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AMD Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition Callisto Dual-Core 3.1GHz Socket AM3 80W Processor HDZ550WFGIBOX
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5 out of 5 eggs Nearly 4 Years old and no problems! 06/03/2013

This review is from: AMD Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition Callisto Dual-Core 3.1GHz Socket AM3 80W Processor HDZ550WFGIBOX

Pros: I got this in 2009 and Overclocked it to 3.5 without difficulty. It can sit at 3.6 but 3.5 is very stable and only a slight bump in voltage.

This thing was a steal. in 2009 I paid $102 for this chip and I still feel that is worth it today. Granted the Caches are a joke but this chip is everything I need right now.

Cons: I have none. Okay maybe that I can't OC any higher?

Other Thoughts: My system has been upgraded all around this chip over the past 4 years. The only reason I will likely upgrade from it is for the ability to use more and better RAM, but that is mainly because I'll need a new MOBO

My build with this includes:
80GB Intel X25 (I think that is what it is) SSD Boot
750GB WD Black
2 TB WD Green
8GB DDR3 1600 RAM
660 Ti GPU

This cpu is still functional enough for me at this point, and not many people can say that after nearly 4 years!

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PNY VCGGTX660TXPB G-SYNC Support GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB 192-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: This was an ideal upgrade for me. I had been running a 5750 for quite some time, milking what I could out of it in games on low settings. This is my first experience with NVIDIA and I am very pleased. Card runs all games at Ultra or near Ultra settings on my 1080p 46 inch TV. I use my PC for mainly media but also games more recently while the consoles have reached the end of their cycles and the crossover PC versions are nicer on the Eye.

I am not a super-enthusiast so not maxing out settings is not a concern but I must say that nearly every game is at Ultra or between the preset Very High and Ultra settings running at 60FPS.

I cannot emphasize enough that the GeForce Experience software is worth paying an extra $50 for. It automatically upgrades optimal game settings and drivers if desired. It basically takes the guess-work out of setting up settings for most games. I recently played Tomb Raider and every day or every other day it updated the settings as new tests were ran.

This service coupled with my happiness with the card as a whole is causing me to consider getting a second to run SLI

Also, though PNY is the base model of the 660 TI, it comes with a LIFETIME WARRANTY! All you do is easily register the card on their site (which it prompts you to do when you are setting up the initial drivers) and you are covered!

Cons: These are not serious cons so they don't detract an egg, however coupled would make me consider giving it a 4 egg instead of 5.

-PNY is the base model of these cards and thus you get slightly less performance than the bigger brothers from EVGA etc. That said, PNY offers the lifetime warranty so there is your trade off. Realistically if you are buying this card at this point you are not the serious enthusiast and so the slightly lower performance for the warranty trade-off is likely appealing. I did not know about the warranty until after I bought it.

-It only running 10-20 dollars less than the better versions can be considered a con, but again, the warranty.

-A final slight gripe is I reached out to their customer support for information on a step-up program like EVGA (I think them) has but I did not receive a response. This is more of a potential gripe if I need true help in the future

Other Thoughts: I am not a top enthusiast for games. I OC and am a general PC enthusiast but PC is not my primary game device (usually).

I am running an older system right now so this is the shiny piece to the puzzle so I may be glossy-eyed

My Rig:

AMD Phenom xii B50 (OC Quad Core to 3.5Ghz)
8GB (2x4GB) RAM
80GB SSD for Boot and current Game
750GB WD Black for infrequent programs and temp
2TB WD Green for media
Windows 8

This card is for those individuals with a budget looking to get a card that can run most games at max to near max settings at 1080p resolution. I did get this at $200 with the MIR and promo which was a steal. I would not hesitate to buy another for ~$250 for SLI and had I known it's performance going in would not hesitate to buy at the current price of $279 for 1 card.

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Phil H.'s Profile

Display Name: Phil H.

Date Joined: 10/16/09

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  • First Review: 06/03/13
  • Last Review: 06/03/13
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