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ASRock 970 Extreme4 AM3+/AM3 AMD 970 + SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
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  • neweggOwned For: more than 1 year

Pros: I upgraded from an i5-2310 on an ASRock P67 to this build, an ASRock 970 with an AMD 8350 and have been very impressed with the performance gains, I'm running Windows 7 and a 7200 RPM HDD mind you. The boot times are excellent, usually under 20 seconds with X-Fast Boot and only 30 seconds with the standard boot enabled. I'd highly recommend this board to any enthusiast who enjoys gaming.

Cons: With all good things must come the bad. By default this board comes with no RTFS support, so no Windows 8/8.1 (not much of a loss if you ask me) or 10 (the former applied doubly so) so make an update flash handy if you are going to a new OS. I have had this board since January 2016 (now May 2016) and have started to have some fairly obnoxious, but still nominal problems, such as boot hanging when a gaming mouse is plugged in. After reading the ASRock forums and its 3rd Party counter parts I can only ascertain that the band-aid on a broken leg methodology is available for the moment and differs from case to case. In mine, I need to unplug my mouse and keyboard until after the machine clears POST or it will take a long time to complete its boot-up. I consider this to be a minor inconvenience as I have a USB hub on my desk but if I had to continually climb down to do this it wouldn't be so Okay. Even after updating my BIOS to current these problems persist, albeit with less consistency. Hopefully these problems will be figured out by ASRock in the near future (fingers crossed).

*Update
My problems with the board have only become more and more frequent. I now cannot run this mobo with the CMOS battery installed as it just won't POST at all now with it in. Research, trail and error have yielded no interesting means of correcting this either. I can no longer update this board's BIOS at any consequence. I will be getting in contact with the ASRock shortly to see if there is anything that can be done on their side, otherwise I am about to write this on off as a bad board.

Other Thoughts: Otherwise a very nice and easy to work with motherboard. Hope this helps anyone interested.

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EVGA GeForce GTX 960 04G-P4-1962-KR 4GB SC GAMING, Only 6.8 inches, Perfect for mITX Build Graphics Card
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: In the past year I have upgraded Graphics cards twice, from a GTX 640 to a 750 Ti and then to this Card. I recently started using a 1080 Monitor and the extra two gigs of V-Ram are quite helpful when playing games where FPS matters. I play ArmA 3 and this card is great for it, I also have a heavy duty processor to be fair (FX 8350) so FPS is helped by both. I run the game settings in Ultra and have my Anisotropic Filtering between x8 and x16 with no frame loss, usually 45 to 60 FPS (ArmA players will know this is actually really high). All other games I have played, old or new that have optimization or lack there of have performed beautifully as well, always in the High, Ultra, or High Ultra (because there is a difference?) and have exceptional frame rates. I'd definitely recommend this card to any enthusiast who likes amazing graphics and great FPS in there games.

Cons: I honestly have no criticism for this card at this time, it has served my well thus far and hasn't yet left me wanting.

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EVGA 02G-P4-3753-KR G-SYNC Support GeForce GTX 750 Ti Superclocked 2GB 128-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 Video Card
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Card runs smoothly, even in Arma 3 I got pretty decent frame rate. Reasonable pricing helped in the decision making process.

Cons: I purchased this card on 4/24/15 and had it installed by 4/31. About 2 weeks ago it started having random memory dumps and then random shut downs during gameplay. Pretty weird to go from seeing Arma 3's visceral environments and then go to my POST screen because the system crashed. I updated drivers, pulled and re-seated the card and have identified through trial and error plus internet research that it is a defect with the 750 ti chip type. This doesn't seem to be just EVGA (which I have had good luck with before), but ASUS, MSI, to name a few more. Card's out of help from newegg or EVGA now. So I will be hunting for a replacement.

Other Thoughts: I hope Nvidia works on this and mitigates the problem, I really like the card when it is behaving.

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Display Name: Michael B.

Date Joined: 05/09/10

  • Reviews: 6
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  • First Review: 08/10/12
  • Last Review: 08/05/16
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