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This review is from: MSI AM1I AM1 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Mini ITX AMD Motherboard
Pros: price, performance, size, usb 3.0, 6g sata
Other Thoughts: Purchased this mb along with an AMD kabini 5150, 4g of ram and 60g ssd to use as a HTPC. My main focus with this purchase was to build a compact htpc and use to watch blurays, mkv, netflix, youtube HD, and general browsing.
This system does all of the above flawlessly!!! Zero issues during and after installation of windows 8.1.
I do not own a smart tv and buying one was out of the question. Building this however was the perfect solution. BTW, I installed this system inside a VCR. I modded the VCR to fit the components.
Pros: Price,25W, performance per dollar, very quiet cpu fan.
Cons: price dropped $5 after I bought it.
Other Thoughts: I purchased this incredible cpu along with an MSI AM1i mb and 4g of ram and installed in an old Dimension Dell 2400 P4 circa 2003. I, of course, threw away the mb, cpu and memory from the old Dell but kept the very clean Case and very quiet 200w powersupply. Anyhow, after insalling this entire system along with a spare 60g ssi and LG bluray drive, I decided to install Win 8.1 Pro to see how well it would perform. Dang, this little cpu and rest of the system is amazing! It plays all my blurays flawlessly. Zero hiccups, dropped frames..zero! MKVs play perfect as well. Win 8.1 with only 4g of ram runs buttery smooth. No lag whatsoever.
I only wanted to test win 8.1 because I thought it wouldn't run well with this cpu and only 4g of ram and I thought of installing Linux Mint instead.
Well, I'm keeping Win 8 (my family enjoys the new OS experience).
The entire system is very quiet. We cannot hear the computer running. The 11yr old ps is whisper quiet and unbelievably, the cpu fan (tiny fan) is literally whisper quiet as well.
Forget about buying a smart tv. Build something like this and it'll outperform any smart tv on the market.
BTW, I am not using a keyboard or mouse. I am using android app called 'AIO remote' which controls the pc and acts like a keyboard and mouse through my wifi. So...I can control my pc from anywhere in my house. Awesome!!!
Pros: price, performance per dollar,
Cons: cpu cooler very loud
Other Thoughts: Recently upgraded the cpu cooler because the stock cooler was so loud and temps weren't the best. Purchased an Arctic Alpine 64 Pro cooler at only 17 bucks for better cooling and low noise. At first I wasn't planning to overclock but after installing the Arctic I thought, 'why not".
Currently have the 8320 at 4.3 turbo boost with the Arctic Alpine. At idle, never goes over 20c. Browsing the net and hd video viewing...never goes over 34c. Rendering full HD videos with Sony Vegas Pro it reaches 68c. Keep in mind, this thing reaches 4.3ghz with the video renders so I think the temp, with such a cheap cooler, is more than acceptable.
So I'm completely satisfied with the FX 8320 and the Arctic Alpine 64. BTW, I have 5 cooling fans in my case: 3 120mm exhaust fans and 1 120mm intake fan and 1 90mm intake.
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