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ECS A990FXM-A AM3+ AMD 990FX + SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
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  • neweggOwned For: less than 1 day

Pros: Rock solid motherboard. Tons of cool features and the 990fx chipset. Best bang for the buck I could find at the time. Runs my FX-8320 like a champ.

Cons: Need a PS2 keyboard to get into the bios the first time. Luckily I can borrow one of these from work fairly easily so this isn't worth an egg to me, but it may be for others.

Other Thoughts: Wish the color scheme was just gray, not gray/white. most of my components are red/black, so the white seems to clash a bit. But at this low of a price, who cares!

Thermaltake SMART Series SP-650PCBUS 650W ATX 12V 2.3 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
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  • neweggOwned For: less than 1 day

Pros: Nice heavy duty construction, feels solid. Plenty of power at 650w. Lots of connectors that can reach anywhere in my case. Looks great, if you are into that sort of thing.

Cons: I knew this wasn't modular when I bought it, but I should have sprung the few extra dollars to go modular. cable management is a pain with this many cables. The flat cables seemed like a good idea, but they are hard to get around corners. Not worth an egg, since its just cosmetic.

Other Thoughts: If you don't care how your cables look inside the case, this will serve you well, otherwise get a modular power supply.

AMD FX-8320 Vishera 8-Core 3.5 GHz (4.0 GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 125W FD8320FRHKBOX Desktop Processor
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  • neweggOwned For: less than 1 day

Pros: Super fast and can run anything I throw at it so far. My new GPU comes in later this week, so I'm hoping to really put it through its paces then.

Cons: As many have stated before, the stock cooling is poor. The CPU idles at around 35-40c and gets into the low 50's regularly, which isn't HORRIBLE, but its not great. My particular fan makes a rapid high pitched squeaking sound that is annoying if I don't have headphones on. It was also a bit difficult to install because the heat sink clips felt like they were about 1/8 of an inch to short. I was afraid I was going to harm the proc, but I forced it a bit and it went on.

I thought I could get away with just using the stock cooling since I'm not much of an overclocker, but I'm going to be buying a new cooler asap.

Other Thoughts: Seriously, plan on buying a new fan.


James M.'s Profile

Display Name: James M.

Date Joined: 05/27/06

  • Reviews: 4
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  • First Review: 07/26/11
  • Last Review: 11/23/13
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