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Microsoft Office 2010 Home & Student 3-User
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Don't buy more than you need. 01/30/2013

This review is from: Microsoft Office 2010 Home & Student 3-User

Pros: It's Microsoft.

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: Don't buy more than you need. Like many people, I "overkill" on purchases, only to get the best of the best. I was paying $450 for the Office Professional 2010 and didn't even use Outlook, Access, or Publisher. This is a much less expensive route (for me anyway).

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HyperX Blu 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model KHX1600C9D3B1K2/8GX
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Solid - Reliable - Dependable - Consistent

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: You can't go wrong with Kingston. I'm using this with an Asus P8Z77-V Deluxe. By default, this board sets the memory at 1333. I had to log into BIOS and choose my speed (1600 for me).

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Intel Core i7-3770 Ivy Bridge Quad-Core 3.4GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I73770
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Incredibly FAST with MASSIVE multi-tasking ability. Very LOW power consumption. (notes on that below).

Cons: Are you serious?

Other Thoughts: Coming from AMD, I wondered what all the fuss was about. This was my first ever intel CPU - and it WILL be intel from now on. Never in my life have I been so impressed with a computer as I am with this one. I can render videos in "HandBrake", Play HD Media, Run Photoshop, and multiple desktops SIMULTANEOUSLY, ALL WHILE RECORDING EVERYTHING in Camtasia and my CPU still doesn't go beyond 19%. This thing is insane!!! I haven't found a program that will truly "work" it. Sometimes, I feel like I wasted my money because it does things so effortlessly. :-) Like "c'mon man, at least act like you're sweating a little so I know I got my money's worth." :-) Nope, this guy. No sweat here.

One final thought - this is a low power CPU with a lot of ponies. Unless you're adding high-power gaming cards, etc, don't waste your money on a monster power supply. If I had it to over - I would have bought a Bronze Plus 380watt PSU. It barely pulls 89 watts most of the time - and 126 watts when it's working (if you call it working). I have a 650w supply that is not using 90% of its potential. The ideal spot is to use between 20-80% for maximum efficiency so I'm way off with my setup and it's still extremely efficient.

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David S.'s Profile

Display Name: David S.

Date Joined: 09/15/06

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  • First Review: 08/19/12
  • Last Review: 01/30/13
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