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This review is from: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit
Pros: Does exactly what it should, and what you tell it to do. Plus, it's not Windows 8!
Cons: None for me; I'm sure MS haters can find plenty to pick apart, though.
Other Thoughts: I gave Windows 8 a thorough try on another pc in our house (several months) and couldn't find much to recommend it other than boot speed. Maybe if I had a touch screen I'd think differently, but I do a lot of photo and video editing and the last thing I want to do is have fingerprints and swipe marks all over my monitor. I'll wait and see what 9 (or whatever they choose to call it) offers; till then I'm more than happy with Windows 7.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Well made, great looking, and with a lot of great features for the price. I like the "ok" lights on the board; even though none came on, it was reassuring to have them there during my first build. It may be a little thing, but I love that q-connector Asus provides. Lastly, I have to say that the UEFI bios is fantastic; sure beats the older style I'm used to messing with.
Cons: While it may have been the Gskill ram I used in my build, the board reported it at 1333 instead of 1866 and with incorrect timings. Easy to correct in the bios, however. And the I/O shield is, let us say, a step above junk.
Other Thoughts: This board and it's features made the build really smooth with the exception of the I/) shield. The bios is a dream to work with for just the basics as well as stuff like overclocking. I'm sure more expensive boards have things to offer for more extreme builds, but there's absolutely nothing lacking for myself.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: WD BLACK SERIES WD1003FZEX 1TB 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
Pros: Quality build, runs cool, quiet and fast. The only time I ever hear it is when I first boot up the pc.
Cons: None so far.
Other Thoughts: Years ago, my first computer had a series of WD drives that all crapped out rather spectacularly. But after a lot of research, it seems they've really turned that around and are now the go-to brand for most people. Still, I'll be amazed if it lasts the 6 years and counting of the Samsung hdd in my last comp.READ FULL REVIEW