 24/7 folding stable. I would recommend these for any Sandy Bridge systems wanting good overclocking RAM.
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