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If anyone purchased the barebone kit from Fry's last week and wants to upgrade the CPU here's a chance... today only.

NOTE: This guy supports DDR3-1333 RAM as well as DDR3-1600, DDR3L-1600

 

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http://www.computershopper.com/components/reviews/amd-athlon-5350/(page)/3#review-body

The platform does, though, support 4K output at 30Hz. So, using a 4K monitor for productivity purposes, if not 4K video enjoyment, is possible.The chip and test system also did a good job of playing back streaming video from Hulu, as well as from Comcast’s Xfinity site. At first, we noticed some slight audio-clipping issues, but after installing some system updates and bumping Windows 8 up to 8.1, playback mostly smoothed out. Still, once in a while (roughly once every 10 minutes or so), video would hang for a couple of seconds, then correct itself.
That’s disappointing if you’re looking to build a media PC and expecting flawless playback. But in our experience, streaming video is prone to occasional glitches even on much more powerful systems, and HD video was definitely watchable on the AMD system. So, given the cost, we don’t consider this a major hitch in the platform’s appeal. We still think the Athlon 5350 is perfectly serviceable as the foundation for a basic, general-purpose PC or a media-focused machine. For the latter, we’d probably just opt for more RAM and a low-end SSD.
 
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