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This review is from: ASUS M4A785-M AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 785G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
Pros: Cheap, small, efficient, fits nicely in mid tower, easy to use. Very attractive if you just want to sit and stare at it or use it as wall art, lol. I love the colors Asus uses. Cool & quiet.
Bought this in a combo deal with a AMD 245 athalon II to use as a HTPC. On board graphics is much better than i expected. Using HDMI output gave me a nice looking screen right out of the box and it is pushing a 37 inch Widescreen 720p television. So Happy as all get out so far. GPU-Nos software is easy to use and helps also. I have it on "auto" which bumps it up to 600mhz core speed.
Easily overclocked the 245 athalon II processor that came with it also, and it runs very cool 20 degrees celscius at 3.2 versus stock 2.9.
Cons: Not really a con but:
Would like to have seen 2 fan header's.
Reading the reviews on other peoples troubles with driver installs off the disk, i pre-downloaded all UPDATED sofware & Drivers from Asus before i even got the board, which i always do anyway. Asus needs to get up to speed and improve their download speeds more, although they are better than before. Install of all "current" software went overall decent. Wish they would bring back the Install-All features of cd that finds and installs current software for you.
Other Thoughts: I do not recommend ever installing software of cd that comes with motherboards unless it is a really recent new release. Companies work hard on improving drivers-sofware and if board has been around awhile, download the current ones! Makes life much easier.
There are new bios versions available also.
Pros: Cheap, overclock's easy, energy efficient, fast for a dual core with no L3 cache!
Purchased this as a combo deal with the Asus M4a785-M board to use as general use HTPC/internet in my living room.
This is the second Athalon II i have bought, 1 (240) for a family member 1 (245) for me, and they are awesome for the money. My gaming rig has a Phenom II 955be combined with a Asus 5850 video card and love it also.
I hear so many people preaching about the competitor, but why? Bang for buck lie's here with AMD! You do not need a $300-1,000 processor to get the job done. In fact, AMD has the right idea with infasizing (sp?) fusion, etc. Gonna play games, buy a graphics card like a 5000 series ATI and a triple or a quad core processor.
Cons: will not cook my supper or light a cigarette for me, lol.
Other Thoughts: Some have complained about the size of the cooler, these people don't know what they are talking about. Running mine at 3.2 and only runs 19-23 celcius!!!! Had it at 3.5 and was only 30 celcius running Prime95! So what is there to complain about? Want more speed and performance? Then buy a Phenom II Quad. Which i do have and it rocks also!READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: COOLER MASTER ELITE 335 RC-335-KKN1-GP Black SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Pros: Wow, Cooler Master did it again with this one. It is not a high end case, but sure has the feel of quality of one considering the price. This is my third case from them. First one was the wave, then the 690 (1st Version), now this one. I have also had a lot of garage sale cheapo's.
Looks and finish are better than to be expected for the money. Quality, is of course are worthy of the Cooler Master name.
I love the location of the usb/audio jacks on the front.
I also really like the front and rear fan placement (although it only comes with rear fan & you have to add the front one), they allow good cross flow cooling.
I like this enough to swap cases and use this for my main machine rather than my htpc.
Cons: Wish it had a E-Sata jack in front but not that big a deal.
It will handle the high end 12 inch long video cards such as the 58xx series ATI (i have a 5850), but be warned that it will effect your hard drive placement. Only because of the power coming into the end of the card. Not all cards are like this, but keep it in mind. I have had this problem even in the full towers so just pay attention to what your needs are for space on any case!
Cable routing is a little finicky, but i am use to the Full size atx towers, so not really a con.
Other Thoughts: Highly recommed this case to anyone on a budget, you won't be disappointed. If you think you want more out of a case, then spend more. I recently put a computer together for a family member and used a cheaper Gigabyte case. And despite being satisfied with the bang/buck of that particular case, This one blows it out of the water for quality, etc.READ FULL REVIEW