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This review is from: GIGABYTE GA-970A-DS3 AM3+ AMD 970 + SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
Pros: Good, stable board, I have had no problems with it what so ever. Has alot of good features. Has a Bios restore feature.
Cons: No USB 3, and only 1 16x slot, but doesn't bother me much, as my case has an adapter with it.
Other Thoughts: I bought this board from my local computer store, and was not disappointed. Still runs well to this day. The Bios restore feature has saved my board twice, thank you Gigabyte.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Cool Fan lights
ATX Mid tower
Cons: Not so good cable management, getting things in the back to tighten down enough for the side panel to close is very hard.
Stand off's (See Other thoughts)
Expansion covers don't go back on (See Other thoughts)
Other Thoughts: Like I said, the cable managment in this case isn't all that great, you can route a few cables but not very well. I payed $60 at my local computer store, (Shouldn't have done that)
Stand off are a pain to get in, not even plairs could do it, took it in the computer store to get then installed.
The expansion covers for the video cards and stuff do not go back on, so I have a bunch of holes where the covers should be.
I would stay away from the case if someone offers it to you, unless it is very cheap.
Pros: Very nice, runs about 30 degrees Celsius when on the web and when my room is cool, but when my room is warm/hot, it is about 40 degrees when just browsing the web. When gaming it goes around 45 or so, but I haven't done to much gaming with it yet.
Cons: The installation was a little tricky, but that was just because of my big hands. Also there is a little bit of noise, but not much, and i have very good hearing, so most people won't even notice it.
Other Thoughts: I bought this at my local computer store due to my card online was asking for stuff i wasn't comfortable putting out there. So from my local computer store it was around $85, but it was worth it still. It is also only $60 here atm, so get it while you can!
Here's my Not so balanced and kinda outdated rig:
Amd Athlon 64 x2 6000+
xfx Hd radeon 7750 2gb ddr3
4gb ddr2 667mhz ram
Some OEM motherboard
and a total of of about 850-900gb Hdd space throughout 3 Hard drives