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Intel 330 Series Maple Crest SSDSC2CT180A3K5 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: - Extremely fast
- Good amount of space

Cons: None so far after 4 months active.

Other Thoughts: Only used to house games for faster load time.

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GIGABYTE GA-880GM-D2H (REV. 3.1) AM3+ AMD 880G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: - Micro ATX
- On-Board Radeon 4000 series

Cons: - Max Memory is only 8 GB
- Only 2 X Ram slots

Other Thoughts: This is, by far, my favorite budget board out there. You get on-board sound like usual, but this on-board ATI 4000 series card is good enough to play games on. It's not as great as a dedicated card, but this means you only need to get the Mobo / Processor and ram coupled with a case and you're good to go!

I really like the bios options and would spend the money to buy another one especially for family since they prefer a budget build. This beats out anything pre-built which usually has an Intel HD Graphics (not as good IMO) on-board video option.

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ASRock B75 PRO3 LGA 1155 Intel B75 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: It has 3 SATA 6.0 g/b ports and plenty of SATA 3.0 g/b to fit your needs.

PCI-Express 3.0 (Only if you're using Ivy-Bridge CPU). I'm happy to be prepared for future upgrades.

Handled 4 x 4 Gigs of ram @ 1333 mhrz with no issues what-so-ever. I'm not sure what that other person was talking about. Maybe it was their board?

If you're using Ivy, remember that you can then utilize ram @ 1600 mhz, though I already had a great deal on the ram I used.

Cons: Few things:

Make sure your PSU has 1- 8pin CPU power cable. If you don't that's okay, you can use the 4-pin CPU connector like I did, the 4-pin works perfectly fine for CPUs under 120 W.

If you want to over-clock, you can get a 4-pin to 8-pin adapter which works just as well.

The new UEFI Bios takes FOREVER to load. This is the only hangup for me, but it's such a smooth system that I don't mind too much, but it loses 1-egg for that.

Other Thoughts: I'm currently running:

ASRock B75 PRO3
I-5 3570 (non-K model)
16gb Ram @ 1333mhz
120gb ADATA SSD @ Sata 3 / 6.0 gb/s
5 X basic 7200 RPM drives
Gigabyte Radeon 6850

Only using the 4-pin CPU power cable, but works.

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Curtis C.'s Profile

Display Name: Curtis C.

Date Joined: 09/17/08

  • Reviews: 7
  • Helpfulness: 1
  • First Review: 07/13/12
  • Last Review: 11/26/12
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