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This review is from: GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Pros: 3 way SLI or Crossfire, USB 3.0, Sata 6GB/s 2 PCI Express 1x slots, 1 PCI slot and for around 200 bucks it's a awesome buy. supports 24 gigs of ram up to speeds of DDR3 2200, Core i7 1366. I have researched motherboards intensively and most boards with these features average 300 to 400 bucks. You can't get anymore name brand than gigabyte and my personal experience with gigabyte boards is they rock!! Overall the placement of everything on this board is awesome if your only running newer hardware like me. The 2 PCI Express 1 x slots on some other boards are mounted below the 16x video card slots and in SLI it can block them. Gigabyte did this board right and put 2 up top above them so your video cards wouldn't interfere with them at all
Cons: If you were running SLI the PCI slot would be blocked by the newer 2 slot video cards. This is not a big deal for me because I bought a PCI Express 1x sound card so I won't ever use it anyways. However, for some who plan on using SLI and a PCI card it would pose a problem. Also if you were to do 3 way SLI the plug where your floppy drive goes would be blocked, but that's not really a con because no one uses that ancient stuff anymore now that we have flash drives.
Other Thoughts: SLI 2 way is 16x by 16x, but if you use 3 way SLI its 16x by 8x by 8x. However, true 16x 3 way SLI is only on like 1 or 2 boards so far and they are 400 bucks. I only plan on running 2 cards so not a big deal to me. Eventually I will run 2 GTX 380's when they are released.READ FULL REVIEW
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: Corsair stand by there products and their power supplies have a kicking 5 year warrenty. I owned mine for about 1yr 2 months and it went out. It took a week to get a replacement and they sent me a brand new one shrinked wrapped like I had just bought it at the store. It may only be a 1 rail, but it is 52amps which is insane or 1 rail.
Cons: Not really a con but it went out on me a little after a year. The reason I say not a con is because their warrenty process is one of the best I have ever seen so far. They had me up in running again with a brand new one in 1 week.
Other Thoughts: I currently run a Antec 900 case, core2 duo e8400 overclocked to 3.6, 4 gigs of ram, evga motherboard, SB XFI, and this beast is powering 2 EVGA GTX 260 superclocked editions in SLI with no problem at all. I seriously doubt I would ever buy another brand power supply againREAD FULL REVIEW
Pros: I have had this for several months now and it is a solid Hard Drive. Decent amount of space and it's Samsung, so you will get a top notch product with top notch warrenties. It has 32mb buffer memory, 7200rpm and has 750 gig of space. Kicking price for a kicking product.
Cons: Too bad it's not a 10,000RPM or 15,000RPM, but for 64.99 which is what I paid this is as good as it gets. Maybe the 10,000rpm and 15,000 rpm drives will come down in price eventually.
Other Thoughts: I may order another one and do a raid 0 in the near future.READ FULL REVIEW