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Pros: - Good price to performance ratio
- it's been around forever (proven reliability)
Cons: - runs hot even at stock clocks, and the stock cooler is a joke
- it's been around forever (outdated)
Other Thoughts: I used the FX-6300 for a budget build for a friend ( FX-6300, 8GB RAM, R7-260X, 1TB HDD, no SDD, etc.) who just wanted something for typical use and some light-to moderate gaming, and didn't want to spend a ton of money, I though about going the APU route, but the FX-6300 + R7 260X combo was only going to run about $30 more than a Kaveri A10 powered build once everything was added up. So I went with that instead. For what I was builiding, the FX-6300 was more than adequate.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: - Plenty of storage space
- Fast for a mechanical HDD
- Has proven to be reliable
- 5 year warranty
Cons: - Noisy, even for a HDD. This wasn't totally unexpected, as my previous WD Black was pretty noisy as well.
- Somewhat overpriced compared to other HDDs of similar size on the market.
Pros: - It's about as fast as you're going to get with SATA
- The drive will be obsolete well before the warranty runs out (10 year warranty)
- 256GB is plenty of space for a Windows install, and a decent number of associated programs.
- Useful software
Cons: - A bit overpriced when it was released
- Faster M.2./PCI-E based SSD's are quickly becoming relevant.
Other Thoughts: For a boot drive, you really can't go wrong, particularly if you don't have a Skylake build. There's not enough space for games though. Also going forward you're going to see more NVMe SSD's that leverage the speed of PCI-E, SATA SSD's are on the way out.READ FULL REVIEW