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COOLMAX CUG-700B 700W ATX12V v2.3 SLI Certified / CrossFire Ready Modular Active PFC and Compatible with Core i3/i5/i7 Power Supply
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: love the modular cables and the sleeves on cables. has all the power i need for a medium range gaming machine. havent had any issues. its running strong 6 years later.

Cons: cant think of any.

Other Thoughts: got this in early 2007 with my first computer build. over the past 6 years it has run almost continuously with no issues whatsoever. recently updated that machine with a new motherboard, processor, ram, and gfx card to bring it up to speed but the psu is running fine.

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ASUS VivoBook X202E-DH31T 11.6
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: lightweight, small, touchscreen works nicely. works for school, writing papers, checking school related websites and such. I like the overall aesthetic design.
cheap, but in all honesty you can get a much more powerful system for a lot cheaper if you can go without the touchscreen.

Cons: Think your getting an 1800 MHz processor? try halving that! the cooling systems in this thing are a complete failure. in fact, theyre almost non-existent by design. you will always be running an overheated processor throttled at 800 MHz. you can forget about any kind of light gaming (or any other use of the HD 4000 for that matter) on this thing. even youtube videos will send the temps into the 80s, throttling the processor. not sure what good it does to only have 1800mhz while idling on the destop, but that's what this thing does.
oh and the battery lasts about 2.5 hours.
also by default the wifi gets throttled when its unplugged. I had to mess with the power settings for internet to be fast enough to be usable when unplugged.
oh and the OS is appearently still in beta and somewhat buggy. not sure when the fully functional windows 8 is going to be released. theres an 8.1 preview available but its even buggier than 8.0 so far.

Other Thoughts: the primary reason I got this was for school. and for that it does its job well, so long as I have a power socket available for long study sessions. the power brick is tiny and extremely portable. I had hoped to be able to do some very light gaming when taking breaks but even at minimum settings most games will not run well at 800 MHz. ive gotten SimCity 4 to work ok on it though. the only reason ive kept it is because it fulfills its primary school related functions. unless asus offers to replace the cooling system with something designed to actually cool, I wont be looking at any of their products when this thing eventually burns out from running hot all the time.

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GIGABYTE GA-970A-D3 AM3+ AMD 970 + SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

3 out of 5 eggs issues with usb drive, no uefi 03/11/2013

This review is from: GIGABYTE GA-970A-D3 AM3+ AMD 970 + SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: 1866 ram runs fine, though i did have to set it up manually.
got it on black friday so at least i feel like i got my moneys worth.

Cons: my biggest issue is that post is slow if i have my 1TB usb drive plugged in and furthermore if im loading vista, i get a minute long black screen between post and the OS loading screen. its not so bad with windows 8 and the problem goes away altogether if i unplug the drive for bootup, but i didnt have this problem at all with the old socket 939 motherboard that I just replaced.
as mentioned has quick settings for different ram speeds but it doesnt work properly so i had to do some research and setup the timing manually for my 1866 ram
also the software that comes with it is not very good, the monitoring software doesnt even show all the fans i have though speed fan doesnt have any issues. also the hybrid efi touch bios program is garbage. i wasnt able to access a lot of the bios functions with it.

Other Thoughts: just to be clear, this motherboard does not have uefi. not marking it off for this since it doesnt say it does in the description, however if you look it up on google you may find conflicting information so you need to know that this is rev1.4 and only rev3.0 and higher have uefi. it would be nice if newegg could start providing this kind of information.
my build:
MB: GA-970A-D3 rev1.4
ram: Gskill sniper ddr3 1866
proc: am3+ fx4100 Quad-core 3.6ghz
gfx: xfx geforce gt240

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Joseph S.'s Profile

Display Name: Joseph S.

Date Joined: 04/03/06

  • Reviews: 5
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  • First Review: 04/07/07
  • Last Review: 09/12/13
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