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MSI A88XM-E45 FM2+ / FM2 AMD A88X (Bolton D4) HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Lots of features for the price. About $20 less than the comparable Asus and Gigabyte boards. Heat sink on the capacitors (I've had boards where those get crazy hot - it's never been a problem, but I was always concerned with the temp readings). Comes with back plate on the board so you don't have to install a new one with your aftermarket cpu cooler - comes with one pre-installed. Good connections.

Cons: Bios - I upgraded to the latest and after that I was unable to change the CPU base frequency. It also said that OC Genie would only work with Kaveri Processors. I reverted back to the bios that it shipped with and I was able to use OC genie again (still it was buggy though) and adjust CPU base frequency. That has a cap at 105mhz though. Don't quite know why. Can't click on the numbers. The bios just feels buggy and sometimes non-responsive. Not nearly as reliable as it should be. The sad part is I updated bios and the problems got worse.

Other Thoughts: My first MSI board. I've only used Gigabyte and Asus in the past. I didn't realize how good their bioses were. They just worked - no hiccups - no random freezes. No pressing keyboard buttons five times before they responded. This bios does not work like that. I upgraded to most recent bios in hopes of an improvement and rather than improve, features had been disabled. I feel like I could overclock my proc. more if the bios would allow but it doesn't (capped at 105 mhz). Not intuitive and not well laid out. Honestly, I'd take an old DOS looking bios that works solidly over these new UEFI bioses that are finicky and unreliable (at least MSI's is). Not a good first impression of MSI. I wish I would have paid the extra $20 to buy the Gigabyte or Asus board. Never had a problem with their bios and I could do anything I wanted with them - and it worked. Overclocking took me 5 minutes. With this I've spent more time on the internet trying to find out what it wrong with the bios and how to adjust various parameters. If you do not intend to manipulate any bios settings and if you plan to run everything stock, this would be a good board for you. Unfortunately that is not me so I am a little disappointed. Other than the bios though it seems like a good board and hasn't given me any problems so far.

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Panasonic KX-TG6671B 1.9 GHZ DECT 6.0 Expandable Corded/Cordless  Plus Answering System with Large LCD
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Simple, easy to use, large display. I love that the display tilts up so I can see it sitting at my desk. I don't use the voice mail so I can't comment on that.

Cons: None. Well, not really a con but some of the settings you can only access/change from the cordless handset, but not a big deal.

Other Thoughts: I bought this for my home office work line. I like a corded phone for at the desk and a cordless for if I want to walk outside and talk. This is a great phone and the range of the cordless is amazing.

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Polk Audio Monitor40 Series II Two-Way Bookshelf Loudspeaker (Cherry) Pair
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Excellent surrounds - a bit big though 12/04/2012

This review is from: Polk Audio Monitor40 Series II Two-Way Bookshelf Loudspeaker (Cherry) Pair

Pros: These sound beautiful and pair perfectly with my Monitor 70's and CS2. I used them as fronts in a bedroom system for a while and they worked well for that too. Just like the 70's they have a very open sound. These are an amazing value (much like the entire Monitor series).

Cons: They are on the large side - especially for surrounds. I have them sitting on stools but have seen a guy wall mount them before. That really is the only drawback to these. Was debating between these and the Monitor 30's that would be easier to mount - went with these.

Other Thoughts: Caught these on sale when they were about as much as the Monitor 30's (regular price) so I went with these. Was considering also the Monitor50's as surrounds - a bit overkill, but when you factor in the cost of stands for these it would have come out less. Ended up going with these. Great speakers. Serious bang for your buck. So glad Newegg continues to stock these (not sure how they are doing it considering the line is discontinued everywhere else). This line (Monitor) is the perfect entry into high end audio.

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Display Name: Ryan S.

Date Joined: 07/10/07

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  • Last Review: 03/26/14
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