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AMD FX-8350 Black Edition Vishera 8-Core 4.0 GHz (4.2 GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 125W FD8350FRHKBOX Desktop Processor
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: 8 cores
4 Ghz
If you have the right motherboard, and GREAT cooling, overclocking to 5Ghz or more is possible

Cons: It gets HOT, aftermarket cooling is a MUST, even if you use stock voltages and timing
overclocking is ill-advised unless you have a high end board

Other Thoughts: I found out the hard way that the ASRock 970 Extreme4 needs at least BIOS p2.60. Had to dig up an old thumb drive because the windows flash doesn't work with windows 10 and the instantflash doesn't work with NTFS.
Post-burnin stress test has it hitting 54C with aftermarket cooling! I might need better thermal paste though.

GIGABYTE GV-N760OC-2GD REV2.0 G-SYNC Support GeForce GTX 760 2GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready WindForce 3X 450W Video Card
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: The built-in overclocking squeezes out a little more FPS while the cooling keeps it under 60c and yet quiet even under max load. There's still room for more overclocking - about 100Mhz more.

Cons: It's HUGE. I have a HAF932 and it fit just fine. Just had to move some wire out of the way first.
It needs both 6 pin and 8 pin power. It comes with adaptors for both, but you'll need two cables coming from your PSU for each. Forget SLI unless you buy a beast of a PSU.
The included OC utility from Gigabyte may conflict with some games. (It made State of Decay crash for me.) The OSD wouldn't work with any of my games, from DX9 to DX11. Some of the hyped functionality (such as the underclocking to reduce heat) is dependent on this utitility.

Other Thoughts: For <$300 you can't buy a better card.

TRENDnet TE100-PCIWN Ethernet Adapter 10/100Mbps PCI 1 x RJ45
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Good price, small size, works as expected.

Cons: It's not a 10/100/1000.

Other Thoughts: Onboard LAN stopped working for 2 days, so I needed a cheap but good quality NIC. This is it.


Joel W.'s Profile

Display Name: Joel W.

Date Joined: 07/26/06

  • Reviews: 4
  • Helpfulness: 1
  • First Review: 01/23/14
  • Last Review: 03/25/16
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