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ASUS P8Z77-V LK LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Great feature-set. Easy to setup and configure. I love ASUS. I went with another vendor on my last build and regretted it. In hindsight, I should have sprung for the higher end ASUS board, but this is a very, very good value board.

Intel Chipset offers better video card neutrality. Great mobo to pair with ATI or Nvidia

Cons: Onboard Audio docks this one egg. Mic levels are low and even boosting 30db in Windows 7 does not result in clear mic input, just more static and still poor voice levels. Can be hard for others to hear me when gaming online, especially when in a firefight. I will be ordering an ASUS sound card from Newegg shortly.

I like it better when the PCI-E 8x/4x/1x slots are towards the bottom of the board, but this is a preference not a requirement. PCI still works for sounds just fine.

I will probably pickup this PCI sound card due to PCI-E 4x/1x being too close to the top PCI-E 3.0 x16 slots. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16829132020

Other Thoughts: Read the manual, the new BIOS options are more complex than the last generation of motherboards, knowledge avoids issues. Electro Static Discharge is a component killer, Install your Power Supply and plug it in, then ground yourself to your case with a strap before doing ANY work on sensitive components. Don't connect the PSU to the motherboard, the point is to ground your chassis to your home ground, and you to the chassis to avoid any chance of ESD. Leave components in the static protective bags until the very last moment possible.

A slow cautious system builder always nets better results than a rushed builder who can't wait to get his new system online.

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Koss SB40 Multimedia Stereophone Wired Connectivity Stereo Over The Head
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Comfortable fit.
Good sound quality.
Long enough cord to use at desk.

Cons: Leather piece under support arms is not attached very well. Mine eventually fell off. The good news is that it made almost no difference in fit, they are still comfortable and sound good.

Other Thoughts: Dollar to value is very good. Not the best headphones out there but a solid set

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ASUS  VE258Q Black 25
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Display quality. Really shines compared to my 5 year old Samsung LCD that sits next to it.

Gaming on this monitor is nearly as smooth as it is on my old SUN 21" CRT. Still not as good as a CRT, but it's the best LCD I have seen games played on.

Price point to quality is fantastic. ASUS makes the best stuff IMO, I use them over other manufacturers when I can. ASUS also has one of the best dead / stuck pixel policies.

Cons: Not 1200p, can't find a decent gaming 1900x1200 LCD right now. Wish ASUS would release a monitor that is 1900x1200 with 2ms gtg again, 1080p sucks for computers, 1200p is MUCH better.

Other Thoughts: I do not work in graphic arts, this is a techie / gamer review. I don't focus on colors or true display as they don't matter much for what I do. As a IT Nerd / gamer / PC Generalist, this monitor services me quite well.

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Kirk H.'s Profile

Display Name: Kirk H.

Date Joined: 02/13/06

  • Reviews: 10
  • Helpfulness: 4
  • First Review: 05/07/09
  • Last Review: 03/24/14
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