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ARCTIC Alpine 64 GT Rev. 2 CPU Cooler - AMD, Supports Multiple Sockets, 80mm PWM Fan at 22dBA
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Ran quieter than the tiny, loud, irritating stock AMD fan.

Cons: What's the point of a quieter fan if it can't keep anything cool?
Idle temps on my FX - 4200 were good in the low 30 degree Celsius range but under load it ran to nearly 80 degrees before I shut it down!
Wow, that's bad...

Other Thoughts: Max TDP seems to be 70 watts for this cooler, my CPU is 125 watts. Newegg does not inform you about this in the specs...

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Arctic Silver 5 High-Density Polysynthetic Silver Thermal Compound AS5-3.5G
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Back in the day this was the best. It's still very good.

Ran it against Arctic MX-2 and it ran 1-2 degrees cooler right away, and 4-5 degrees cooler after it had time to "set in".

Cons: Set in period that everyone talks about, it exists.

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iBUYPOWER ARC Series NE611FX Desktop PC AMD FX-Series FX-4300 (3.80GHz) 4GB DDR3 1TB HDD Windows 8.1 64-Bit
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: I bought it for much less, on black friday deals week... It was an OK deal at that price, not for more.
Boots fast, runs fast, CPU is half decent if not surprisingly quick considering it's a lower end quad core with high power needs.

Motherboard is solid.

Case is pretty well built, has room for upgrades and the case fan is cool looking.

Big hard drive 1tb

4gb ram is enough for now, easy enough upgrade.

Cons: Power Supply is a joke, I replaced that right away with a 600w unit.

Graphics card is another joke for a "gaming" rig. It's not even close to okay for gaming. I replaced this with a nvidia 650 gtx, runs great now.

THIS IS THE BIG ONE:
About 2 months into owning it I realized one of the fans was running really fast and loud after just a few minutes of gaming. I thought it was my graphics card... it was not.
Upon inspection, it turns out the pathetic little CPU fan was reeling up to 6,000 rpm to try and keep this very warm cpu cool. Temps are hitting 60-70 degrees Celsius regularly. I ordered a better cooling unit and new thermal paste right away.

Other Thoughts: Seems like they cheaped out in a lot of areas. It's a reasonable buy, but be ready to swap out many parts for better ones if you plan on using this for a long time as a reliable rig.
ESPECIALLY THE CPU FAN!!

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Display Name: Vik P.

Date Joined: 06/27/10

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  • Last Review: 04/22/14
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