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Connie W.

Connie W.

Joined on 02/14/04

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Most Favorable Review
ASRock FM2A85X Extreme6 FM2 AMD A85X (Hudson D4) SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard
ASRock FM2A85X Extreme6 FM2 AMD A85X (Hudson D4) SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: I was wary of trying ASRock brand, I've never used any of their products, but I'm impressed. Lots of options and it all works as expected. No current driver or BIOS issues on Windows 7. Overclocks very easily. Best board I ever bought for under $100. I went with A10-5800k, Hyper 212 EVO, and 1866 8GB Crucial Ballistix kit.

Cons: I can't recommend installing any of the software, outside of the drivers, but it's there if you find it useful.

Overall Review: Make sure you have, and properly use, ESD wrist strap assembling motherboards. No one wants a preventable RMA.

Most Critical Review
ARCTIC COOLING ACSS4PL 87mm CPU Cooling Fan/Heatsink
ARCTIC COOLING ACSS4PL 87mm CPU Cooling Fan/Heatsink

Comments: Sufficiently cools a Prescott 3ghz but is by no means great. Look into a Zalman 7000A copper for a nice temperature <font>d</font>rop.

Nippon Labs HDMI-HS-6 6 ft. HDMI 2.0 Male to Male High Speed Cable with Ethernet Channel, Black
Nippon Labs HDMI-HS-6 6 ft. HDMI 2.0 Male to Male High Speed Cable with Ethernet Channel, Black

Pros: Cheap yet quality cable. No issues linking computer to HDTV @ 1080p 60hz.

Cons: None at this time.

AMD A10-5800K - A-Series APU Trinity Quad-Core 3.8 GHz Socket FM2 100W AMD Radeon HD 7660D Desktop APU (CPU + GPU) with DirectX 11 Graphic - AD580KWOHJBOX
AMD A10-5800K - A-Series APU Trinity Quad-Core 3.8 GHz Socket FM2 100W AMD Radeon HD 7660D Desktop APU (CPU + GPU) with DirectX 11 Graphic - AD580KWOHJBOX

Pros: Excellent processor and integrated graphics. Noticeably faster than my Core 2 Duo + 8600 GTS. No problems with older games like World of Warcraft, Half-life 2, Unreal T3, Company of Heroes, but the integrated graphic does stutter on newer titles such as Skyrim with high quality which I expected...just saying. Plenty of room to overclock combined with ASRock FM2A85X Extreme6, although I haven't found the need to do so yet. Highly recommend Hyper 212 EVO heatsink with this, if you can fit it, for amazingly low temperatures.

Cons: Stock heatsink/fan is garbage.

Seagate Desktop HDD ST1000DM003 1TB 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive
Seagate Desktop HDD ST1000DM003 1TB 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: Quiet, I haven't heard it once over (throttled) 120mm fans. No bad sectors. Lots of space. Fast as a 7200 mechanical hard drive can be. And still going strong.

Cons: Always the risk of DOA during shipping with a mechanical hard drive.

Overall Review: I received drive with firmware version CC82.

Isaac

Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo CPU Cooler, 4 CDC Heatpipes, 120mm PWM Fan, Aluminum Fins for AMD Ryzen/Intel LGA1200/1151
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo CPU Cooler, 4 CDC Heatpipes, 120mm PWM Fan, Aluminum Fins for AMD Ryzen/Intel LGA1200/1151

Pros: Easy enough to install on ASRock FM2A85X Extreme6 with A10-5800K. I've never seen temperatures so low on a fan cooler, especially with a 100w cpu. Max load of 54c on integrated GPU after hours of gaming. Tjunction has never gone over 32c (CoreTemp) or 45c on motherboard sensor. Plenty of room to overclock. It mounted very tightly. I'm impressed, if it fits in your case, highly recommended!

Cons: Very large. Make sure it fits.

Overall Review: Not your typical heatsink base. I spread the provided thermal paste in a thin line halfway down each tube partition. Gave it a twist after mounting. Seems to have worked well.