Crazy fast2/22/2013 12:16:29 AM

Pros: This is my first build. I've been using a AMD64X2 duel core for about six years and was dreaming of finally affording a quad-core. Then I read of the 6 and 8 cores. There was no choice that I'd stick with AMD, since I've never had much luck with Intel in the past. I opted for the FX-6300 and am blown away by it. I don't plan on overclocking, but if the need arises, I know that it can take it (as can my ECS motherboard). The stock cooler works just fine and installs easily enough.

Cons: none.

Overall Review: Lightning fast and at a very affordable price (especially compared to the Intel's). I've never had a bad experience with a AMD CPU.

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All Connected2/22/2013 12:08:00 AM

Pros: Worked without a hitch on my Linux box; the driver was already included in the kernel and all I had to do was re-enter my connection info. Good range and hasn't lost a connection yet.

Cons: Took a bit of fiddling with the 3 antennas to pin-point the best connection to my router, but that's to be expected.

Overall Review: It works. And it works without any problems on Linux.

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Cool Blue2/22/2013 12:01:11 AM

Pros: Deciding on a case for my first build was one of the toughest choices, and I kept vacillating between a few. Ended up with the Challenger, mostly for the black interior and the included 3 fans. Everything fit nicely in the case, and really had no problems routing the cables behind the motherboard. This case is much larger that I imagined it would be, and very light. The fans are quite, and the front LED fan isn't too bright. All front I/O connectors worked and the cables reached the mobo just fine. My Rosewill PSU fit perfectly, and everything is running cool inside. Love the dust shield grill in front and the dust shield for the bottom-mounted PSU. Lots of extra screws included, and a screwdriver adapter. Nother came damaged or broken. A nice Value case with lots of features.

Cons: For a mid-ATX case this thing is HUGE. Taller and longer than I imagined. But all is good.

Overall Review: For $10 more, I could have gotten a USB3 port in front, but this works out just fine. I can't believe how quite those fans really are.

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Fast2/21/2013 11:49:30 PM

Pros: Both sticks were solid and work. MOBO sees them as 1333, but that's rather common.

Cons: none

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Manufacturer Response:
. Dear Customer Thank you for your G.Skill purchase and review. Glad to hear the memory is working well in your system. This memory kit is above standard, so it will default to a lower value, then it is up to the user to manually configure settings or enable the enhanced performance profile in BIOS/EFI. For manual settings, it is necessary to input DRAM Frequency DDR3-1600, DRAM Timings 9-9-9-24, DRAM Voltage 1.50V. Depending on CPU used, further tweaks may be necessary as not all CPUs natively support DDR3-1600. If your motherboard supports XMP/DOCP/EOCP, enable the feature in BIOS/EFI and the motherboar can automatically detect and configure all memory settings. If you would like any assistance with this, please feel free to contact us directly. With the proper settings, your computer should be fast and stable. Thank you GSKILL SUPPORT Quality and customer service are our top priorities. Tech Support Email: RMA Dept Email: G.Skill Forum:
Awesome2/21/2013 11:45:48 PM

Pros: Slightly overclocked and at a good price, delivering a much needed boast to my graphics stack. I upgraded from a Zotac Geforce GTS 450 Eco -- what an boost in perfomance!

Cons: None so far.

Overall Review: Great price. This is my second Zotac card; to be honest, I had never heard of them before, but I've not had a problem with either of the Geforce cards to date.

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Good as Gold2/21/2013 11:40:27 PM

Pros: This is my first build, and I wanted a mobo that would last and be as trouble-free. I had decided on another board, then I thought about my then current box and recalled that it has an ECS mobo inside. the A970M-A Deluxe had the same features as 2 others, but in the end it was less expensive and from past experiences I knew ECS should last and can withstand a beating. Everything works fine with an FX-6300, and I had no problems with drivers under Debian or Arch Linux. The FX-6300 CPU was recognized and worked on the shipped UEFI BIOS, even though a later one (BIOS) recently popped up on ECS' download page. Newegg was fast to ship and everything arrived together and on time (case shipped from a different warehouse).

Cons: The manual is basically a spec guide and nothing else. Useful tidbits like "the USB port is where you plug in the USB header." It would have been nice if more info about the UEFI BIOS was included, like settings and the like. My DD3 1600 ram modules read as 1333, but that is common with most mobo's it seems

Overall Review: I'm looking forward to a long-living ECS motherboard. Even though they don't offer Linux support, everything works out of the box, and I managed to successfully flash the BIOS with the 11/2012 update. It's a good value board (so far).

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