Date Joined: 12/12/09
Pros: Quiet Operation
Doesn't get super hot "77c max load"
Acceptable frame rates on games
Cons: None so far
Overall Review: Works just as great as my 4 GB RX 570, except the extra ram does help in some cases. I played a few games with this, and most games can hit 60 FPS on high settings at 1080p.
Great card. Recommended
Pros: Very good performance
Cons: Runs very hot.
Overall Review: The performance is really good on this chip except it starts to thermal throttle at 85c, and during prime 95 it hits 96c after 20 minutes of burn in testing. Might need to buy after market cooler to cool this thing down. Still good performance
Pros: Motherboard is very durable.
Good amount of fan headers.
Really nice RGB lighting
PCIe 4.0 support
Nice layout for the BIOS
Cons: No cons as of now but the only thing I'm nitpicking on would be that the realtek audio manager is non existent on the realtek drivers. It requires you to download a Microsoft app to use for realtek audio controls. Also the power LED doesn't blink when the computer is in a sleep state, but I guess it was designed that way.
Overall Review: First time using Gigabyte and by what I see here, this board is solid and very stable. This boots as fast or a little bit faster than my ASUS board. Very happy so far
Ryzen 5 3600.
ASUS ROG Strix RX 570 8 GB
250 GB SSD
450W EVGA PSU
Cooler Master Masterbox MB511 case
Gskill FlareX 16 GB 3200 MHz DDR4
Gigabyte B550 Aorus Pro
Overall Review: Running on Ryzen 5 1600 AF with MSI B450 Tomahawk Max. So far its providing plenty of power. GPU is a MSI GTX 970 and the PSU powers that good as well. EVGA makes good power supplies. Highly recommend
Pros: Works well
Pushes air very nice
RED LED lights are dim but a nice touch
Cons: Makes a clicking noise when the fan spins up but is fine once it's spinning. However I can hear noises coming from the bearing.
Overall Review: Good fan. I'll post in the future regarding longevity. 4 eggs
Pros: Sleek in design
Front mesh design is awesome.
Cons: Acrylic side panel is a little flimsy. Still pretty sturdy but can still bend.
Front panel is easy to remove, but a little difficult to put back on. Slight design flaw with I/O panel makes it to where it takes a little more force to put back on.
One standoff had some paint in the inside making it difficult to screw in the motherboard but I got it on by turning harder and breaking up the paint.
Overall Review: Overall great Case. Good for budget builds but have that nice design and airflow. Recommended.
Overall Review: Bought 4 kits for 4 different AMD Ryzen systems. All work as advertised.
Pros: Basically a under clocked Ryzen 5 2600
6 cores, 12 threads
Same specs as the 1st Gen Ryzen 5 1600 but using Zen+ 12nm process and improved memory controller.
Cons: None at this time
Overall Review: I'm very impressed so far. I've built 3 systems with the Ryzen 5 2600, and now a system with the Ryzen 5 1600 AF. In terms of day to day use, I see no difference between this and my Ryzen 5 2600 in terms of performance. My gaming experiences are very similar as well.
Ryzen 5 1600 AF
MSI B450 Tomahawk Max
16 GB Gskill FlareX 3200 MHz DDR4
Cooler Master MasterBox MB511 Case
EVGA 450BR 450W power supply
MSI NVIDIA GTX 970 100me Edition
This system gives similar performance to my primary system.
ASUS Prime X470-Pro
Ryzen 5 2600
16 GB Gskill FlareX 3200 MHz DDR4
Phanteks Eclipse P400A case
ASUS ROG Strix Radeon RX 580 Top OC Edition
Corsair CX650M power supply
I can run all my games at 60 FPS at 1080p high settings with both of these system's. Titles like Fallout 3, 4, New Vegas, Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3, and Battlefield 4. All older titles but it runs well.
This CPU is a good bang for the buck. Highly recommended for budget builders and enthusiast's alike.
Pros: Still a great drive. Very stable and reliable. Had one in my old system for 3 years and still running strong. Just bought one for my new system for storage and it works great.
Overall Review: But this drive. You won't be disappointed.
Pros: 6 cores, 12 threads
Blows away my old AMD FX 6300
Plays all my games with ease.
Cons: None so far.
Overall Review: Great value for the money. This is not as fast as the current Ryzen 5 3600, but it does the job well. I have this paired with an ASUS Prime X470-Pro, 16 GB GSKILL FlareX 3200 MHz RAM and an ASUS ROG Strix Radeon RX 580 Top OC Edition. Plays all my games at 1080p from 60 to 300 FPS. Can't complain about these results. Here are some FPS numbers from some of the games I play with this set up
Fallout 4 - 1080p - 60 FPS by default, can change FPS limiter in .ini file but I don't recommend it.
COD-MW3 - 1080p highest settings - 300 FPS Max - 191 FPS Average - 127 FPS minimum.
COD4-MW - 1080p highest settings - 300 max - 250 avg - 187 min
Fallout 3 & New Vegas - 60 FPS Ultra settings
FEAR 2 & 3 - 60 FPS Very High settings
Unigine Heaven 4.0 benchmark high settings - Max 191 - avg 127 - min 54
Great setup for now. CPU is recommended for the price.
Pros: This board is what I continue to expect from ASUS. This board is solid, stable, reliable, and that's why I continue to buy ASUS for all my builds. I have this paired a Ryzen 5 2600 and Gskill FlareX 16 GB 3200 MHz RAM. I was able to enable DOCP and the RAM runs at the rated speeds as well. So for pros, here's what I think.
4. Has a great amount of features for most users
5. RGB is beautiful and gives off a nice look to the motherboard.
Cons: I had a hard time getting the BIOS updated to version 5406, but I found out it was a grounding issue within one of my old cases that I used to initially test this board. After I got my new case, the BIOS updated just fine, however, some BIOS issues should be noted here.
1. Motherboard came with version 5204, I had no issues with the board, except Windows task manager wouldn't read memory speeds or show how much RAM was on my system. All my software ran fine "even hardware monitoring software ran fine" but AMD recommends the latest BIOS be installed on Ryzen motherboards due to the AGESA patches and updates.
2. After updating the BIOS, Windows Task manager saw my RAM capacity and speed, but new problems have come up. I would use HWMonitor for monitoring temps and CPU speed. Since the update to the BIOS, HWMonitor shows my Ryzen 5 2600, overclocking to 5.5 GHz on light duty loading, but Ryzen Master and MSI afterburner only shows the cores going to 3.9 ghz. It's just a reporting error by HWMonitor due to the BIOS update so either ASUS has to fix the BIOS or CPUID needs to update their program for reading sensors with the updated AGESA patches.
Overall Review: I haven't had any fan controller issues as others have stated. Fans work great, but do not let the BIOS issue shy you away from this motherboard. I've had this system running every day and I've had absolutely no stability issues. I had one tiny fluke on it when I decided to plug in my old hard drive from my old FX system to transfer my steam games, "had Windows 10 installation on it", and the sound driver failed to initialize for some odd reason. But after I unhooked it, everything was fine again. Great board and I wouldn't hesitate to buy another one if the price is right on it.
Pros: Semi Modular
Great power delivery
650 watts of power
Cons: 24 pin cable from the power supply is a little bulky but with the case I have, it's not much of a problem.
Overall Review: I've seen mixed reviews on this power supply, but I made the decision to purchase this power supply after watching a video on YouTube from a very popular reviewer on computer hardware, and he has used this power supply in many builds with no issues. So far I'm very pleased with this PSU and I recommend it. I'll update my review in the future to talk about it's longevity.
Pros: Super fast
Boots to Windows 10 in 8 to 10 seconds.
Overall Review: I will never use a standard HDD as my boot drive ever again. Standard HDDs are great for storage and I still recommend them. This drive is great. I'll update In the coming months.
Pros: Great airflow
Lots of space
Awesome Cable management
Overall Review: I highly recommend this case.
ASUS Prime X470 Pro
Ryzen 5 2600
16 GB Gskill FlareX 3200 MHz DDR4
Corsair CX 650M
250 GB WD Blue SSD
ASUS ROG Strix RX 580
Pros: Still running strong after 3 years of moderate/heavy use. Been doing lots of gaming, and some word processing.
Done some more upgrades over time, which helped performance.
Board is discontinued now, and having a hard time finding one. would love to find one to install a Phenom X3 for a secondary system.
Overall Review: Ryzen is the way to go for new system builds. If you can't afford Ryzen, this board will do well for you.
Pros: Keeps my FX 6300 cool, about 30c idle, and 52c while gaming. That's great cooling. I was very happy with it.
Cons: Fan started failing after 4 months of use. I was playing Fallout 4 and started hearing a loud growling noise. it stopped once the game was shut down , so I was unsure what it was. when I shut the computer off and turned it back on, The fan would not turn until I manually started spinning it. I put my old Cooler master AM3+ aftermarket cooler that works like the stock cooler, and I'm gonna buy a new fan. I hear Noctua is a good brand, so I may go with that.
Overall Review: Good cooler, but keep in mind that the fan may not last long. I was one of many who got a fan that didnt last, so maybe Cooler Master may want to look at the quality of these fans, and make sure they are better before being sold with the heatsink.
I recommend this Heatsink, but buy another fan if you want longevity.
Pros: This is the best thermal paste I've ever used. I used it on my AMD FX 6300 with a Cooler Master Hyper T2. My CPU idles at 30°C, and maxes out at 51°C while gaming. I'm very pleased.
Overall Review: Keeps about 10 to 15 degrees cooler than the stock cooler with this paste. The stock cooler ranged at 34 to 38 idle, and 62 to 65 while gaming. It did help, as cheap thermal paste ranged 40 degrees idle and 71 while gaming.
This is the best. Buy it.
Pros: Just enough cable length for decent cable management
Good power delivery
Overall Review: The 24 pin power connector was a little hard installing, but i got it plugged in and seated properly. The board is an ASUS M5A97 R2.0
ASUS M5A97 R2.0
AMD Phenom II X6 1045T 2.70 GHz
4GB Corsair XMS3 DDR3 1333 mhz
EVGA 450 B1 450W PSU
DeepCool Tesserect BF Midtower Case
This PSU runs this system with no issues.
Also, on the specifications page, it says here that the 12v rail is rated at 40A. That is incorrect. On the PSU, it says the 12V rating is 35A.
Great PSU, and I would consider for another build. The power on self test worked great as well.
Recommended for budget gaming and general purpose builds.
Good Build Quality
Has all the connections you need for a budget case.
Cons: The SSD plastic drive bay holders are curved, like they were crammed into the slot. I installed a 2.5 HDD, and the holder slides in like it should. Not going to deduct an egg for that.
Overall Review: First time installing the motherboard, I had a bad popping noise coming from the speakers. it came from both the front and back jacks. Come to find out that the screws were not tight enough on the motherboard, causing the motherboard to not get proper grounding. I recentered the board on the standoffs, tightened the screws a bit more, and the problem has not come back.
Recommended for budget gaming builds.
Pros: Small design
Only needs motherboard power
Plays all of my games great.
Overall Review: I upgraded my video card from a GT 630 to this GTX 750 Ti. Gaming on my PC has went to a new level. I purchased Fallout 4, and my GT 630 would not run it, even on low settings. I only got 20 FPS max. With this card, im getting between 40 to 60 FPS on medium/high settings on 1080p. I'm very happy about that.
Battlefield 4 plays between 97 and 130 FPS on 1080p with no problem. My older titles "Halo and Halo 2, Fallout 3, Fallout New Vegas" all run great at 60 FPS "Fallout 3 locks at 30 FPS".
Great card and I highly recommend.
ASUS M5A99FX PRO R2.0
AMD FX 6300
8 GB Gskill Ripjaws 1600mhz RAM DDR3
EVGA Geforce GTX 750 Ti
Cooler Master Hyper T2
ASUS DVD Writer
WD Blue 1 TB HDD
Thermaltake Versa H25 case
Pros: Lasted 4 years and still functions.
Cons: Hard disk won't run for more than an hour without experiencing a crash. Hard drive will lock at 100% in task manager, then the hard drive will shut down and computer will blue screen with a watchdog violation, or memory management.
At first I thought the motherboard was going bad, so I replaced the motherboard, and was still getting the same bluescreens.
I then replaced the memory sticks, but instead of bluescreens, the computer would just freeze randomly with the hard drive stuck at 100%.
I installed a different hard drive that was known working, and guess what, no issues.
Overall Review: I do not recommend these drives. they are not reliable.
Pros: Ran is memory in an ASUS M4A88T-M Motherboard for 4 years with an AMD Phenom II X6 1045T 2.70 Ghz AM3 CPU. The memory is still working today, but have been having issues with them ever since day 1. See cons.
Cons: We have been having troubles with Blue Screens with these modules. We had this system running at our church, and over the last 4 years, we had a few hundred bluescreens. All Blue Screens were "Memory Management" errors. I looked all over the internet trying to find solutions, which were to reseat RAM, update drivers, etc, and nothing worked. The only thing that helped was to downclock the RAM. We thought maybe the motherboard was faulty, so we upgraded to an ASUS M5A97 R2.0 Motherboard, with a FX-6300 CPU. Same memory, video card and hard disk.
The new system ran fine for 2 weeks, then boom, memory management bluescreens. I'm thinking, now maybe that old motherboard was not bad at all.
I thought to myself, it's time to do a memory test with memtest86, and let it do 8 or so passes.
Here are the results.
1. I tested memtest86 using only 1 CPU core. All 8 passes had no errors whatsoever.
Now I'm thinking to myself, there's something not right here. I restarted the memtest86, and saw there was an option to do a multithreaded test with the memory hitting all cores. Here are the results.
1. During pass 1, there were no errors till it got to about 65%, and then boom, errors everywhere during one of the tests.
I went into the BIOS and turned off 2 cores, so there are only 4 cores active. I ran memtest again, and there were no errors till pass 3.
I then turned on all 6 cores, and did the test with one core again, an the test passed with no issues.
After 4 years, I found that this memory does not like AMD Memory controllers.
Overall Review: Not sure how these sticks will work with the Intel architecture, but I don't recommend AMD builds. I couldn't call corsair for warranty due to we were a year out of warranty. We will eventually replace the memory sticks.
Pros: Great Color Scheme. It goes perfectly with my ASUS M5A99FX PRO R2.0.
I've had 4 GB in my system for a year and a half, so this is a good upgrade for me. hoping to buy more soon and have 16 GB.
Cons: Had a little bit of a scare when first installing.
On the first boot attempt, I got a red LED on my memory LED on my motherboard. Was hoping it wasn't a bad stick of RAM, but I removed the stick and reinstalled it. The system posted, but the BIOS said that I had a failed overclock. Went into BIOS, and all settings were cleared. I reset the CMOS, got into the BIOS, and it reads the memory at 1333 mhz. I enabled DOCP to enable xmp to get the 1600 mhz, but this is the first stick I've ever had to do that with. It slowed down my HT speed from 2600 to 2000 mhz. I can run at 2600 mhz but I would have to overclock it.
Overall Review: As long as it runs, I'm ok with it. I'll post again in a month or so for an update.
Pros: This CPU is amazing. I couldn't be more happier with it.
In my personal computer, I've had the FX 6300 for a year and a half and I have had absolutely no issues with it. I have it installed in my ASUS M5A99FX PRO R2.0, and my system is very stable.
I also have this CPU in my wife's system and on the computer system at my church. My Wife's board is a M5A99X EVO R2.0 and the churches board is a M5A97 R2.0. My Wife's system has been rock solid for 10 months, and the church system has been stable for almost 2 months.
For general tasks, and entry/midrange gaming, This CPU definitely will get the job done. Pair this with a GTX 960 or a R9 380X, you will have a decent gaming system with no huge bottlenecks.
Cons: The stock heatsink does not do well while gaming. Idle temp is around 36c to 40c, but gaming can get between 62c to 70c, which causes the fan to scream up to 5000 rpm or higher. I recommend an aftermarket cooler "Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo"
Overall Review: As an AMD fan, I really like building AMD systems. I know that this CPU doesn't match up to a Core i3, i5 or i7 in terms of performance, however, most users should evaluate what they will need a computer for and how they will be using it. Now in my opinion, if you are a hardcore gamer, and want to do all the latest stuff (Virtual Reality, heavily modded games, DirectX 12 gaming, or CAD), then Intel would be the way to go, pairing with 32 GB of RAM, the GTX 970, 980, 980ti, and the 1070/1080. Yet you would be looking into possibly 2000 to 3000 dollars into your build.
But for those who are looking for a general purpose PC, only seeking out casual gaming, or even midrange gaming, AMD fits the bill, as they are more budget oriented. If you want to have the best experience for gaming, I recommend the FX 8370, and a GTX 960. RAM, I would recommend at least 8 GB of 1600 mhz or higher memory speeds. Now, I personally do not recommend a FX 9370 or 9590, due to these CPUs have a 220w TDP, not many motherboards support them, and they get super hot. If you want to get one of those CPUs, make sure you get a good water cooler, and a good 990FX board to run these beasts. You can get an aggressive AMD system for about 850 to 1000 dollars.
As for the FX 6300, I highly recommend.
Cons: Causes memory management Blue screens. the sticks have been tested on 2 different motherboards and same errors. also causing corrupt Windows installations.
Overall Review: Don't recommend.