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

Pros: - Fast, even at stock speeds. I've never once had this choke on me.

- Because I don't overclock, I've never had this CPU go much higher than 40 C under load. Then again, I'm using a Hyper 212 fan/heatsink.

- Very good price:performance ratio.

Cons: - Very power hungry in comparison to similarly spec'd Intel CPUs.

- Pathetic stock fan/heatsink. I didn't even bother using it. May as well just chuck it once the package is opened.

- Doesn't make me breakfast.

Other Thoughts: I've been using it in conjunction with two Zotac GTX-560 graphics cards running in SLI. Almost everything I've played was in High settings, with a few in Ultra (!!). Had no noticeable problems with framerates or graphic hiccups, and the only time heat was a problem was with my graphics cards while running TERA Online. I plan to upgrade my graphics card as soon as I can afford it, though.

APEVIA X-CRUISER3 X-CRUISER3-BL Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case w/ Side Window-Blue
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: The photos do little justice for how cool this case looks. I was also pleasantly surprised at how sturdy this case is. The cable management is an absolute dream. Also has a fan controller - can't say I noticed that much of a difference, though. Your mileage may vary, of course. Also, while it's a slightly snug fit, it will fit longer graphics cards without having to remove the hard drive cage. HUGE plus there!

Cons: The only real cons I could find were in the realm of quality control, and none of them were at all earth-shattering. One of the fans didn't light up, but it still spun which I suppose is the more important part. Also, one of the standoffs was stripped. They do furnish you with a lot of extra screws and standoffs, though. Finally, the expansion slot covers, once removed, cannot be put back on.

Other Thoughts: I was reluctant to purchase another Apevia case after having been thoroughly unimpressed with the X-Master HTPC case, but this was for a co-worker who wanted something to play Starcraft II on and the X-Cruiser3 with the blue LEDs made me think of the Protoss. Thankfully, this case turned out to be better than I expected.

A few caveats and oddities worth mentioning:

-The huge 200 mm fan on the side WILL be impeded by a large heatsink. Thankfully, I had a spare 120 mm blue LED fan laying around, and the side panel had screw-holes for both 120 mm and 140 mm fans. Props to Apevia for this one!

-Speaking of the fans, they only have Molex connectors. Make sure you get a PSU that has plenty of Molex plugs if you're considering this case.

-There are a few too many standoff-markers for ATX motherboards. Kinda weird, but nothing to worry about.

Overall, this is a very good case. Definitely recommended for gamers on a budget.

ASUS TUF SABERTOOTH 990FX R2.0 AM3+ AMD 990FX + SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: This board is very ruggedly built with quality components. Very nicely laid out, and let's be honest: it looks awesome. Running strong after a year and being moved to a different case! Price seems a little high, but you definitely get what you pay for.

Cons: Doesn't have PCI-Express 3.0 at this time, but then, no AMD ATX boards have it, so I will not criticize this particular board.

Other Thoughts: I bought this as a package deal from a different online vendor last year for my very first build. It's running an AMD FX-8320, a Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus CPU cooler, and, for the time being, two Zotac GTX-560 Multiview cards SLI'd together.

Quite frankly, I couldn't have made a better choice for my very first motherboard. When the Gen-3 Sabertooth with PCI-Express 3.0 comes out, you can count on me upgrading. I am an ASUS fan for life.


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Display Name: Kevin L.

Date Joined: 12/26/11

  • Reviews: 5
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  • First Review: 09/18/14
  • Last Review: 06/30/15
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