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David O.

David O.

Joined on 06/14/03

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Most Favorable Review

10 years and still going

ABIT Fatal1ty AN8-SLI 939 NVIDIA nForce4 SLI ATX AMD Motherboard
ABIT Fatal1ty AN8-SLI 939 NVIDIA nForce4 SLI ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: I've owned this motherboard for about 10 years now, it has been amazing. Most of my boards life has had the AMD FX-60 for a processor. I've had a lot of hardware fail in the last 10 years but this motherboard just keeps on going. Although its not my primary gaming machine anymore, it is on constantly in my bedroom playing movies, music, on the internet, etc. It also still looks amazing in an all acrylic case, guest always notice it and compliment the looks of it.

Cons: I don't really haven anything bad to say about this motherboard.

Most Critical Review

drive door wont open after a month

Sony Optiarc CD/DVD Burner 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model AD-7261S-0B LightScribe Support
Sony Optiarc CD/DVD Burner 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model AD-7261S-0B LightScribe Support

Pros: worked good for about a month, decent price

Cons: from day 1 the drive eject door / tray seemed to struggle to open. It was worse without a disk in the drive. Within a month it wouldn't open without the help of a paper clip.

Overall Review: I have a stack of old early 90's to 2000's cd-rom drives, no matter how beat or old they are, they still open. This is the 2nd Sony / Lite-on drive that has done the same thing, not opening. I suffered with this drive, opening with paper clip until one day after I got it open, it tried to close on my disk.... so I yanked the drive tray right out of it.

Rock Solid 7 years now

ASUS M5A97 LE R2.0 AM3+ AMD 970 + SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
ASUS M5A97 LE R2.0 AM3+ AMD 970 + SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

Pros: This is the best motherboard I have ever owned. I originally set this up with a FX6100 and 8 GB Patriot Ram. *(con below) I software forced it to SLI two Zotac 8800GT AMPs.* It currently in 2019 has a FX8350, 16GB Ram, SSD, and EVGA 980TI FTW and is running great. I literally fired this board up in 2012, worked the living hell out of it every day gaming, has been threw probably a dozen power outtages / power backfeeds from the electric company, etc. From the day I bought it in 2012, it hasn't missed a beat or gave me one problem. It is seriously unkillable under use of a person with an actual brain. Every time I thought this motherboard had a problem, it was a powersupply failing. I'm on my 4th power supply, 3rd gfx card. 2nd set of ram, several failed hard drives, YET this motherboard remains. This rig runs constant 24/7, hard, and never gets shut down other than to restart.

Cons: *my fault for misreading but this board doesn't support SLI. At the time of purchase I intended to run SLI and instead of returning board to buy a board that supported SLI, I found a software hack to force it to SLI at 4X. That worked fine and I later upgraded to a EVGA 570GTX SC.

It wasn't what I was expecting in performance.

ECS KBN-I/2100 (V1.1) AMD E1-2100 Dual Core processor AMD Kabini (SOC) Mini ITX Motherboard / CPU / VGA Combo
ECS KBN-I/2100 (V1.1) AMD E1-2100 Dual Core processor AMD Kabini (SOC) Mini ITX Motherboard / CPU / VGA Combo

Pros: Works, seems like a solid runner. 2 eggs since it is still functional.

Cons: I don't know why they even put a PCIx slot on this thing. When I built this computer, I was intending it to be a light gaming machine, nothing fancy, but something to run Windows XP and the games I can't play on Windows 7. I used the PCIx slot for a Geforce 640GT, put in 4gb ram, and 180w power supply. In the performance side, this thing is horrible. The processor doesn't have enough performance to make a difference whether I use the onboard video card or a dedicated video card. I thought it was just that the 640gt wasn't any better than the onboard until I put a EVGA Super Clocked 570GTX in it (had to externally power the video card). Even with the 570gtx it still performed the same as the onboard and the 640gt. The processor is at 100% usage almost 100% of the time, even doing simple internet stuff. I even tried Windows 7 starter and Windows 7 64bit with the same results. The E1-2100 is just a slouch, not worth messing with.

Overall Review: If you plan to use this to do anything other than play movies and music, steer away from this product,

good case

APEX PC-115 Beige Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 350W Power Supply
APEX PC-115 Beige Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 350W Power Supply

Pros: This I bought for my dad for a cheap computer build. The psu just went out last year, bought this in may 2005. Still using it, still looks new. No complaints at all.

Cons: None, serves the purpose.

still going

APEVIA ATX-AS680W-BL 680 W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready Power Supply
APEVIA ATX-AS680W-BL 680 W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready Power Supply

Pros: bought 10/25/2011 to power a FX60 AMD and two Zotac 8800GT in sli. this is my 2nd review. Now running an AM3+ 6 core and 570 GTX super over clock edition off it with 5 hard drives. Also ran the AM3+ and the two 8800gt's with no problem. So far no problems since the new build, my power problems were because of my old motherboard. Voltages are steady and right at what they should be. I'm happy with this psu and I'd recommend it to anyone. I'm thinking of ordering the iceberg version of this for a 2nd computer of mine.

Cons: So far none, been working great for a year and 3 months so far. I bet this thing can even power more than I'm running now efficiently, maybe even a 2nd 570.

Overall Review: Current Setup Antec P182SE Special Edition Super Mid Tower Asus M5A97 LE R2.0 AMD FX6100 6 core 8GB Patriot Viper3 1866 EVGA Nvidia 570GTX Super Over Clock 160GB Raptor 2TB Seagate 1TB Hitachi 1TB Seagate 500GB Seagate LG Sata DVD Burner