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Pros: Cheap and very fast for the price. This is my sixth time buying this CPU for my clients after upgrading from AMD 965. During testing it flys through Corel Photo & Video Suite X5, Powerdirector 12, Handbrake, and Adobe CS4 without any hitches. It runs somewhat warm, installed after market cooling from Cooler Masters lowered the temps from 60C to around 52C during full load.
Cons: While yes its fast, but AMD 6300/6350 might be the better option for gaming. If the client only games I always recommend AMD 6300/6350 and putting the extra money towards larger capacity SSD/Hybrid SSD drives. On the other hand the 8320 powers ahead both 6300 and the 6350 in multimedia applications such as video, music, and photo editing.
Other Thoughts: I paid $139 for this CPU during one of Neweggs 48hr sales. This made both myself and the client happy after targeting AMD 6350 CPU because of his budget. His system flies with Seagate 512 Hybrid SSD installed along with AMD 260X 2GB video card.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: CORSAIR Hydro Series H110 Extreme Performance Water/Liquid CPU Cooler. 280mm
Pros: I picked up the H110 on sale for $90 last month, originally I was looking Corsair H100i but I figured why not save $15 and get the newer unit. The cooling performance is very impressive, brought my temperatures down from low 90s C when rendering to 68C on my overclocked I7 970. I only wish the fans were quieter
Cons: The 140 MM holes for the fans would not fit my case, I had to modify my case in order to install the H110. 2nd problem, stock fans were loud, very loud, sounded like a video card running hot in SLI. I could hear my PC from two rooms away. I replaced the stock fans with Corsair Air Series AF140 Quiet Edition, besides what I mentioned I'm now happy with the cooling performance and noise.
Other Thoughts: Make sure your case has 140 MM holes, otherwise break up the old trusty drill, measuring tape, and markers.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Lenovo IdeaPad Z710 17" Intel Core i5 4200M 6GB 1TB Win 8 (59387522)
Pros: Decent graphics card, I was able to play Tomb Raider, Hitman Absolution, and BF4 at console quality (Mid to High settings). The system is also reasonably quiet, only gets loud after about 40 minutes of gaming. The bootup is fast, the screen is large, it overalls feels snappy.
Cons: Well the screen is not that great, yes its 1080P, yes its bright, and yes the screen is big. With that said the colors are faded, the viewing angles left/right, up/down looks just about as bad as LCD monitors in 2003.
My other problem with this laptop is the missing Blu Ray drive. I know there's Netflix, Hulu, Prime, and Flixster I can watch in 1080P, but I would like to have the option to pop a blu ray in.
My last problem with this laptop is the average CPU. Dual core with hyperthreading, its good enough for games, but when I try to compress my blu ray movies down using Hand Brake, get ready to be waiting 3 hours or more. Having Winword 2013, and Power Point open the same time I notice my laptop became choppy. So its abit slow when multi tasking, still a good laptop, but comparing this to my late 2011 HP Envy Quad Core, I'm some what disappointed.
Other Thoughts: I like this laptop, besides my long list of complaints, if the viewing angles were better this would have gotten 4 eggs, add a blue drive, 5 eggs. If you dock this PC and buy a decent monitor, this laptop will satisfy most power users.READ FULL REVIEW