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GIGABYTE GA-990FXA-UD3 AM3+ AMD 990FX + SB950 6 x SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs I love the UD series motherboards 01/30/2015

This review is from: GIGABYTE GA-990FXA-UD3 AM3+ AMD 990FX + SB950 6 x SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: I don't want to go too much into all of the features of this motherboard because frankly I don't use most of them. I am a fan generally of the UD series of Gigabyte motherboards -- I have found them to be stable, long-lived and rich in the features I desire. I have built systems with three of these motherboards and have never had a problem.

Cons: I really can't think of any.

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Gateway Desktop PC DX4860-UR29 Intel Core i5 3330 (3.00GHz) 6GB DDR3 1TB HDD Windows 8
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Solid Desktop, except for Windows 8 01/12/2014

This review is from: Gateway Desktop PC DX4860-UR29 Intel Core i5 3330 (3.00GHz) 6GB DDR3 1TB HDD Windows 8

Pros: Processor is fast, hard drive is fast enough, system is stable, plenty of USB 2.0 and 3.0 ports, minimal crapware. Very adequate for a home or office desktop.

Cons: Small power supply will not support a decent add-in graphics card, integrated graphics are not adequate for any sort of gaming, 6GB of RAM is not adequate for Windows 8 (I constantly get low memory warnings while running Chrome and Microsoft Word/Excel), integrated graphics system DOES NOT support multiple monitors. Windows 8 is irritating to me. I've been using this for about 5 months now and it still takes me longer to do most things than Windows 7 did. The Metro apps are cute but slow to load. This is a problem with Windows 8 and I guess all new computers come with it these days. Not knocking off an egg for it, I'm just venting.

Other Thoughts: I use this desktop in a business setting. I need at least two monitors for my work and I could not get multiple monitors to work while one was plugged into the VGA port and the other plugged into HDMI. I am having to run a USB 3.0 display adapter and that has some problems associated with it. This is FINE for basic stuff and will be inadequate for anything graphics- or memory-intensive without upgrading GPU/RAM/power supply.

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OCZ Vertex 2 OCZSSD3-2VTX120G 3.5
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

1 out of 5 eggs Either don't buy it or treat it as completely evanescent 02/07/2013

This review is from: OCZ Vertex 2 OCZSSD3-2VTX120G 3.5" 120GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: Fast.

Cons: After 26 months, I turned the computer on one day and the drive was no longer recognized by BIOS (Windows was still running from the night before and crashed when I tried to log in). This is the second OCZ Vertex 2 drive that has failed on me. The first one lasted two months until I tried to update the firmware.

Other Thoughts: Fortunately, I was within the three-year warranty, but I doubt they're going to recover my data for me and my last backup is a little outdated. Lesson (re)learned.

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Display Name: Sam R.

Date Joined: 08/11/01

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  • First Review: 02/07/13
  • Last Review: 01/30/15
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