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This review is from: BYTECC Bracket-35225 2.5 Inch HDD/SSD Mounting Kit For 3.5" Drive Bay or Enclosure
Pros: Not much to say here - it's just a plastic 2.5" to 3.5" adapter. Works as intended.
Cons: NoneREAD FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale Dual-Core 3.0GHz LGA 775 65W Processor BX80570E8400
Pros: Easy install, works great, very stable. With a XIGMATEK HDT-S1283 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler, keeps it at 34-36C under 60-70% load, in a 33C case.
Haven't tried any OC yet, but with temperatures like that, it'll be a breeze.
Cons: Not even one.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: ASUS P5N72-T Premium LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 780i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard
Pros: Despite the negative reviews (which alot stem from people trying and failing to overclock their board), I bought this because I've had 2 ASUS boards previous and never had a single problem.
This board simply met my expectations, which were very high from past ASUS products. Plugged everything in, turned it on, and not a single problem.
SLI was a joke to get going. Plugged the two cards in (EVGA 9800GT's), connected them via the SLI cord, and once the cards drivers were installed, it was simply a matter of a button click to get it going.
Supplied audio card was nice, and works great.
Cons: It was a very tight squeeze to fit the audio card and the first video card in, but it got in there. May not fit larger cards, although typically the bulk of a video card is on the underbelly, and not the side facing this card.
Pushpin motherboards are a pain to install, and most everyone would rather have screws over pushpins.
The only con on the board I can see is that there is only 1 4-pin fan connector (the CPU) - I had to do some fancy spider-wiring to get it and the 3 case fans I have going.
Other Thoughts: Tried to install an OS on SATA drives using an old CD I had (Windows SP1) - this caused a worrysome blue screen of death scenario: it installed windows fine, but when it tried to boot it up, hard drive errors.
Retried an install with an SP3 CD and worked fine. SP1 just doesn't have the drivers (even with a boot disk made from the supplied CD). Zero problems so far.