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Noah D.

Noah D.

Joined on 04/29/06

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great processor, but problems with overclocking

AMD Phenom II X4 940 Black Edition - Phenom II X4 Deneb Quad-Core 3.0 GHz Socket AM2+ 125W Processor - HDZ940XCGIBOX
AMD Phenom II X4 940 Black Edition - Phenom II X4 Deneb Quad-Core 3.0 GHz Socket AM2+ 125W Processor - HDZ940XCGIBOX

Pros: the processor is fast and seemingly reliable.

Cons: when overclocked to 3.5GHz (multiplier set to 17.5 only) the system seemed to be reliable however after anywhere from 30 min to 2 hours of gaming (team fortress 2) it would crash to blue screen, or instruction read errors. Also, the Vcore was varied from 1.35 to 1.4V with the same problems. The 1st core would be running at 90 to 100% the whole time. This happened on both vista x86 and XP x64. I thought it was the memory (Gskill) but when clocked down to standard 3.0GHz no problems.

Overall Review: bought for $229.99. the price is better now. A good CPU but not stable even at a review's said "stable" overclock limit. I went with AMD this build to save money, plus i just like AMD. Intel definitely has better benchmarks. build: MSI K9A2 Platinum 790FX GSkill 2X2GB PC-8500 (light blue) Sapphire 4870 1GB

Nice newer midrange gpu

SAPPHIRE Nitro+ Radeon RX 6600 XT 8GB GDDR6 PCI Express 4.0 ATX Video Card 11309-01-20G
SAPPHIRE Nitro+ Radeon RX 6600 XT 8GB GDDR6 PCI Express 4.0 ATX Video Card 11309-01-20G

Overall Review: It's a good 1080p and 1440p gpu. This 6600 xt 8gb, which benches 103% on User Benchmark, replaces a gtx 980 4gb which benched 61% on User Benchmark. Nice improvement. I have it paired with a 5600x, 16gb 3600mhz ram, 27" 165hz monitor. I play R6S, TF2 and Minecraft, etc. I jumped on this 6600 XT, even though over MSRP (539), to try and get better graphics and FPS on R6S. Running low settings on R6S was just too sad w the 980.... Now with the 6600 XT I can run roughly high settings on R6S and get close to max fps 165. Looks much better. edit: Been another week or so. I am really impressed with this midrange AMD 6600 XT, even though 539, over MSRP. I've had a 3070 Eagle, really nice and all. It benched 156% on User Benchmark. But for the better price, gpu midrange, this 6600 xt is great. What I don't understand though is the pricing points which AMD has. The 6600 non-XT is quite a bit slower than the XT at about 75% on User Benchmark, and not that much less $$$. While the 6700 XT, for much more $$$, is not that much better at 117% on User Benchmark. Comparable Nvidia would be the better option over the 6600 non-XT and the 6700 XT. You probably can't do much RT with the 6600 XT or the 3060 anyway, so at this level either one would probably be the same. I wanted to go all AMD, with the 5600x and 6600 XT, partly because I feel Intel has really been a bad boy on the past, plus they've had all kinds of bugs. Partly I want Intel to get it together, partly I'm just tired of their B and S.

great MB

GIGABYTE B550 AORUS PRO AC AM4 AMD B550 ATX Motherboard with Dual M.2, SATA 6Gb/s, USB 3.2 Gen 2, Intel 802.11ac, 2.5 GbE LAN, PCIe 4.0
GIGABYTE B550 AORUS PRO AC AM4 AMD B550 ATX Motherboard with Dual M.2, SATA 6Gb/s, USB 3.2 Gen 2, Intel 802.11ac, 2.5 GbE LAN, PCIe 4.0

Overall Review: No problems. Love the dual M.2 slots and heat sink. on board Wi-Fi is great. Cool lighting. Great board. Since I got this with a shuffle, I went with a 5600x. AMD 5600x 3600 Mhz Ballistix 16 18 18 38 3070 Gigabyte Eagle OC 970 EVO EVGA G5 650W PSU Antec P101 Silent case

works good

Crucial Ballistix RGB 3600 MHz DDR4 DRAM Desktop Gaming Memory Kit 16GB (8GBx2) CL16 BL2K8G36C16U4RL (RED)
Crucial Ballistix RGB 3600 MHz DDR4 DRAM Desktop Gaming Memory Kit 16GB (8GBx2) CL16 BL2K8G36C16U4RL (RED)

Overall Review: works great in a B550 MB at 3600 Mhz XMP with a AMD 5600x CPU non OC. Sale price, nice. I would have gotten the non-RGB, but I didn't see that it was on sale as well. But RGB is fine, looks cool, but I have a sound dampening case so it doesn't matter. Very happy these have temp sensors, my old ones did not. Crucial Ballistix has been a good choice every time I've gotten them. I previously used Ballistix LT Sport 2666 Mhz OC to 2933 and got a 93% at userbenchmark. These 3600 Mhz get 103% bench. Quite a bit better. CPU 5600x went from 101% to 106% as well, very happy with that.

works great

GIGABYTE GeForce RTX 3070 EAGLE OC 8GB Video Card, GV-N3070EAGLE OC-8GD
GIGABYTE GeForce RTX 3070 EAGLE OC 8GB Video Card, GV-N3070EAGLE OC-8GD

Pros: -Fans work well enough that the fan noise is minimal. I have a noise insulated Antec P101 Silent case and so this 3 fan GPU is perfect to keep the noise low. A water cooling setup would be $500+, not worth it for me. -Nice backplate -Benchmarks 150%+ on userbenchmark.com, which is great. Coming from an AMD RX 5700 blower benching 88%, and a GeForce GTX 1060 3GB benching 54%, this is quite faster. -Feature rich Nvidia. DLSS, RTX, etc. -Nice to see the games on full settings. They look great. R6S, Witcher 3, Metro Exodus, PUBG. More to try soon. -Just happy I finally got a 3070. And now more people should be able to get their hands on one with the production going back to normal soon.

Cons: -I can't think of anything. It's not a 3080? -Combo deal sucked. Now I have a B550 ATX MB I don't know what to do with. And so do a lot of people, so the reselling price is half price. 5800x is in my (distant) future I guess.

Overall Review: Setup: Intel i7-9700 8-Core 4.5Ghz CPU Scythe Ninja 5 CPU Air Cooler MSI Z370 A-Pro MB 32GB 4x8 2666Mhz Crucial Ballistix LT CL16 Sport DDR4 Ram 970 Evo 1TB NVMe SSD EVGA 650W G5 Gold PSU Samsung 34" Ultra Wide 1440p 75Mhz https://www.userbenchmark.com/UserRun/44558273

works pretty good

Rosewill 7.4-Qt Air Fryer Convection Oven Multicooker, Healthy Cooking, Oil-Less, 1000W, 250 to 480 Temperature Range, Infrared Countertop, 60-Minute Timer, Dishwasher Safe - (RHCO-19001)
Rosewill 7.4-Qt Air Fryer Convection Oven Multicooker, Healthy Cooking, Oil-Less, 1000W, 250 to 480 Temperature Range, Infrared Countertop, 60-Minute Timer, Dishwasher Safe - (RHCO-19001)

Overall Review: Just tried it with frozen fully cooked chicken strips. Works fine. about 20 mins to heat them. I'm not sure the differences between this air fryer and a regular toaster oven. But getting this on a shell shocker sale price was a nice start for a first timer in the air fryer world. I look forward to seeing how frozen fries come out.