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KEITH K.

KEITH K.

Joined on 09/14/09

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Good bang for the buck

AMD A4-5300 - A-Series APU Trinity Dual-Core 3.4GHz (3.6GHz Turbo) Socket FM2 65W AMD Radeon HD 7480D Desktop APU (CPU + GPU) with DirectX 11 Graphic - AD5300OKHJBOX
AMD A4-5300 - A-Series APU Trinity Dual-Core 3.4GHz (3.6GHz Turbo) Socket FM2 65W AMD Radeon HD 7480D Desktop APU (CPU + GPU) with DirectX 11 Graphic - AD5300OKHJBOX

Pros: Price is right for the performance, so there's value buying this chip to build an entry to medium level system, i.e., a basic box for browsing, playing music, watching movies. Plugged it in, attached the heat sink, booted the system with no issues. Chip includes a GPU for graphics gives me a 4.8 on the MS perf tests. If you want hi-rez game quality graphics, buy a graphics card is optional.

Cons: None, chip meets expectations and is a good value.

Overall Review: You need to have the right expectation. This is a good buy for a value built system for most users. Don't buy this chip thinking you're going to own the world in Battlefield 3 or design 3D printing CAD/CAM diagrams at high speed. Meaning, this is a good solution if you're on a tight budget and you won't need to add a high performance graphics card. The CPU does fairly well (scoring a 6.0 on MS Performance Test), while the GPU (graphics) test score came in at 4.8 for graphics, 6.2 for Gaming. If you want better graphics performance measurements, add a video card to your order, but the CPU screams along just fine for what most users will do with a desktop. Overall, great value, great buy, and this is one of several AMD chips I've owned.

No issues, runs great right out of the box

ASUS ROG Crosshair V Formula-Z AM3+ AMD 990FX + SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Gaming Motherboard with 3-Way SLI/CrossFireX Support and UEFI BIOS
ASUS ROG Crosshair V Formula-Z AM3+ AMD 990FX + SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Gaming Motherboard with 3-Way SLI/CrossFireX Support and UEFI BIOS

Pros: So far I like everything about it from the appearance, LED lighting on board to the features, functions and performance. The board comes with good documentation and support material in manual. I purchased it to replace a Crosshair III have been using since 2009.

Cons: No cons so far.

Overall Review: I bought this MB because of the success I had with a Crosshair III MB I've used since 2009. I saw a lot of 1 Egg reviews due to the frequency of receiving DOA motherboards, so I guess it was a roll of the dice for me. But I was willing to accept the chance of having to return/RMA and replace a DOA unit. DOA's happen, and it sucks when we get one with any product we buy. At the end of the day, as long as the manufacturer or retailer replaces it with a good one, I move on provided the product performs well after that initial experience. This MB is sweet, so I'm happy with my purchase. I did contact ASUS support via their 800 number for some help during my operating system install, the tech was in the US and very helpful.

Necessity for my 2.5" SSD drive

SilverStone SST-SDP08 3.5" to 2x 2.5" Bay Converter (Nickel-coated)
SilverStone SST-SDP08 3.5" to 2x 2.5" Bay Converter (Nickel-coated)

Pros: Basic tray to mount a 2.5 SSD into a 3.5" bay in your desktop.

Cons: none

Overall Review: Required if you're buying a 2.5" SSD that does not come with an adapter already included. My Samsung SSD was just the drive, no cable, no tray adapter, so this met my expectation.

Plug and play

G.SKILL Value 4GB DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9S-4GBNT
G.SKILL Value 4GB DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9S-4GBNT

Pros: Plug in, and off you go, no problems encountered.

Cons: None

Overall Review: It's memory, it does what it's supposed to do, and while there are faster memory boards, this one suits most basic users needs and is a fair price for the performance.

Good value box

Cooler Master Elite 350 - Mid Tower Computer Case with 500W Power Supply and Blue LED Light Strip
Cooler Master Elite 350 - Mid Tower Computer Case with 500W Power Supply and Blue LED Light Strip

Pros: I don't have any complaints with this case, you get a good value box for your money here. This is a basic case, no frills, and nothing fancy stands out for me, but this was my expectation for I paid. I have other more expensive Cooler Master boxes that are really a lot slicker than this one, but they were also more money, so you get what you pay for.

Cons: None, box met my value/price expectations.

Overall Review: Cooler Master makes many cases, this one is a decent value for the money, and therefore was used to build a box for a very basic user who just browses, listens to music, and will rarely use graphic intensive apps needing more fans that what can be installed in this box. This one can accommodate 1 fan in the rear (came with the box), and 1 fan in the front (optional). The motherboard I bought only had 1 box fan and 1 cpu fan connection, which is fine for this users needs. No sharp edges, the box didn't draw any blood, the removable sides are a thin aluminum, and the front panel is all plastic. No issues, just don't expect $120 case features in a $60 box.

No issues

ASUS F2A55-M LK PLUS FM2 AMD A55 (Hudson D2) Micro ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
ASUS F2A55-M LK PLUS FM2 AMD A55 (Hudson D2) Micro ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

Pros: Good manual/documentation. Installed with no issues, plenty of screws and standoffs in the box, fit a Cooler Master fine. MB has just about all the connectors on it labeled fine. And the manual helps walk a new builder through the install process.

Cons: None

Overall Review: Purchased to build an entry level box that would fit most users needs. Plan your install and list what you want in your box before buying any MB. This MB has only 3 expansion slots on the motherboard, so as long as you don't need a lot of extra boards, you'll be happy. I plugged an AMD A4-5300 Trinity 3.4GHz and it runs very well.