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BIOSTAR TZ77A LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: This board has every feature you need for a high end system. My friend let me try his two R7 265's in my system and I let him try my R9 270, And it does a great job with crossfire. No micro stutter and it beat the GTX 770 in benchmarks and was very close to the GTX 780. So the PCIe lanes have plenty of bandwidth for crossfire. And it is very easy to overclock. It is a shame this board is no longer available, Because this board is the best bang for buck Ivy Bridge board period. And people can build a high end rig for cheap. It was because of the price of this board, I was able to afford the faster Intel i5 CPU over the slower AMD 8core CPU. The VRM heatsinks do a great job keeping everything cool. This board is as good as any other high priced high end board in my opinion. I have not had any trouble from it so far, And the on-board sound is very good contrary to what others have said. Mine has a i5 3470 chip in it. And 8GB G.Skill Ripjaws 1600 and a HIS R9 270. And soon I will buy another HIS R9 270 and crossfire it since I was so impressed with the R7 265 in crossfire.

Cons: The main PCIe slot should have been placed lower from the CPU, So you have to be a bit more careful installing your GPU. The temps on the board are very good. But they would be even better if the main PCIe slot was further down from the CPU. This would allow wider airflow and keep the heat of the GPU and the heat of the CPU further away from each other. But it is not much of a issue at all, Especially for the price. If you have a side case fan blowing air away from your GPU then this does not matter anyway.

Other Thoughts: Some have claimed the on-board sound is junk and the Bios needs updated. But so far I have had no problems with sound at all (knock on wood) As a matter of fact the sound on the board is much better than the sound on my old 1156 MSI P55-GD65 board. Also my board did not need a bios update at all. Everything worked out of the box fine.

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HIS iPower IceQ X² Boost H270QM2G2M Radeon R9 270 2GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Powerful, Low price, Will run any modern game, Runs very cool, Runs silent. The auto voltage is very nice! Most zombie people think they are voltage locked because they do not realize that the voltage raises automatically on it's own. But for people of today it is a miracle they even know how to speak.

Cons: Not the best overclocking model, But it is not bad either, I have no idea why HIS went with a 5 phase board and not a 6 phase, The 5 phase is really not any different from a 4, So if they are going to go through the trouble of adding why not make it worthwhile?

Other Thoughts: Since I got the newer version that they sale now, I have had zero problems since May of 2014! It is now November, This card runs very well! I use a 20inch 1600x900 Monitor with my rig, And I can max out any game! For the price performance this card is the best out today! And AMD's drivers are now finally improving! I know with a card like this most will think I am crazy not using a 1900x1080p, But I think the 1600x900 models look just as good, And you also gain a huge performance advantage! Also Monitor prices are still outrages, So I actually had to buy my current monitor used, It is a 20inch HP 2009m, And I actually was just able to trade my old GTX 650 Ti even for it. I was using just a old Hansol H711 17inch LCD 1280x1024 before I got my new monitor, And I actually get higher FPS now with my new 1600x900 than I did with my old 17inch 1280x1024 monitor. I have been so happy with this AMD card that I am thinking of maybe buying the new R9 285, But I want to wait for a 4GB model, I just hope the 4GB R9 285's are not insanely priced just because the extra V-Ram like with most cards.

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Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield Quad-Core 2.66GHz LGA 1156 95W Processor BX80605I5750
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Was used since 2009 and still keeps up with current GPU's, This CPU is still better than anything AMD has to offer.

Cons: Zero

Other Thoughts: I loved this CPU the performance is still decent enough to not bottleneck current high end GPU's, But I replaced it with a i5 3470 because finally after 5 years it is starting to reach it's limits. But honestly anyone still using a i5 750 could get a couple of more years out of it.

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Doris B.'s Profile

Display Name: Doris B.

Date Joined: 01/01/14

  • Reviews: 16
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  • First Review: 01/08/14
  • Last Review: 12/10/14
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