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This review is from: OCZ GameXStream OCZ600GXSSLI 600W ATX12V SLI CrossFire Active PFC Power Supply
Pros: 36 max amps, Nice blue Led that matches all my other(non gawdy bright) ThermalTake Blue led fans, 4 12 volt rails and can support Sli or X-Fire. Very clean and good looking wrapped cables, Black baked paint, Ocz's support is Second 2 none unlike horrible support from mega companies like Asus. It's compact and can fit in most any tight or huge Case alike. Awesome Value after rebate or before!
Most importantly.....it wasn't DOA and it's quiet.
Cons: All things being relatve none. Uuuuuhh It's made in China but if it wasn't it wouldn't be this cheap. Newegg's language filter is rediculous....lol.
Other Thoughts: Wattage doesn't mean didly without the proper amperage. Check the Max Amps of any psu before you buy. Many high end PSU even in the 850watt range have a max amperage of 30 whilst this 600 watt beast has 36. If your power any single high end video card you should have @ least 30 amps max which Ocz cheap 500watter does. With many years in the game I wouldn't have the Audacity to say I have *High tech understand*...lol.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Foxconn A7GM-S AM2+/AM2 AMD 780G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
Pros: Toms of price/peformance before or after ten buck rebate. Integrated Video that doesn't suck...amazing. Good HD playback but needs more for Videophiles(Hybrid graphics with a 3470 will take care of that). Hybrid graphics are awesome IME for some gaming and/or awesome Hd playback but it's not what I'd consider *budget gaming*(get a 3850 @ the least or awesome 4850 for serious gaming). Fantastic overclocking features @ the price point(Has cpu multiplier unlike the Ecs Black edition 780g mobo) and much more. Supports 140watt Phenom but I would HIHGLY reco a 790fx Chipset if your gonna do some serious phenom overclocking(they suck allot of juice). SB700 sounthbridge that fully supports 6 Sata drives unlike the mediocre SB600 used on the 790fx boards. Some of the best instructions I've ever seen for a pro or newb alike in English...thanks! HDMI Baby. Descent looking board if you have a window but not a Supermodel. This thing tweaks and setup like a Highend Asus board for less coin.
Cons: Welcome to USA...made in China. Somone will def. complain that they wanted more cables(I have tons).The speaker connection may require you to extend your cable and/or a wire routing nightmare. Adding a monster Video card will block @ least 2-4 Sata ports but that's more of an inherint problem with a Micro ATX formfactor board then a gripe with Foxconn. 1 Memory dimm might be blocked by a monster Cpu cooler but that's not uncommon even on Atx boards. Some of these apparently shipped with no TIM on the N.Bridge. I highly reco applying a high end TIM like Ocz(worth the trouble) and adding a 40mm fan as I did as the N.Bridge can get nice and warm. Common sense would indicate that you should have Active cooling on a N.Bridge with powerfull Integrated graphics.
Other Thoughts: This Mobo, Antec EarthWatts 500wpsu, Athlon 5000+ BE @ 3.1ghz w/ Artic Freezer 64, 4gigs Ocz Reaper DDR2 800, Seagate 300gig Sata 1.5. Win Xp Pro. This later combo made for an amazing peforming and cheap HTPC upgrade on a clients old Comparq Persario that cost ALLOT less then buying or upgrading a 754 or 939 board. Custom Turbocharged Ferrari performance for the price of a Honduh.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: @ the cost of being redundant. Unlocked Multipliers and actually has some serious headroom to increase the frequency(Unlike the 6400+ Be that's also a heater). Low wattage consumption @ stock frequency. Good price 2 performance ratio.
Cons: Doesn't come with the Heatsink/fan for the fools that didn't read the fine print. Who's gonna seriously overclock this cpu on a sock HSF??? For the price I can't complain but it would have been nice to have 1mbx2 L2 cache.
@ This price point I would seriously consider the 3.0ghz Windsor chip(if you can deal with the heat and power consumption).
Other Thoughts: I got this chip with the (FREE) TT Soprano RS case for $95.00 shipped......awesome. Newegg is gouging on these and raised the price to $86.00 and now $99.00. Newegg is gouging on these as the Phenom sales are pathetic with tons of returns. The Price to performance arguement in favor of Amd is dead with the Phenoms but holds true with this BE Chip. The Intel Q6600 costs less and kills the phenom. Buy this and wait to c what happens with AM3 and new Intel.
I've got this chp to 3.4ghz 100% stable(Zalman 9700) and it'll go higher with more fsb and tweaks. It's sucking about 180watts @ full load.