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Charles A.

Charles A.

Joined on 05/16/06

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Most Favorable Review

It's all about the cache

AMD Athlon 64 X2 5600+ - Athlon 64 X2 Windsor Dual-Core 2.8 GHz Socket AM2 89W Processor - ADA5600CZBOX
AMD Athlon 64 X2 5600+ - Athlon 64 X2 Windsor Dual-Core 2.8 GHz Socket AM2 89W Processor - ADA5600CZBOX

Pros: An excellent processor that goes well with my Foxconn N570SM2AA-8EKRS2H AM2 NVIDIA nForce 570 SLI Motherboard. It has L2 2x1MB cache as opposed to L2 2x512K cache! It includes a OEM heat sink. I have read reviews where people grumble about the heat sink, the included heat sink works just fine for me and the fan is quiet. The heat sink even had a thermal pad installed, so I didn't have to go digging around for my Artic Silver. I have been unable to choke this processor and Lord knows I have tried. This CPU should keep me happy for the next three or four years.

Cons: None, Zip, Nadda!

Overall Review: "Ward, I'm worried about the Beaver"

Most Critical Review

Production Issues

GIGABYTE GA-MA785GMT-UD2H AM3 AMD 785G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
GIGABYTE GA-MA785GMT-UD2H AM3 AMD 785G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: Good board lay out, Five SATA connections, Excellent BIOS for overclocking a Black Edition chip, Redundant BIOS, Four memory slots.

Cons: HUGE Complaint: No thermal compound on the north or south bridge heat sinks. SMALL Complaint: If using a long video card, the SATA 5 connector will be covered. Use of a 90° SATA connector on SATA 5 is pointless because it makes the 90° elbow turn into the SATA 3 & 4 connectors

Overall Review: I built my rig and noticed right away that the temperature readings were off the scale. After a few system lockups and unexpected reboots, I tore the system down. I checked the mountings of the north and south bridge heat sinks and noticed the were sitting there all loose and sloppy. I decided to remove them and remount them. That's when I discovered that Gigabyte had not put any type of thermal compound on the heat sinks. I added a touch of Artic Silver to each heat sink and that helped with my heat problems. Sloppy manufacturing / quality checks Gigabyte. Ward I'm worried about The Beave

AMD nails it.

AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition - Phenom II X4 Deneb Quad-Core 3.4 GHz Socket AM3 125W Processor - HDZ965FBGMBOX
AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition - Phenom II X4 Deneb Quad-Core 3.4 GHz Socket AM3 125W Processor - HDZ965FBGMBOX

Pros: It's as fast as all get out and is certainly a more cost effective solution than the Intel I-5 or I-7. Very easy to overclock, though it's so fast at it's base settings, I didn't see a need to overclock it. The retail heat sink had copper pipes and was of far better quality than expected.

Cons: This mother runs HOT!, I was shocked to see the heat of the cores at idle and under stress, Maybe that heat sink was not all it was cracked up to be? I added two more 60MM fans to a case that already had three (not including cpu and psu fans). Doing that took my idle temps from 44° Celcius to 34° Celcius and stopped under stress temps from 66° Celcius to 56° Celcius. Yea....add some extra fans to your shopping cart now if your getting this processor.

Overall Review: Again...if your getting this processor, think about case air flow and consider a better heat sink and/or more fans for your case. This chip is fast but runs hot. Ward, I'm worried about the Beave

ASUS makes a great DVD unit.

ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 24X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS
ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 24X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS

Pros: Very quiet, opens quick, no stupid on the chip just advertising (I really hate that, I'll pay the extra $10 to avoid it) It came with Nero...sweet.

Cons: Bubble wrap packaging, but it worked so I shouldn't compain. I knew it was OEM and not retail when I ordered it.

Overall Review: Remember to order a SATA data cable for it. It's OEM and does not come with one. Ward, I'm worried about the Beave

I love this card!

EVGA GeForce 9800 GT 512MB GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 SLI Support Video Card 512-P3-N973-TR
EVGA GeForce 9800 GT 512MB GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 SLI Support Video Card 512-P3-N973-TR

Pros: Great Price. Decent size, not too big. Well built with that nice card shroud, that's not over the top. I run everything on max settings and it takes it, though I believe that paring it with a quad core 965 AMD helps in that area. Card had been very quiet and had not had any real heat issues. Ph and did I mention the great price?

Cons: I wish it Came with a game, you know like they used to do eight years ago. When you got a new video card, there was a game in the box. But alas, considering the price I should not complain too much.

Overall Review: Ward, I'm worried about the Beave

Cheap!

Seagate BarraCuda 7200.12 ST31000528AS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive
Seagate BarraCuda 7200.12 ST31000528AS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: Poor build, No pros for you today Seagate.

Cons: While plugging in the SATA power cable, the plastic SATA mount on the hard drive, just broke off. Worthless! No excessive pressure was placed on the plug, I was just connecting it to the power supply. Seagate, I believe that you have taken your cost cutting measures on your build supplies too far.

Overall Review: Ward, I'm worried about the Beave