Patrick12/4/2009 1:49:43 PM

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)

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No problems12/4/2009 1:35:53 PM

Pros: Runs.

Cons: None.

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.

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Great mATX Mobo12/4/2009 1:32:59 PM

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)

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