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Pros: I've come from an AMD 8350.....overclocked to 4.9 GHZ. A really good CPU....but it was getting long in the tooth. Took too long to edit and render videos. Often the AMD would lock up because of the CPU bottle neck........So I went on a quest to get better results.......
I looked at all the CPU's out there and all the motherboards. I wanted to keep the price around $750. I wanted to go with Intel as I had several Intel based computers in the past. Was able to put together a system for $750 that I am now very satisfied with.
Got this CPU and could not be happier. No more "Program not responding" messages. No more bottle necks. No more waiting for programs to do what they are supposed to do. Can run several programs at once and not even break a sweat.
The heat generated by this CPU is not nearly as much as the AMD 8350. My computer room stays nice and cool now that this CPU is in use.
Programs are now snappier. Video rendering is much improved. Everything is faster and better.
My case fans can now be turned down a bit and so it is a much quieter room.
Cons: None. It is the best choice I could have made for the price I was willing to pay.
Other Thoughts: I would recommend this CPU for just about everyone.
My build is this:
Asus x-99 E motherboard
Intel 5820K CPU
32GB (4-8 GB modules) GSkill Ripjaw DDR4 3200 ram
I was going to wait and see the AMD Zen cpu. After hearing that the Zen will be around $500.....I decided that this CPU at the price point that I paid....a little over Three Hundred....was worth deciding on this CPU.
I never game so gaming was not an issue.....but if I want to....the Intel 5820K can handle it.
You just cannot go wrong with this CPU.
Pros: It looks nice......lots of ram capability. Came in a nice box.
Cons: Doing an Intel 5820K build........
Booted up first time. Did a few driver downloads and the computer said to reboot which I did......and then......NOTHING.....except a real quiet beeping noise.
Board has another bios chip so flipped over to that.....got a kernel missing message.......
Took the board back and went with another brand.
I am sure that these are great boards......the one I got was part of a problematic build that had me switching out three power supplies that were bad and this bad board.
Seems like they just are not building them like they used to. My AMD 8350 build had no problems and ran 24/7 for over 4 years.
Other Thoughts: I still would recommend this board.....it could be that mine was just defective.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: I had to get a new SSD as my 128GB Crucial M4 that I've had for over three years was starting to get full and noticed a lag. Being older technology, the M4 is slower than the newer SSd drives. So I decided to go ahead and update.
This drive is almost double the speed of the old M4. At twice the capacity, this drive was $75 cheaper than what I paid for the old M4.
Installation was very easy and the migration software worked excellent. This new drive being the C drive was easy to install and easy to get Windows 7 and Ubuntu loaded. Went very fast and everything worked perfectly after migration.
I noticed right away my computer boots faster after the bios does its thing. I also noticed that the programs were loading faster and also that my internet surfing was much faster as Firefox was quicker by about 25%.
All other programs such as Gimp and Open Office open way faster than before. Audacity opens in less than 5 seconds.
Cons: None at all.
Other Thoughts: This drive is a great improvement over previous versions.
Faster than even the top end Samsungs of just a few months ago.
Having smaller SSD's in the past, 250 GB is about the lowest capacity I would recommend having. Windows and many other programs are kind of bloated and when an SSD starts to get full, they do slow down a bit.
I highly recommend this drive.