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GIGABYTE GA-Z77-DS3H LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

3 out of 5 eggs Very nice board, but driver support is awful. 02/09/2014

This review is from: GIGABYTE GA-Z77-DS3H LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: The UEFI and the 3D bios are fantastic. Upgraded from an Asus P5E and I love it. Supports a good range of RAM and CPUs and overclocking is pretty easy to do as long as you take is slow. It's great "budget board" if you have an aging PC and want to use an i5 or i7 chip.

Cons: Installing the drivers for this board was a complete headache. Some installers didn't work with my version of windows (Win 7 64), namely the autorun on the CD. If Gigabyte had just shipped discs with software that specifically worked with my board, I wouldn't have docked two eggs, but I just can't let this slide. The only advice I can give to you system builders out there is to make sure you install the Atheros Ethernet drivers first. That way, you can at least download the proper drivers you need. Never had this problem with any other board that I've worked with. Especially ASUS boards.

Other Thoughts: If you're looking for something a bit more top-of-the-line, look elsewhere. As I said before, I had some trouble installing drivers for this board. I was feeling lazy and decided to see if Easy Tuner 6 could overclock the board for me and I ended up with a corrupted boot sector and am forced to reinstall Vista with an upgrade to 7. If you do any overclocking with this board at all, be sure to to do it the slow and steady way and not the quick and dirty way like I did. Take your time, find the board's limits and for the love of gigahertz, don't use Easy Tuner 6. It's still a very good board, but you'll be scratching your head and referring to the manual when you're trying to figure which driver set to install, especially if you're running a 64-bit OS.

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Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs The best Windows yet, but a bit too user-friendly. 02/21/2008

This review is from: Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium

Pros: Installation with with an ASUS P5E, Optical SATA, and SATA Hard Disk was so simple. I didn't need a floppy drive or flash drive or anything. It was as simple as putting the DVD in and waiting for it to boot up. Even the setup program was clean and clear compared to WinXP's. Aero makes all of your window frames translucent and opaque and overall very pleasing to the eye. Being able to search for files or folders right from the Start Menu is very handy.

Cons: As technology marches on, Windows takes more and more control away from the user. This can be very frustrating if you're trying to troubleshoot. User Account Control can be VERY annoying when initially starting up your fresh install, but this can be disabled with a little bit of exploring. If you're unsure of what I mean, refer to the Mac commercial with the Secret Service guy. Some drivers and software still hasn't been updated for Vista, but that's not Vista's fault. If you're a gamer, you can still run quite a few games on this OS. Don't worry, your world won't cave in on you if you install Vista.

Other Thoughts: The more I use Vista, the more I'm beginning to like it. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone running anything slower than a Pentium 4 at the moment since it's very RAM/CPU intensive. I gave it 5

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WD WD Blue WD5000KSRTL 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: It has lots of storage and a decent speed for only $120. What is there not to like? It's fairly quiet compared to some old IDE drives I've owned, but the computer case can help with that. Vista took only 15 minutes to install with my SATA optical drive, too. Comes with a really nice looking translucent blue cable, too!

Cons: Not as fast as I had originally thought, but still fast.

Other Thoughts: It may not have as much of a reputation as the Raptors do, but this is still a fast drive when you compare it to an IDE. The one thing that stood out for me with this drive was the higher storage for $60 less than the Raptor which only has 150 GB.

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RONALD B.'s Profile

Display Name: RONALD B.

Date Joined: 09/14/07

  • Reviews: 8
  • Helpfulness: 5
  • First Review: 10/14/07
  • Last Review: 02/09/14
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