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CORSAIR CSM Series CS550M 550W ATX12V v2.4 and EPS 2.92 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC 80 Plus Gold RoHS WEEE Modular ATX12V & EPS12V Power Supply Power Supply
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Pros: - The wires are very sturdy, yet easy enough to bend, hide, and work with without feeling like you're going to break them.

- Modular! First time I've gone with a modular PSU, I'm very happy I did. Sped up the build quite a lot and made cable management a breeze.

- Perfect condition, worked the first time I booted, and hasn't showed any problems yet. Just the right amount of headroom for a $550 AMD build.

- Corsair quality :3

Cons: - I'm hesitant to list this as a con, but on the end of the PCI-E cable that plugs into the PSU, it said "CPU" on it, which is not accurate. The CPU Power (8 PIN) & Mobo Power (24 PIN) are not modular, and are separate from the other cables. I feel like this might confuse someone who hasn't build a computer before. It did make me a bit paranoid, but didn't cause any issues, so I'm not docking an Egg for it.

Other Thoughts: Considering what a bad PSU can do to a system, I'm hesitant to buy anything but Corsair. My 750W PSU in my own gaming rig has been rock solid for about 5-6 years now. Yay Corsair!

CORSAIR Vengeance 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ4GX3M2A1600C9
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Pros: I tend to rate RAM 4/5 or 5/5 as long as it's not DOA and doesn't cause any bluescreen issues. This RAM is enormous, but that's fine since this is a cheap build, so I'm not using a monstrous CPU cooler or anything. The system Posted on the first boot, and has been reliable ever since. Perfect for a cheap-ish AMD build :).

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: Pleasing to look at.

ASUS M5A97 R2.0 AM3+ AMD 970 + SB 950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
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5 out of 5 eggs Rock Solid (I miss that motto) 08/22/2014

This review is from: ASUS M5A97 R2.0 AM3+ AMD 970 + SB 950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

Pros: - Very sturdy construction.
- Good, solid North & South bridge cooling that doesn't take up too much room.
- Arrived in perfect condition with no flaws.
- Awesome ASUS Bios. Very easy and intuitive to navigate.
- Posted immediately during the first boot! (Always a nerve wracking moment)
- About as good as it gets for the price point.
- Installation disk was extremely handy & easy to use. Thankfully, it had installers for the network adapter. Prior to installing these, I couldn't connect to the Internet (Windows 7).

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: It's good to know that after almost a decade, I can still order ASUS parts and rely on them to work the first time every time, (not counting shipping mishaps), and also trust them to have great features, reliability & great Bios/Software even at the ~$90-110 price point.

This was my first AMD build ever, and I'm glad I went with ASUS on this one.


Zayna U.'s Profile

Display Name: Zayna U.

Date Joined: 02/08/09

  • Reviews: 7
  • Helpfulness: 4
  • First Review: 03/10/09
  • Last Review: 08/22/14
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