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SAMSUNG 840 EVO MZ-7TE250BW 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: -It's quick.
-It's really quick. Programs installed on the drive load near instantaneously. Once I log in, my computer is immediately ready to go.
-Seriously, stupidly quick. I can reboot my computer in less time than it takes a skype call to recognize I'm gone.
-Build quality is nice. It has a nice finish to it.

Cons: Cons? What?

Uhh, cons... hmm. The price, I suppose? Price per GB is expensive. But it's a fairly new technology and have I mentioned it's fast?

Other Thoughts: It's fast.

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AMD A10-5800K Trinity Quad-Core 3.8GHz (4.2GHz Turbo) Socket FM2 100W Desktop APU (CPU + GPU) with DirectX 11 Graphic AMD Radeon HD 7660D AD580KWOHJBOX
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: This is a good entry-level CPU performance-wise. I can't speak for the GPU side (because I was using a PCI-e card) but as a basic quad-core CPU, it's not bad.

Cons: Mine overheated and cooked the hell out of itself.

I used the stock CPU cooler, which firstly, is hilariously undersized. Even though I didn't use the onboard graphics, it still ran incredibly hot -- well up in to the high 80's. My case has more than ample airflow, too; being fitted with several Aerocool Shark 120mm fans in a CM Stacker 830.

What would happen is the chip overheated, but would still work. It would, however, hard restart the system randomly. When I thought it was my GPU, I removed my GPU and ran off of the onboard graphics and was met with terrible artifacting and color distortion. Since onboard GPUs use system RAM, I then ran memtest overnight (thankfully the system didn't crash) and it came back clear. I looked in my system's even logs and found critical errors coinciding with the time of multiple crashes. The errors? Yeah, they were for each and every one of the processor cores.

Other Thoughts: All I have to say is buyer beware. Like stated, the standard heatsink is laughably small for a CPU that is rated for 100W. Even after seeing the temperatures and putting on a better heatsink, the issues persisted so I just went intel. Three months trouble free so far on an i5...

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CORSAIR RM Series RM750 750W ATX12V v2.31 and EPS 2.92 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Full Modular Active PFC Power Supply
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Designed to be silent, or super-quiet.

Sleek design, simple and straightforward.

Included cables are all-black which is nice.

Cons: The included cables suck. Sorry Corsair, but they do. And what sucks even more, is that replacement cables (nicer ones...) from Corsair are over $100 off of Corsair's website if you factor in shipping.

The standard cables are non-sleeved, all-black flat ribbons. This isn't an issue really, except for being aesthetically lacking but whatever.

The issue is that they're stiff, very stiff. I know most people who buy Modular PSUs are likely doing so at least in part for aesthetic and airflow reasons, so it's nice to be able to tuck cables up in places and have them stay, or have them bend and contour nicely. These don't. They're incredibly firm and that makes them hard to work with. Hence, 4 eggs.

Other Thoughts: Another thing to note is that the RM750 and RM850 psu's in batch numbers lower than 1341 may have potential issues, and have a "recall" on them. Luckily mine was batch 1349 so I don't have to worry about this, but if you get one from 1341 or lower then do yourself a favor, and do your homework.

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Michael B.'s Profile

Display Name: Michael B.

Date Joined: 01/24/09

  • Reviews: 8
  • Helpfulness: 4
  • First Review: 08/06/13
  • Last Review: 03/26/14
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