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Pros: 1. Cheap considering how much power this thing really has.
2. Truly unlocked with full over clocking abilities.
3. Cool compared to older amd and new intel cpu's
4. Better value over intel due to new games using amd tech.
5. Really has 8 cores, not 4 cores and 8 threads.
Cons: 1. Not as powerful as an i7. (but no one expected it to be)
2. Stock cooler is not horrid but could be better.
3. Uses a lot of power. (Currently 1.5v at 5.2 ghz)
4. No integrated graphics? (I'm not complaining...)
5. It can be picky when at super high clocks, meaning it won't shut down correctly and forces the computer to freeze. But 6 hours strong on this last run of prime 95
Other Thoughts: For me, I was looking for something that will last for a long time. I spent about 4 months debating this over the 3820 i7, and I was upgrading from a
phemon II x4. If I went Intel I would of spent $689.98 without tax for the chip and motherboard. For $150 less I got a new chip, motherboard and a 2ed gtx 660ti. I have a ton of experience with overclocking and I have gotten to benchmark this chip very close to the 3770k i7 for $140 bucks less. If thats not a bargain then I don't know what is. If you looking for good performance that will last amd is the way to go. It's not bleeding edge tech but worth every penny.
Fx-8350 proc @ 5.2 ghz
8gb of DDR3 1222 MHz of ram :(
Msi & asus gtx 660ti clocked at 920/3500 in sli
Asus sabertooth 990fx gen3
Antec k20 liquid cooler
Ocz agility 128gb ssd (boot)
Seagate HDD @ 1tb 7200 rpm (data/games)
Pros: Dirt cheap starting kit for a gaming rig, good graphic nice case with room for upgrades
Cons: 65w psu? Wut, is that even possible? 1.43ghz. Processor is a joke. And it's hp. Why else needs to be said?
Other Thoughts: If you know how to install a processor, ram and anything in a computer then buy now because the graphics alone are worth 200 bucks. If you invest like 150/300 bucks into this computer you got a very good gaming rig for most modern games.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Great case, lots of room, the 4 case fans that come with the case are nice to look at with the blue led's. as well the fans move a ton of air. Tool less side drive bays and the thumb screws for the side panels are a nice touch, over all mostly satisfied.
Cons: First and foremost, the fans are really loud. Just try keeping them on wile you let your steam account download your entire game library.
Second, the thumb screws on the side are getting worn after 6 months. (Although, I have had the worst of luck with the hardware inside of the case it's self, not the case) and the front face plates for the disk devices have a wired push release setup. (witch I broke promptly) and now I have a hole in the front of the case. No big deal I guess? The cable management could be nicer. Looks a bit like / mess, or maybe that's just me. The little hooks on the side the ones that interlock to keep a good seal on the side panel and the case it's self, there bent and won't allow me to close the case without putting more then enough pressure to close the case.
Other Thoughts: This was a gift from my girlfriend for x-mas. and When I switched to liquid cooling I used the 120mm case fan in a push pull set up along with an extra fan pushing air into my case have reduced my idle temps by 20c easy. With a standard atx MOB the top pins for CPU and mic fans are blocked and can not be accessed unless you completely remove your top fans. Really great cooling and super cheap. Like I saw In other reviews its actually a plastic clean panel not a metal vent. Keeps my new 660 IT frosty and that's always a plus.READ FULL REVIEW