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BIOSTAR TA970 AM3+ AMD 970 + SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Affordable
Packed with features
Ability to unlock cores

Cons: Short life span
USB 3.0 never worked as 3.0
SATA 6Gb would not work as 6Gb

Other Thoughts: Bought new in th fall of 2013. By February 2015, the mobo started experiencing odd problems that started with forgetting the memory was supposed to be 1600 and not 1333. I didn't notice until I began having hard drive issues. I had to move the HDD SATA connection to a different port every so often. Then the HDD began having bad sectors (not sure the mobo could cause this on it's own) Once on the third drive in two weeks, it became evident more was wrong. It devolved to having to reset the default BIOS settings at every boot otherwise would get a "boot disk read error" or "No boot device detected" (resetting bios always fixed the problem, but not always on the first try.)

I've already ordered a replacement, so if this wasn't a board problem, please don't tell me now! :)

Otherwise, it was a good board when things worked right.

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BIOSTAR TA970 AM3+ AMD 970 + SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Good layout with good heat sink placement. This board was a low cost alternative to my old and dying board. Drivers were easy to install, BIOS is easy to use, I can't say how wonderful this board has been for the money, and I buy a lot of budget parts. Easily comparable to higher-end boards.

Bonus: The memory, SATA and expansion slots are UV sensitive!

Cons: Not the most current technology

Other Thoughts: Used this board to replace my old, way outdated board, but needed to use the same CPU. Replaced the RAM and added a water-cooled system for the cpu and video card. The board temp stays at room temperature and never has nay hiccups. It performs better than expected.

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NZXT M59 - 001BK Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Well Designed 01/08/2014

This review is from: NZXT M59 - 001BK Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: Roomy, lightweight, decent window, breathable

Cons: Windows tint a slight bit too dark.

Other Thoughts: With the PSU mounted on the bottom, no more sucking in hot air to just blow out more hot air. It is able to access the cooler air underneath the unit and blow it out back. They hae also turned the 3 1/2 drive bay slots 90 degrees, freeing up room for fans and more importantly large video cards with coolers.

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Jacob K.'s Profile

Display Name: Jacob K.

Date Joined: 02/08/04

  • Reviews: 4
  • Helpfulness: 2
  • First Review: 08/24/13
  • Last Review: 02/09/15
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