VR-Zone Christmas Buying Guide 2010
Processor cooling is important if you’re keen on getting the most out of your processor by overclocking. Tall heat pipe Heat Sink Fan (HSF) assemblies still hold the throne for performance. The Thermalright Silver Arrow (US$80/SG$138) is what it takes to tame the heat of present day processors at overclocked speeds.
Don’t subscribe to the idea of tall heat pipe HSFs? The Noctua NH-C14 (US$90) is what we recommend for those who want a little air running over their mainboards. If you spot a reference HSF in your buddy’s PC, do him a favour and get him one of these!
PC chassis are generally a little too large to fit in the chimmney or under a Christmas tree. Even so, don’t deprive yourself of a Lian Li PC-A71F (US$256)! With the ability to house an E-ATX mainboard, the PC-A71F is what EVGA Classified SR-2 users need.
Something smaller? SilverStone’s Sugo SG07 (US$200/SG$329) is what you should get. Its 180 mm fan located at the top of the chassis ensures that you mini-ITX mainboard is getting the air it deserves.
Don’t let your storage subsystem bottleneck your PC experience. The OCZ VERTEX 2 EX SERIES SATA II 2.5″ SSD will offer you blazing fast performance, whether installed in your desktop or notebook PC. Don’t just buy one to pamper yourself this Christmas, grab a couple for your buddies too!
Of course, SSDs don’t offer you the kind of storage capacity that mechanical hard drives are capable of. We picked two that offer exceptional capacity for the money: The SG$118 Samsung Spinpoint F4EG (HD204UI) and Western Digital WD Caviar Green 3TB (WD30EZRSDTL) at SG$350 both offer exceptional value. Don’t get too addicted to them! You might just lose your primal-geek ability to delete files!