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This is an upgrade of my 6yr old Gateway 5472. I got some good pricing so the total upgrade costs were right at $300. I decided to use the Monitor, keyboard, mouse , power supply, case, and hard drive from my old Gateway. Overall I am very happy with the performance of this machine. Boots windows 8 (to password screen) in about 20 seconds. Very quick web surfer. Both the cpu and on board graphics got respectable windows scores. The hard drive (again from the old gateway) was the weakest score at 5.9. This was my 2nd build and a bit tricky using some old parts and a OEM case from gateway. The case does not have fantastic air flow so I added the CPU cooler. The a10 runs in the mid 40's under load. The fan on the tx3 is louder than the hyper 212 on my main pc? I had to raise the fan slightly to give clearance for my ram modules. This machine has great performance for the price. I use it for various business needs surfing and emailing not much gaming. Some photo and music editing. Check out the pics I love comments !

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  • 83 months ago
  • 2 points

I actually got the 1866 ram on amazon for $49. That was about a month ago. There was some confusion on what ram this MB could take. Some said only up to 1866. It defaults to 1600 but in the bios you are able to update the ram speed. I did notice the speeds above 1866 were listed in the bios in the overclocking section. I am not sure how much of a performance bump I would see ? Your point is well taken thanks for the input. This processor with an SSD and fast ram would make for a blazing PC at a reasonable price !

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

why didn't you get this: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-memory-cmz8gx3m2x2133c9r. This ram is cheaper, faster (better for an APU because of its higher frequency) and your motherboard supports it. constructive criticism :D

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  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks ! It was an interesting 2nd build

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