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This review is from: AMD Phenom II X4 945 Deneb Quad-Core 3.0 GHz Socket AM3 125W HDX945FBGIBOX Processor
Pros: great value, took my digital recording studio to the next level
Cons: the heatsink was difficult to install on my ASUS m4a785td motherboard--I don't know whether it was the motherboard or the heatsink.
Other Thoughts: Look for the album "Plastic Palm Tree Paradise" by Cary Timmons to be released in February recorded with this gem!READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Acer X223Wbd Black 22" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 2500:1
Pros: My review on 12/20/08 stated that the monitor suffered from flickering at the native resolution at 60Hz. I was wrong. It was my motherboard that crashed on me 2 weeks later. This monitor works great on my new system.
Cons: noneREAD FULL REVIEW
This review is from: XFX MIA78S8209 AM2+/AM2 NVIDIA GeForce 8200 HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
Pros: Stable and fast. ESP 12v connection. 4 dimm slots. Overclockable. Gigabit ethernet. cool chipset heatsink. I love everything about this board.
Cons: This board was designed for the more advanced level build, so look elsewhere if you don't have a lot of experience with bios tweaking. For example, you will have to manually set memory timings,bandwidth, and voltage for pc8500 otherwise it will run at spd with default voltage. If you feel comfortable with bios operation then this thing rocks.
Other Thoughts: I think the top PCI slot is too close to the PCIex16 slot to fit a card in there under a video card with a thick fan/heatsink. Also make sure that your power supply is eps12v capable, aka 8-pin 12v connection.READ FULL REVIEW