I've updated the Blue Adder with a straight AMD Athlon X4 860K 3.7Ghz processor due to the issue of potential bottle necking with the previous A10 5800K Processor. I chose to overclock it to an even 4.0Ghz, which isn't too ambitious but should be more than enough for current gaming. I also repositioned the aftermark CPU Cooler and now that CPU runs nearly ice cold. Here I thought I was going to have to buy a liquid CPU cooler.
The ram is mixed brand and size, but the latency on each piece of ram is identical, meaning that there should be no problems between them when the system is operating.
I chose an FM2+ platform due to the fact that AMD is most probably heading for an APU based PC Platform in the near future.
My plans are to upgrade to an A10 7890K down the road unless something better rolls off the AMD assembly line between now and that time. I also intend to eventually build the system up to a full compliment of 32GB's of ram as well as a more solid performing motherboard and PSU. As for now, I have a pleasant gaming rig with a beefy video card that pretty much handles anything I throw at it for now.
This fan is huge, but effective. I'm amazed at how well it's managed to keep my A10 CPU from becoming a charred brick.
Does this really need a review? This is the best thermal paste on the market.
A pretty straight forward board with a really good UEFI interface and solid overclocking options. I'd give it higher marks, but the Micro ATX format is quite limited and the board didn't want to actually fit well in the case I bought.
This is a damn good card. Run's hot as hell at times, but I've been told that Hawaii based GPU's tend to do this. The Double D cooler on the card does a damn solid job of keeping this card from melting under high loads. If it weren't for the high power consumption of the card, I'd rate it much higher. Base requirements for a PSU for this card is 750W. Holy crap!
A good, solid case. It would have rated higher if It came with the blue front fan it advertised and had USB 3.0 in the front.