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Cooler Master V650 – Compact 650W 80 PLUS Gold PSU with Modular Molex/SATA Cables (Haswell/Kaveri Ready)
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: 1. Compact size and semi-modular design make it a snap to install.
2. Easily supports an overclocked FX-6300 and GTX 770
3 Dead silent.
4. Cool running

Cons: None so far

Other Thoughts: I recently began having coil whine or capacitor squeal on my two year old Seasonic X560 gold. Kind of surprised me given the price I paid and the reputation of the company. I bought a Corsair CX750M and it was as bad or worse even though brand new. I decided to give the CoolerMaster V650 a try even though its a new model with no professional reviews and few user reviews. It is absolutely silent - even while gaming. I have a Noctua NH-U12P SE2 CPU cooler, high quality Scythe case fans and a Gigabyte Windforce GPU. All of these are quiet parts and I can't hear a thing coming from the power supply over the sound they make. Very pleased and relieved. Oh, I bought this from Newegg's big competitor up in Seattle, but I do own it! Definitely worth a look if you're looking for a solid, quiet power supply for a midrange, single GPU gaming system.

Main power consuming parts:
FX-6300 @ 4.5 Ghz
Gigabyte GTX 770 4GB (stock)

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ASUS M4A89GTD PRO AM3 AMD 890GX HDMI SATA 6Gb/s ATX AMD Motherboard
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs Excellent AM3 Motherboard - Still Relavent 04/30/2014

This review is from: ASUS M4A89GTD PRO AM3 AMD 890GX HDMI SATA 6Gb/s ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: 1. Excellent construction - very sturdy PCB and large heatsinks
2. Runs cool - CPU is using slightly less voltage than with it'd old motherboard and runs about 5C cooler with the same HSF/Fan.
3. Rich feature set with lots of OC options
4. SATA III ports
5. 6+2 power phase for good overclocking ability

Cons: 1. Only USB 2.0, unlike its sibling the M4A89GTD Pro/USB3.
2. Supports only first generation FX processors (Zambezi) with a beta BIOS.

Other Thoughts: I know this is a discontinued motherboard, but they still are available on Fleabay for an excellent price ($59.99). Its brand new OEM whitebox, but includes the IO shield and the switch card to disable the onboard graphics (so you can get the full X16 speed from the PCI-E for a dedicated GPU). It was well worth the price for me when I assembled a "spare parts" rig with a Phenom II X4 980 BE. Good layout, easy installation and it fired up without issue. Even though they are several generations old the CPU and motherboard coupled with an HD 7850 have given me a very capable gaming rig for not much money. If you have an AM3 CPU this would be an excellent choice. Rock solid ASUS quality.

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ASUS Xonar U3 16-bit 48KHz USB Interface Sound Card
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs Excellent with reasonable expectations 04/21/2014

This review is from: ASUS Xonar U3 16-bit 48KHz USB Interface Sound Card

Pros: Very easy to install and setup
Solid sound for a USB card
Reasonable price
Flexible uses
Built in headphone amp

Cons: Given what it is and the limitations of a small USB sound card - none.

Other Thoughts: I purchased this after the front audio jack on my full tower Cooler Master case failed. its so large I really didn't want to deal with the hassle of reaching around my desk to plug my headphones in (since I use them on several devices). The U3 solved the problem perfectly allowing me to use them on a front USB port. The sound quality is pretty good - comparable to the Realtek ALC892 chipset on my motherboard. I don't use the Dolby headphone settings - I prefer just the stock 2 channel sound with tweaking on the equalizer for my games (but you do have the option). The headphone amp is effective - I have to keep it on medium, so there's definitely a little headroom for better quality headphones with higher impedance. For $30 after rebate it definitely fit the bill for me and the problem I had with my case.

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Jeffrey M.'s Profile

Display Name: Jeffrey M.

Date Joined: 09/29/03

  • Reviews: 28
  • Helpfulness: 15
  • First Review: 04/22/10
  • Last Review: 07/25/14
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