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This review is from: Cooler Master i700 - 700W Power Supply with 80 PLUS Bronze Certification
Pros: A quiet, stable, and reliable power supply that allowed me to upgrade to Crossfire graphics with power left to spare.
Cons: After rebuilding my PC around a new case and power supply, I wish I'd spent the extra money to move up to a modular power supply. My i700 power supply has a lot of extra power cables that I have to find space for inside my case.
Other Thoughts: Overall I'm very happy with the performance and value of the i700 power supply. My wishing for a modular solution after the fact is simply poor planning on my part. I really like this power supply, but my build could have benefited from either a modular power supply or a slightly larger case; either way that's my fault and not the product.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: GIGABYTE GA-970A-UD3 AM3+ AMD 970 + SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
Pros: A solid, stable motherboard with a great feature set and an easy-to-use traditional BIOS. I specifically wanted an AM3+ motherboard with a built-in Firewire IEEE1394 port for importing video from my digital video camera, and this board has fit the bill nicely.
Cons: I honestly can't think of anything. I'd happily buy this board again.
Other Thoughts: I built a desktop using this board as the foundation for an FX-8350 processor, 16Gb of DDR3 1333 RAM, and a Radeon HD7770 video card. After a year of solid performance, I've replaced the video card with two R7 260X cards running in crossfire, and I've upgraded from Windows Vista 64 to Windows 8.1 64-bit. I'm still completely with this motherboard, and the Crossfire graphics running perfectly even with the secondary PCI-E 16X slot only having 4X mode available. This motherboard is a solid foundation for a system build, and a great value.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: This CPU is powerful, fast, and reliable. It represents an outstanding value, and will happily compete against any Intel CPU that is priced similarly. An excellent processor for productivity, gaming, or both. You simply can't buy a better CPU without spending a lot more money.
Cons: 125 watts TDP shows this chip uses plenty of power and generates some heat. Cooling fan included with retail version of FX-8350 can definitely make some noise. Investing a little extra for an aftermarket cooler is a good idea.
Other Thoughts: I've been running my FX-8350 processor for well over a year now, and I've been delighted with the performance. I recently replaced the retail heat sink and fan with an aftermarket model from Silverstone, which improved the average temperatures and fan noise considerably. I didn't fully appreciate just how great of a CPU the FX-8350 has been, until I realized that, if I had to do it all over again, I'd buy the exact same CPU again today. It's really a terrific performance bargain!READ FULL REVIEW