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Pros: This is the best Video card I have ever owned, and only payed 140$ for it. Still to this day runs all my games on high/ultra, only runs on high with battlefield 3.
A lot of people are complaining about it being hot, when I first got it I noticed it was hot so I took off the heatsink, applied Artic Silver and it runs REALLY cool, usually around (idle)32-45(under load). I am pretty sure that the main issue was the heatsink wasn't completely screwd down to make the best contact. Made a surprising difference.
Cons: Needs to be rebuilt to get cool temperatures, but completely worth the time. DVI-to-HDMI Signal isnt strong enough for my 50ft HDMI cable, worked for a while but now I have to move the adapter slightly around on the DVI port for it to work.
Other Thoughts: AMD Phenom II x4 965 3.4 GHz
G.Skill 2x4GB 1600
This review is from: ASUS M4A89GTD PRO AM3 AMD 890GX HDMI SATA 6Gb/s ATX AMD Motherboard
Pros: This board is unbelievably amazing. I'm a computer tech at a local repair and custom build shop and this is my board of choice. The BIOS overclocking utility is well done as always, thank you asus/amd. The placements of the motherboard is well designed, and works wonderfully in my HAF 932 case. The speed enhancement from the SATA 6gb/s Hard Drive is a recognizable difference from my previous build. Cannot wait for more USB 3.0 support hardware to come out ;] There is a more updated BIOS on the ASUS website than what comes on the board so be sure to get that for better hardware support. I am very skeptical of the IN OS system overclocker that comes with the board but it works VERY well, my AMD 965 Phenom II x4 3.4 Ghz runs smoothly at an Overclocked 4.3 Ghz at 38C under load on stock cooling(with Artic Silver Thermal Paste).
Cons: Had some trouble with my ram being read on first boot, but I held down the ram reset button and it fixed the problem, then was able to manually set my ram to 1600. But not really a con since there is a problem with the ram doing that and the motherboard has a utility to fix it.
Other Thoughts: My build:
-ASUS M4A89GTD PRO AM3 AMD 890GX SATA 6Gb/s HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard
-COOLER MASTER HAF 932 RC-932-KKN1-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case
-AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor OC'd to 4.3 Ghz
-G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory
-Western Digital Caviar Black WD6402AAEX 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
-LITE-ON 24X DVD Writer Black SATA Model iHAS424-98 LightScribe Support59419749
-ASUS EAH4870/2DI/1GD5 Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
-OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ700MXSP 700W ATX12V V2.2 / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS
This review is from: ASUS M3N78-VM AM2+/AM2 NVIDIA GeForce 8200 HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
Pros: Cheap, AM2+ which is now AM3 Compatible with a BIOS update, Hybrid SLI.
We use this motherboard for our 'Home Systems' at my job and have only had about 10 DOA out of about 200 which seems to be better than average.
Cons: Seems to run really hot even with a lot of fans in my own computer. For some reason, not sure if its mobo or ram, but i had some trouble getting 1066 set as RAM speed.
4/5 for being pretty good, but runs hot and there's better out there for quality/$
Other Thoughts: Did a budget build:
ASUS m3n78-vm Motherboard
AMD Athlon X2 7850 Black Edition Kuma 2.8GHz Socket AM2+
Nvidia 9600 GT Superclocked
G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066