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Pros: Wow is this thing fast !
I haven't used an NVIDIA card in over 10 years...boy have I been missing out. This card was a lot cheaper than the ATI Radeon 4850 that I bought last year and AT LEAST 3-4x as powerful. I can't believe I spent/wasted all that money on that ATI card and had nothing but problems all last year with it. This GTX-650 is seriously powerful. It feels great to finally run my games on full graphics instead of everything on "Low". Installing the drivers was a snap! For the first time, I downloaded ONE driver package and it JUST WORKED!! I didn't have to see which one would work with my PC and download the last 5-6 versions of the drivers packages just to test which one worked with my computer.
I swear, this is like walking into the sunlight after living in darkness for a year. I will not be going back to .
Other Thoughts: Great value!
The drivers JUST WORK! (no downloading 5 different versions to see which works with YOUR pc like with the wacky radeon stuff)
Pros: FAST FAST FAST!
I haven't ever used a cpu this fast and powerful before. I've been stuck in AMD-64 fx land for the past 5 years and I've been waiting to upgrade. This is like being able to breathe again after having a horrendous stuffy cold for 4 years.
Why did I wait so long....
I used a "COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO" for cooling since i heard bad reviews about the stock cooler. It fit perfectly and wasn't that hard to install. Very VERY quiet too!
Cons: None, this thing BLAZES without even trying.
I love seeing the 4 bars of the cpu in my win-7 monitor gadget!
Other Thoughts: This CPU runs all of my games without even trying. I am kicking myself for struggling to get my games to work for the past 3 years instead of spending the money to upgrade my gaming rig.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Ease of use = 100%
Does what it states = 100%
Design and color = 100%
Cons: No support for ide devices at all.
I didn't catch it when I selected this motherboard and I do not have a sata dvd-rw. So all of my old IDE hardware is useless. Not a huge issue as I can copy stuff to usb and install from there, but it surprised me.
Other Thoughts: This motherboard is the nicest that I have seen so far. It combines all of the functionality of a UI based BIOS with the ease of use in overclocking that I've been searching for since I started gaming. I hate having to look up settings for clock timings and stuff when I want to overclock slightly. This bios takes care of the 10,000 individual settings for you. I also love the layout of the bios, it gives you granular control over your fan settings, cpu settings, memory settings and even your sata settings. Very easy to setup, install hardware to and the color is just phenomenal!READ FULL REVIEW