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ASUS H97M-E/CSM LGA 1150 Intel H97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Asus quality, good for a corporate pc build.

Cons: Raid doesn't work with Win7

Other Thoughts: Board powered up fine; it is picky about memory, so you should use one of their tested Ram choices. But I can't install Win7 on a Raid1 hard disk configuration. I don't think that ASUS tested their RAID software properly; the install hangs and asks for a driver that does not exist. Win7 installs fine when Raid is disabled, however. Asked ASUS for support, and they have ignored me. Want RAID? Pick another Mobo. Otherwise, it is fine.

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Intel Core i5-3350P Ivy Bridge Quad-Core 3.1GHz (3.3GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 69W Desktop Processor BX80637i53350P
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: zippy CPU for the money

Cons: You must use a video card with this processor. Motherboard onboard graphics are disabled because the CPU doesn't support it.

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Western Digital WD RE4 WD1003FBYX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: I buy these drives because they are reliable; I've bought 8 I believe. Never had a failure. I configure them in a RAID array on a custom desktop machine for my company. Why go to that trouble? #1 failure we experience is disk drive failure. When they go down, recovering data and rebuilding the machine takes days, and the cost of lower productivity is much bigger than the cost of the machine.

Cons: They are a bit expensive. But I'd rather pay a bit extra and know the thing will work instead of losing lots of time rebuilding a computer.

Other Thoughts: The newer Intel P3 P5 P7 processors will support RAID, and if you get the right motherboard, it is a pretty simple setting in the BIOS. I don't want to build a gamer box; I want a reliable system. So I set up RAID to mirror a pair of disks, and know that if one fails, the other will still work.

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Doug F.'s Profile

Display Name: Doug F.

Date Joined: 12/18/10

  • Reviews: 6
  • Helpfulness: 4
  • First Review: 03/07/13
  • Last Review: 05/27/14
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