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Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Not win8 08/15/2014

This review is from: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit

Pros: Computer OS. (not a tablet/phone OS)
Still supported by Microsoft. (no nag window about being unsupported)
Not Vista. Not Win8.

Seriously, if you're using a mouse and keyboard, use this instead of win8. If you're running a tablet, or have some sort of touch screen display... then 8 might be the better choice.

Cons: Slight differences from XP all over the place. I've been using XP for over a decade, so sometimes I have to search a little to get to the settings screen I'm looking for. Then once you get to them, sometimes it looks like the EXACT same settings program they had used in XP (like when choosing a screen saver.) which just seems out of place.

Other Thoughts: Old components were giving BSOD. Narrowed it down to CPU, MB, or RAM... so replaced all 3, along with HD and OS. (XP kept nagging me about it being unsupported.)
No more BSOD, and even simple tasks like browsing the internet are insanely smooth now.

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Crucial Ballistix Sport XT 8GB Single DDR3 1866 MT/s (PC3-14900) CL10 @1.5V  UDIMM 240-Pin Memory Module
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Works flawlessly.
Has heat spreader.

Cons: None... it's 8GB of ram, and does exactly what it's supposed to do.

Other Thoughts: Old components were giving BSOD. Narrowed it down to CPU, MB, or RAM... so replaced all 3, along with HD and OS. (XP kept nagging me about it being unsupported.)
No more BSOD, and even simple tasks like browsing the internet are insanely smooth now.

Originally I was going to buy 16GB of this same stick in a dual channel kit.... but it's more than double the price.
Since I previously only had 2GB of ram, I decided one stick would do. If I change my mind later I can just buy another stick and not worry about if the timings are exactly the same.

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ASUS SABERTOOTH 990FX R2.0 AM3+ AMD 990FX + SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: "Military Grade" components.
UEFI Bios.
Fast POST.

Cons: FAST Post. Unfortunately my monitor feels the need to display the brand logo when it boots up, so if I need to get into the BIOS, I have to do it blindly.... as the POST is finished before my monitor decides to display an image.

I just feel the packaging was unnecessarily elaborate.
Normally the box just has a MB resting on a sheet of cardboard holding it above the driver disc, manual, cables, and pin connectors (if you're lucky)
This one had it's own compartment with a plastic lid, and below that compartment were two divided storage spots for the manuals/disc, and for all the cords, backplate, and other components.

Other Thoughts: Old components were giving BSOD. Narrowed it down to CPU, MB, or RAM... so replaced all 3, along with HD and OS. (XP kept nagging me about it being unsupported.)
No more BSOD, and even simple tasks like browsing the internet are insanely smooth now.

Since I talked about it so much, I feel I owe it to the less tech people to explain what POST is. It stands for "Power On Self Test." Basically the MB does a quick component check to make sure everything is working as expected. This MB finishes the tests before my monitor finishes displaying it's manufacturer logo.

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Michael H.'s Profile

Display Name: Michael H.

Date Joined: 12/10/03

  • Reviews: 10
  • Helpfulness: 6
  • First Review: 05/28/04
  • Last Review: 08/15/14
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