Date Joined: 12/25/11
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.
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.
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.
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.
Pros: Both sticks were solid and work. MOBO sees them as 1333, but that's rather common.
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.
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).