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Kevin K.

Kevin K.

Joined on 03/09/05

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Most Favorable Review

Good for the money

ASRock Z77 Extreme4-M LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
ASRock Z77 Extreme4-M LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Paired this with an i5 2500k and took it right up to 4.5ghz no sweat, but could probably go higher. Using a CM GeminII S cooler, and 8gb of DDR3 1333 RAM from G.Skill. Love the mATX and SLI capability. The 4+2 Phase is good enough for what the i5 2500k is capable of for the majority of those who will buy this board, even for overclocking.

Cons: Could use onboard power/reset buttons, but no big deal. The UEFI BIOS is having issues updating the time. Once an hour passes, it refuses to update for that hour. I noticed it when I looked at the time in W7 and it showed it 2 hours prior to the actual time. Example: If it's 5:55pm, once it gets to 6:00pm, the clock will revert back to 5:00pm. Frustratingly annoying, but overall function of the motherboard is still there. Hope ASRock will address this in a UEFI/BIOS update. I highly doubt it's the CMOS battery due to all my other settings saving, just not the time.

Overall Review: Overall, I'm happy with the motherboard, and can't wait to push it to it's limits. Why spend extra $$$ for a "gaming" motherboard when you can just buy this? Does the same thing, and doesn't hurt your wallet.

Most Critical Review

OK Board

DFI LP JR 790GX-M3H5 AM3 AMD 790GX HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
DFI LP JR 790GX-M3H5 AM3 AMD 790GX HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: AM3 with 2 PCI-E 2.0 x16 slots. These seem to be hard to come by. Also in DDR3. The Debug LED is a nice touch.

Cons: The board comes with the bios adjusted to automatically overclock. I was wondering why my CPU was running at 10C higher than it usually does and also at 3.4ghz instead of 3.2ghz. Had to go into the bios and change that back so it's regular (I have a SFF Case and no water cooling yet, so no overclocking right now). The USB Headers are in a bad spot. They are located directly under the PCI-E 2.0 x16 slot, making the use of a modern video card, or Crossfire hard to manage, but possible (I was only able to test with a 3870 and 4890, just to see if they would fit of course). I worry about wire health for the USB cable. I was getting blue screens and the system would not POST after the PC being off for a long period of time. I had to manually change the DRAM Voltage to fix it along with the speed. That seemed to fix the problem for now however was still a pain to diagnose, and also no guarantee THAT will fix it. The color scheme.

Overall Review: The board is ok. I would buy it again if they released a revision with the USB Headers moved to a better location. The bios needs to be made STOCK for everything, and not automatically set to start overclocking. Let the overclocking be left to those who want to do it and need to finetune their settings. Also if the color scheme was more fitting for my setup (Black and blue). Also perhaps if they removed the FDD input at the bottom of the motherboard and moved the PCI-E 2.0 X16 slot down a little bit for more slack space during crossfire. Who uses floppies anymore?

Cooler Master Elite 341 RC-341C-KKN1-GP Black Steel Micro ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Cooler Master Elite 341 RC-341C-KKN1-GP Black Steel Micro ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: Perfect size. Supports multiple hard drives and long video cards. Has 80/92/120mm fan mounts. Airflow is good with the installation of more fans, but the stock fans are good as well.

Cons: Cable management is a bit hard but possible. The inside could have been black and maybe an inch wider for cable management. But for the price I don't expect those things.

Overall Review: Best case I ever bought.

2 DOA in 5 months

Western Digital AV-GP WD15EVDS 1.5TB 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal AV Hard Drive Bare Drive
Western Digital AV-GP WD15EVDS 1.5TB 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal AV Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: Cheap 1.5tb

Cons: Had one that died 3 weeks after use. Had it RMA'd through Western Digital where they gave me a "Recertified" one. Died after a few months of use without warning. Random beeping, clicking, then grinding and unable to grab data off of it.

Overall Review: Won't be buying any of the "Caviar" series, or any Western Digital anymore. If I must get Western Digital, will put down the money for the RE3 or enterprise hard drives.

ECS Black Series A785GM-M AM3 AMD 785G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
ECS Black Series A785GM-M AM3 AMD 785G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: - Supports DDR3 & AM3 Processors - Fairly respectable on-board video - Attractive I/O Shield - So many USB slots - Mild overclocking capabilities - Just plain works! - Money Saver!

Cons: - Debug LED Does not come with Debug Codes in the Manual - No PS/2 Slots in the back for keyboards/mice - No Crossfire/SLI - Doesn't come in a Blue color scheme - Can't think of any more really

Overall Review: This board is not for extreme overclockers. Lets just get that out of the way, however you can overclock on it somewhat. I bought this board to replace a $135 one, and I am amazed at the quality ($61 after a MIR). This board is great for anybody who just wants a board for gaming that just works. If you're trying to save a buck and still want great performance, this is the board for you. My 2nd ECS Board and I am now hooked on them.

Logitech Classic Black 104 Normal Keys USB Standard Keyboard 200
Logitech Classic Black 104 Normal Keys USB Standard Keyboard 200

Pros: 1) It's Logitech 2) The clicking of the keys is much more quiet compared to my other keyboard. 3) Take's up less desk space because it's "compact" (which may be a con for some people with very big hands). 4) The price. Why spend $80 on a "gaming" keyboard when you can get this?

Cons: The cluster where the home/end keys are takes getting used to. There are no volume control buttons. I am not knocking down an egg for either of these. However no volume control buttons may be an inconvenience to some.

Overall Review: If you can live without volume control buttons and a weird layout for the home/end key cluster, then GET THIS KEYBOARD! You won't regret it. It's the best $12 I ever spent next to getting Chinese food from a local restaurant. Yummy!