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GIGABYTE GV-N65TOC-1GI GeForce GTX 650 Ti 1GB 128-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Some of you people that award yourselves 4-5 stars for Tech. knowledge, I ask, Do you lie to your wife, kids and Boss too. FYI if you go to Gigabyte support there is a BIOS update dated 03/22/2013-(F-12) addressing EFI!!!!!. The very first thing you should do before installing a new Mobo and/or a Video Card is go to the Mfgr. U.S. website and check support/downloads for the current BIOS, Drivers etc. For Video Cards a person with 4-5 star knowledge should also know to go directly to Nvidia or ATi for the latest Drivers!!!!! This Card Does support Windows 8 and runs like a Swiss Watch in ALL Linux Distro's.

For Linux ubuntu, regardless of the Derivitive/Fork you're using, add to your (software sources) the PPA for xorg-edgers/swat-team? Google ppa:xorg-edgers.
Update synaptic and you will have the current Drivers and Kernel you need for both both Nvidia & ATi. For people that lack the knowledge/skill for Linux Drivers/Kernels, this is your BEST Source. I'm in Linux-ubuntu-Voyager 12.10 and again, it is running like a Fine Tuned Swiss Watch!!!! Enough Said.

Cons: It won't make my morning smoothie. LOL.

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Crucial Ballistix Sport 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT25664AA80E
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Decent Mainstream RAM. I'm running it in a: GIGABYTE MA785GM-US2H. For you Guy's that Love to Whine. This RAM DOES NOT BOOT at 5-5-5-12. The JEDEC is: 5-5-5-18-23. My Gigabyte Booted it at: 5-5-5-18-24. You need to manually adjust the Timing in the BIOS. That said, I have it running @: cmd (1T) 5-5-5-15-20. I haven't tried 5-5-5-12. How much speed do I need to watch Bonanza in HULU. LOL.

Cons: This RAM is: Hit or Miss. I bought Two Kits. One Kit had a Bad Stick out of the Box. You Get what you Pay For. Some people will NEVER accept that. LOL. Also, I don't think this RAM should be Marketed at: 5-5-5-12. It's barely Fluid @ 5-5-5-15-20. Enough said.

Other Thoughts: I bought mine on "Black Friday" for $30.99 per Kit with FREE Shipping from another vendor because Newegg was out of stock.The Bad Kit was promptly replaced with FREE return shipping label. That all said, If your looking for Fast, Fluid Gaming RAM, Look Elseware.

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MSI 880G-E45 AM3 AMD 880G HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Nice Stable Boaed 07/02/2011

This review is from: MSI 880G-E45 AM3 AMD 880G HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: Firstly, To the Gentleman below that stated he is not running stable with 4x2Gb of RAM, I would test the RAM. I'm running 4x2Gb of A-DATA Gaming Memory with NO PAGE FILE Flawlessly with Vista Ultimate 64 Bit & PCLinuxOS 32 Bit. Yes, you read it right. I have windows & pclinuxos on separate HDD's. I've been running this Board for 9 weeks and doing a lot of tinkering in the BIOS. It has accepted every change without a Hicup. The BIOS is very user friendly except for figuring out how to set the RAM timings. I resolved that issue by going to the MSI Forum and finding the solution. If you're looking for a ATX HTPC Board that still allows you to use IDE Optical Drives, this is a Great Value: (See "Other Thought's" Below.

Cons: Some might say: It's SATA II. My response is: Google, Sata II vs, Sata III. Virtually No diference. A Mechanical Drive can only Spin so fast. Also, No USB3. If needed down the road, purchase a Add-On Card.

Other Thoughts: I don't know why newegg is so high priced for this board. I purchased it elsewhere and saved 40% including a rebate. That said, I now own two MSI Motherboards and MSI has become my supplier of choice for Motherboards. Their Service is unequaled. I did have to RMA a 785GT E-63. The same day they received it, they sent out the replacement Board. You May or May Not Know, A$$$ & G$$$$$$$ Hold you up while they try to repair the faulty Board. I'm not into trying to repair a Mobo. I had a terrible experience with A$$$ going down that road. With MSI they don't require you to call and talk to someone who has less technical knowledge than you do. LOL. You can initiate an RMA online and get a RMA # in less than 24 hours if you fully explain the problem and what you all did to try to solve said problem. The system worked Great for me. Same process worked as it should with the Rebate. I had my rebate in 7 weeks.

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Thomas H.'s Profile

Display Name: Thomas H.

Date Joined: 02/01/07

  • Reviews: 7
  • Helpfulness: 5
  • First Review: 04/08/09
  • Last Review: 04/28/13
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