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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on 12 December 2013
If I could give this board 3-and-a-half-stars, I would. As it stands, 4 stars will suffice.

First the good news.

For me, this board/memory/processor combo is a substantial upgrade. I've moved from a 3-core AMD combo running at ~260Ghz with 2Gb RAM, and moved to this 6-core setup running at 3.5Ghz with 8Gb RAM. This combo is amazingly fast in comparison with what I had, and it's more than capable of running several the games that I'm currently playing in parallel (Guild Wars 2, The Secret World, Tomb Raider).

The board worked, straight out of the box and I had no issues fitting/installing same. Everything came pre-configured and the instructions were clear - they needed to be as this was my first proper 'home build'.

Now for the niggles.

Firstly, whilst the board has two USB3 ports at the back (i.e. that are accessible from the back of the case when the board is installed), there is no USB3 connector on the board itself. My Zalman ZX11 case has two USB3 ports on its top panel, but the only way to connect these to the board (I'd have wanted a 19-pin USB3 connector on the board, ideally), is using a pass-though cable to connect same all the way through your case, out the back, and round into the USB3 sockets on the back of the board. You'll have to buy the pass-through cable separately too, if you have a case that has its own USB3 ports.

Secondly, the board only has a single 3-pin TX3 fan power connector. If you have more than one fan on your case that requires a 3-pin TX3 connector (as I do), you'll need to buy a TX3 splitter cable. Only a couple of euro, but something to be aware of.

Finally, if you have a high end graphics card, watch out. I have a Radeon R9280X Vapor, and it's wide. Wide enough to cover both of the PCI slots on the board, when it's sat in its own PCIe slot. In other words, I've no access to ANY PCI slot, with my chosen gfx card installed. If you have a wide, high end gfx card, and have a requirement for using one or more PCI slots, then this board is not for you. If your chosen gfx card isn't too chunky, you'll have nothing to worry about.

In summary, a good board, but there are issues that stop it from being great, at least as far as I'm concerned. As/when I upgrade again, I'll be more aware of what I'm looking for and at.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on 10 November 2014
Reviewed this once already, apparently Amazon don't like it when you point out its a complete con. The motherboard and processor only cost £122 when purchased separately leaving you £78 to buy memory. Thats almost double what the rubbish provided with this bundle costs, and a lot more even than high end memory like Corsair Vengeance. Do yourself a favour, buy the parts individually, get better components and STILL save money.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 15 December 2014
This Bundle is great value for money, actual bang for buck on this set up is pretty good compared to an intel chip at similar performance specs. i cant recommend this enough its what i use in my home gaming PC, and ive done a few custom builds for people using this motherboard bundle and a Radeon R9 280x Graphics card.http://www.amazon.co.uk/Gigabyte-AMD-280-Graphics-Card/dp/B00IYD0HYO/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1418607651&sr=8-1&keywords=radeon+r9+280x+windforce.

You can easily overclock this chip up to 4ghz x6 with 8gb RAM@1600mhz and a Gigabyte/Windforce AMD R9 280 Graphics Card for £160 and a decent solid state hardrive you will have yourself a lightening fast kick ass Gaming Rig, shove in an xbox controller and outperform an xbox one and a PS4 together!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 23 February 2014
I wanted to build my own high end Gaming machine without the hefty price tag.. I am so glad I did. I also bought a separate Graphics card to be able to Game smoothly.. I can play Battlefield 4 at Ultra settings and get a nice smooth frame rate of 40... Highly recommended to anyone...
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on 29 November 2014
Great bundle, very fast processor, capable of handling all processing tasks including gaming(if you have a good gpu).
Might want to get an after-market cpu cooler for gaming though. The description of the mobo is slightly confusing, whilst it has multiple usb 3 ports on the board it does not have a usb 3 riser, so you will need a usb 3 to 2 conversion cable if you have usb 3 ports in the front of your tower case.(Conversion cables do not cost much though).
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on 12 October 2014
I thought my old board had failed, so took the chance to upgrade.
Turned out it was only the Power supply which failed.
Now working, but does not seem much faster than my old Quad core 3.0 GHz Phenom, despite also having faster memory.
Uses much less power, so only needs a standard CPU cooler. My system is now quieter.
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on 27 June 2014
I have bought a few Asus boards over the years. Like its predecessors, this board was simple to install and I was up & running with Microsofts latest "gem" in no time.
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on 23 March 2014
was the perfect bits i needed to build a budget gaming pc with always room to upgrade to better parts
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on 15 January 2014
Great service and delivered in great time. Was contacted by the seller offering an upgrade (Better quality crucial ballistic RAM and Battlefield 4) if I was to purchase 2 years extended warranty for 34 pounds. Bargain!

Only reason I didn't give 5 stars was that I was expecting the processor and heatsink to have been pre fitted but had to do it myself, meaning me needing to buy thermal paste for the job. Only set me back 3 quid and took me 10 minutes but just made me think why they hadn't done it for me.
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on 12 December 2013
was here quickly and up and running same day ,will recomend them ,also will be ordering ,another for my younger son
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