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AMD FX-8350 Black Edition Vishera 8-Core 4.0 GHz (4.2 GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 125W FD8350FRHKBOX Desktop Processor
  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: I had a 965 black at 4.2ghz running ProE Wildfire and Solid Works. I am one of the few who use their computer for work. I dropped this into my Gigabyte Ud3 board and clocked it at 4.6ghz with the h80 cooler I had on my 965 earlier. Rendering times a nearly cut in half. About 70% to 80% faster.

Cons: Overclocked, it consumes about 70 more watts than the Intel i7. So I went and changed the 100 watt bulb in my desk lamp to a 20 watt florescent bulb. There, I solved the problem.

Other Thoughts: Considering how cheep the motherboards and this chip is, it makes and excellent combo for a workstation computer. Keeps up with my buddy's 2600k which is at 4.2 ghz. I highly recommend this for people who do actual work on their computer.

NZXT Kraken X60 RL-KRX60-01 Ultra Performance Water/Liquid CPU Cooler 280MM
  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: FX 8320 clocked from 3.5GHz to 4.6 GHz. Voltage set at 1.400V. Prime 95 burn for 4 hours. Core Temp registered 49C. I used an infrared thermometer to check the socket temp which clocked in at 48C, so I believe my temps to be accurate.

Cons: The radiator ends extend past the fans by a 1/2 inch on either side length ways. Examine your case before you buy this.

Other Thoughts: A Hyper 212 from Cooler Master is a true oddity. It ranges from $20 to $25 bucks and for some reason it is nearly the best out there. Before I bought my Kraken I used the Hyper 212 on my 4.6GHz 8320. Temps in Prime 95 peaked at 58C and remained there during the burn in test. The tricky part is there's a large price gap for that 9C difference. That being said the Kraken is the best I've seen in the aio liquid coolers. But in the end I don't know it was worth it because only benchmark software can tell me there is a difference.

MSI Radeon HD 7950 DirectX 11 R7950 Twin Frozr 3GD5/OC 3GB 384-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: It default clocked to 960 MHz out pf the box yet with some boosting in msi afterburner I settled at 1,320 MHz. Even with the boosted voltage the temperature maxed at only 74CI in 3dmark11 while also being very quiet.

Cons: I'm not sure of there are any cons. Everyone talks about drivers but so far no problems with the AAA titles I have.

Other Thoughts: This is a sweet spot card for me. At $300 it is still pricy but for what it delivers and for the quietness coming from a gtx 480 I highly recommend this card.


Jacob K.'s Profile

Display Name: Jacob K.

Date Joined: 10/14/11

  • Reviews: 9
  • Helpfulness: 8
  • First Review: 04/24/12
  • Last Review: 08/28/13
  • Most Favorable Review: 5 out of 5 eggs
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