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AMD A6-5400K Trinity Dual-Core 3.6GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) Socket FM2 65W AD540KOKHJBOX Desktop APU (CPU + GPU) with DirectX 11 Graphic AMD Radeon HD 7540D
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Easy install. Low profile heatsink and cooler. Quiet.

Powerful for the cost.

Low power usage.

The 'video' portion of the system seems to use 789meg out of a 4gig total installed according to cpuz/gpuz utils.

This may be changeable or dynamic but i have not found it. yet. Either way no problem for what this will be used for.

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: With a board that has ati/amd chipsets. Your driver install routine is down to just installing the latest catalyst package. Video/mobo/chip all in one. Very handy.

This is no powerhouse game machine chip. But it is capable of running far cry 3 on mid+ settings ok.

Well suited for a dedicated web browsing/video viewing/music/general purpose machine.

A perfect 'normal' computer for everyone but gamers and extreme users.

Antec VP-450 450W ATX 12V v2.3 Power Supply - Intel Haswell Fully Compatible
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

2 out of 5 eggs Low price. It works 01/04/2014

This review is from: Antec VP-450 450W ATX 12V v2.3 Power Supply - Intel Haswell Fully Compatible

Pros: Seems to be a solid power supply. Time will tell.

Quiet fan.

Cons: Cable nightmare. The cables were not seperated out into per line bundles before the ends were put on. So it ends up a complete mess if you like your cabling to be clean and tight. Wires running thru other bundles all in a complete mess. Can't be fixed without removing all the cable ends and seperating them out. Which is not something you would want to do with these type of cable ends.

Does not hurt the function. But still. It looks bad. And you waste some cable length in the knot of wires jammed up at the power supply trying to seperate out the individual connections.

20+4 power connection. The +4 will NOT clip onto the 20 block. Need 3 hands to get it into the mobo connection and tight/locked. The +4 has no clip. Just some guides. But does need to go "under" the 20.

Other Thoughts: For the price it's ok. But simple touches that cost nothing could have made this a better ps.

Assuming it holds up over time.

BIOSTAR Hi-Fi A85W FM2 AMD A85X (Hudson D4) HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: For the price you just can't beat this board. It has everything and seems to be VERY well made.

Even has features i've always wanted.. Such as a power button and reset button ON THE BOARD!

Onboard diag digits. If you ever need it. There's no listening for obscure beepcodes to figure out what the problem is.

All in all for the price i'm very happy.

Cons: The sata ports like most boards today stick off to the edge of the board. Very cumbersome to have multiple drives connected.

The little silver 'highfi' cutout shield. Has a light in it. AND gets rather hot for what im guessing is the audio chip. No way to add a heatsink to it. Looks nice. But nice looks won't help if it burns out.

If you are going to use this board with onboard AND pcie graphics cards. You may wish to look into the mfgs site and look at the specs. It only supports some cards in some configurations with some video chipsets / apu.

Other Thoughts: Well worth the cost.


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Display Name: Don S.

Date Joined: 09/09/07

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  • First Review: 09/13/07
  • Last Review: 01/04/14
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