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This review is from: ASUS Black 12X Blu-ray Burner SATA BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS
Pros: Good burners if you do not plan on using them a lot
Cons: These were actually on sale for $20 each when I got them, so I replaced my dupe tower drives with 11 of them. A year later, 5 of them are dead. Granted, we got our money's worth out of them for $20 each. And if they still were that price, I'd buy more with the assumption that they'd die in a year again. But not worth the $77 they are charging now. If you don't burn a lot, then this would be an ok burner.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 32-bit
Pros: Slicker GUI, if that is what matters to you. Cool desktop, if that matters.
Cons: Difficulty networking, installing drivers, nag screens all the time, printer sharing, etc. I wish I had just installed XP on this computer I built instead of 7. This is the hardest OS install I've done and I still haven't figured out some things that were just plain simple to figure out on XP.
Other Thoughts: I have been a dedicated PC user forever, having built several and souping up / upgrading the others in the office. In the last few years I've grudgingly bought a few macs and didn't care for them. But after sitting vista out, and hoping 7 would redeem it, I am disappointed. I actually like our new imac the best now, and I generally don't like apple. If the new google OS is any good, then microsoft's days are numbered.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: GIGABYTE GA-G31M-ES2L LGA 775 Intel G31 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
Pros: I supposed for $50 this is a good board. I usually buy ASUS, but wanted to try Gigabyte. I like the BIOS better than ASUS. It was easy to install. Overall I wish I'd just gotten a bigger ATX board.
Cons: No onboard DVI out. No onboard 1394 I/O. Having trouble with the CD/DVD IDE port, and can't seem to read anything from several drives, so using an external USB drive. For some reason it even has a 1.4" floppy drive port.
Other Thoughts: I had bought a pre-built gigabyte PC and when the mobo fried, I bought this newer version so I could use the old CPU and RAM. It's fine for that, but it can never be anything more than an office PC running office software.READ FULL REVIEW