Date Joined: 11/21/07
Pros: -Windows 7 x64 runs fast, and without error.
-The new taskbar is very neat.
-I love the new Sticky Notes program that ships with Win 7 and keep it docked on my taskbar as well.
-Aero Snap is AWESOME for multitasking--with two mouse drags I can snap my browser's open Python reference web page to the left 50% of my display, and snap my Python IDE program to the right 50% of my display... and get to work.
-Show desktop? As fast as throwing your mouse cursor at the bottom right corner of the screen.
-Aero Peek looks cool, though not all apps support it yet. (FireFox comes to mind)
-The new Windows Explorer "Libraries" scheme for managing your documents, photos, videos is cool. I have also created a "Code" library that includes my project folders for easy navigation to that part of my harddrive.
-I have not had any compatibility issues yet. Easy to manipulate programs to run in XP mode.
-Installs a lot of drivers automatically! My HP All-in-one was ready as soon as I plugged i
Cons: -None. This is a very worthy successor to Windows XP.
Overall Review: I recommend Microsoft Security Essentials for your antivirus software(It's freely available at MSFT website).
If you intend to use Adobe Flash-dependent sidebar gadgets, you will need to run the 32-bit Windows sidebar program instead of the 64-bit sidebar that is configured on install. (Google for more info)
Overall Review: Not a whole lot to say about memory when it works as it should! I still haven't even surpassed 40% RAM on my hardware monitor with all the work I do daily... 6GB was probably overkill but maybe I just need to be less efficient about closing programs haha. Windows 7 x64.
Pros: -Manual was effective/helpful.
-Specs are powerful for mATX mobo.
-Overclocking support w/ switches looks nifty (haven't used yet)
-Lots of USB ports. 3x onboard headers for front panel.
-Radeon 4200 HD is great for my present needs...
-...and PCI-E 2.0 x16 will allow me a new dedicated GPU when I need something more powerful :)
-HDMI out deserves its own line-item recognition. Here.
-My system is running ~33C idle / ~45C load with 80m/60m case fans and stock PhenomII heatsink. "Cool!"
-Works great with Windows x64. Aero runs perfectly on HD 4200. Very fast system!
Cons: -SATA connectors are tight at edge of board. I recommend installing cables before screwing chipset to case.
-PCI ports are adjacent to PCI-E (obviously), and any PCI-E video card is likely going to take up a PCI slot as well (big cards!) But this is common among mobos.
Overall Review: MSI 785GM-E65 motherboard, Phenom II X2 550 3.1 GHz, 3x2GB DDR3 10600, Antec 550W PSU (my slick mATX case supports full size ATX P/S :D)