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David R.

David R.

Joined on 04/07/07

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Fastest 65W Athlon 64 X2 CPU

AMD Athlon 64 X2 5400+ - Athlon 64 X2 Brisbane Dual-Core 2.8 GHz Socket AM2 65W Processor - ADO5400DOBOX
AMD Athlon 64 X2 5400+ - Athlon 64 X2 Brisbane Dual-Core 2.8 GHz Socket AM2 65W Processor - ADO5400DOBOX

Pros: AMD processors are a genuine steal for the cost! From what I can gather, this 2.8 GHz dual core runs at the highest speed (400 MHz) in AMD's 65W architecture CPU class. This CPU can run in 32-bit and 64-bit operating mode. Have built 4 PC's with this CPU (and the mobo and memory listed below). The 5400's stock heatsink and fan worked very well cooling this CPU despite previous negative comments. I do not overclock my CPU's, run resource-hogging games, or, purchase high-end cooling solutions. I only main-stream compute. In my "bumble" opinion, AMD knows what they are doing matching their cooling solution to their processor. My PC's temps prove as much. Bottom-line: This dual core son-of-a-beaver screams, and, is really cool!

Cons: The "con" is: that the 2.9 GHz AMD 5600, benchmarks slower than the 2.8 GHz AMD 5400. But, don't lose sleep over minor clocking issues. The speed difference is imperceptible in general computer usage and measurable only in benchmarks. The price of the 5400 and 5600 are currently the same.

Overall Review: Previous previewers note that CPU's with "even" clock multiples of the FSB (i.e., 2.8, 3.0, 3.2 GHz), allow memory to run at its fully rated clock speed (the 5400, 400 MHz). Using "even-multiple" CPU's ensures that there is no speed mismatch with the motherboard's (chipset) memory controller. ALWAYS ensure that the SDRAM DDR2 memory, CPU, and motherboard chipset speeds match. This applies to WHATEVER processor class you end up buying. All three factors are inter-related. ASUS M3A78-EM AM2+/AM2 AMD 780G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail AMD Athlon 64 X2 5400+ Brisbane 2.8GHz 2 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM2 65W Dual-Core Processor - Retail G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail Windows XP Professional 32-bit

12/30/2008

Only memory I'll buy for Asus mobos.

G.SKILL TridentZ RGB Series 32GB (2 x 16GB) 288-Pin PC RAM DDR4 3600 (PC4 28800) Intel XMP 2.0 Desktop Memory Model F4-3600C18D-32GTZR
G.SKILL TridentZ RGB Series 32GB (2 x 16GB) 288-Pin PC RAM DDR4 3600 (PC4 28800) Intel XMP 2.0 Desktop Memory Model F4-3600C18D-32GTZR

Pros: Over 15 years have never had a bad module and there are never BSODs with G. Skill. Good competitive prices.

Cons: None.

Overall Review: Best for the $$$...

TurboTax Deluxe + 2019 PC Download

TurboTax Deluxe + State 2019 PC Download
TurboTax Deluxe + State 2019 PC Download

Pros: Only tax software I use.

Cons: None.

Overall Review: Use TurboTax Deluxe + 2019 PC Download every year.

Built 4 PC's with this mobo

ASUS M3A78-EM AM2+/AM2 AMD 780G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
ASUS M3A78-EM AM2+/AM2 AMD 780G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: This mobo has more innovative and useful features than most folks will utilize, including a wide range of possible CPU\memory configurations. It supports all AMD 45W through 140W CPU's, and, up to 8 GB max, of DDR2 1066 memory. This allows this mobo any number of high-end uses: as an HTPC, as a mid-range gaming box, or, as a main-stream, number-crunching PC. There are many clever innovations on this mobo and its BIOS. Rather than regurgitate all of the features, click the newegg product support link to visit the Asus site, and, do your research. What features are important to you and what do you want your PC to do? With the onboard 15-pin d-sub, DVI, HDMI, and SPDIF connectors, there's a possible video solution to please all but the most devoted gamer\video-head. This is a mobo that can be more than moderately upgraded for the foreseeable future. It's an excellent price for a truckload of features, plus, has Asus-renowned quality. I bought my 4 at newegg - best price\shipping\service.

Cons: a) This is not a mom board for high-end gaming due primarily to its limited HD3200 video, and, upgrade path. The otherwise excellent HD3200 onboard video, can utilize hybrid cross-fire mode only in the Vista, not XP, OS. It also can only use HD2400 and HD3450 video pcb's in cross-fire mode (per Toms Hardware review). If it matters to you, this is NOT an extreme gamer's video solution. Otherwise, it is more video power than I have previously owned. It makes me happy enough... b) There are a limited number of PCI express slots. c) There is only one EIDE channel (2 devices max). d) This is a compromise board. If you need to max out your system with peripherals, or, need more slots, look elsewhere and spend more for a full size ATX mobo. But, if you're simply whinin', then, most likely, yer at a Ford dealership trying to buy a Ferrari, and, arguing for a Ford price! What's up wid dat??? Get real! This mobo is incredible considering the number and variety of features.

Overall Review: Despite the low cost, this Asus product has excellent, but limited, video/CPU upgrade options, decent memory (8GB) expandability, and new innovative features - all in high-quality Asus components. For the price of what a mid-range video card used to be, you can now buy a boatload of technology not even available in the not-to-distant past. This mobo incorporates so many additional tech features, it's almost ignorant not to buy this Asus product - even if you don't need it! (well, maybe THAT's ignorant? haven't decided...). This is a phenomenal compromise micro ATX mobo for the $$$. It is more than acceptably fast with the matched CPU's\RAM\OS listed below: ASUS M3A78-EM AM2+/AM2 AMD 780G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail AMD Athlon 64 X2 5400+ Brisbane 2.8GHz 2 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM2 65W Dual-Core Processor - Retail G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail Windows XP Professional 32-bit OS

Nice quiet heat-sink\fan

MASSCOOL 5F532B1M3CG 80mm Ball CPU Cooler
MASSCOOL 5F532B1M3CG 80mm Ball CPU Cooler

Pros: Cools very well. Very quiet fan. Heat-sink compound included works fine cooling. AMD 2800+ Barton stays @ 118 degrees F. Easy install with slotted screwdriver - heat-sink clamp required little force, or angle, securing it to the CPU\socket A mount - little, if any, chance for a screwdriver to slip and ruin the mobo.

Cons: Was not free and had to pay for shipping! Newegg has unmitigated gall! (NO cons - naw, newegg is the best on the 'net).

Overall Review: A very, very good value. Never worried about damaging mobos\CPU's - Use just a dab of compound on the CPU and it spreads by itself. I found myself installing and un-installing it, just because it was so easy and just because I could. Talk about empowerment at a low price! (Actually, had to test a fair number of CPU's\mobos - felt very safe with this heat-sink).

Excellent low-cost 500W P/S

Eagle Tech Cool Power ET-PSCP 500 500 W ATX12V Power Supply
Eagle Tech Cool Power ET-PSCP 500 500 W ATX12V Power Supply

Pros: More than adequate, stable, solid power for an ASUS mobo, SATA hard drive, SATA DVD-RW drive, EIDE Hard disc, IDE CD-RW drive, plus, floppy drive. Large 120mm fan draws air up directly from the CPU's heat-sink and out the 80mm fan in the back of the P/S. Wow, the CPU\case has never been cooler. This is an excellent low-cost P/S deal.

Cons: Be aware the power "on\off" rocker switch is reversed from the majority of other P/S's. Keep an eye on your mobo's LED to ensure the P/S is off when installing\removing RAM, CPU, PCB's. Remember: once you let the smoke out that is packed in the chips at the factory, they aren't any good, anymore - SO, make sure yer P/S's rocker power switch is OFF. (Note: if you used to lean to the left, now you must lean to the right - life is change - get over it).

Overall Review: 500W's are cheap now so there is no excuse for one not being in your PC. No more random system hangs from a 300-350W P/S, marginally providing power to a case maxed out with IDE, SATA, and floppy devices. Did not experience the trouble other reviews indicated. The low price and the lower cost for shipping makes this a no brainer. Skip higher shipping costs - if 2 P/S's are equivalent, pay for the one with less shipping. Whoa, that's a LOT like common sense! What was I THINKING?