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G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-6400CL5D-2GBNQ
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Quick, inexpensive, quality feel. Bios put it at 1.85V for operation.

Cons: None.

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AMD Athlon 64 X2 7750 Kuma Dual-Core 2.7GHz Socket AM2+ 95W black edition Processor AD775ZWCGHBOX
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Inexpensive and quick. Works well in inexpensive motherboards and with inexpensive memory. Did I mention that it is inexpensive?

Cons: None.

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ECS A740GM-M AM2+/AM2 AMD 740G Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
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4 out of 5 eggs Got it to work. 07/23/2009

This review is from: ECS A740GM-M AM2+/AM2 AMD 740G Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: Small, inexpensive, straightforward. Bios is refreshingly well described in manual and annotated within the actual setup screens.

Bought at same time as a Phenom BE (Athlon 64X2 AM2+) and 2GB of G.Skill DDR2 800 memory. Combo posted first time and is very responsive.

Cons: Could not get operating correctly under openSuSE 11.1 with or without an add in PCIE graphics card (Nvidia 8400GS). Switched to an installation of kubuntu 9.04 with the 8400GS and it works just fine.

Problems occurred in identifying the /dev location of the hard drive that I had installed on the IDE channel (no SATA drives in the computer) and in getting X to work with the ATI onboard Radeon 2100.

Board is a little thin for hobbyists who plug/unplug monitor cables or peripheral cards on a regular basis.

None of these are showstoppers, but they were annoying enough collectively to ding the product by one egg.

Other Thoughts: Having one IDE channel is not a show stopper for me, but it seems an odd design or marketing decision given that the board has full legacy PS/2 keyboard and mouse inputs. I had to put my DVD drive and HD on same cable (difficult since one is a 3.5" and the other a 5.25" IDE device, located in different enough areas of the case) just for the install.

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Display Name: John O.

Date Joined: 06/04/01

  • Reviews: 3
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  • First Review: 07/23/09
  • Last Review: 07/23/09
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