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GIGABYTE GA-990FXA-UD3 AM3+ AMD 990FX + SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: This is a fantastic deal for an am3+ board with a 990fx chipset. Great for overclockers and gamers. Plenty of pci lanes including 2 2.0 x 16 lanes for those who want to crossfire or sli. Capable of pushing any fx cpu to their max. Plenty of sata plug-ins with 6 gbps speeds. Looks real awesome. Love the black grey look. This is the lowest I would go if you are thinking of putting in an amd 9000 series fx cpu. Revision 4.0 will support a fx 9370 or a 9590, but I would recommend looking at the ultra durable 7 board from gigabyte for one of those. I love the save profiles that the uefi bios gives ya. I have 3 profiles that I use regularly: 1 default with xmp enabled, 1 for overclocking, and one where I turn my fx 8320 into a quad core for when i am just basic web browsing, although I really dont need to do that since the parking feature does that for the most part for me.

Cons: If you are looking for the fastest boot time possible, this isn't the board for ya. POSTing takes about 3-4 seconds everytime. I would have preferred to not have sideways facing sata ports but that is a meh complaint. Other than that I have no complaints what so ever.

Other Thoughts: If you dont plan to overclock or run sli/crossfire, consider something with a 970 chipset will save you a bit of money.
My build:
Fx 8320
Cooler master hyper t4
Currently a single xfx 270x black edition card
gigabyte 990fx ud3 Rev 4.0
xfx 650 watt pro
256gb Samsun evo ssd
1 tb wd blue
Rosewill challenger case
Windows 8.1 home premium

DELL Inspiron 15 i3542-6666BK Notebook Intel Core i5 4210U (1.70GHz) 8GB Memory 1TB HDD Intel HD Graphics 4400 15.6
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Thin
Dell Keyboard.
Screen looks good!
Boots pretty fast for a 5400rpm harddrive due to windows 8.1 fast boot.
This laptop packs quite a nice punch with its 4th gen haswell core i5. I personally have an i5 3210m in my laptop (2.5-3.1ghz) which sucks double the power and only scores 20 more points in cinebench r15.
i5 4010u: 236
i5 3210m: 256
Very power efficient My girlfriend is able to do 3 sometimes 4 rounds of League of legends before we need to plug it in (about 2 hours-3 hours) otherwise we are seeing as much as 4-6 hours for basic web browsing and paper writing. It is very pleasant to hold and feels very solid. Shiny finish on the sides and a pleasant texture for grip. The integrated graphics are a decent step up in what they are capeable of for this laptop HOWEVER

Cons: 1 stick of 8gb of ram. This is a boost to the average user who is not too worried about graphics output. 1 stick of 8gb of ram will mean a bit less power consumption which adds to more battery life, but since it is not dual channel setup, the integrated graphics take a hit in performance by restricting the memory bus to 64 bit instead of 128. This is not a gaming laptop though so this shouldnt be a bother to most people. My gf is still able to play league with 40-80fps on med high settings (minor stutters).
3 cell battery. I WOULD LOVE to see how long this thing would last if it had a 6 cell battery. Still gets has good battery life and the 3 cell allows this to be fairly lightweight.
Speakers are a little quiet.

Other Thoughts: For an i5 laptop from dell with 8gb of ram and 1 tb of storage, this is a great deal. Highly recommended for someone who wants a fast laptop with decent battery life, and basic graphics output.
Hope this is helpful for people!

AMD FX-8350 Black Edition Vishera 8-Core 4.0GHz (4.2GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 125W Desktop Processor FD8350FRHKBOX
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: 8 cores (see other thoughts for a fun rant about this lol).
Multi tasks like a champ
This cpu is like a v8 turbo diesel truck engine (powerstroke ftw). It is not the fastest out there but it can handle any load that your standard gamer or home 3d or video renderer will do with plenty of room to spare.
the 8320 and its "bigger" brother the 8350 are the best overall bang for your buck in raw cpu power. If you are a comfortable with over clocking go with the 8320, but if not go with the 8350. They are identical in all areas aside from the clock speeds they come with out of the box. Not that you really need it to be any faster than it is out of the box in my opinion. Runs all my games like butter at max settings at perfectly playable to obscenely high fps paired with my r9 270x which is overclocked to 1100mhz. I have worked with the fx 6300 (which I put in my brother's build) and the 8350 which is in one of my friends builds and the 8320 which is in my personal build. All of them are very solid cpus.
The 8350 out of the box scored slightly lower than a stock i7 3770 for a good chunk less! (do the math I would tell you how much it is but I dont want that to scratch my review as it would be including "prices/avaialblilty"
Cinebench revision 15
i7 3770@3.5ghz score: 662 this score was provided to me by the sofware itself I didnt get to test this one, all the other ones I tested 5 times and took an average of them.
8350@4ghz: 636
8320@3.5ghz: 556
Comparison to i5 series: 489 (3570 specifically which is VERY similar to the 4670 in performance aside from the new Haswell power saving features etc): which is priced comparably to the 8350 when it is not on sale.

Cons: 32nm tech. This is getting very outdated I hope amd will release a new fx line based on their 28 nm tech that is being used in their new apu line. Intel is at 22nm currently and plans to be at 14 by December 2014!
For those of you who dont quite know what this means, an intel cpu at 22nm clocked at say 3.5 ghz is comparable to an amd 32nm cpu clocked at 4 ghz. This means a bit more power usage and heat.
If you are gaming this is really irrelevant because there is no real gain in investing in faster ram speeds than 1333mhz (SPECIFIC TO DISCRETE GRAPHICS CARD USERS), but this line of cpus is not going to be able to handle some of the redonculous ram speeds some of the intel cpus will be able handle.
The stock heatsink provided will work, but I wouldn't use it. Idle with the stock heatsink is between 35-40 and that was enough for me to get an aftermarket cooler. I didn't want to see its max temps under load. Bought myself a cm hyper t4 brought my idle temps to 25-30 degrees C. Just factor some kind of aftermarket cooling into this if you want to fully push this thing without being worried about shortening its life span.
Lastly this will "limit you" to pci 2.0 slots for expansion, not that it really matters ( the story may be different if you plan to do 4k but that is not in my area of expertise. 1080p is plenty for me. Also if you are budgeting for 4k you would likely be searching for a bit more performance rather than the best price/performance.

Other Thoughts: Ignore anyone who says it is only 4 core with 8 threads they only looked at what windows task manager showed them. There are in fact 8 cpu core modules, they just share cache memory per 2 cores which makes it read as 1core with 2 threads x4. They do this because it makes the cpus run more effieciently then the preivious version of this line the fx X1X0 such as 8150 or 6100 otherwise known as bulldozer.
Maxed out settings (aside from anti aliasing and games that require 3gb of vram) on:
Assasins creed 4
Tomb Raider- Benchmark provided with the game gave me 40 fps on average with vertical sync on. (60hz 1080p tv)
Crysis 3-
BattleField 4 and 3-
Watch dogs-
World of tanks
Sniper Elite 2 and 3
Starcraft 2 (this was the only game the 8320 “struggled with” at stock settings because sc2 only utilizes 2 cores)
League- max fps of 360 so far ahah
Another thing start discounting the idea that games only use 4 cores. That is changing rapidly and I expect it to become more and more common for games to recomend 8 threads. Xbox 1 and ps4 both have 8 core cpus. Watch dogs in my opinon just needs 6 cores minimum on the amd side. Games that I know of at the time of writing this review that can use 8 threads or more recieved a hyphen (-) aside from league in my list of games maxed.
Hope this reivew helps out alot of people!
My personal build:
Fx 8320
xfx r9 270x 2gb black edition (may upgrade this to a r9 280 or 290 sometime in the future to aquire more vram)
xfx 650Watt psu pro series
gskill ares 1600mhz
gigabtye 990fx motherboard
1 tb wd blue 7200
256gb samsung evo ssd
Rosewill Challenger usb 2.0 version case
Cooler master hyper t4 cpu cooler
Windows 8.1 home premium.


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Display Name: Carl T.

Date Joined: 01/20/14

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