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Pros: this processor is very fast, especially for the money. granted, you can't overclock it (which I was planning on doing). I love that graphics are integrated, BUT (I'll get to that later). I'm not sure how hot it runs with the stock cooler, but with the h80i that I got it idles at about 16 degrees C. which is amazing! under load this little dual core only climbs at most 5 C.
Cons: HD 4000 is a little lackluster. I was doing some light gaming on portal 2 and my resolution was at a whopping 800x500. yeah. not exactly impressive, and confusing considering that it runs everything I can throw at it (for free (:) at 1920x1080. Raises some confusion in my mind.
Other Thoughts: Would be nice if the Ivy Bridge processors had an extra core, on top of what they already have, dedicated completely to graphics. those are my praises and gripes, feel free to agree or disagree with me, it's your own money and your own life.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: this is a very good board for a first build. I would know considering that this was my first build, a hackintosh no less. this board almost installed OSX without a hitch (almost because in order for the drives to be detected in the installer the SATA interface has to be AHCI instead of IDE which is the factory default) there are more SATA ports than I think I will ever need.
Cons: the BIOS was a BIOS not a UEFI. UEFI's are becoming more standard and I was slightly disapointed when this board didn't have a UEFI. also the CPU power plug is at the top right corner of the board which is inconvenient when the cable management grommets are on the other side of the board.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Mad Catz R.A.T.5 Gaming Mouse for PC and Mac - Matte Black
Pros: this is a very comfortable mouse when adjusted right. very nice and easy packaging (once you figure it out) the four DPI settings is very handy as is the precision aim button. it's not like some of the Naga's that have like 13 buttons which is imposible to use without looking to see which button you want. the rat 5 has a sensible 3 programable buttons with a thumb scroll wheel. all buttons are easy to distinguish and within reach for a person with small or large hands. the adjustable length is great, but with my small hands I dont have a use for extending the length of my mouse.
Cons: the mode button is hard to see when you are using the mouse so you have to watch the color of the light on your index finger to tell what mode you are in. thumb wheel is very high on the mouse making it a little bit hard to reach. the plastic on the right click is exposed on the end and I am scared that I will accidently snap off the right click plastic peice with my ring finger. the weights don't seem to make a noticeable difference, so I leave them all in. im not sure if this is a con for the mouse or madcatz/cybor, but the programming utillity doesn't really work for the programable buttons in that the mouse doesnt remember them. ex. I set the thumb wheel to adjust the volume and after saving the profile it didnt work.
Other Thoughts: I am a mac user and this is a really good mouse. make sure you down load the software from the cyborg website and not from madcatz. (the madcatz one is a beta and is completly worthless)READ FULL REVIEW