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PATRICK N.

PATRICK N.

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No issues after a week.

GIGABYTE Z390 AORUS ELITE LGA 1151 (300 Series) Intel Z390 SATA 6Gb/s ATX Intel Motherboard
GIGABYTE Z390 AORUS ELITE LGA 1151 (300 Series) Intel Z390 SATA 6Gb/s ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Decent Bios/software from Gigabyte, relatively easy to understand Bios settings, good power/fan management.

Cons: Not sure if this is a Windows 10 problem, CPU problem, or combination, but after first bootup and Windows 10 install (i9 9000K cpu), Windows would randomly restart/reboot with no errors, BSOD, or any other indication anything was wrong. Seemed to happen more when idling than under load. After some research, I tried going into the BIOS and setting all the C-States to "Disabled" (they default to "Auto") and the problem went away and has not returned once since. Something to be aware of if you install an i9 in this board.

Overall Review: Other than the Windows 10 issue above, I have no reason not to recommend this board.

10/25/2019

Nice upgrade

Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 - Core 2 Duo Wolfdale Dual-Core 3.16 GHz LGA 775 65W Processor - BX80570E8500
Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 - Core 2 Duo Wolfdale Dual-Core 3.16 GHz LGA 775 65W Processor - BX80570E8500

Pros: Upgraded from a Pentium D dual-core to the E8500 - noticeable improvements. Runs alot cooler, fan runs noticeably slower (I kept my old CPU cooler instead of the one that came with it) and I'm getting somewhat higher FPS in a couple games now. I have a decent vid card, so I didn't really expect the CPU to make a HUGE difference, but I'm pleased at the difference I do see. If you're thinking of upgrading without spending a huge fortune, I'd recommend this.

Cons: No cons so far - if you've installed a socket 775 chip before, there's no surprises here.

10/12/2009
Vantec IDE to SATA Converter - Model CB-IS100
Vantec IDE to SATA Converter - Model CB-IS100

Pros: Worked as advertised for me - plug it in, connect the power and SATA cables, and off I went. No issues at all, exactly what I hoped it would do.

Cons: These things stick out maybe 3" from the back of the HD. I had to do some creative drive placement to keep them from hitting other components in the case. I've got a Cooler Master case with a really nice HD rail system in which the drives sit sideways in the case, and I couldn't use these on any drives in those slots, they were just too long.

EVGA GeForce 8800 GTS 320MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 SLI Support Video Card 320-P2-N811-AR
EVGA GeForce 8800 GTS 320MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 SLI Support Video Card 320-P2-N811-AR

Pros: I won't repeat what others have said, but this card with my Celeron D dual core 3.2GHz plays CoD 4 at sustained 100+ FPS with occasional dips into the 70s/80s. (AA turned off, 1440x900, everything else on.) It's huge, but if you have the right mobo and case it's not a problem (wasn't for me, at least)

Cons: Nothing so far (only had it 2 days <grin>) but as others have said, it's hot.