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Brock R.

Brock R.

Joined on 05/14/08

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Most Favorable Review

Great looking Laptop

Acer - 15.6" - AMD A-Series A10-5757M (2.50GHz) - AMD Radeon HD 8750M - 8 GB DDR3 - 1TB HDD - Windows 8 64-Bit - Gaming Laptop (V5-552PG-X809 )
Acer - 15.6" - AMD A-Series A10-5757M (2.50GHz) - AMD Radeon HD 8750M - 8 GB DDR3 - 1TB HDD - Windows 8 64-Bit - Gaming Laptop (V5-552PG-X809 )

Pros: Strong A10, possibility of xfire with Radeon HD 8750, 8GB Memory and 1TB HDD, Touchscreen for a great price!

Cons: 5400RPM Hard Drive, only one 8GB max memory slot (4GB of RAM is integrated to the board)

Overall Review: Do NOT listen to Dr Roger Trusty DVM. You can change out the RAM and HD if you want, just need to have a brain and a screwdriver. The back panel is all one molded piece, just remove all screws. Second note, “ungainly overpriced dvd player,” this has no DVD drive…who needs one anymore! I would use the Hybrid drive and let Smart Response Technology do its job or replace the HD with a SSD. The RAM is fine.

Most Critical Review

Sentey Classic 1399 with Extras

SENTEY Classic 1399 Mid Tower w/PSU+Kbrd/Mouse/Spkr SECC .7mm 4x USB/ Card Reader SD-MMC/ATX-MATX
SENTEY Classic 1399 Mid Tower w/PSU+Kbrd/Mouse/Spkr SECC .7mm 4x USB/ Card Reader SD-MMC/ATX-MATX

Pros: Case is very clean looking, has built in card reader glowing red power button and comes with (250watt)PSU+Kbrd(PS2)+Mouse(PS2)+Spkrs(USB powered) Solid 3 egg case and extras. Would work well for a cheep build computer for internet/email use.

Cons: quality is low but worked. Box that it was shipped in was very thin and week and allowed the case to be exposed. When the case arrived, it was dented in the back but was able to bend it back into place (-1 egg). Very thin and light case. PSU is also very very thin and light almost uncomfortably light for what its doing. I have used other cheep cases with better psu's then this (-1 egg).

Overall Review: Though the case is very think and light you get what you pay for. Can expect great quality for that price with everything that came with it. The PSU I would not trust over 250watts so be warned. PSU had the following connections: 20+4pin power, 4pin cpu, 2 SATA, few regular power connecters with one small one for 3.5in floppy.

12/30/2011

Very capable APU

AMD Athlon 5350 - Athlon Kabini Quad-Core 2.05 GHz Socket AM1 25W AMD Radeon R3 Desktop Processor - AD5350JAHMBOX
AMD Athlon 5350 - Athlon Kabini Quad-Core 2.05 GHz Socket AM1 25W AMD Radeon R3 Desktop Processor - AD5350JAHMBOX

Pros: As you read from most other reviews, the pros are obvious. Low TDP, 25w, integrated graphics that can deliver 1080P playback without problem. Quad core, multi-functionality and very competitive pricing. I have used this CPU for a number of different builds now. Some of the things I have used it for are, Server, HTPC, multi-monitor and manager for news feeds on large TV’s, DJ equipment manager, internet computer, thin clients and basic use office computer. Everything thrown at this CPU has been handled efficiently.

Cons: Only things I notice I did not like about this CPU is the mounting and cooling system for AM1. The AM1 cooling system can be a pain to install in tight areas and if you are new to it, it will take a bit of reading the product to figure it out. The fan included also only provide a 3pin, but all boards I have used provide a 4pin CPU fan header.

Overall Review: With everything I have tested this CPU with, I decided to get one for myself to replace my aging home server running on a core 2 quad. Picked it up paired with a board for $69.99. I primarily chose this because of low TDP, low wattage sipping power being on 24/7 and can do so many jobs. I understood the limitations of the CPU and paired motherboards and know it can only handle 2 SATA drives with no RAID. In my build I used a small RAID card in the PCIE x4 slot to hook up 4, 4TB HDD’s in 2 separate RAID 1 groups. Each RAID has its own job. Now, I used a port replicator for 2 SSD’s that are hooked to one SATA port on the board. This was for the OS and important programs. The Port replicator mirrors data, (RAID 1) and feeds it through one SATA port providing the redundancy. The OS I loaded was Fedora 21 but changed to 8.1 pro, now upgraded to Windows 10 pro. The role this computer plays is, Plex media server, Minecraft server, Video Capture server, Ventrilo server, File (cloud) server, monitor and reporting system. All of these programs are running at once! Now, not all are being taxed at the same time but I can report that it was capable of playing 2 movies on different TV’s, have 10 people in Vent server, 8 people playing Minecraft and streamed reporting information all at the same time, never skipping a beat at all. I am very happy with this CPU and am looking forward to the next version AMD will release. I originally was going to use an i3 for this build but it could not be as efficient as I wanted nor be at the price point desired, Pentiums/Celerons did not have cores needed and the J1900 bogged down on steaming more than one video. I really wanted to use the J1900 too. The J2900 was out of the price range for what I wanted to build with. Needed the money for RAID and Power redundancy. In all, this computer has been doing its job with 1 reboot to apply an update for the last 4 months.

Rosewill Green Series

Rosewill Green Series RG530-S12 530W Continuous @40°C, 80 PLUS Bronze Certified, Single 12V Rail, SLI & Crossfire Ready, Active PFC "Compatible with AMD APU & Intel Core i7,i5,i3" Power Supply
Rosewill Green Series RG530-S12 530W Continuous @40°C, 80 PLUS Bronze Certified, Single 12V Rail, SLI & Crossfire Ready, Active PFC "Compatible with AMD APU & Intel Core i7,i5,i3" Power Supply

Pros: Clean power, 80 Pluse Bronze, Active PFC and feels solid.

Cons: For big computer cases, the CPU power cable can be short depending on the Motherboard and cable management.

Overall Review: I have used the 430, 530 and 630 many many times and they always work for me. I have never had to send them back and in most cases they are my cheep go to PSU for clients.

Seagate ST1000DM003

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: 1TB, good speeds and have been remarkable reliable. The drive is thin allowing for more air flow to pass over them keeping them cool and providing air to other parts of the computer.

Cons: None right now.

Overall Review: I have used this drive in so many client builds and for different applications. The drive has been used as a stand alone HDD with OS in some cases and as a back up HDD for SSD's in others. I have even used them for RAID's, 0, 1, 5, 6, 10. Point I am getting at is I have used hundreds of these drives purchased from different venders and they all are working and have never given me problems.

Very nice budget board

MSI 970A-G43 AM3+ AMD 970 + SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
MSI 970A-G43 AM3+ AMD 970 + SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: Price for an AMD 970, UEFI and the many options in it. Great stock board.

Cons: Slightly small Northbridge heatsink for my liking and does get hot, but this is normal and stays within normal operating range as long as you DO NOT OVERCLOCK.

Overall Review: For the price, this board is more than sufficient. People really need to pay attention to the details and stop asking so much of a board that is lacking things to keep the price down. This board is great for the standard user. I use them for office builds and leave everything at stock speeds because I need them to live as long as possible. Most the time they stay on 24/7. First off, this board screams “Please leave me stock,” with the lack of heatsinks on the MOSFETS/VRM area, this should be a dead giveaway and to me automatically puts it in the 95W max CPU range. Also the board only has 4+1 VRM, which is fine but does not like to handle the demands of a larger CPU. I only overclock with a higher designs like 8+2 because of stability and efficiency but this increases price of a board. Second thing, the NB heatsink is sufficient for stock needs, but overlocking would not be in its best interest. Note: air movement blowing directly on the Northbridge via side mounted fan, with a top fan exhausting the heat out the top of the case, I found to be very beneficial for both the NB and the VRM/MOSFET on this board. Again, please do not overclock this board without adding to it via extra or replace heatsinks). Stock 95W FX CPU’s will show very little, if any, improvement in speed with RAM higher then 1600MHz to 1866MHz so don’t waste your money and do not bump the NB voltage to push past it. I am not saying you cannot OC with this board, I am simply saying it is not wise to do so in stock conditions. Other than that, this board is great and works wonderfully.

10/11/2013