Date Joined: 03/21/05
Pros: AIO performance for less money.
Cons: Size. It fits my NZXT H500i, but doesnt leave much room to spare.
Overall Review: Would buy again.
Pros: Solid mid range gaming laptop.
Cons: Would be better with a GTX 1060, but for the price this is solid.
Pros: Much faster than my previous FX CPU. I had it OCed to 4.4 GHz and this chip at stock doubled my cinebench score.
Cons: Platform still immature so there are stability issues with some ram speeds.
Pros: Runs very stable at rated speeds. Solid pickup for my ryzen build, and got it on sale.
Overall Review: It looks like many people don't understand how ram speeds work. Default DDR4 is 2133. You have to overclock or use XMP settings in bios. These advertised speeds are with OC.
Pros: Quiet and effective.
Cons: Doesnt include AM4 bracket natively.
Pros: Very well made and great image quality.
Cons: the stand doesnt lock the adjustable height.
Overall Review: very good monitor.
Pros: Roughly 6-7% increase in architectural improvement over bulldozer at the same clock speed and lower power consumption at stock and oc than bulldozer.
Cons: The end of the line for AM3+. Still much higher power consumption than intel.
Overall Review: This coupled with faster ram netted me an 18% increase over my fx-8150 with roughly the same percentage overclock. Ill be hanging onto this chip until a new socket and cpu with ddr4 support is available.
Pros: Card is extremely fast. Upgraded from MSI 7950 and its night and day faster.
Pros: Excellent quality and great price. Took my laptop to 8 gig and i love it.
Pros: Ive had this PSU almost 2 years and its still a fantastic psu. Ive had no issues and its very quiet. I have built many computers in my time and psu's are something i usually dont put much thought into when building but i will certainly look into ocz again when its time for a new one.
Cons: i honestly have no cons for this psu.
Pros: Extremely fast drive even more than my WD Caviar Black and lots of storage.
Cons: The first drive arrived with the click of death so i sent it back but the second works perfectly.
Pros: i love the GUI bios it is extremely user friendly, usb 3.0, pci express 2.0, and was very well priced for what it offers.
Cons: The only con i have with this board is after all this time i still had to boot using an old athlon ii chip because the default bios doesnt support AMD FX chips without an update. However, asus makes it extremely easy to fix by allowing bios update via usb flash drive without even booting. Unfortunately i did not know this until hours of troubleshooting later.
Pros: This drive smoked my factory 5400 rpm HD that was in my laptop. I have a new laptop but that old drive was really holding it down but now it's a whole new system.
Cons: Didn't get it on sale
Pros: The HD arrived in excellent condition and the drive image i made from my old hd had 0 hiccups extracting to the new drive. The refurb comes straight from WD in a factory sealed ESD bag with a 90 day warranty. The way i see it is a new drive has higher chances of failure as only a small portion are actually tested by QA whereas a refurb will always be tested before resale by whoever redoes the drive.
Cons: absolutely nothing. Got an $80 drive for $55 who can complain.
Overall Review: This 7200rpm hd is the absolute best upgrade for a laptop short of an ssd. In fact i just purchased this laptop brand new about a week before i ordered this drive and i realized how terrible 5400rpm drives are so i dropped that into an external enclosure and installed this.
Pros: Very low heat and power consumption. Excellent overclocking ability. I was able to add a little voltage up to 1.1v and got the card to 1150 core\1575 memory and with my fx 8150 scored 8593 in 3dmark 11. Fantastic card and i really noticed with the extra vram how much i was bottlenecking before with only 1gig. BF3 shows usage as high as 1400mb
Pros: Excellent in cpu intense programs.
Cons: Not as great in gaming unless you overclock.
Overall Review: I overclocked this chip from 3.6 to 4.2 and disabled the turbo core and i saw roughly a 12% increase in gaming. At the stock speed this is pretty dead even with my former Phenom II x4 970 oc'ed to 4.0. Overall im happy with the chip and now that its overclocked i see good gaming with it in my future. I will say that it is better in every bench mark i have run (3dmark 11, 3d mark pc vantage, pc mark 7) at its stock speed than my 970 was at 4.0. Outside of gaming this chip is fantastic and i hope that in the future the gaming issues at stock speed will be resolved and if they are it will be a great long term chip. Also trash the stock cooler as is standard if you are a gamer, the hyper 212+ is a great addition. Make sure you get the latest bios revisions too.
Pros: Very fast drive. I upgraded my boot drive from a WD Caviar black 7200rpm which scored around 180/mb transfer rate using ATTO benchmark to this SSD which once properly configured in bios scores an average of 500 mb/sec on both read and write.
Overall Review: Make sure when setting up bios you set to AHCI mode and sometimes there is another sata setting and you must have both set the same way. I was stuck around 300 mb/sec until i realized they both had to be set that way. Gigabyte motherboard 990fx
Pros: Cheap, got it on promo for $49.
Runs really fast got to 1866 with ease and i even lowered the timings to 8-9-8-25 which makes it noticeably faster than my 1333 9-9-9-27 that i had before.
Cons: Not sure if its my motherboard or the chip but i had to overclock the fsb to get to 1866 i couldn't just change the multiplier. Easy enough to overcome though.
Pros: Quiet, cool, and plays nice in crossfire with other brands. This card with 8gb of ram and a phenom ii x 4 970 with max out minecraft with no problems!!! :)
Cons: Much larger than my 6870 xfx card. A good inch longer so make sure you have clearance
Pros: I have a phenom ii x 4 970 3.5 ghz stock. Overclocking on the factory cooling only to 3.7ghz made my average temps in prime 95 around 61 to 62 c, with this cooler clocked to 3.8 im running prime 95 at 50-51 c.
Pros: Usually i buy kingston, but on the new rig i decided to spring for something a little better and ive been pleased. I was using ddr 3 8500 (4gb) and this increase in speed and capacity has been greatly noticed.
Pros: Was considering this card and also a 560 but i decided to go with this one and ive been impressed. I had a 5750 before and crysis 2 was on the second lowest setting and getting around 45 fps, now with this card i have everything on ultra and i get a consistent 50+ fps.
Cons: The fan is ridiculously loud. I have no idea why, but i use AMD vision control center and lock the fan at 45% when gaming or it gets insane.
Pros: This little thing was an upgrade from an athlon ii x 4 2.8ghz. I expected a performance boost just due to the clock speed difference but this thing blew my expectations away. I oc'd it to a modest 3.8 and it runs every program and game with zero lag. I was looking at an i7 2600k before i bought this and though that processor would be better im using this for a year or so until i can get a bulldozer and im just blown away that this thing is so good. Picked it up for $139 and id never change that decision.
Cons: Stock fan heat sink sucks but whos doesn't?
Overall Review: Buy this one or the one a little slower and oc it.
Pros: Huge upgrade compared to my stock HP case that i was using before. This one comes with two front fans one rear exhaust and one top exhaust. There is plenty of space for hard drives or huge cpu coolers. I purchase a 6870 video card and there were no space issues.
Cons: Partially covers the underside of my cpu which forced me to remove the mother board to install my after market cpu cooler but not really a big deal.
Pros: Wide support for current build and future upgrades. Can run sli or crossfire, 3 tb hard drive support, am3 and am3 + support, USB 3.0, what else could i ask for?
Cons: not a thing
Overall Review: Im running a phenom ii x 4 970 oc'd to a modest 3.8 and i know in a year or so i'll be upgrading to a bulldozer and thats why i chose this board.