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AMD FX-8320 Vishera 8-Core 3.5GHz (4.0GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 125W FD8320FRHKBOX Desktop Processor
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Most of the reviews I've read regarding this chip is in the context of gaming. I'm not much of a gamer, aside from that granddaddy of all 3D FPS, Quake, with the Darkplaces engine and the Epsilon build. I run Slackware Linux, and for what I use my computer for, the FX-8320 is fast enough for me. With my budget constraints, I needed to cut where I could, and the chip was a good place to do it, and still get the octa-core love I lusted after. ;)

Cons: What con? AMD has always stood for value, and this chip is as good an example of this principle as any.

Other Thoughts: I've been a fan (Not a fanboy; there is a difference!) of AMD since the early 90's when Intel was charging upwards of $1k for the processor alone, in the days of the K6, K6-2, & K6-III, where integer computing was good but floating point computation was not so good. AMD has continued to be worthy of my confidence because of their competence in their products and their willingness not to gouge the customer for such a fine product as the FX-8320. A job well done, AMD!!

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ASUS M5A99FX PRO R2.0 AM3+ AMD 990FX + SB950 7 x SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Let me start off by saying that before making my decision to settle on this overclocker's dream of a board, I seriously considered its lowered-powered siblings based on lesser chipsets. But, even though my budget constrained my buying a Sabertooth board, I felt I had to have the extra stability and features that come with the 990FX chipset, and ASUS always does good work. I read all the reviews of this board, and the overwhelming majority of reviewers indicated that they were using it in the context of gaming. Not all of us who lust after overclocking intend to use its abilities for entertainment purposes.

I run Slackware Linux, and it was my intent to upgrade from a mini-ITX board sporting a AMD APU (A10-6800K) with 16GB of RAM to an FX-8320 and this board, along with a modest increase in RAM to boot. This will help me to compile programs a lot faster, But, in order to satisfy my infrequent urge to game, I also have a ASUS Radeon R9 270 w/ 2GB VRAM. I play the granddaddy of all 3D shooters, Quake, with the Darkplaces engine and the Quake Epsilon 2.52 build. This board has done everything I've asked of it. There are no complaints here, and don't anticipate regretting my decision, as this is a high-quality board for a reasonable price.

I run Slackware

Cons: Not a fault of the board, but you do want to make sure that your case will fit the board. I have a Antec GX-500, and love it for its 6 fans; 3 are intake, and 3 are exhaust. It keeps my system at room temps. However, it is not an overly large case, and care must be taken to make sure that the board is not damaged in the insertion of the board. Mine went in, but not without rearranging cables. Not worth taking an egg off for; just a note for other would-be owners to consider.

Other Thoughts: Let me go on record as saying that you should never skimp on the components that matter for your computer, and the motherboard ranks at near the top of the list, second down from the power supply. This board takes the cake, and at $121.99, will give good service down the line. Highly recommended.

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Antec GX500 Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
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  • Owned For: less than 1 day

5 out of 5 eggs Antec outdid themselves this time! 01/21/2015

This review is from: Antec GX500 Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: I am extremely impressed with the features/price ratio of this case. Antec engineered this case extremely well, and it shows. The steel isn't the heaviest gauge, but that would cost more, and they had to balance it with the cooling capacity (its biggest feature, IMO) for a reasonable price. Combined with 3 120mm exhaust fans preinstalled, and room for 3 intake (which I purchased), I am confident that this case will last me for several builds.

Cons: As noted above, the steel isn't the heaviest, but you get what you pay for. Also, when installing the intake fans on the front of the case, keep a jeweler's screwdriver handy, as you may need it to fasten the fans to the case,

Other Thoughts: I was looking to replace the previous case, which was a mini-ITX case, the Cooler Master Elite 120. While the advertising said that it could fit a card such as the ASUS Radeon R9 270, the reality is that airflow goes effectively to zero, which leads to problems with overheating, which I found out most unpleasantly when my computer shut off unexpectedly. Fortunately, the thermal protection scheme kicked in, and no permanent damage was done. But it meant that I would need a new case, because a single 80mm intake fan, to put it simply, wouldn't cut the mustard. I was blessed to come across this case. I am simply amazed at the price Antec charges for such an awesome case. Well done, Antec!

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Matthew M.'s Profile

Display Name: Matthew M.

Date Joined: 01/18/13

  • Reviews: 12
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  • First Review: 02/22/14
  • Last Review: 08/25/15
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