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ASRock 970 EXTREME4 AM3+ AMD 970 + SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: +Runs two GPUs in crossfire/SLI at 8x8 instead of 16x4
+Easy to use bios (MSIs is better though)

Cons: -This MB is compatible with the 8 core FX CPUs. However, I do not recommend this set up. This MB gets very hot on the back while using my 8320 even with an aftermarket CPU cooler and Arctic Silver 5. If your case does not have ventilation on the back or top(maybe) you're going to be getting up into the 72 degree range while playing BF4. This is where most AMD CPU/Motherboard will throttle to reduce heat and preserve themselves. This will cause FPS drop in games regardless of your GPU.
-The NB chip-set on this MB also gets super hot for some reason. The heatsink doesn't seem to be adequate.

Other Thoughts: I would recommend the FX-6300 with this board. It uses less power, and might give you a better result than I'm getting with the 8320. If you absolutely must have an 8 core, I would recommend getting a 990FX

MSI R7 260X 2GD5 OC Radeon R7 260X 2GB 128-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: +Short card
+Doesn't require a high wattage power supply
+Runs BF4 on MED-HIGH settings at 1080p 60FPS
+Stays cool
+Great price to performance

Cons: -Can't play BF4 at 1080p with ultra settings and get a decent frame rate... if that's important to you.

Other Thoughts: Be honest with yourself. This is a great card, but if you want every game at ultra settings, you're gonna need a better card. If you just want a solid card that can run and game at MED settings or can't afford anything better, you won't be disappointed.

SilverStone Argon Series AR02 CPU Cooler with 92mm Fan for socket LGA775/1155/1156/1366/2011, AM2/AM3/FM1/FM2
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: +Awesome mounting system.
+Easy to install.
+Not too thick, so it fit with my ram with a few mm to spare.
+Good cooling.

Cons: -Instructions are terrible. (They do have have very good video on their site though)

Other Thoughts: This is the first aftermarket cooler I've ever used. That being said, if you can't tell from the plus area of this review, I love this thing. It has a nice heavy duty mounting system and is the perfect size for my set up. With stock cooler running BF4 would send the CPU up to around 60 degrees. Since I put this in, I've never seen the temps go above 31 degrees running BF4 or even FC3. I DID NOT use the thermal compound that came with this cooler. I used Arctic Silver and I have to give some credit for the low temps to that. Arctic Silver even helped my stock cooler about 10 degrees. I got this with a discount, and I honestly don't think I could have gotten a better cooler for the money. Specs are below if you want to see what I had absolutely no problem putting this cooler into.

CPU: A10-5800K
RAM: Corsair MX3 ram in both slots
GPU: MSI Radeon HD 7790
Case: Cougar Archon Mid tower


Landon H.'s Profile

Display Name: Landon H.

Date Joined: 07/19/13

  • Reviews: 8
  • Helpfulness: 2
  • First Review: 08/13/13
  • Last Review: 07/23/14
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