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Antec Sonata III 500 Black 0.8mm cold rolled steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 500W Power Supply
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Classy looking, functional, and QUIET!

Cons: LED's on the front are a bit hard to see from certain angles. Because of that, combined with the its super quietness, I've mistakenly pressed the power button when the computer appeared to be off, but was actually on.

Other Thoughts: This is a gorgeous case for those that don't need or want the flashy "look at me and how much I spent on my computer" type of glowing nightlight.

If your signature on a forum anywhere includes the specs for your computer, this case is not for you.

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ABIT AN-M2HD (LE) AM2+/AM2 GeForce7050PV/ nForce630a HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Packed with features right on the board, including the coveted HDMI and optical sound! Lots of BIOS options. Onboard video is surprisingly fast - rated a 3.1 in Windows Vista. Has no problem with x264 encoded (avi & mkv) 720p or 1080i videos.

Cons: Drivers that came with it didn't work in Vista - video and sound in particular. Both easily remedied by downloading new drivers from nVidia.

Other Thoughts: Add one of the lower wattage dual-core AMD chips for under $50, and you have a superb setup for a Windows Vista HTPC. Note that this MB has only HDMI & analog VGA video, there is no digital DVI output. If you don't have HDMI monitor, use an HDMI to DVI cable ($5 on NewEgg) instead of the inferior analog VGA. Not really a con, just something to be aware of.

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ASUS M2A-VM HDMI AM2 AMD 690G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

1 out of 5 eggs Absolute Garbage! 04/02/2008

This review is from: ASUS M2A-VM HDMI AM2 AMD 690G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: Sounds good on paper, but it's a real tuurd.

Cons: Pass on this! I've spent countless hours trying to get the onboard audio and video working at the same time. You get one or the other. Sound works fine until you install ATI drivers, then nothing. Only once did I get it to work and the audio was choppy. I even tried a PCI audio card & no HDMI. Audio worked fine, until ATI drivers installed. NO AUDIO.

Other Thoughts: I didn't have room to mention that the video turns purple or green after driver install & reboot. I tried 3 different versions - all had the same result. Asus support is worthless and their forums are littered with complaints about this board. Do yourself a favor and stick with GeForce! NewEgg - please remove this worthless, buggy MB from your inventory!

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Aaron C.'s Profile

Display Name: Aaron C.

Date Joined: 08/07/01

  • Reviews: 11
  • Helpfulness: 4
  • First Review: 03/22/07
  • Last Review: 09/25/09
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