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This review is from: Foxconn A78AX-S AM2+/AM2 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard
Pros: Was stable at default settings for me. The BIOS is very easy to navigate, and offers a good deal of options for customization. The Post screen looks cool, too. (Though that is a matter of opinion, of course.) Very compatible with my hardware. (*see other thoughts for specs.) Compatible with Windows Vista x64, and Debian 5 64-bit edition.
Cons: Only 2 RAM Slots (but at this price, I can't complain too much). Only came with 1 SATA cable, so I had to go buy one from my local computer shop, but again, this is not a big deal. I also had a little trouble fitting the I/O panel to my case at first, but it turned out ok in the end.
Other Thoughts: Below are my hardware/OS specs:
Mobo: Foxconn A78AX-S
Processor: AMD Phenom 9600 Agena 2.3GHz Quad-Core AMD 2+
RAM: OCZ Platnium 4GB (2x 2GB) Dual Channel 1066MHz DDR2
GPU: Sapphire ATI Radeon HD 3850 512Mb
HDD: Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST3750330AS 750GB SATA
Optical: Samsung 22x DVD Burner (SATA)
PSU: Rosewill 600W ATX-12V PSU
OS'es: Windows Vista x64 SP1 and Debian 5 64-bit edition (dual boot)
This review is from: XION II XON-101 Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 450W Power Supply
Pros: This case is very attractive with its silver embellishments and Green LEDs. It comes with three case fans, all of which are very quiet, and effective, as far as I can tell. This case has plenty of space for Hardware. Installation was a breeze, and the side window makes for an impressive view.
Cons: It's big. I had to rethink my desk setup, as my tower was too large to fit on the floor and not cause problems at my feet. (but hey, why waste the wonderful side view?) It's also heavy, but heavy generally means durable. Fair tradeoffs for such a case, in my opinion.
Other Thoughts: Like other reviews here, I feel I should inform you that I did not test the 450W stock PSU. I immediately pulled it out and replaced it with a 600W Rosewill PSU that was better suited to my other hardware. I'm not saying that the PSU is bad, or good, just that it didn't have enough power for what I wanted.READ FULL REVIEW