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AMD FX-8370 Vishera 8-Core 4.0GHz (4.3GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 125W FD8370FRHKBOX Desktop Processor
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: First off, I don't overclock. Don't want to learn, just want a fast CPU out of the box.

This CPU is the fastest air-cooled CPU AMD makes. I could have chosen Intel, but pricing is important.

CPU performs very well with games, multiple programs open,...really anything you can throw at it. Solid CPU without overclocking.

Cons: Stock Cooler was underwhelming. That said, my intention was always to add an after-market cooler anyways, so....I didn't care. EVO 212 air cooler does the job quietly.

Other Thoughts: Paired with a GTX 970, 16GB RAM, 480GB SSD and 2TB spinner, and lots of low RPM fans, I have a nice, quiet gaming build that takes no "tweaking" to rock.

An Intel CPU could have upped my raw scores in some areas, but when all was said and done, I have no regrets choosing this CPU.

I choose to save money on the CPU and spend it on the GPU instead. A GTX 970 in a single monitor configuration is like buying a ferrari and driving it in the U.S. (it can go faster than the speed limit....a lot faster). So you don't really need a 980 (a bugatti).

SILVERSTONE Grandia Series GD05B-USB3.0 Aluminum / 0.8mm SECC  micro-ATX / Mini-DTX / Mini-ITX MB, 1x5.25
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Nice case, good placement of all internal components. A little work intensive (removing parts to add components then reassembling) but not a big project. Good HD mounts (sound dampened).

The case was chosen for its shallow profile (12.8"). Very nice layout. (you will most likely need a power cord with a 90 degree angle plug) ATX micro only. Can hold 1 3.5" HD and / or 1 2.5" SSD...and 1 optical drive.

Cons: Case has front USB 3.0 ports....very nice, except (and I didn't know this until now) these USB connectors are not compatible with a motherboard that only have USB 2.0 connectors. An adapter is needed to use them (sold separately).

Other Thoughts: Overall a very solid case. Just be aware of connector issue. Either get a motherboard with USB 3.0 or buy an adapter at the same time.

RAZER Star Wars: The Old Republic RZ01-00650100-R3M1 Black 17 Buttons 1 x Wheel Wired / Wireless Star Wars: The Old Republic Gaming Mouse
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: The mouse is everything I had hoped for. It worked as advertised and is wonderful during games. Until....

Cons: Razer Synapse attempted to do an automated firmware update of my mouse. The firmware update failed. The mouse became a dead mouse. Computer will no longer recognize the mouse. Firmware trick from Razer website to repair a bricked mouse failed. I am now in theprocess of getting a solution from Razer. (Not happy that a once functioning mouse is now a useless and expensive desk ornament.)


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Display Name: Mr. S.

Date Joined: 07/15/04

  • Reviews: 8
  • Helpfulness: 2
  • First Review: 04/09/08
  • Last Review: 04/30/15
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