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AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb Quad-Core 3.4GHz Socket AM3 125W Processor HDZ965FBGMBOX
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: upgraded from an AMD 5200 X2. Overall it showed improvements. Most apps were like night and day while others (well needless to say, things can only go so fast lol). But in some CPU intensive games I did notice great improvements. overall system snappiness was improved. I do not regret this purchase at all.

Cons: mine only had the 4 cores. could not unlock past 4. not a con but since I have to write something.

Other Thoughts: paired this with an
Asrock 890FX MB (N82E16813157208) and
8 GB G Skill RAM (N82E16820231311)
was built as an inexpensive gaming rig and not disappointed at all. Video card is a XFX 4890 and that too is a great card (seems to be no longer available on Newegg though)
With that setup in Age of Conan running 1920 X 1200 on DX 9 (everything maxed) I get around 145 FPS
and Lord of the Rings Online DX 10 1920 x 1200 everything maxed also around 150 FPS.

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ASRock 890FX Deluxe4 AM3+  Note: Supported by BIOS P1.60 or later. AMD 890FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Lots of features, front USB 3.0 and pretty inexpensive for class. I have this paired with a Phenom II 965 X4 and 8 GB G Skill ripjaw (N82E16820231311) and it runs great.

Cons: none really. great price, great features = no complains

Other Thoughts: BIOS has crazy amounts of features that I have not really opened up and delved into yet but I see alot of potential. Solid board and is running strong.

I use this as a gaming rig and for the total cost I could not be happier.
CPU - Phenom II 965 BE
RAM - 8 GB G Skill
Video - xfx 4890 1GB
PSU - 750 watt

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Scythe USA SCVMS-1000 Sleeve VGA Cooler
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Wonderful cooling solution 11/06/2010

This review is from: Scythe USA SCVMS-1000 Sleeve VGA Cooler

Pros: I am using on an AMD xfx 4890. It keeps the card around 45c in idle and usually around 60c-65c while gaming. It is very silent and having the fan speed controls take a space in the back is really cool. over all great product, I actually own 2. the other is installed on a 8800GT. Keeps that one on the chilly side also.

Cons: Not really a con since it does not seem to affect the cooling performance. But installed on a 4890, it will slide from side to side alittle but stays on GPU great to pull off the heat which is what it is all about. like I said. it worried me at first but after seeing continual great cooling my concerns went away.

Other Thoughts: inexpensive and a silent beast for a cooler. A+ in my book

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Derek L.'s Profile

Display Name: Derek L.

Date Joined: 07/26/06

  • Reviews: 6
  • Helpfulness: 1
  • First Review: 06/03/07
  • Last Review: 11/06/10
  • Most Favorable Review: 5 out of 5 eggs
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