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AMD FX-8150 Zambezi 8-Core 3.6GHz (3.9GHz/4.2GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 125W FD8150FRGUWOX Desktop Processor with Liquid Cooling Kit
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Cool and Quit 30-32 Idle with the fans as exhaust in a case with a 250mm Side Fan. Never hit above 40 C while playing Far Cry 3 at 1080p Ultra.

You can change the color of the FX

Push/Pull Fans are quiet

Cons: Size! the 2 fans and radiator stack up to 4-5 inches.
The Hoses are not easily adjustable unless you want to take them off and cut them.

Other Thoughts: You have to have the motherboard out of the case to mount the cooling pad so plan ahead on your hose direction and how the clamp sits.

I mounted the radiator where my 120mm rear fan was. To save space I mounted one fan outside the case and ran the wiring inside through a small gap where my power supply goes. I then mounted the radiator to the case itself inside and the second fan to it. To mount the fan outside the case you will need longer screws and washers to keep it from scarping.

If you have to install a fan externally I suggest placing the screws in the fan, then using a piece of plastic and your hand, or tape to keep them in place. This will allow you to put on washers and keep them from sliding off when installing, while also keeping the screws from sliding out of the fan.

MSI 970A-G46 AM3+/AM3 AMD 970 + SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Bios are powerful and allow for great control/overclocking. And you can use your mouse. Not heat issues.

Optical Out (SPDIF)
2 USB 3.0 connectors

Cons: Didn't have a spot on the board for the firewire connector on the front of my case. Not a huge issue, I just like having everything completely used.

Other Thoughts: If you only have 2 sticks of Ram make sure you put them in the blue slots to ensure boot.

Spam F2 after you supply power to get to the bios, no real prompt.

No on board video out.

RAIDMAX HYBRID 2 RX-730SS 730W ATX12V V2.2/ EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Modular Power Supply, New Version with Build-in LED Fan On/Off Switch
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Internal LED can be switched off and on by the Red Button in back.

All the wires are mesh covered.

2 dedicated 6+2 Graphics Pins.

Cons: No real instructions in the Box (not really needed)
Instead of Sockets the power supply has a pigtail of connectors on back.

Other Thoughts: The 20+4 main power connector is a little long, I used zipties to hide it up in the drive bays to keep it out of the way of airflow.


Robert D.'s Profile

Display Name: Robert D.

Date Joined: 01/10/13

  • Reviews: 8
  • Helpfulness: 3
  • First Review: 01/20/13
  • Last Review: 01/20/13
  • Most Favorable Review: 5 out of 5 eggs
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