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This review is from: GIGABYTE GA-78LMT-S2P(rev 5.1) AM3+ AMD 760G + SB710 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
Pros: Good budget board
Ships with cool software - EasyTune6
No problems finding drivers
Cons: Different revisions support different BIOS, and different BIOS support different CPU's (elaboration in Other Thoughts)
Other Thoughts: This board is a revision 5.1 and is shipped with BIOS version F3.
The processor I bought is the AMD FX 4170 Quad Core @ 4.2 GHz. I bought this particular CPU because it was listed in GIGABYTE's CPU support list, but this CPU is supported in BIOS version F5a, and that BIOS is only compatible on motherboard revision 3.x
Basically, I didn't do enough research, so my CPU is underutilized - the motherboard had it set to about 2.81 GHz. To solve this, I clocked the CPU up to about 3.8 GHz in the BIOS, because the FX 4150 is supported on BIOS F3 and it runs at 3.8 GHz.
I have a nice aftermarket cooler and my temps are nice. It's at 19C right now. I'm actually thinking about taking the clock up to the 4.2 which this CPU is native for.
So overall, this is a fine board - 16GB RAM, PCI 2.0, sata III. The CPU issue is mostly my fault, but I wish newegg somehow listed the revision type on these boards so that I could have found the correct CPU support list and avoided the overclock as I'm not as comfortable with it as others are.
This review is from: Rosewill FBM-01-W Dual Fans MicroATX Mini Tower Computer Case
Pros: Nice color, looks cool with black DVD drive
Internal fans work well
I like the blue light on the power button
Cons: My only major con is the size. I found it to be not wide enough; my CPU's heatsink is protruding out the side. So far, I have not been able to place the side cover back on. I need to make some modifications to get it to be able to fit back on. Kinda disappointing.
Since the PSU is top mount, I had a time getting the box in there. There's minimal clearance between the cabling on the PSU and the DVD drive.
Other Thoughts: When assembling my PC I put the DVD and HDD in first, then the motherboard, then the PSU. I think this was a good way to do it, but there was always a space issue. There was lots of situating and adjusting to be done on the inside.
I would probably recommend this case, but it was a little tough to get everything situated how I wanted it. The silver lining for this was that I didn't have to pay full price, there was a nice sale going on. Had I paid more for this, I might see it with lesser value.
Pros: Nice aesthetics, blue
8GB @ 1333
Cons: None so far
Other Thoughts: I bought this RAM for a new build during a sale promotion. I've never had a PC with 8GB of RAM, and so far I really enjoy it. My machine is able to juggle multiple tasks very well and it's very snappy.
I am very pleased with this memory.
Display Name: Taylor R.
Date Joined: 05/06/09
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