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Proscan 39
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs Ya really can't beat this deal. 02/25/2014

This review is from: Proscan 39" 60Hz LED-LCD HDTV - PLDED3996A

Pros: -Very cost effective (even with a warranty)
-39 inches at 1080p

Cons: Screen seems... traily?

Other Thoughts: Bought this for pc gaming. I saw a 39in screen for an amazing deal and was sold. Everything is solid and it seems very nicely refurbished.It was easy to set up as well.

I did get the 1 year warranty because nothing should be left to chance with refurbished stuff. My only complaint is that at times the screen seems to very mildly trail as I scroll. I don't notice any of this in gaming, and am therefore still satisfied.I'll be grabbing a second one for the living room next month.

ASRock 990FX Extreme3 AM3+ AMD 990FX + SB950 5 x SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: -Well Priced
-990FX Chipset, Always a plus.

Cons: Short Version:
-Throttleing VRMS, Lousy Power Management
-Questionable build quality

Other Thoughts: Long Version:
I was looking to build a gaming pc capable of high-ultra level graphics at 1080p.

My first problem with this board is the power management. This board has 4+1 power phase system with clearly second rate cooling. This kind of setup can barely handle the burden of the 8 core FX series because of its power consumption in excess of its posted 125watt TDP mark. Without solid VRM cooling this system; already at a disadvantage begins to throttle and struggle under heavy loads. I for one try to avoid shotty VRM setups as a rule.

Doings things like streaming movies and web surfing, its fine! Skyrim or FarCry3? Great! All was good until I started my stability testing with Prime 95 (a testing standard in every machine I build). In about 3 minutes my CPU Socket (CPUTIN) had shot upto 72c and my system throttled back to deal with the heat.

CPU Socket temps are often influenced by VRM temps and this is why the socket is typically hotter. The red flag in this situation was that while the board was getting steamy hot, the cpu cores sat at a comfortable 50c! (AMD FX CPU temps equalize and become more accurate at 45c) This is definitely not normal, and throttling like that is unacceptable for an entirely stock system.

Another complaint is the boards seemingly unsatisfactory build quality. Everything was indeed well secured to the board. But the board itself felt flimsy and I was actually worried about bending it during installation. A previously mentioned issue is also the second rate VRM heatsinks.

Building a standard non overclocked computer shouldn't require this kind of research. If ASRock had just mentioned the power management system this could've been avoided altogether. A board like this should NOT be listed as able to support any 8 core FX processor!

Now I'm stuck waiting for a new mother board and have to deal with RMAing this thing. Won't be buying from ASRock again without doing lots of research.

Rosewill RV350 350W ATX 1.3     Power Supply
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  • Owned For: less than 1 day

1 out of 5 eggs Unfortunately this one is gonna have to take the Zero 01/03/2014

This review is from: Rosewill RV350 350W ATX 1.3 Power Supply

Pros: -$30.00 psu for budget oriented systems
-More than adequate cooling for a psu of this caliber

Cons: -might as well be DOA

Other Thoughts: Got this as a replacement for an old Dual core pc. While the system booted the power supply threw off screeching high pitch noises. Also, I don't know if its power run off or what but when I turned this puppy on i could feel a current run through the whole case. Freaked me out and I turned it off and pulled it.

I own several major Rosewill parts with zero issues so for me this doesn't sully their reputation. I think I just got a junker.


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Display Name: Thomas D.

Date Joined: 06/11/10

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  • First Review: 06/17/10
  • Last Review: 02/25/14
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