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This review is from: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Pros: I had a simple clean and straightforward build with this MB. I was hesitant at first because I usually go with ASUS but I am happy I jumped ship. For the money, you cant do much better, this does everything I need and then some. To my surprise 4 sticks of Gskill ripjaws totaling 16gb installed with zero fuss, as did the 120gb Sandisk SSD HD and GTX550 video card. The onboard sound is wonderful, no need to buy aftermarket, it's amazing and a first for me as I am picky about the audio. I used the coolermaster 212 and an I5-3570K processor. It's running stock speed for now at 29c and so far is playing every game I install at highest settings (Bulletstorm/Dead Island). It's EXTREMELY quiet and takes about 15 seconds from pushing start to being able to get into outlook mail, wow.
Cons: None yet.....time will tell
Other Thoughts: Make sure your drives are SATA as I messed up and thought I could re-use some older drives with serial cables.....the motherboard does not accommodate them.....maybe that's true of all the new stuff.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Left 4 Dead
Pros: I'm getting old...44, some of the games out there require too much of a time investment to become proficient at in any sense of the word. This game has no learning curve if you are familiar with WASD control but does not suffer fools. Very entertaining for me even in single player, challenging if you want it to be simply by playing a level over at a more difficult setting or even at the same but switching up tactics. This is a short game in single player but a riot nonetheless. Multi-player is where the real fun lurks.
Cons: Not enough maps...5 to 6 hours game play in single player mode set at normal. Valve will add eventually but by then it's always too late.
Other Thoughts: I haven't had this much fun since Half Life 2. Fun Fun FunREAD FULL REVIEW
Pros: This is essentially a 9800gtx+ for a BETTER price...for now anyway. I upgraded from an old 7800gt and the performance difference was substantial. Running 3dmark06 w/the 7800 yielded a score of 3480, the GTS 250 gave me 9245. Granted my oc'd AMD 3700+ cpu is an official bottleneck now I am still thrilled with the new life that has been breathed into my aging rig. I can run Crysis warhammer on mainstream setting at 1600/1200, prior to the GTS 250 I had to use minimum and 800/600 rez to ahve any real playability. If you have an older rig try out the GTS 250's. Mine came with Far Cry 2 that DOES NOT RUN because of an Audigy sound card issue, and a 30 dollar rebate. Under a buck for this card and a free game. Not bad. The factory OC was spot on, the card runs super cool maxing out at 48c when put through the paces for a few hours of gaming. It will OC readily but my CPU was preventing any gains according to 3dmark06 results.
Cons: None...just the issues with Far Cry 2....google it, many people having issues with this game.
Other Thoughts: Love you NeweggREAD FULL REVIEW