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ASUS M5A97 PLUS AM3+ AMD 970/SB950 SATA 6Gb/s ATX AMD Motherboard
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Good MOBO for the Money 03/15/2016

This review is from: ASUS M5A97 PLUS AM3+ AMD 970/SB950 SATA 6Gb/s ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: Has lots of features, lots of USB ports, lots of overclocking and tweaking options in the BIOS. There's also lots of room for "ginormous" CPU heatsinks.

Cons: SATA port placement may cause video card interference issues (see below).

Other Thoughts: I needed SATA cables with right-angle plugs, because my video card partially blocks the SATA ports. But for some reason, only one of the two SATA cables included with the board has a right-angle plug. I realize this is a minor gripe, but having two SATA cables with right-angle plugs would have been nice.

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DELL B Grade Laptop e6420 Intel Core i5 2520M (2.50 GHz) 4 GB Memory 250 GB HDD 14.0
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: The price was very reasonable. I bought the laptop as a "beater" but was surprised to find it was in very good condition. There is one small scratch on the top cover, and another small scratch on the screen. The screen has no dead pixels. The keys on the keyboard look brand new. The touch-pad looks almost new. All the hardware is functional. And all the audio/video/data ports work. The battery holds a charge pretty well.

Cons: Unfortunately, 4GB of RAM isn't that great nowadays. I would strongly suggest a RAM upgrade if you buy this. Thankfully, RAM is cheap. It uses DDR3 1333MHz.

Other Thoughts: After buying the laptop, I upgraded it to 8GB of RAM, and put a spare SSD in it. It's a nice little machine now. And I'm happy with this purchase.

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SAMSUNG 850 EVO 2.5
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: It's fast! Price is reasonable.

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: I bought this drive after reading some online reviews with performance benchmarks. At the time (spring 2015) it was one of the top performers. I bought it to replace a SSD from another brand, and the performance increase was immediately noticeable. I am VERY pleased with this purchase!

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Mike R.'s Profile

Display Name: Mike R.

Date Joined: 09/14/01

  • Reviews: 10
  • Helpfulness: 3
  • First Review: 06/21/13
  • Last Review: 03/15/16
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