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Cory G.

Cory G.

Joined on 01/26/05

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AMD Athlon 64 X2 3600+ - Athlon 64 X2 Brisbane Dual-Core 1.9 GHz Socket AM2 Processor - ADO3600IAA5DL
AMD Athlon 64 X2 3600+ - Athlon 64 X2 Brisbane Dual-Core 1.9 GHz Socket AM2 Processor - ADO3600IAA5DL

Pros: This is one of AMD's first 65nm processors, and the cheapest dual core on the market. Super efficient. Does what it was built to do.

Cons: Running at factory speed actually underclocks the DRAM because of the odd multiplier. AMD didn't come out with this sooner...

Overall Review: For just over a Benjamin this processor is obviously the cheapest 65nm dual core on the market right now. Reviews of this product are right about the fact that this processor can’t be overclocked like its 90nm counterparts, but in my case that wasn’t an issue. I can’t stand any noise from my system so this processor was an obvious choice. Even under full load this cpu doesn’t break 42 C. That’s with the processor overclocked to 2.13 Ghz. I personally don’t need to push the limits of this processor, and it is rock solid right now. I’m a multitasker not a gamer so this cpu works perfect for me. On a side note, It bothers me when people post a review of a product they have never seen much less tested for themselves. The price vs. performance of this chip is excellent and I recommend it to anybody willing to take the plunge into AMD 65nm. Oh, one last thing, currently I have my OCZ DDR2 800 memory running at 427 Mhz so I wouldn't worry about that whole underclocked memory thing.

i7-3770

HP Compaq Elite 8300 Desktop SFF Intel Core i7 3770 3.4GHZ 8GB Ram 500GB Hard Drive Windows 10 Pro GB
HP Compaq Elite 8300 Desktop SFF Intel Core i7 3770 3.4GHZ 8GB Ram 500GB Hard Drive Windows 10 Pro GB

Pros: I got a very well built i7 pc with 8 gigs of ram and USB 3.0 for cheap. It comes with a slow 500g HD, but I knew that when I bought it. My purpose was to build a competent pc that could handle a plex server that can stream 2160p and play most online games. I installed an extra 8 gigs of ram that I had, cloned the HD to a 240 gig SD that I also had on hand, and installed an RX 550 graphics card. Im using a 4 TB hard drive for media storage. I could not be happier with the performance of this machine. Im running three monitors and can play any game I want to at decent settings. I havent tried to push it too hard but pubg plays at medium/high settings no problem (I dont get into the newest AAA games). The i7-3770 is an old processor but it is a 4 core 8 thread with a high clock speed. Power users will find this system lacking, but for most of us it does everything we want it to. Its also small and dang near silent if noise is an issue. I used this to upgrade an aging media server and got more than I was expecting, all for 150 bones. I recommend looking up the benchmark of this cpu against newer equipment. Dollar for dollar a system like this cant be beat.

Cons: This isn't a con becuase I knew this was a SSF, but you can only install low profile graphics cards. I only say this to make sure people know that regular GFs will not fit.

Overall Review: This system is a no brainer if you are looking for a cheap media server/older gaming rig. You only need a decent graphics card!

Stable Board

BIOSTAR TFORCE 550 AM2 NVIDIA nForce 550 MCP ATX AMD Motherboard
BIOSTAR TFORCE 550 AM2 NVIDIA nForce 550 MCP ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: It recognized the 65nm Brisbane that was bundled with the board. Enough over clocking features in the BIOS for me. Ten USB ports. It booted right up with my existing Windows and didn't give me any problems reinstalling the drivers (Previous system was an MSI board, Athlon XP 2700+).

Cons: I had to stomp on one of those eggs for a couple of reasons. First off, the RAM and the CPU sit too close. If there is a heatsink on the RAM in the 4th slot a big CPU cooler will hit it and bend it a little in the RAM slot. I'm actually going to have to grind a little of my CPU heatsink off in order to clear my next gig of memory. Second, I wish the board had optical out. It does have pinnouts for spdif, but I use a separate sound card with optical anyways. And last but not least, the NB fan is the only arfin' thing I hear from my computer and it erks the hell out of me. I can't put a passive heatsink on it either because my graphics card sits right on top if it.

Overall Review: I was very pleased with how solid this board performs. This is my first go around with Biostar anything, and they didn't kick my hole. Like most boards this one came with some novelty programs (i.e. they look good sitting on a shelf). The overclock program is worthless (I say that about every OC program though :). I found the BOIS update program to be a pain in my hole. Oh, and why can't board makers spend an extra quarter and make a decent I/O panel?? I would be happy to pay the price. My lively hood ~ This board (duh), 3600+ X2 @ 2.13ghz, 7600gs w/ passive cooling (shhh), 1 gig OCZ DDR2 800 @ 427mhz, Turtle Beach 7.1 sound (surprisingly a great card), 80gig/400gig sata's, antec 500watt, wired and wireless Network, 2 NEC DVD burners, and a couple of super duper Sh--ty CRT monitors

Super Fast, Reliable

Patriot Extreme Performance 1GB Secure Digital (SD) Flash Card Model PEF1G133SD
Patriot Extreme Performance 1GB Secure Digital (SD) Flash Card Model PEF1G133SD

Pros: Super fast read speed, and the card has no compatibility issues.

Cons: None, the card is perfect.

Overall Review: I also use another SD card rated at 50X. Get this card instead. For the few extra bucks it costs, the ultra fast read speed is well worth it.

12/16/2006