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GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UP5 TH LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with Dual Thunderbolt
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: This board took lest time to configure than any system I have every built. I have been building my own systems since 1995 and this was a breeze. I was also able to move from Water Cooling my OC QX9650 to air cooled with a CM hyper 212+. I purchased an Intel 3770 with a 240GB 520 SSD. Ubuntu boots in less than 6 seconds. All H/W was detected with absolutely no issues. I feel that my Cooler-Master HAF is way over kill now. This is a great board.

Cons: The only con I had was the power connector for the BT 4.0 card. It looked like one of the old style CD-Rom audio connector so I did not read the directions that I had to connect, (my fault) but it tuns out that this is the power supply for the BT. This is a minor Con because it stole one of my front panel USB 2.0 connectors.

Other Thoughts: This system is so quite that I hardly even know it is running. The only fan I ever hear is for my Video card when I play games.

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Acer Aspire TimelineX AS4820T-7633 NoteBook Intel Core i3 370M (2.40GHz) 4GB Memory 320GB HDD Intel HD Graphics 14.0
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: I was looking for something to replace my 2yr old Asus EEEPC and this did just that. The video performance is far superior to the Atom. No more waiting for heavily flashed web sites to load along with full HD video from sites like Vimeo. It is a little heavier but the performance improvement and screen size make it an easy trade off. The only time I hear the HDD or fan is when there is virtually no background noise in the room. It runs cool and the video performance is excellent for everything but heavy gaming (My desktop fills this role). This is the first Intel Graphics Chipset that I am really satisfied using. I even loaded up a couple of Linux games that play just fine at 1024x768.

Cons: USB ports on the LH side of the chassis are to close to the user end of the system. This makes it hard to plug in devices while it is sitting on your lap. The aluminium top cover is a fingerprint magnet. The junk-ware as others have mentioned is really unnecessary. I also don't like the fact that you have to create your own OS backup, this should have been included.

Other Thoughts: To be honest I have not been using the Windows 7 partition much. I shrunk it down by 125GB and installed Ubuntu 10.10. I will say that this is the first Linux install I have ever performed that worked perfectly out-of-the box. No video problems, audio problems, the Intel video driver works perfectly running Compiz. Alien Arena and Nexuiz play just fine at 1024x768. Thanks New Egg.

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Urban R.'s Profile

Display Name: Urban R.

Date Joined: 09/03/05

  • Reviews: 2
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  • First Review: 12/23/10
  • Last Review: 10/20/12
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