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AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb Quad-Core 3.4 GHz Socket AM3 125W HDZ965FBGMBOX Processor
  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: This CPU is excellent! It runs very fast, plenty of cores to use, and it's less expensive than comparable CPUs. Easy to install.

Cons: The major issue is that the stock cooler is terrible. It's very, very bad. It is very difficult to install (but then again, all AMD coolers are). It doesn't keep the CPU very cool under load. My CPU idles at around 30 degrees C, but goes up to around 50 during a game. Prime95 got the temperature up to 62 degrees, the limit for the CPU. I had to stop it before it actually did damage. I may end up getting a stock cooler for this. However, for most uses, the stock cooler is fine, and it's worth getting this CPU.

ASRock 970 EXTREME3 AM3+ AMD 970 + SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Excellent motherboard, works well. 06/18/2012

This review is from: ASRock 970 EXTREME3 AM3+ AMD 970 + SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: - SATA connectors are out of the way of graphics cards
- Plenty of fan connectors and headers
- Lots of connectors on the back, including USB3, eSATA, 7.1 audio, etc.
- Very sturdy
- Recommend for all AMD builds!

Cons: My one issue is that the sensors on the board are not recognized in Linux by sensors-detect. It appears that this motherboard is not supported by lm-sensors. I could also be doing it wrong. The only sensor it detects is the GPU temperature.

CORSAIR ValueSelect 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 Desktop Memory Model CMV8GX3M2A1333C9
  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: It's memory, it's large, and it works. No issues here, Corsair makes a good product. Memtest showed no issues. There's really no need to pay 60 bucks for super gamer RAM, when this works fine, and it's much less expensive. Sure, it doesn't look pretty, but it doesn't need to.

Cons: None.


Sheila G.'s Profile

Display Name: Sheila G.

Date Joined: 03/02/12

  • Reviews: 8
  • Helpfulness: 4
  • First Review: 06/18/12
  • Last Review: 06/18/12
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