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Athlon 5350 with GTX 750 Ti - 1080p at under $450 reported at 11:41 AM
category: AMD Socket AM1 CPUs     website: PC Perspective
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I would also look towards the AM1 platform for things like Home Theater PCs or Steam Machines. If you are already looking at building a computer to keep hooked up to your TV, it would be worth it to take a look at the Athlon 5350 and a GPU like the GTX 750 Ti. With little sacrifice for space, power, and heat, you could have a HTPC which can hold it's own while gaming, as opposed to having to depend on a technology like Steam In-Home Streaming.
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MSI A88X-G45 Gaming Review reported at 11:40 AM
category: AMD Socket FM2+ Motherboards     website: Modders-Inc
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Overall the MSI A88X-G45 Gaming Motherboard is a great candidate for any AMD build. The board can support the new Kaveri APUs as well as any FM2 socketed processor from AMD.
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Gigabyte GA-AM1M-S2H Review reported at 11:39 AM
category: Socket AM1 Motherboards     website: Phoronix
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"The Gigabyte AM1M-S2H motherboard is currently retailing online within the US for a $30~35 USD retail price, which is among the cheaper AM1 motherboards. The micro-ATX form factor might not be for everyone with these low-power, budget APUs if you're wanting to use the new AMD hardware for a HTPC / media center build, but otherwise the AM1M-S2H is a nice bargain. For just over $30 USD you get a micro-ATX motherboard with all of the standard functionality by other AM1 motherboards, one PCI Express x16 slot, two PCI Express x1 slots, and internal USB headers for six extra USB 2.0 ports."
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KFA2 GeForce GTX 750 Ti OC Review reported at 11:33 AM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: eTeknix.com
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"If you’re in the market for a low profile GTX 750 Ti then KFA2′s GTX 750 Ti OC is one of the only options on the market and so makes a decent buy. You will need to source your own low profile brackets but these are relatively affordable and easy to find."
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Thermaltake Tt eSPORTS Poseidon Illuminated Brown Switch Edition Review reported at 11:28 AM
category: Keyboards     website: Benchmark Reviews
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Overall, I am very satisfied with this product that Thermaltake has provided. This will fit the bill of many consumers on a tight budget. Even though there could have been more improvements, you just have to accept the fact that nothing in life is perfect. I will highly recommend this keyboard to anyone who is looking for their first mechanical keyboard or just an affordable product for typing, productivity, web browsing, and casual gaming.
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X2 Saturn Review reported at 11:26 AM
category: headsets     website: NikKTech
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"Leaving out build quality the SATURN 5.1 HD Gaming Audio Headset did really good in all our tests and so we are awarding it with our Golden Award."
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Corsair Graphite 230T Mid-Tower Case & H75 Liquid CPU Cooler Review reported at 11:16 AM
category: Computer Cases/Enclosures     website: HardwareHeaven
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Starting with the 230T case we have a product which offers a rugged looking design which feels sturdy. The orange version may not be for everyone but the black and grey editions mean most tastes should be catered for. We like the use of LED fans in a mid-range chassis and all the basics are covered such as USB 3.0 connectivity and tool free drive installs. We also like the inclusion of rubber mounts for fans, keeping vibrations to a minimum and the support for liquid coolers is a nice bonus. Speaking of the liquid cooling support we had no issue installing our H75 in the 230T and the use of two fans for a push/pull configuration, mixed with the ability to individually tailor the fan profiles means we can set the system up to suit our needs. Overall the installation of the H75 was also easy, again tool free for the most part and build quality was decent.
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be quiet Shadow Rock Slim Review reported at 11:11 AM
category: CPU Coolers     website: NikKTech
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"Certainly one can find many CPU Coolers at around the same price range (exceptions like the Fera 2 HE1224 are perhaps the best alternative due to their performance/price ratio) some of which will outperform the Shadow Rock Slim but not many of those offer zero clearance issues nor do they offer the low noise levels of the 135mm SilentWings fan so in the end it once again comes down to what you want. As for us thanks to its size, performance and noise levels we really recommend taking a closer look at the Shadow Rock Slim especially if you’re building an HTPC."
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13-Way Low-End GPU Comparison w/ AMD's AM1 Athlon reported at 10:58 AM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: Phoronix
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Overall, when running the brand new Ubuntu 14.04 release and using the binary AMD/NVIDIA drivers, the Radeon R3 Graphics (also branded as the Radeon HD 8400 series) its performance was close to that of the discrete Radeon HD 6450. The Radeon HD 6450 PCI-E graphics card still retails for $40~50 USD so considering that a Athlon 5350 APU can be found for about $60 or less, that's a pretty good deal for the GCN-based graphics paired with the four low-power Jaguar cores.
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Corsair Obsidian 450D Review reported at 10:39 AM
category: Computer Cases/Enclosures     website: Hardware.Info
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You could easily run an overclocked CPU and two high end graphics cards without running into cooling problems. The combination of cooling performance and noise levels of this case are virtually unheard of and this makes the 450D an exceptional case.
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Logitech G230 Review reported at 10:31 AM
category: headsets     website: pcGameware.co.uk
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"At a retail of around £60 and a discounted price of closer to £45, there’s no doubt that the G230 is worth every penny! If you like the look of it (and I do), then go for it, I’m sure you won’t be disappointed."
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BitFenix Comrade Review reported at 10:21 AM
category: Computer Cases/Enclosures     website: Benchmark Reviews
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Overall, I think that the BitFenix Comrade best caters to a novice builder looking to construct their first build, or maybe even upgrade from a cheaper case such as the NZXT Gamma. The lack of cooling options is a bit of a bummer, and I think that may be one of the biggest considerations when choosing this case. The build quality is similar to other sub $50 cases, while the interior design makes installing components a simple and painless process. For a budget build, the BitFenix Comrade is definitely an attractive option, and it lives up to it’s namesake.
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Antec TP-550C Review reported at 10:19 AM
category: Power Supplies     website: NikKTech
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"Bottom line if you own a mid-end system and you're looking for a high quality 80 Plus Gold certified power supply unit then you just can't go wrong with the TruePower Classic 550W by Antec which is why we give it our Golden Award."
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BitFenix Flo Review reported at 10:13 AM
category: headsets     website: techPowerUp!
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The BitFenix Flo has a lot of good things going for it. The issues I encountered focused on fit and were minor. The ear cups lack a swivel function and could do with slightly deeper pads. The severity of the issue is, to an extend, also dependent on personal preference, and people with small ears will probably never notice it. The sound quality is generally good for the price and very close to the QPAD QH-90s, which are more expensive. The Flo's durability is somewhat of a concern, although impossible to test - while not bad, it does not seem as solid as the QPADs, but their durability definitely beats that of Ozone Gaming headsets.For the budget-conscious gamer, this headset is great. You get a ton of features and great sound quality for your money. That, coupled with above average ergonomics and looks, should make it a no-brainer for those looking for a headset in this price range.
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Thermaltake Bigwater 760 Pro Review reported at 10:12 AM
category: CPU Coolers     website: ThinkComputers
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"Everything about this kit was simple, it really was quite a joy to install. There is nothing to be intimidated by with watercooling anymore thanks to Tt. The fan stays nice and quiet thanks to the control knob. And actually ranging from 1893 rpm – 2636 rpm the noise level was acceptable all around."
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Thermaltake Core V71 Review reported at 10:02 AM
category: Computer Cases/Enclosures     website: Overclockers Club
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To conclude, this chassis is everything I have been looking for without knowing it and in short is Thermaltake's answer to Cooler Master's Stacker series. While both the Stacker 935 and the Core V71 are priced the same, they are different beasts. I think it's easy to see where Cooler Master was heading, but fumbled, and Thermaltake picked up the ball and ran with it. I'm eager to see what Cooler Master's revision is like or if Thermaltake can top itself next year.
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