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This review is from: GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3R LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard
Pros: Excellent layout on the board. Its construction is the best I have seen for the money. It is rock solid stable after you make a few adjustments. Overclocking options are very flexible and thorough to get you the best overclock. Dont use Easy tune to overclock. Do it through bios to anyone thats lazy : ) Allthough it is a great temp monitor when you are running prime 95. Dont forget to check your mem voltages and make sure your cpu has the correct multiplier set. Recognized correct speed and timings for my Corsair Dominater 4gb 1066 set of ram Played crysis warhead for 5 hours straight. no hiccups. notta one.
Cons: Had to set cpu multiplier to 9.5 for my e8500. No big deal at all.
Other Thoughts: if you are using Windows XP sp1 or Windows XP install be sure to slipstream sp3 on there with RAID drivers for the chipset. I ran into that, and caused a BSOD everytime you go into Fdisk. Pci.sys error. Its not your graphics card. just xp not recognizing your drive, and not havin drivers. Also makes running achi or raid easier too.
To get my overclock on the e8500 co step. turn off anything set on turbo to standard. set the fsb to 400, manually set the cpu volts to 1.25. Load line calibration seemed to help with it enabled. turn off EIST if you want your proc. to run at highest speed all the time. 3.8 ghz easy. 4 should be no problem, but plenty fast for now : ) prime 95 for 9 hours no errors. Crysis warhead 5 hours no errors.
Gigabyte EP45 UD3R
Core 2 duo E8500
BFG gtx 260 OC @ 675-2350
Corsair Dominator 4gb 1066 55515
Corsair 650tx psu
Seagate 500gb 7200.11 32mb cache
This review is from: CORSAIR TX Series CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply & New 4th Gen CPU Certified Haswell Ready
Pros: Rockin single 12v rail with enough amps for a single gtx 295 system. Runs my system with rock stable voltage readings. CPU and graphics card OCed. Not a single hitch in any torture test. Cables are not as bad as everyone made them sound. Plenty of length and easily managed in my NZXT lexa case.
Corsair Dominator 4GB 1066 55515
BFG GTX 260 @ 675gpu 2350mem
Core 2 Duo 8500 @ 3.8ghz 1600mhz fsb. 1.25v in bios.
5 case fans 1 500GB HD 2 Opticals and Xigmatek 92mm cooler
Cons: The plush bag the psu came wrapped in didnt have a bottle of Crown Royal in it too : )
Other Thoughts: Maybe it will power my room too?READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Transcend StoreJet 2.5 Mobile 160GB USB 2.0 2.5" External Hard Drive TS160GSJ25M
Pros: This is a 2.5 SATA drive. Small, compact size. Nice rubber coating keeps it from slipping off anywhere you might put it. Transferred a 2.25 GB folder with some patches in 1 min 38 sec. Transferred my Mp3 folder with 2331 files at 9.5 GB in 5 min 15 sec! For my use its is perfect. Fast, Durable, Compact!
Cons: Reliability so far seems excellent, but only owned for a week. So far so good. no cons.
Other Thoughts: Have not tried the provided backup software StoreJet 1.1. Drive came formatted to FAT-32. Had no problem reformatting to NTFS. Awesome little drive. Drag and Drop works flawlessly. Computer recognized it instantly as a hard disk with no driver.
Gigabyte P35-DS3L- Intel Core 2 Duo E6750@3.2- 8800 GTS 512- 2GB GSKILL @1600