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AMD Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition Callisto Dual-Core 3.1 GHz Socket AM3 80W HDZ550WFGIBOX Processor
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: This processor is just amazing. It even blows away some of the Core 2 Quads. I think based on price, you get a great deal. I mean for 3GHz and 7MB of total Cache, this is amazing for its price. I was expecting it to be average, but when I tried Windows XP Mode in Windows 7, I was blown away by the VT speed. Intel really needs to step it up, because AMD is taking over. On top of that, AMD dosen't release new sockets every month. I planned to overclock it to 3.7GHz but based on the speed of the processor, I didn't even need to. The stock heatsink & fan are great and I have had no problems with it.

Cons: The only con I can think of is that the pins seem to bend very easily. I had to buy a second one because when I RMA'ed my board, it was in a box with all of the other components. I returned to the box a month later and the whole right side was bent.

Other Thoughts: Specs of My Build:

AMD Phenom ii x2 550
Windows Vista Ultimate 64Bit (Upgraded to 7 Ultimate)
Crucial 8GB DDR3 1333
Samsung DVD Burner w/Lightscribe Support
GIGABYTE Nvidia GeForce 9400GT w/1GB of Memory
Western Digital Caviar Green 500GB
RAIDMAX Smilodon Extreme Black ATX
An Extra Apevia Green LED Fan

Total Cost:
About $850

Crucial 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model CT2KIT25664BA1339
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: This ram is so fast and amazing. When used with AMD Phenom 2 X2 550, it is so speedy. Part of the reason is that the Phenom has a DDR3 memory controller. I was having computer problems and I thought it was the ram, but turns out it isn't.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: Specs of My Amazing System

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit
Gigabyte GA-MA770T-UD3P Motherboard
This memory (x2 for a total of 8gb)
AMD Phenom 2 X2 550 B.E.
Raidmax Smilodon Extreme Black Case
Gigabyte Graphics Card (1GB)
Built in Audio
Raidmax Power Supply
Western Digital 500 GB Caviar Green
Samsung DVD Burner

Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate SP1 64-bit for System Builders w/ Tech Guarantee
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: I love vista. I also got this item for windows 7 but I don't know why everybody dosen't like it.

Cons: It is a little slow, but when you build a computer you want it to be fast and the specs should just handle this os fine.

Other Thoughts: Overall I think this is a great operating system. I got my windows 7 upgrade the day after windows 7 came out. Windows 7 is truly amazing!

AMD Phenom 2 x2 Black Edition
Gigabyte GA-MA770T-UD3p
8 GB DDR3 1333


Sara S.'s Profile

Display Name: Sara S.

Date Joined: 08/21/09

  • Reviews: 3
  • Helpfulness: 2
  • First Review: 11/04/09
  • Last Review: 01/03/10
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