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Rosewill Stallion Series RD450-2-SB 450W ATX V2.2    Power Supply
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Got it when it was $35. Good PSU for that price. I used it in a budget build and it has been running for 4 months under pretty constant use with no issues. Cables were actually long enough.

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: Make sure you know what you're getting, before you buy. It is not modular, and it's not the most effecient PSU. Heat is average, maybe slightly better than other PSUs in it's price range.

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AMD FX-4170 Zambezi Quad-Core 4.2GHz (4.3GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 125W Desktop Processor FD4170FRGUBOX
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Fast and affordable. I hadn't purchased an AMD chip in a long time, but decided to give an FX a try. So glad I did. I don't overclock, and it still runs everything great. Photoshop, Painter, video editing, even MC server. Runs any game I've thrown at it. Got it during the sale, so it was well worth the price.

Cons: Runs hot, even without OC. Aftermarket fan is a must. I even installed an extra fan in my case. I'm worried about how long it will last.

Other Thoughts: Many people trying to compare AMD FX series to Intel cores. This chip is NOT an i5, but for what you get, it's way more cost-effective than a comparable Intel CPU. I've been running it for 3 months now on a budget build (ASRock 960GM/U3S3 w/ GTX550Ti and 8GB RAM). Still runs a little hot, but I haven't seen any negative effects.

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ASRock 960GM/U3S3 FX AM3+ AMD 760G + SB710 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Excellent price for the features. Some of the included utilities are nifty and useful. Put in a SATA III SSD, a FX4170, and 8GB RAM: no problems and great performance without over-clocking.

Cons: The usual problems with out-dated drivers, driver conflicts, etc., during build, but was able to resolve all issues in one afternoon. Configuring SSD in BIOS was confusing. Also pay close attention to the graphics card you plan to use, as you may encounter problems with the heatsink and caps that are near the PCIE slot.

Other Thoughts: BIOS sets some unusual speeds and auto settings for the CPU and RAM (I don't over-clock). I had to set the speeds for my RAM and CPU manually, but that really wasn't a big issue. Just keep it in mind if you're not wanting to void any warranties. Overall, the build went more smoothly than most. I've had the board for 3 months now, and considering the price, it was well worth it.

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Michael R.'s Profile

Display Name: Michael R.

Date Joined: 12/09/08

  • Reviews: 6
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  • First Review: 09/23/12
  • Last Review: 01/31/13
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