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Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-Bit
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Tried and True Windows 7 02/17/2015

This review is from: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-Bit

Pros: Windows 7 home premium x 64 bit
Supports up to 16 gigs of ram
Class fantatstic os
I am sure when 2020 comes around it will be morned and praised as highly if not more so as windows XP
I have been using windows 7 on my laptop for almost 4 years now
and I recently built a machine on windows 7 pro so I figured I would write a review as there aren't that many helpful reviews on this site presently imo.

Cons: Execution date of 2020 is set.

Boots a bit slower than windows 8/8.1 ( if you are on 8 do yourself a favor and upgrade to 8.1 before shelling out 100 for windows 7)

GAMERS: Direct X 12 will likely not be coming to Windows 7, no cause to be alarmed if you purchase win 7 right now you are elgible to upgrade to 10 which will have Dx12 free of charge, but it will not be free of hassle which is something to keep in mind.

There are easily 200 updates for windows 7 so set aside at least 3 hours for updates but that is to be expected for an os that has been around as long as 7.

Doesnt know to not defrag ssds. Be sure to set that to never happen if you install this on an ssd.

Other Thoughts: This is OEM software. It comes as 64 bit and 64 bit only, there is also a 32 bit only oem software on newegg. 32 bit will limit you to 4 gigs of ram or less. Many people have asked what is the difference between oem and retail. As far as the os itself is concerned, nothing. HOWEVER OEM is limited to ONE machine. You build your build install the os and boom. All you are able to change in your build is your cpu, ram, gpu and Hard drive or SSD. Upgrading a motherboard will requrie you to repurchase windows on oem software.

Hope this helps!

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AMD A8-7600 Kaveri Quad-Core 3.1GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) Socket FM2+ 65W AD7600YBJABOX Desktop Processor Radeon R7 series
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Fast and snappy
Runs Skyrim at near max settings!
28 nm tech
45-65 configureable tdp (yes you heard me right configurable tdp options in the bios for this little guy) the haswell i3 rests at 54
Extremely power effiecent
Fantastic integrated graphics (Runs Skyrim at max settings 2xAA and 8xAntisintropic filtering) all on its own, and it can be juiced up even more if you add in a cheap little r7 240 alongside it.

Takes an I3 out back and slaps it around in price to performance. (depends on the mood newegg/supply and demand is for this) wait a bit if it is listed above 100 trust me it will drop below again in a matter of a week or two)

PCI E 3.0 for amd
Keeps league of Legends at above 80 fps on average on max settings.

HSA commands
The places this new set of compute cores and cpu cores all in one package will take us I am quite excited for.

All in all, the a8 7600 is a wonderful all around APU. Great for buisness low powerconsumption builds, budget entry level gaming rigs, and general home computers. (Bit overkill for an htcp but still a good choice).

Cons: The intel competitor single threaded performance is a good deal ahead of this thing, but it is not worth the extra 20-30 dollars imo.

The stock cooler works..... but man it is like having a Mandrake from Harry Potter # 2 cry nonstop. If you can fit it in your budget, you might want to consider aftermarket cooling options that would run a bit quieter and cooler.

Other Thoughts: The A8 7600 is essentially a 10 7700k with a locked multiplier. There are so many pros for this little apu, but it requires a bit of research to get the absolute best performance out of it.

For starters,
if you plan to game, YOU ABSOLUTELY MUST get the fastest DDR3 ram your budget will allow. 2133 is the highest supported by the 7600 and the a10 770k officially the 7850k supports up to 2400 officially. 2x4 or 2x8 dimms to get that oh so wonderful 128 bit memory bus bandwith. The more bandwith you have the faster your vram will be that is shared with the system ram.

At idle the system it is currently placed in sips a ameasly 30 watts of power. Full load about 100. (enough to power an old incandesent light bulb)

System Specs:
This little cpu
2x4 2133 cl 11 1.6v Gskill Sniper Series Ram
Asus A78M-A FM2+ MOBO
120 gig Kingston SSD
430 Watt 80 plus certified matx evga psu
Rosewill FBM-01 Micro atx case with 2 system fans
Win 7 x64 Pro

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Rosewill FBM-01- Dual-Fan Micro ATX Mini Tower Computer Case
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs A wonderful Bargain. 02/14/2015

This review is from: Rosewill FBM-01- Dual-Fan Micro ATX Mini Tower Computer Case

Pros: Sleak shinny front end.
Very kinesthetically pleasing power button.
Plenty of room for a Micro ATX case.
GREAT price
Screw holes at the bottom to mount an ssd without needing to purchase a mounting 2.5 to 3.5 inch bracket :D
I was looking for the cheapest case I could aquire for a build for my mothers business, and this fit the bill perfectly!
Perftect case for home builds and entry level and above average gaming builds.

Cons: The black slots/expansion bay slot covers are not really reinstertable once you remove them, so If you plan to be swapping out graphics cards and motherboards, you may find yourself with an empty .5x5 inch hole.

The audio and microphone jack are a bit less than super solid feeling.

Other Thoughts: I scored this for a good price, and would certainly reccomend this case. Excellent work Rosewill as usual :) This has been my 4th case from you guys in the past 2 years.

Build:
Asus A78m-8 Micro atx fm2+ mobo
A8-7600 apu
2x4gb 2133 gskill ram (overkill for her needs I know but I got a great deal on it and I know she runs multiple monitors which eats up a tiny bit more vram)
evga 430 watt 80 plus psu
kingston 120 v300 ssd
win 7 x64 pro.

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Display Name: Carl T.

Date Joined: 01/20/14

  • Reviews: 28
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  • First Review: 02/08/14
  • Last Review: 02/17/15
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