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ASUS M3A78-EM AM2+/AM2 AMD 780G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs Absolutely Perfect 11/17/2008

This review is from: ASUS M3A78-EM AM2+/AM2 AMD 780G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: I've been building multiple computer weekly for the past 3 years, so far, this motherboard is my favorite. Smooth build overall, took me 10 minutes to put in the case and have Vista installing, without any problems. The placement of the IDE cable would be a slight pain if you were using a device that's older, but everything is moving towards SATA nowadays.

Cons: As mentioned, the north bridge does run a bit hot, but all you need to do is find a way to have proper airflow throughout your case. Cut a hole out on my side panel to connect a air duct siphoning air away from the north bridge. Keeps is extremely cool. Is a rather "easy" fix.

Other Thoughts: People, this is a micro atx motherboard. Stop expecting to run an SLI or Crossfire setup, you simply can't.
"Steve" metioned ESD previously, listen to that warning. Also, don't build a computer on your bed, carpet, rug, anything that builds up static. Use a bare surface (table, counter top, something NOT made of fabric) at all times while working a computer.

Make sure you research every aspect of a motherboard before your purchase it. If it's what your after, buy it, otherwise look for something else.
I did buy the Gigabyte 780g motherboard that people compare this board to. Recieved 3 DOAs of that model before asking for a refund. Bought this one and worked perfectly.

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EVGA 256-P2-N386-RX GeForce 6800GS 256MB 256-Bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 SLI Support Video Card
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: I've had this card for about a year and a half. I'm in love with it. Picked it up barely used from a friend for 30$ and never failed me once. Plays C&C3 at almost MAX graphics. Smooth gaming, great for a budget buy.

Cons: Other than being outdated: NONE

Other Thoughts: If you find one laying around, get it. It would make a great card for an "older" system, that can still keep up with the others.

Haven't tried it on Crysis yet, that might be it's only real competitor.

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Aaron M.'s Profile

Display Name: Aaron M.

Date Joined: 10/21/06

  • Reviews: 2
  • Helpfulness: 1
  • First Review: 03/05/08
  • Last Review: 11/17/08
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