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Pros: I wrote a review on this case on 9/24/13 on the spec's. I swore when it was time for me to build a gaming rig, this is what I would use.
Cons: None, It's the best micro out there!
Other Thoughts: I waited for prices to fall on ssd's and vid cards to build my rig. I'm now installing my 3rd ssd drive for my games. I've added a zotac 770 amp card (plenty of room) coupled to an amd FM2 mobo with pcie3. I also added two additional 120mm CM fans, side and top and those do a great job keeping the 770 cool. never goes over 50c while gaming. Will install Metro last light soon to see if things change in that arena.....sure they will, since cod mw4 is the top game on my rig so far. Even during unigine testing it didn't go over 50c. I love this case.....compact and easy to cool. If I had to chose the one feature I love the most it would be the front panel coming off without wires attached! Please be sure to use full modular psu's with this case. You will be all smiles if you do!! Best case for total ssd builds in the micro flavor!READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Looks good and it's from Zalman. Other then that.....hmmmmm?
Cons: Not enough data, not enough pictures, here on the egg and on the zalman website. Not enough info either.
Other Thoughts: Please provide all the spec's for this psu and lots of pictures. I need a modular psu in the gold standard, but I need spec's and pic's to help me with my build.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: I have built business rigs using the quad apu's, but I never tried the dual core apu's. This is the lil 'u' that can! It's not a quad, but it's not a hundred dollars (hollar) either. Very capable and easily a very capable business client alternative. It does only have 1MB L2 cache and you will notice that difference if you're use to running quads. As for the graphics......I can't tell the difference between this and the A8 5600k except in loading times in games. see below.
Cons: Nothing for the price.....except everything should come with complimentary beer. This did not.
Other Thoughts: I tested this cpu on starcraft (original) broodwars and starcrat II wings of liberty. The first starcraft wasn't even a challenge. Wings of liberty did not load anytime soon with this chip, but when it did finally load, the graphics and game play were right there hanging with the quad apu's and a rig touting a dedicated graphic's card, all at 1080p!!!
The graphic's were that of a dedicated vid card! Impressive! Just slow on loading the maps. I mean, slow.
I use an ole first addition phenom hs/fan, all copper bottom with heat pipes and it will not go over 95f with amd cool and quiet while playing this game. I didn't play online, but as you know you have to log in to play.Just like xbox 360, that's what I compare this to. Newer titles? Doubt it. If it can play SCII then I know it can play WOW and league....just slower start up's! Does the new xbox use amd? I can see why if they do! I am using this for netflix and surfing, nothing else.......just impressed with SCII for 55 bucks!
MSI A55M-E33 (if this were for gaming I would have bought an A75 board minimum!)
8gigs gskill sniper 1866 mem
seagate 500gig hdd
some 15 dollar (hollar) dvd writer thing
some ole 650w psu
Apex TX-381 case
An ole WD 160gig sata hdd for storage/backups