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Pros: Price, speed, 8 core for video editing
Cons: cpu fan is too dang loud. 125w can run a bit too hot as well.
Other Thoughts: UPDATE March 2016: After two years and hundreds of hours of video editing this CPU is still going strong! One of the best purchases I have made for my video/photo business.
I bought this cpu strictly for video editing. I use dslr and I edit and render my files at full 1080p 24fps. I previously was using a 6core 1045t from AMD and it was good. But with this things are just better. Using an Plextor SSD and things are wicked quick!
Why didn't I pick an i7 or i5? Well, the price is always much higher on Intel chips. Also, the Intel may be faster but seriously, saving 1 minute or two on some of my renders with an Intel chip just doesn't justify paying $300 or more, that's why this fx 8320 is the best bang for my dollar IMO.
This review is from: MSI AM1I AM1 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI 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!!!