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Pros: I bought mine second hand but only after doing some serious digging here on Newegg. I had a ASRock board with a 990FX Chipset and I wasn't having much luck with it, so I picked this one up for my initial 8320 build. I ended up with a dead CPU thanks to the ASRock, so I picked this up while awaiting my new 8350 to arrive and I'm happy to say everything is fantastic now with a 8350. Great overclocking features, I'm at 4.65GHz at 1.4V on water. My DDR3 1866 overclocks nicely as well after bumping up the FSB. Another great thing about this board is the level of power control you get from ASUS's Digi-Power control. Let me tell you, I can't speak enough praises about this. Nearly everything about the power delivery system to the CPU is adjustable within the BIOS. I can see why ASUS has a good thing going when it comes to overclocking and this Digi-Power system. The LED indicators for part failure are also nice, and the one touch buttons on the motherboard to reboot direct to BIOS are also very handy if you are running the board outside of a case. 4 ram slots allow for plenty of ram expansion, and a generous amount of SATA ports make this the complete package. I've not tested the CF support on it, but I don't really need a dual GPU setup, however, i'm sure it works great.

Cons: The only thing I can say about it, the VRM Chipset HS/Heat Pipe config gets rather hot...especially the bottom piece. If you have the ability, and can find parts to do so, it might not be a bad idea to add this to a water loop if you are planning on overclocking, or find some way to get the air moving in that area because it does get rather warm.

Other Thoughts: I would buy this product 10 times over. It has just as many features, IMHO, as more expensive 990FX boards without the associated high cost. Build quality is very good and the features are excellent, probably more than I will ever use to be honest (Optical Audio). USB 3.0 support is also nice for quick data xfers and having a USB 3.0 header is very nice for cases that have front USB 3.0 support. This is a fantastic board at a great price, if you are looking to get into the AMD FX line, look no further, you've found your board.

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WD Blue 1TB Desktop Hard Disk Drive - 7200 RPM SATA 6Gb/s 64MB Cache 3.5 Inch - WD10EZEX
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5 out of 5 eggs Reliable HD's at a fair price 05/12/2014

This review is from: WD Blue 1TB Desktop Hard Disk Drive - 7200 RPM SATA 6Gb/s 64MB Cache 3.5 Inch - WD10EZEX

Pros: This is probably my 10th Western Digital hard drive from Newegg. Never had a problem with a single one yet. Reliable performance from a solid company. Works well in the raid 1 array I have setup for my customer.

Cons: None really, I guess it would be nice if they were cheaper but you can't give stuff away!

Other Thoughts: If you are looking for a reliable 7200RPM drive with plenty of room, this is your go to. This would be a good choice for a supplement to a SSD, even better if you buy two and put them in RAID 0 and complement them with a SSD.

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Antec GX500 Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
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5 out of 5 eggs Awesome Case at a fair price 05/12/2014

This review is from: Antec GX500 Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: Fantastic case! First time using an Antec for a customer. Really like the fact that both sides of the case open up for easy cable routing. Plenty of room to work, tons of fan space and included fans. I also really like the adjustable settings for fan speed on top of the case. Plenty of room for expansion. Dust filters are also a nice touch!

Cons: One of the thumb screw holes was tapped a bit crooked, so it made getting one thumb screw off and on a bit troublesome, but it really doesn't cause me to give the case a negative rating.

Other Thoughts: For a budget computer case this one is the winner. Don't spend any less on a case, you will suffer on quality and ease of install. Spend a couple more bucks and get this case, you won't regret it!

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Melvin T.'s Profile

Display Name: Melvin T.

Date Joined: 05/04/04

  • Reviews: 6
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  • First Review: 03/26/11
  • Last Review: 05/08/16
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