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MSI P55-GD65 LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs MSI P55-GD65 06/27/2014

This review is from: MSI P55-GD65 LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Price was good at the time I purchased it.
Over Clocking the processor is a snap, first one I had that you could OC on the fly.
Lots of options.
4 memory slots [but see cons & other thoughts]
Although it only came with a 1 year warranty, it was ranked #1 on about every tech site I went to before I purchased it.

Cons: Holds 16gb memory but when the board is working right, it only shows 15 gig's.
Common problem with this board is if you have 4-4gb memory modules, it only shows 7.99gb usable memory
Same if you have 2-4gb modules, it reads 3.99gb usable.

Other Thoughts: I haven't got into the BIOS yet to mess with the usable memory but I believe you have to manually setup the memory instead of setting it at "Auto". According to the manufactures website forum, that's the advice given to people who have the usable memory issue which sucks since this board was like $350 & with all the options that come built into the board like over clocking the cpu while it's running you'd think that by now they would have had a BIOS update to correct the memory issue.
I built this system & gave it to my grandson for gaming & just purchased a better graphic's card a couple weeks ago. After I found out that it was giving the BSOD, I was about to RMA the graphic card but figured I'd try pulling 2 of the 4 sticks of memory which fixed the BSOD & rebooting 3 times before it would boot into the operating system.

I told my grandson that it's easy to use a computer [I taught him how to use one when he was 4 years old] Now he needs to know how to read the manual because this motherboard is loaded with options but in order to get the most out of it, you have to understand the BIOS & what you need to do with the settings to make this board sing....
You can still find these boards refurbished so if you have a older processor & want to set it into a board, this model is pretty good. With that said, just try using all 4 memory slots to see if it's working correctly but if it doesn't show all the memory & you've done everything that the tech support says to try with no luck then rma the board because the board could be bad.

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HGST Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630(0J26005) 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 2.5
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: The price. Great price for a notebook drive with 32MB cache & 7,200RPM
Quality. I have purchased about 5 of these drives & haven't had any issues.
Being a reseller, I have to warrant PC's for some time, depending on the age or make/model but there has to be a certain amount of trust when you're using a hard drive & sending it home with a customer.
HGST is manufactured by one of the best hard drive manufactures that we have used before or are probably using in one of our PC's today.

Cons: None yet

Other Thoughts: Remember back around 10 years ago? How many different manufactures were there for HDD's? Maybe 5? Now just about every PC manufacturer have hard drives branded with their name on it. Is it just me thinking about this or are these companies actually using hard drive's made by the original manufacturers from 10 years ago? I doubt that all of these companies are building their own factories just to make their own drives to save money when they are buying in bulk as it is & probably pay $15 each. With that being said, all I can say is if you were to do research, you'd find out that this brand is being made by one of the [I'll just call them "The Big 5"]
Let me break it down for you. HGST, through other company's, it owned by WD & if you check it out, you'll see that WD also makes another good hard drive. Hows that. When this hard drive with the brand HGST came out, I was a bit worried because they were about 30% cheaper than the other guys & at the time i couldn't find out who was the manufacturer. Now that they are one of the leaders, you shouldn't have any worries about the quality or reliability.
As far as getting a bad one or it fails a month after you get it, well, I have had a hard drive failure or got a DOA from every good hard drive manufacturer out there. With that said, if you need to pick up on a few new hard drives, you can't get much better than $50 for a 500GB, 7,200RPM, 32MB cache drive.
I have actually purchased new drives to clone the drive in notebooks I own or sell & use the old one for external drives to back up data on. Now with all the used notebooks & laptops I purchase that come without the original hard drive, I've been able to get them back to factory settings using some of my cloned drives. Sounds like a lot of work but buyers do like it when they buy a PC, bootup & find out that they have all the OEM recovery software loaded on the the hard drive. They really like it when they have Ultimate OS as well. Good luck on your choice & if you can afford it, get the limit that Newegg has for this item..

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Kaspersky Internet Security 2014 - 3 PCs
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

3 out of 5 eggs Kaspersky Internet Security 02/11/2014

This review is from: Kaspersky Internet Security 2014 - 3 PCs

Pros: It is a good application
Got a good price for the 3 PC's, 1 year

Cons: When I am on certain pages like FB, I have to turn off the virus protection because it types in all capital letters. When I have the "Cap Lock" on, it types in lower case letters. Now I have Kaspersky running so once I leave this page it will start acting up. Also, the font size is larger than it was prior to installing version 2014

Other Thoughts: Now this is only happening with my HP G series. My MSI E630 runs correctly. This is such a great antivirus app, I find it strange to have to check the registry to try & fix it. If you are having the same problem, turn off Kaspersky & see if it types correctly. If so, complain to Kaspersky & see what they say....

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