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Ryan D.

Ryan D.

Joined on 12/17/10

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Most Favorable Review

Simple Little Board for a Sweet Livingroom PC

ASUS AMD A68HM-K FM2+ AMD A68H FCH (Bolton D2H) SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
ASUS AMD A68HM-K FM2+ AMD A68H FCH (Bolton D2H) SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: 6.0Gbs SATA for the SSD users Plenty of USB headers and SATA ports for a basic machine Very small form factor Low Price $

Cons: I have yet to have any issues.

Overall Review: The board is very basic, for basic needs. Don't expect it to have all the bells and whistles of the more expensive alternatives. I'm using it in a basic gaming machine with 4GB mem, SSD, Athlon X4 840K CPU, GT 730 GPU. It runs very well. I have always chosen ASUS for my builds and will continue to in the future.

12/18/2015

Looks Good, Works Well.

Antec NEW SOLUTION SERIES VSK-3000 Black SGCC steel Micro ATX Mini Tower Computer Case
Antec NEW SOLUTION SERIES VSK-3000 Black SGCC steel Micro ATX Mini Tower Computer Case

Pros: Has a place for mounting 2.5" SSD. Was a very pleasant surprise. Quality cables inside. Long cable on chassis fan. Looks clean. Low price.

Cons: Thin aluminum feels a little cheap....but it is cheap so...

Overall Review: This is a fine case for a simple PC. Not much to it, not much needed.

12/18/2015

Good Cheap Memory

G.SKILL Ares Series 4GB DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C9S-4GAB
G.SKILL Ares Series 4GB DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C9S-4GAB

Pros: My computer boots when it's in. Looks sweet.

Cons: None

Overall Review: I don't know a whole lot about memory. I know if you plug this into a board with DDR3 slots, it will run. Plus it looks pretty cool with that fancy blue heatsink on the black board.

12/18/2015

Know What You're Buying

AMD Athlon X4 860K - Athlon X4 Kaveri Quad-Core 3.7 GHz Socket FM2+ 95W Desktop Processor (BLACK EDITION) - AD860KXBJABOX
AMD Athlon X4 860K - Athlon X4 Kaveri Quad-Core 3.7 GHz Socket FM2+ 95W Desktop Processor (BLACK EDITION) - AD860KXBJABOX

Pros: High performance Low Cost

Cons: No embedded graphics Runs a little warm (like AMD tends to do)

Overall Review: This processor requires a graphics card to display video. You will not get video from your on board ports. With a graphics card, I have had no issues with this processor. Comparative to my other machine with an FX-4100 CPU, this processor is a bit faster and cost me $30 less. I've seen people complaining about the temps. For basic use, the stock cooler should be fine. I've built many systems using AMD stock coolers for all types of users with no problems. If you're worried about residual heat making the room warmer, you may want to look into an aftermarket cooler. I would recommend this processor, but only if you are using a video card in your setup.

12/18/2015

Decent Case, Good Price

Rosewill CHALLENGER ATX Mid-Tower Gaming PC Computer Case, Expansion Ready: Internal 3.5" Bays & External 5.25" Bays, 3 Pre-installed Fans with Side Fan Mount Option
Rosewill CHALLENGER ATX Mid-Tower Gaming PC Computer Case, Expansion Ready: Internal 3.5" Bays & External 5.25" Bays, 3 Pre-installed Fans with Side Fan Mount Option

Pros: Easy on the eyes and pocketbook. A couple case fans and bottom vent for downward facing power supplies. Works well.

Cons: The clips that hold the CD drives are kind of cheap. Also the hard drive mounting system is sort of cruddy as well. With a few screws it works fine though.

Overall Review: It's about what you would expect from a 60 dollar case. Not top of the line but not too bad. It holds the components and that's what matters.

Worked with FX processor. No BIOS update required

ASUS M5A97 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
ASUS M5A97 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

Pros: I purchased this board to have the option to upgrade to higher end AMD processors in the future. Currently running the FX-4100 with no problems at all. BIOS is pretty straight forward with higher end options available for fancy stuff and whatnot. Good price for a full size board too.

Cons: Haven't found any yet.

Overall Review: I was worried that the board wouldn't support the FX processors without a BIOS update and it worked great with no problems.