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ASUS AM1M-A AM1 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Smart, small, cheap, and very easy to install, this motherboard does what it's advertised to do. I paired it with an AMD 5350, 4 gigs of ram, (corsair) a 250Gig HHD and an AMD HD 7970 Graphics card. (Taken from a now defunct bitcoin mining machine)

Rock Solid.

Win 7 installed cleanly and the drivers for the board were a cinch to install.

The games? With that extra video card in there, you can barely tell the difference between this machine and a computer with a much more expensive CPU! Who needs to spend a boat load of money on a chip when you can spend much less on this board and CPU together!

Games Tested: Touhou 13.5: Hopeless Masquerade, Guild Wars II, and StarCraft II.

Cons: Only two Sata slots on the motherboard. Four would help a lot.

While playing with the advanced settings in the bios, clicked on a setting that automatically engaged the overclock mode without clicking "save settings." (Yes, this board does have it.) Don't know why it auto engaged, but I was able to revert it easily after reboot. The overclocking settings are "clumsy" at best but it's better than nothing.

Hopefully, a later bios update will fix that such.

Other Thoughts: AMD's push pin CPU cooler is somewhat of a pain to install and it appears somewhat lackluster, but it does keep the chip cool.

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Feit Electric BPAG500DM/LED/3 40 Watt Equivalent 3 Pack 7.5 Watt (40W Equivalent) A19 Bulb Multi Purpose Fully Dimmable LED Light Bulb
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Brilliant bulbs! As a 3 pack, they fit and match together perfectly in my living room. Looks great in my chandelier.

Color temp is perfect and the bulbs are true instant on! (Some LED's have a 2 sec lag before turning on, these have zero) Even at their price, they are fully worth it.

The angle of light is also very good more like traditional bulbs. I've had a few Collection LED brand bulbs and these bulbs beat them hands down.

Cons: They are a bit expensive, but you'll make up the savings in the end by having lower energy bills.

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HP ZR2440w (XW477A8#ABA) Black and Brushed Aluminum 24
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Right out of the box, I have just one word, "Wow." The extra space afforded by the 16:10 ratio is instantly apparent and very useful. The collors are brilliant.

What is most striking is the SHARPNESS of the picture. There is no smudging and it's clear and concise. Even at non native 1900X1200 resolution, it still looks super sharp. I've been able to switch to (Old school) games that have set full screen resolutions, and they look perfect. Even more impressive is the viewing angles. Vertrilly no color change even at wide angles and the picture looks great now matter which location I'm looking at it in my room.

I had been using a ViewSonic VX2460h-LED Black Moniter. I can hardly believe my eyes as the different. SO MUCH BETTER.

Cons: Watch out when playing films, this IS a 16:10 NOT a 16:9 so you will see some small blank areas in the top and bottom of your screen. Not much of a con, but a possible negitive to be aware of.

Other Thoughts: Should have purchased this monitor instead of going through my headach with my ViewSonic VX2460h-LED Black. I won't knock ViewSonic for trying to be helpful, but their monitor just wasn't as good as this one.

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Display Name: Henry S.

Date Joined: 05/11/04

  • Reviews: 4
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  • First Review: 09/08/12
  • Last Review: 06/13/14
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