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Pros: This board could be used as a weapon. It is stiff and heavy. When I unpacked it it smelled (and felt) like it had just come off the production line. :) Anyway... it has a ton of features in the bios but I do recommend reading the manual first (I did not).
Cons: The BIOS UI can be confusing to navigate at first. Once you figure it out it is easy... or you could do what I did NOT do and read the manual.
Other Thoughts: I had to manually configure my RAM which was a slight disappointment.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: When I discovered these coolers a few years back, I was ecstatic. They do such a good job of not just keeping your CPU cooler, but in keeping the sound levels down as well.
I used to use Stallman coolers before this, now I'll never own anything but one of these units (unless of course I build a super over-clocked beast and water cool every component).
Cons: No cons. Maybe a little more expensive than a traditional cooler but believe me, it is worth it.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Despite reports of poor performance, I liked the design ideas of the new AMD CPUs. I replaced my 2600K system with this (and a good build around it of course) CPU and am not regretting it. You will find that it is slightly slower in some things than an i7 (and perhaps an i5) but it is also faster in some things. And when it is faster, it tends to be a lot faster. Unzipping files, for example... the speed gains are significant.
Some things are slower but only slightly so, and should not be something you notice or are bothered by... for example when I do a system build, it takes a little longer (large Java application) because javac doesn't exactly lend itself to multi-threading.
Playing games I see no difference. I play Skyrim on Ultra+ settings with tons of mods. It behaves no differently than my i7+670 build did (this is fx-8350+770).
When Steamroller comes (assuming it will be AM3+ backward compatible) I will upgrade to that CPU and still spend not much more than I would have for a new i7.
Windows 8 gives me 7.9 for the CPU.
Cons: For Windows 7 users you might have to download a patch to improve multi-core use in apps.
Other Thoughts: I had a LOT of negative thoughts for gaming on a variety of sites. Individuals denied those claims as did one site, Teksyndicate (I think it was) who did a series of tests against i5 and i7 builds and found that the gaming performance was excellent.
Always get a second opinion! :)