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BIOSTAR TA785GE 128M AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 785G Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
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  • neweggOwned For: more than 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Smoke and Flames 11/08/2015

This review is from: BIOSTAR TA785GE 128M AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 785G Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: Worked flawlessly for 5 years. Was able to unlock 4 core cpu. Out of the blue one morning I was online checking email and smelled electrical components. I looked in the side window of the case and saw actual flames and smoke. The transistors behind the cpu caught on fire. No other damage done. The computer was actually working and never shut down even though the motherboard was on fire which is why I gave it four stars. Even though it was 5 years old, it should not have caught on fire.

Cons: It caught on fire and could have a totally different ending.

Other Thoughts: Biostar has ceased production on the motherboard.

GIGABYTE GeForce GT 630 DirectX 11 GV-N630-1GI 1GB 128-Bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: I am not using this for games, but for movies and internet surfing on a 37" LED (LG) television using the HDMI connection. Have not had any problems viewing movies or lag times. Had to use the Nvidia menu to get the size right for the screen which was very easy...just drag the size into place using the mouse.

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: At around $60 you cannot go wrong.

APEVIA X-QPACK-BL/420 Black/Blue Aluminum MicroATX Desktop Computer Case 420W Power Supply
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Nice looking case. Good fit and finish. Case and power supply fans run quiet. All standard size computer components fit.

Cons: I don't remember if the instructions for the case indicate that there is a switch on the temperature display to toggle between °C and °F. Default is °C. I sent an email to the factory and received a prompt reply about the switch. When I upgrade the DVD player I will make the switch.

The front panel wires are a little short and the motherboard must be at least half way in before they can be connected. Tight fit but I managed even with my big paws.

Other Thoughts: I put this together with an FX-4100 Zambezi cpu on a GIGABYTE GA-78LMT-S2P with 8gb of G.Skill, and a GIGABYTE GV-N630-1GI GeForce GT 630 video card and Windows 8. I am using a wireless keyboard, mouse, and wi-fi strictly for television entertainment (37" LED). The video card had to be set to custom specs but it works flawlessly.


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Display Name: Herbert H.

Date Joined: 10/01/02

  • Reviews: 9
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  • First Review: 06/18/03
  • Last Review: 11/08/15
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