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This review is from: ASUS M5A78L-M LX PLUS AM3+ AMD 760G + SB710 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
Pros: Works like 96% of the asus board ive purchased in the last 3 years
Cons: none really at the 50 and under price point how could there be
Other Thoughts: Ive purchased around 23 asus boards in the last 3 years and only 2 ive had to return , over 50% of the boards ive purchased have been refurbs so thats not a bad ratio considering, i hear people say oh those matx are junk they are not dependable , well ive had many prove that statement wrong, Asus does make good Matx boards and true they don't contain every feature their upper tier boards offer they work period , Asus is my #1 choice for motherboards and the LX series ive primarily purchased over the years have not let me down. Ive purchased multiple P5G41t-mlx, Mlx plus, M5A78L mlx and mlx plus models over the years , i have A P8Z77V-LX in my top rig and it works great, i have an old refurbed P7H55-MLX 1156 board i run a 655K in and it works great. So my opionion is if it works for you go for it. And Asus is my goto brand regardless of the tier i choose.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: ASUS P8Z77-V LX LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Pros: relatively cheap, still the most expensive board ive ever purchased but cheaper than what hardcore enthusiast aim for .
Cons: 2nd pcie slot isn't good for even using a second graphics card for physx , i tried to setup a GTX 650 with my GTX 660 and run the 650 as phsyx and my 3d mark score dropped siginificanly
Other Thoughts: I'm running this board with pretty good mid range components and its been working fine, Its my top build to date , being a pc building hobbyist i can't afford to put a ton in each of my builds but i have 1050 in this build as so far i love it .
Asus P8Z77-vlx Mobo
Antec 900 case
EVGA Nvidia Geforce 2gb 192 bit ddr5 GTX 660
Gskillz ripjaws 16gb 4x4 pc17000 2133 mhz ram
Intel Core i5 2500k ocd 4 GHZ
Cooler Master Hyper 212 evo fan and heatsink
intel 520 cherryville 64 gb sata III ssd (boot)
Western digital velociraptor 600GB sata III 10k HDD (Storage)
Windows 7 pro 64 bit
System Score 4472
G3D Mark 4474
CPU Mark 7908
Disc Mark 3216
Memory Mark 3029
source Passmark 8 benchmark
Pros: It just flat out gets the job done and then some
Cons: None, of all the modern generations of intel i core processors its the most balanced and its durable .
Other Thoughts: Well i'm not doing in superhardcore overclocking on mine , i use a mid level ATX asus P8Z77-V LX Motherboard so i figured a flat 4.0GHZ with a hyper 212 evo cooler and this thing should last a real long time. well at 4.0GHZ it screams i can only imagine what i could push it too. And memory utilization this thing is a beast. I currently run Gskillz ripjaws 2133 4x4 16 gb of ram in the system and it loves the ram and based on the synthetic benchmarks ive done on it utilizes the ram fully . I like many chose the sweet spot setup for the build i bought a $187 at the time 2GB EVGA sc GTX 660 graphics card. I went on newegg found a intel cherryville 520 64 gb sata III ssd refurbed for 90 dollars. Bought one of those 600GB sata III velociraptors to pair with the ssd and use as primary storage drive. I did make sure i bought i good dependable power supply for the system i still got a good deal on it to. Bought a M2II seasonic 750 watt bronze PSU , Payed about 79 dollars after rebates on it. I ran passmark 8 benchmark on the system WOW for $1050 rig i could not be more impressed , Solid middle tier system i know some of those top system people have like 7-8K in those systems and to know that for 1/8th that i'm 55% of the best system thats been benched on the site top build system rank was 8236 , mine came in at 4474. This 2500k is a Gem Intel comes out with these , their legacy standouts . I remember the old e8400 dual core how well its held the test of time , its still a viable option for a lot of people, and i still play one with in a old overhauled rig i have. The Q6600 , wow just get it close to 3ghz and its still a good little powerhoouse and we're talking 8 year old tech. When intel came out with the core architecture in late 2005 early 2006 they found the tech to leave amd in the dust. Now granted i have some amd builds as well , but their Phenoms , the phenoms are the only amd cpus past present and future that i will acknowledge and play with. But to get back to the point i was going to make The Sandy bridge i5 CPUs are one of those we'll look back as a Gem and should keep a long term valueREAD FULL REVIEW
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