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HP  Stream 7  5701  Intel Atom  1GB DDR3L  Memory 32GB eMMC  7.0
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Windows 8 tablets are great because you get the full experience of a desktop in a small package. And you can run all the same applications that your PC does like iTunes, Windows Media Player, Adobe Reader and Firefox. You get the real full desktop versions of this software and no need for apps. You can use the Windows store ones but what's better than running the full desktop applications? And the 7" size is perfect for using a Windows 8 tablet in one hand. For that reason it's better than some Windows 8 tablets that have the exact same resolution. Plus unlike some other Windows 8 tablets, this one has full Bluetooth which makes it easy to connect to external devices like mice, keyboards, and speakers.

Cons: There's some things that are just incredibly frustrating to do without the use of a mouse and keyboard (like heavy MS Excel for instance). In order to install a memory card you have to physically pry the back cover of the unit, and even then removing the card isn't easy. Only 32GB of micro SXHD can be stored on the device, which is kind of frustrating to work with if you have a large media collection.

Other Thoughts: Amazing how inexpensive tablets are getting. I miss Web OS.

MSI H81M-P33 LGA 1150 Intel H81 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Nice motherboard for the budget 10/24/2014

This review is from: MSI H81M-P33 LGA 1150 Intel H81 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: It's cheap and it gets the job done. I wasn't expecting much of a $44 motherboard when I've been disappointed by other boards in this low end range, but for the price MSI offers a surprisingly full featured set. The visual BIOS is definitely on par with competitors and if you've used any other MSI boards (my work PC uses their X79A-GD45) it doesn't take much to get used to it. I paired this with a Pentium G3258, 8GB of Mushkin Ecoline RAM, and an older GTX 550TI (will be upgrading to GTX 750 relatively soon) and it booted up on first try and relatively easily. It found both the boot drive and a second 2TB hard drive that I use for mass storage easily, along with the BD-R drive. With a BIOS update you can run some mild overclocking features on the Pentium G3258 such as a multiplier change and unlocking both cores on the CPU, a nice upgrade from the locked i3-2120 I had been using previously.

Cons: Don't expect much out of the overclocking features, if you're going to go for the Pentium G3258, you might as well run it at stock speeds or just go for a mild change in the multiplier, but you can't run advanced overclocking features such as voltage changes and changes in the RAM speeds.

GIGABYTE GA-78LMT-USB3 AM3+ AMD 760G + SB710 HDMI USB 3.0 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Like the title of the review says, this motherboard is cheap and gets the job done. It powers up with an FX CPU (supports Vishera and Bulldozer), works with 1.5V RAM in case you are upgrading / cross grading from Intel. It's also one of the few to support the onboard video on AMD CPUS in case you don't want to use a discrete graphics card. I paired this with an FX-8320 and a GTX 550TI (which will most likely be upgraded to a 750TI in the near future), and 8GB of Mushkin Silverline RAM. So far it handles everything I can throw at it, but with the price you do get what you pay for.

Cons: There's just one, repeat one PWM fan connection and on the case I have it hooked into (Silverstone Grandia GD05B) with three PWM fans built into the case, there isn't room for anything else. And that means it gets hot, really hot even after playing movies on idle or having music playing during a party.


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Display Name: Grant M.

Date Joined: 06/08/09


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  • First Review: 06/08/09
  • Last Review: 12/12/14
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