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AMD Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition Callisto Dual-Core 3.1GHz Socket AM3 80W Processor HDZ550WFGIBOX
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Unlocked to 4 cores, perfectly stable. 8Gb + SSD = decent PC 10/17/2013

This review is from: AMD Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition Callisto Dual-Core 3.1GHz Socket AM3 80W Processor HDZ550WFGIBOX

Pros: I was tempted on buying an unlocakble Phenom II X2 on an auction site, but when I saw that these were in stock at Newegg, and for a better price, I jumped on the occasion. Very stable, unlocked as a Phenom II X4 B50 running at around 3.3Ghz... For the price, this is hard to beat. Coupled with 8Gb of RAM, an Asus AM3 board and a small SSD, this thing litteraly FLIES for a low-cost PC.

Cons: Stock fan is loud when running a full capacity. Not a problem at lower RPMs, but might be annoying for those running more CPU-intensive applications. But then again, had the same problem with the stock fan on my Phenom II x6 1090T and another Phenom II too, so this seems to be a common issue for AMD CPU fans. So plan to buy a third party CPU fan if you're buying this for a quiet build.

Other Thoughts: I can't believe it was so easy as flipping a switch on my motherboard to unlock the third and fourth core. And after some stress tests, I was pleasantly surprised to see it running as stable as any other CPU. So getting a fully working Phenom II x4 for this price is pretty hard to beat. I know there's no guarantee you'll be able to unlock other cores, nor any guarantee that they'll run stable, but I think it's definitely worth a try if you have a motherboard that supports core unlocking. If it works as well as mine, that's a pretty cheap price for a great little quad-core.

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OCZ Fatal1ty OCZ550FTY 550W FirePower Technology, Inc. OCZ550FTY Power Supply
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: This PSU is very quiet. Maybe you can find others more quiet than this, but I don't care. I can barely hear it in my environment (which is also quiet). Also, being modular is a big plus. This was my first modular PSU, and from now on, all my future ones will be modular too. Powers my AMD Phenom II x6 and a Radeon 6850 + all the usual stuff with no problem.

Cons: After about a week or so, PSU generated a little weird "humming" noize even when powered off (unplugging it from the wall stopped the humming). Had a look at it, couldn't figure out what caused this, and I feared at that time that I got a bad unit. But everything went back to normal the next day and I never heard it again since (that was about 5 to 6 months ago). But so far so good. If it was not because of that, I would have rated it 5 eggs.

Other Thoughts: I'm not sure I would buy another one from OCZ. That little humming sound (that never lasted more than a day, but still...) kind of made me feared it would die on me any moment... But maybe I'm a little overly paranoid, because it worked like a charm so far (aside from that little 1-day issue) and I never had any real problem with it. And is very quiet. So maybe if I stumble across a great deal. Yeah, maybe I would buy OCZ again.

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AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition Thuban 6-Core 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Desktop Processor HDT90ZFBGRBOX
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Powerful, Quiet, dead easy to setup, easily overclockable. What more could I say?

Cons: None, really.

Other Thoughts: I don't know about those who said the included fan was insanely loud, maybe they got a bad one, but mine is quite silent. I admit, I'm using a good sound-isolating case, but still, it's so silent that the first time I powered it up, I thought for a second that it wasn't working. And even under a good workload, I only hear a small little "humming" barely noticeable if you're not sitting near it.

Overall, I'm more than satisfied. I tried to make it cringe under various tests, games and heavy applications, and this baby took it all like it was nothing. Impressive. Maybe I would have got more raw performance out of a good Sandy Bridge processor, but since I'm not even able to make this one sweat under high pressure, I don't care. And Windows Performance Index is almost maxed out.

Was also able to overclock it pretty easily to about 4ghz, very stable.

My previous PC had an old Athlon 64 x2 2800, this is litteraly night and day. You can't go wrong with this processor.

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Display Name: Sebastien N.

Date Joined: 03/16/10

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  • First Review: 04/04/11
  • Last Review: 10/17/13
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