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Matthew D.

Matthew D.

Joined on 12/09/04

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Most Favorable Review

Great Motherboard

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: Easy to install. I know it's a microATX, but it has plenty of options for me, even overclocking capabilities, and room for expansion. You can access and flash BIOS from the desktop. To me this is a good choice for a budget build with room for upgrades later.

Cons: Only 2 DIMM slots, but if I wanted more I would have paid more money for a different board.

Overall Review: My build: AMD A6-5400K Trinity 3.6GHz this motherboard, obviously G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) ADATA XPG SX900 ASX900S3-64GM-C 2.5" 64GB SATA III Antec earthwatts EA500 500W Continuous Power ATX12V v2.2 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply (from a previous build) COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 CAC-T05-UB Black /Blue Aluminum Bezel , SECC Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case (also from a previous build) Here are my WEI scores for what they're worth: Processor 6.3 Graphics 6.3 Memory 7.2 Graphics AMD Radeon HD 7540D 6.6 Gaming graphics 4071 MB Total available graphics memory 6.6 Primary hard disk 28GB Free (60GB Total) 7.7

First one DOA, 2nd one working great so far

HGST HDS721050CLA362 (0F10381) 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive
HGST HDS721050CLA362 (0F10381) 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: After RMA, received replacement drive in about 1 week after I shipped it back to newegg. Popped it into my antiquated, annoying KA3 MVP and it was detected right away. It was packaged very nicely both times it was shipped to me. I've read about people receiving an OEM drive poorly packaged. That was definitely not the case with this drive.

Cons: First one was DOA. These things happen.

Overall Review: Of course, newegg was awesome with how they handled the RMA. They even sent me a prepaid return postage for UPS when I asked. I have a NAS, and I'm backing it up with the Hitachi. I realize that an external drive might be better, but I've already got enough stuff sitting on my desk, and this was darn cheap. I've set up Novastor to mirror everything I save onto the NAS drive to be backed up onto the Hitachi weekly.

Wow! What a difference!

ARCTIC Freezer 7 Pro - Compact Multi-Compatible Tower CPU Cooler | 92 mm PWM Fan | for AMD AM4 and Intel 115x CPU | Recommended up to 115 W TDP
ARCTIC Freezer 7 Pro - Compact Multi-Compatible Tower CPU Cooler | 92 mm PWM Fan | for AMD AM4 and Intel 115x CPU | Recommended up to 115 W TDP

Pros: I recently upgraded my AMD X2 4000 to a 6000. The replacement didn't come with a heatsink, so I used the old one. I know the 6000 runs hot, but it was running 52C at idle. So, I replaced it with this CPU cooler, and my temp dropped to 37C idle. I haven't stress tested yet.

Cons: It's kind of hard to install it without lifting the contact point off of the CPU at all. I'm hoping it won't matter too much. That has more to do with inexperience on my part, though.

Overall Review: I did have to remove an exhaust tube from my Coolmaster Centurion case in order to get the lid of the case back on. I don't think this is really an issue.

Did its job

Arctic Silver Arcticlean Thermal material Remover & Surface Purifier ACN-60ML (2-PC-SET)
Arctic Silver Arcticlean Thermal material Remover & Surface Purifier ACN-60ML (2-PC-SET)

Pros: I followed the simple instructions on the bottle. I also went to arcticsilver.com for more info and suggestions. I used 4 applications of the material remover, but that was because I didn't want to overuse it. It did a good job of dissolving the paste and making it easy to wipe off. The purifier did a good job too.

Cons: I probably won't use this again for several years. I don't know that for sure though. I used this to replace a CPU on a build I did over 2 years ago. I upgraded from an AMD X2 4000 to the 6000.

Overall Review: It's a good product. Just follow the directions and be careful. If I can do it, anyone can.

good hard drive

Western Digital Blue WD800JD 80GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive
Western Digital Blue WD800JD 80GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: It works. I think this should be enough for most people. If it isn't, you could just add another one of these or buy a larger one later. Unless you are saving movies or huge amounts of music, this should suit your needs.

Cons: It's not a SSD???

Overall Review: I used this in a budget build and I've had it for over a year. No problems at all. If you are thinking of building your own, this is a good, fast, cheap hard drive.

good power supply

Antec earthwatts EA500 500W Continuous Power ATX12V v2.2 80 PLUS Certified  Active PFC "Compatible with Core i7/Core i5" Power Supply
Antec earthwatts EA500 500W Continuous Power ATX12V v2.2 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC "Compatible with Core i7/Core i5" Power Supply

Pros: It's a good power supply. It runs my computer. I don't really know it's there. I hardly think about this power supply at all. I'm happy it's a good product. I got it with a combo and rebate and it was really cheap.

Cons: Almost too many cables. Definitely not a problem, though. Just tuck 'em into a safe place and it's all good.

Overall Review: When I see power supplies that cost tons of money it makes me wonder if people are sinking way too much money into something they don't need.