Joined on 02/11/07
Perfect motherboard for me
Pros: I used this motherboard on my first ever build and it worked great. I was freaking out because I bought an OEM hard drive which needed SATA cables that I didn't have. I was very happy to see that these cables came with the motherboard. Very slick cables for hard drives and cd drives. My system is an E6420 with 2 Gigs of 800mhz ram with a 7900GS MSI video card with 512 Ram. This motherboard only has one pci-e slot, but if you wanted to run sli, you may as well just get an 8800GTX or something for the same price as two video cards. I run BF2 on full graphics with no problems or lag. Very smooth at all times, and that game demands a lot from your computer so sli isn't that big of a deal right now. The FSB on this has enough speed to carry a Quad core or Core 2 Extreme so upgrading isn't a problem.
Cons: Only one pci-e slot but this it's not a big deal if you aren't going to run 2 video cards.
Amazing price for amazing products
Pros: This ram is amazing. 2 GB of 800 mhz ram for under 100 bucks? I have yet to see the ram overloaded so 2 GB for me is enough. Although I'm running Windows XP so who knows what will happen if I get Vista. But for now it looks great and works even better.
Pros: After using an old 2.6 GHZ Pentium celeron processor, this is amazing. Not only is the FSB speed amazing but the processor itself can do so much without even trying. I haven't overclocked it but I am considering it, especially since I haven't seen the CPU go above 40 degrees since I have installed it. I have heard of overclocking these processors to over 3 GHZ without any problems, so we'll see. The heatsink and fan installed without a problem, I also used arctic silver to keep it cool.
Pros: Hard drive is fast and has enough room to install just about anything that I'd want to, and still have half of the hard drive left. I had to format the drive 3 times, not due to the hard drive but mistakes that I made. Not the drive's fault though, works great.
Cons: Comes with no cables, so hopefully your motherboard came with everything you need to hook it up as mine did. But thats what you get for buying OEM parts.
Pros: Great case, very roomy. Many locations to mount the cd/dvd drive and hard drives. Wasn't cramped when installing motherboard. Case fans keep everything very very cool, I haven't seen my E6420 go above 40 degrees yet. The temp. gauges work also. The lights, fans, and clear side case make it look very nice.
Cons: Even though the lights make the case look great in the day time, when its night time the blue lights make it look like a smurf exploded in my room. I need to find a way to shut them off as an alternative to shutting my computer down at night.