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ASRock Z77 Extreme3 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

3 out of 5 eggs neat board but better ones out there 02/16/2014

This review is from: ASRock Z77 Extreme3 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: The board is pretty nice looking, fancy, etc. Not a bad price for the features but not a great price.

Cons: You can find boards for a little more money that have things like built in wireless... or might take a BIOS update (that was downloaded straight from the vendor website) or maybe would work with a hard drive that isn't brand new (had to special order an SSD drive to work with this, delaying the project even further).

Other Thoughts: Seriously... I've never seen a motherboard that wouldn't work with _any_ hard drive you plug in to it. Why won't this one? Here's what happens: use an older hard drive on this motherboard and when you install Windows 7, it asks for a driver because it can't see the board. Yes, we tried different SATA ports and different settings (ACHI/IDE), it was the new hard drive that made it work.

Oh, don't try a BIOS update either... it wouldn't recognize the three different files we tried. Well, it would recognize them as BIOS update files but then tell us it couldn't load it.

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SONICWALL 01-SSC-6947 TZ 205 Wireless-N Network Security Appliance 500 Mbps
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: I have been working with Sonicwall firewalls for years and I love them. You get all the functionality of Cisco products without the "attend $20,000 worth of classes to do it" problem. Tech support is awesome as well. Yes, for complicated things like forward ports, multiple WAN connections, you'll need help, but I have yet to post something to the support group and not get an answer within 12 hours.

Cons: Make sure you buy it for the size you really need... don't skimp! I tried to use a TZ 210 once (before I knew better) to run a 100+ room hotel... it would do it, but not with intrusion prevention and antivirus scanning turned on...

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EVGA 012-P3-2078-KR GeForce GTX 560 Ti - 448 Cores (Fermi) Classified Ultra 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: I swapped out my dual GTX 9800s with this single card... LOVE IT... I can tell a difference. Mechwarrior Online plays much more smoothly, my Windows Exp score is higher (which, who cares normally, but it actually SEEMS better)... just love the card...

Cons: not really a con, just a warning - if you have an old power supply, you will probably need adapters... these take two 6-pin connections, my older PS had an 8-pin and a 6-pin, not two 6s

Other Thoughts: awesome card... well worth the money

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Display Name: Andrew B.

Date Joined: 04/02/01

  • Reviews: 11
  • Helpfulness: 5
  • First Review: 04/17/07
  • Last Review: 02/16/14
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