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AMD A6-3500 Llano Triple-Core 2.1GHz (2.4GHz Max Turbo) Socket FM1 65W Desktop APU (CPU + GPU) with DirectX 11 Graphic AMD Radeon HD 6530D AD3500OJGXBOX
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: This chip is perfect for a build for a non-gamer friend or family member who just wants a PC for the web and media.

I used this chip in a build for my uncle. The chip has no problems with general tasks and feels as quick in Windows as the Core 2 Duo in my aging gaming PC. The GPU on the chip is impressive for integrated graphics. It should handle most older and casual games with ease.

I recommend this and the other APUs in AMDs lineup for these kind of builds. Intel is faster, but if you aren't going to be doing anything CPU intensive, I'd put the money into a faster HDD or SSD. That is the bottleneck for most PCs when it comes to doing general tasks.

Cons: None really to mention. This chip is excellent for what it is.

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Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale Dual-Core 3.0GHz LGA 775 65W Processor BX80570E8400
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Had this chip for 3 years now. When I was looking, it was between this and the slightly more expensive, but lower clocked Core 2 Quads. I still think this was the better buy. Even today, the majority of programs still run fine on this now outdated dual core. In retrospect, this is one of those chips that was at the right price at the right time. It took AMD years to catch up with this architecture. Core 2 was to Intel what Athlon 64 was to AMD.

Cons: Not really a good reason to buy one nowadays with the i7 and Phenom IIs out. If I had reviewed this the day I got it though, there would be no cons.

Other Thoughts: First build and first processor I ever bought.

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Halo: Reach Xbox 360 Game
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Halo at its finest 10/21/2011

This review is from: Halo: Reach Xbox 360 Game

Pros: Reach refines the gameplay of the previous entries as far as it can go. Bungie held nothing back this time. The game is the end of their involvement with the series and you can tell it was a labor of love for them. The graphics are far more detailed than in Halo 3 and the art style takes a much grittier turn. The story is more character driven than anything they have done before. You know how it ends, but it doesn't lessen the impact of seeing the final hours of planet Reach. The multiplayer is like the old games with the addition of more customization and loadouts, which can be turned off for a more classic feel if you desire. Forge has improved by leaps and bounds. I feel like a kid with Legos again! The amount of content created by the community is simply insane. I'm still discovering new ways of playing the game. It will keep it feeling fresh for a very long time.

Cons: If there is one thing that I feel they did wrong with Reach, it is the ranking system used online. I can't even count the number of times I've found myself in an unbalanced match against players many times the rank of my team. For this reason, I'd recommend playing this with friends. I don't know why they changed it from the excellent skill/experience system Halo 3 used, but it just doesn't work if you ask me.

Other Thoughts: Aside from that, the game is still 100% Halo. If you hated the other ones, you will probably still feel the same way about Reach and that is fine. To each his own.

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Display Name: Nathan H.

Date Joined: 10/05/08

  • Reviews: 6
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  • First Review: 10/20/11
  • Last Review: 04/01/12
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