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Charles B.

Charles B.

Joined on 10/10/01

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Most Favorable Review

Great motherboard

EPoX EP-MF570SLI AM2 NVIDIA nForce 570 SLI MCP ATX AMD Motherboard
EPoX EP-MF570SLI AM2 NVIDIA nForce 570 SLI MCP ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: Port80 Daignostic port, 16GB DDR2 RAM Max, 2x PCI-E (16x, 8x) (8x 8x in SLI mode), LEDS for diagnosing areas of board, Dual Gigabit LAN, System health display during bootup

Cons: None that I can think of. Review boards got rounded IDE cables, but production boards get flat IDE cables.

Overall Review: For those stating that the secondary IDE on the JMicron chip doesn't work, or the manual doesn't mention the second IDE port for JMicron, it is mentioned in the manual downloadable from EPoX's website (Not USA site), on Pg 8, under More S-ATA (Optional). Also, you must install the drivers for it to work during install for RAID, or once windows is installed. It always helps to read the full manual.

Most Critical Review
Sandisk 8GB Cruzer Fit CZ33 USB 2.0 Flash Drive (SDCZ33-008G-B35)
Sandisk 8GB Cruzer Fit CZ33 USB 2.0 Flash Drive (SDCZ33-008G-B35)

Pros: Small compact size

Cons: I tested this with a large file of 1GB, and only got a transfer rate of 3-4MB/s. An older larger 16GB flash drive of a different brand got 13-14MB/s on the same file.

Intel Celeron G1610 - Celeron Ivy Bridge Dual-Core 2.6 GHz LGA 1155 55W Desktop Processor - BX80637G1610
Intel Celeron G1610 - Celeron Ivy Bridge Dual-Core 2.6 GHz LGA 1155 55W Desktop Processor - BX80637G1610

Pros: Very satisfied with my purchase of this CPU. It also seems to run fairly cool. I would think it would at just 55W. I came from an Athlon X2 260 3.2GHz, and am somewhat surprised that this CPU that runs at 2.6GHz is faster than the AMD.

Cons: Stock heat sink fan seems to be a bit loud, and my 1600 RAM runs at 1333 instead since thats what Celeron's are limited to. Other than that, not really any cons to this CPU.

Overall Review: I used to be the kind of person to only buy AMD products, for 11 years at that, but it seems that will no longer be the case, as I just might buy Intel from now on, they are definitely more competitive.

ASRock B75M-DGS LGA 1155 Intel B75 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
ASRock B75M-DGS LGA 1155 Intel B75 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Great little budget build board for the price paid, easy to use UEFI BIOS, and the ability to update the BIOS while in the BIOS. Fairly well designed UI for the BIOS, and board boots pretty quickly.

Cons: Not many overclocking options, but this is a budget board after all. DDR3 1600 RAM runs at 1333 because of the Intel Celeron installed on the board, but that's not the fault of the motherboard.

Overall Review: I've never seen a board do this before, but after saving changes in the BIOS and the BIOS reboots the computer, it will turn off the computer, turn it on for a second or two, turn off and then turn back on.

Rosewill - LINE-M Micro ATX Mini Tower Computer Case - Dual USB 3.0 Ports, Dual Fans Included, Supports Up to Four (4) Fans and Up to 12.5" VGA Cards
Rosewill - LINE-M Micro ATX Mini Tower Computer Case - Dual USB 3.0 Ports, Dual Fans Included, Supports Up to Four (4) Fans and Up to 12.5" VGA Cards

Pros: Very nice case for what I paid for it. Much better than the previous case I had, which was a Cooler Master Scout. Nice blue LED fan, blue power LED and red HDD LED. I mainly bought it because it has USB 3.0 on the front, and I don't feel I need a standard ATX computer anymore. Not terribly loud, I believe most of the noise is coming from the fan on the CPU's heat sink.

Cons: Very little space for proper cable routing is just about the only downfall of this case. Oh, and the fact that its really only designed for one hard drive. You could use the bottom mount, but with all that cabling down there, it makes for a very tight fit and a cable that could interfere with the GPU fan.

Overall Review: This was part of an upgrade to an Intel based computer as a cheap transition(*) from and AMD based computer, which I'll later spend some more for a more powerful computer. My build: Rosewill LINE-M Micro-ATX Mini Tower Computer Case* Intel Celeron G1610 2.6GHz LGA1155 CPU* ASRock B75M-DGS LGA1155 Intel B75* 4GB G.Skill DDR3 1600 (2 x 2GB) eVGA GeForce GTX560 w/1GB RAM Asus DVD multi writer drive 320GB Western Digital SATAII HDD 500GB Seagate SATAII HDD Microsoft Windows 8

Good PSU

CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-620HX 620 W ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply
CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-620HX 620 W ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply

Pros: Quiet, modular, and easy to set up, lots of power to spare

Cons: The black connectors make it somewhat difficult to position the right way (correct key position) in low light