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ASRock FM2A75M-DGS R2.0 FM2 AMD A75 (Hudson D3) SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: I got 4.5 months out of the board. Small, compact. Plenty of USB ports ( 3 x 3.0 and 5 x 2.0), an HD Audio jack, an RJ-45 ethernet port, 1 x DVI-D and 1 x S-Sub (VGA) port.

Cons: It had all kinds of hiccups during that 4.5 months. It was the motherboard of a mid-level gaming computer I bought in mid October. I was playing BF 4 on it and noted I was getting some artifacting, ghosts, stutters and the occasional drop from the game while playing so I monitored the heat a bit more while playing and found it was heating up a little but not to any degree that should harm the board. I originally thought it didn't have enough fans for a mid level gamer so I put an additional fan (external) that blew on the computer and that seemed to have calmed it down... for a month. Finally, one day while I was playing a quick round or two it totally died on me. The onboard graphics (Radeon HD 8670D Graphics) evidently torched... I replaced it with a Sapphire toxic R9 270X PCIe GPU and bumped up the power supply with a Rosewill 850W but the motherboard would have nothing to do with it. It was done... toast. So, if you're getting it for a mid level gamer, don't. Luckily, the folks that I bought the computer from are doing an RMA for a new motherboard. They're standing behind their product.

Also cons but they fall in line with the motherboard's compact size. Only three expansion slots- PCIe 2.0(x16) (running x16), PCIe 2.0(x1) slot and 1 PCI slot. No HDMI port and no wireless but I remedied the wireless with a simple fob purchase. I don't think they put too much thought in the board's layout. There's just doesn't seem to be enough room to add cooling peripherals, etc. It gets hot fast. I used the stock (300 watt) power supply for the first 3 months and was getting all kids of ghosts, etc. in BF4. I put an externally powered fan on the machine and installed the 850 watt power supply and it ran at about the same temperature... a bit less. I just don't think the board could handle the graphics that was stock on the board. If you're going to use this board for gaming then buy a separate gpu, imho.

Other Thoughts: I expect another ASRock board to come back my way via the computer company's RMA. I'll give that a go and see where it takes me. I have 7 more months on my warranty. All's good with the computer manufacturer so far.

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HGST Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630(0J26005) 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: I bought this to replace a 250gb drive in an HP Pavilion g series laptop. The laptop was given to me and the drive that came with it was fried so I replaced it with the HGST. It's been up and running for about three months with no glitches whatsoever. I've been playing some low-mid level games on it (BF, BF2142, Crysis, etc.) with some pretty good success. I bought an HP restore disk from the factory and have Windows 7 as the OS. So far, so good.

Cons: It was a bit skinny for the HP but once it was anchored it didn't seem to matter. That's really not a con. I had to dig deep to find a con. Maybe I could throw in the fact taht it didn't fit the protective sleeve that was on the drive I replaced (too thin for the sleeve) but I made the sleeve work. Although I could've just as well ordered another for it when I bought the drive.

Other Thoughts: If you're looking for a cheap (price), durable drive for your laptop I recommend you give it a try. It's in a hand-me-down, previously fried laptop that I got for free and after investing 100 dollars (this hard drive and the restore disk) and some change I have a very operable, very reliable and fun laptop. I highly recommend this drive.

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Display Name: Dennis H.

Date Joined: 06/22/13

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  • First Review: 03/16/14
  • Last Review: 03/27/14
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