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May 31, 2007 6:56:50 PM

Sometimes, I really, really hate reading Newegg reviews because for every 3 "I love this thing" reviews, there are 2 "I'll never buy this again" reviews. Sometimes, I wonder if it because of human error or the product itself. I am planning out my first build for months now. I have bugged my classmates, friends and professors about advice on parts. I finally got the parts the way, I want them and now I need to start collecting cans and hitting up the Coinstar machines. My main concern is my motherboard because it's got a few hits and misses. I really want to make sure this first build goes smooth because my cashflow is very tight for mistakes. Anyone have this particular mobo or like the brand. Please help, I need some input. I've done too much research to start over.

Here is the board
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E1681...

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May 31, 2007 7:33:57 PM

You have to take everything with a grain of salt here, especially considering that you can find all sorts of shills/fanboys posting random reviews ("Gigabyte sucks, buy Asus instead!").

That being said, there may be some reasonable objections but you have to take a closer look at what they're saying. I saw one review which said "north bridge cooler is poor" -- what does that even mean? Also there can be reviews which say "the guy below me is wrong, I haven't had any problem with X or Y on this product" although again take it with a grain of salt.

All things considered, the ds3 is a board many people here swear by; if you get a bad one you might have to RMA it but people seem to have good luck with them.
May 31, 2007 7:34:12 PM

Many people have this board on these forumz. I am not one of them but I do know that the board overall does quite well and is very stable. You shouldn't have any issues with it if properly installed.
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May 31, 2007 7:37:32 PM

I think alot of reviews on newegg are from eggheads that don't know what the hell they are doing or talking about. If you're planning on OCing that's a great board. It has it's bugs I'm sure but there aren't too many boards out there that are perfect. Also I've never had a problem with anything from newegg, but do your research and look for reviews. I assume you're not planning on going SLI/Crossfire, so I might suggest the evga 650i ULTRA motherboard, since it OC's pretty good as well, and it's $30 cheaper.

I have a few questions though:
1) what power supply?
2) XP or Vista?
3) what graphics card?
4) what case?
5) any aftermarket cooler(s)?
6) What RAM?(speed, brand, quantity)
May 31, 2007 7:38:18 PM

Gigabyte boards are generally good. Whether this particular board will fit your needs is only something that you can tell.

As for Newegg reviews, take them as a general opinion only. If a product has lots of reviews, or even hundreds, and is rated overall as good, it probably is. Conversely, if a product is rated bad after a lot of reviews, its probably a good idea not to get it. Also note what the reviewers complain about, like a board not having firewire, multiple IDE slots, etc. That type of thing doesn't mean there's anything wrong with the board. It means the idiot didn't read the specifications before buying it.

The best places to read reviews are sites like Tom's, Anandtech, Hardocp, etc. They will give you reviews of what the hardware can do and what it can't, what it might fail at, what it does well. Also, don't just read one review from these. Read a few and compare. One site may have just gotten a bad piece of hardware, used older drivers or had some other problem that other sites didn't encounter.
May 31, 2007 7:55:20 PM

I'm more scared by many of the reviewers than by the reviews - a lot of them are obviously clueless.

However, imo you should now be looking at getting a P35 chipset mobo like the P35-DS3 instead.
May 31, 2007 7:57:18 PM

Yeah I hate that when a persons looks at something like a case and gives it 1 egg because it doesn't have front panel firewire ports. That totally doesn't matter and 1 egg is pretty darn harsh for something like that.
May 31, 2007 7:59:49 PM

The kids on a budget, so I'm guessing P35 is out, but I think it'd be worth saving up for.
May 31, 2007 8:16:41 PM

I would base my decision on tech reviews. Sometimes you find helpful comments but you won't find the ins and outs.
May 31, 2007 8:18:34 PM

I would base my decision on tech reviews. Sometimes you find helpful comments but you won't find the ins and outs.

Newegg Rocks! They recieve alot of my money!
May 31, 2007 8:29:59 PM

Careful... we don't want another Walmart or E-bay.
May 31, 2007 8:48:37 PM

I have revision 1. Have used it about 6 months. No problems. I have an e6300 OC'd to 2.8. Patriot 677 4 4 4 12 ram, 2 x 512, antec neo 480 power supply, 2 150 gig raptors in raid 0. Again, no problems.
May 31, 2007 9:00:26 PM

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I think alot of reviews on newegg are from eggheads that don't know what the hell they are doing or talking about. If you're planning on OCing that's a great board. It has it's bugs I'm sure but there aren't too many boards out there that are perfect. Also I've never had a problem with anything from newegg, but do your research and look for reviews. I assume you're not planning on going SLI/Crossfire, so I might suggest the evga 650i ULTRA motherboard, since it OC's pretty good as well, and it's $30 cheaper.

I have a few questions though:
1) what power supply?
2) XP or Vista?
3) what graphics card?
4) what case?
5) any aftermarket cooler(s)?
6) What RAM?(speed, brand, quantity)



Cooler Master 550W PSU
XP(or dual boot Vista/XP/Ubuntu)
XFX Geforce 7900GS 256MB
Cooler Master Centurion
None, run on stock speeds
Muskin 2GB(2x1GB) DDR2 SDRAM 800
Thinking about throwing in a fan for the northbrige.
a b V Motherboard
May 31, 2007 9:12:43 PM

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...Thinking about throwing in a fan for the northbrige.
You would be better off putting a slow (3speed on low) 120mm fan on the side door lower mount to bring in cool air.
May 31, 2007 9:35:22 PM

re: newegg, zzf, tiger, pricegrabber, etc. user reviews

i like to sort by lowest rating and then do my own check of the 'ownership' field. IMO, you shouldnt be writing a review of an item until you've had ample time to use it, unless its a case of multiple DOA issues. i never trust the 1 day to 1 week folks and rarely believe the 1 week to 1 month reviewers.

there have been many things in my life that ive bought and fought with for the first day or week that i owned it, only to later realize it was the best thing i ever owned.
June 1, 2007 10:22:53 AM

Yup i agree, i got my 3500+ like the week that 64bit came out over here and i had NO END of crap with it i was threatening to take it back to the supplier but i eventually found out that i was being the dumb one and that cool and quiet was a very dumb idea you have no idea how pissed of you can get with something that has not committed any crimes when in actual fact it is your own damn fault.
a b V Motherboard
June 2, 2007 9:07:26 PM

Cool & Quiet is a great idea. Saves lots of heat and energy...
June 2, 2007 9:49:44 PM

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You have to take everything with a grain of salt here, especially considering that you can find all sorts of shills/fanboys posting random reviews ("Gigabyte sucks, buy Asus instead!").


BTW, I've had a Gigabyte board repaired 3 times already - it's now going in for its 4th "repair" since it died 3 days ago. IMO, Gigabyte SUCKS! I had an ASUS board with problems, sent it in, and ASUS sent me a BRAND NEW board within a week in a half (I had to wait over 2 weeks for Gigabyte, not to mention all the down time).

Just my 2 cents...
June 3, 2007 3:41:53 AM

Especially concerning all 680i mobos. There are many people complaining that after several weeks or months that their 680i mobos fried their memory. Some have spent $hundreds to RMAs, new replacements, etc. With any new hardware there will be the unknowns that don't become apparent until much later. When I purchase an item that is completely new, I tend to wait a few months to make sure nothing occurs after the breakin period. Usually, you don't have to worry about older hardware since it's made it past the initial breakin phase and maybe even get a new revision.

I also tend to look at products with many reviews than those with few.
June 3, 2007 5:31:17 AM

Sometimes, people who write review are people who are angry and want to voice it out.

Personally, I think if someone is having problem with a particular product multiple times, I would think its something wrong with the user rather than the product. YOu can't be so unlucky to face the same problems again and again!!

Having that said, these are online retailers. They do nothing but to sell you a product. They have no control over the quality of the item they sell (kind of). Your best bet is to research about the product that you want to buy and then search a seller that you are comfortable with.

Anyway, in regards to Gigabyte GA-965P-DS3, make sure you are getting the version 3.3 and not the older version.
http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?Product...

I am not sure what Newegg version they are seling but you can give them a call and ask.

- Charles
June 3, 2007 6:07:35 AM

I work as a computer tech and I build and setup many comptuers for my company using that board. Its a great board and I have yet to see a bad one. You do also have to realize some of the people who are writing those reviews dont know how to build or properly assemble a computer. As well as many of the computers I see have pretty ####ty psu that comes with the case. As well as people do believe that their case comes with a 500w psu so it should easliy handle my 8800gtx even those the psu only puts out 16a on the 12v rail.
June 3, 2007 6:30:19 AM

Good board. Rock-solid at stock and solid overclocker. Tips- Dont use @bios to flash bios- Fan on the NB helps but you should be fine running stock without one- Rev 3.3 would be best
June 3, 2007 6:32:02 AM

The average IQ of a newegg reviewer with a tech rating of "high" is about 75-80 and couldn't tell you what the acronym CPU or DRAM stood for. :?
June 4, 2007 3:48:38 AM

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this is why i just cut to the chase and buy only intel made boards
they designed all this stuff in the first place


I thought Al Gore designed it? :D 
June 4, 2007 4:48:54 AM

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I think alot of reviews on newegg are from eggheads that don't know what the hell they are doing or talking about.


Bad Pun? :lol: 
June 4, 2007 5:10:41 AM

Righto
June 4, 2007 5:19:02 AM

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this is why i just cut to the chase and buy only intel made boards
they designed all this stuff in the first place


I thought Al Gore designed it? :D 

He is the mastermind behind the internet. :lol: 
June 4, 2007 5:55:19 AM

I never trust newegg's reviews
I have seen reviews such "this dvd burner is too loud!" on a 1900XT videocard!
or blaming for horrible performance ( when they dont even know what psu is.. )
June 5, 2007 4:46:44 AM

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I never trust newegg's reviews
I have seen reviews such "this dvd burner is too loud!" on a 1900XT videocard!
or blaming for horrible performance ( when they dont even know what psu is.. )


Or you some dumb arse who gives a thorough review of it and at the end adds, "I can't wait till it comes in". Why give a review on something you haven't even had a chance to look at yet? I use NewEgg reviews to see the amount of volume a part is getting and then base my decision on that instead.
June 5, 2007 12:08:51 PM

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I use NewEgg reviews to see the amount of volume a part is getting and then base my decision on that instead.

ah, the sheep approach :twisted:
June 5, 2007 1:43:32 PM

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Sometimes, I really, really hate reading Newegg reviews because for every 3 "I love this thing" reviews, there are 2 "I'll never buy this again" reviews. Sometimes, I wonder if it because of human error or the product itself. I am planning out my first build for months now. I have bugged my classmates, friends and professors about advice on parts. I finally got the parts the way, I want them and now I need to start collecting cans and hitting up the Coinstar machines. My main concern is my motherboard because it's got a few hits and misses. I really want to make sure this first build goes smooth because my cashflow is very tight for mistakes. Anyone have this particular mobo or like the brand. Please help, I need some input. I've done too much research to start over.

Here is the board
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E1681...


Keep in mind that people are usually more motivated to write a review when something is wrong or they need to complain. If everything is fine, things are as you expected and some don't see any reason to write that anywhere.
June 5, 2007 2:28:13 PM

If you don't need firewire, then this board looks good, The other problems seem minor and if you read reviews you can see on one thinks and another has proved them wrong. the only other thing that I could see as an issue is the driver thingy. The other problems listed is probably something that will be taken care of in BIOS updates.
June 5, 2007 5:13:51 PM

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I use NewEgg reviews to see the amount of volume a part is getting and then base my decision on that instead.

ah, the sheep approach :twisted:

What's the sheep approach? Sell a product placing bogus good reviews? I never do that or I'd have a lousy ASUS board instead of 3 ABits that 4 (maybe 5) years later, still work? If I see 4 total reviews all showing similar issues and that part has been in circulation awhile, I avoid it like the plague. A quality part will have huge activity, good and bad.
a b V Motherboard
June 5, 2007 8:59:12 PM

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... A quality part will have huge activity, good and bad.
Most folks with positive results will say nothing. Enthusiasts will give good reviews. Many folks with negative results will take the time and trouble to vent through a bad review. Only the trends are worth paying attention to. I find the reviews generally worthwhile. You just have to pick through the chaff to see the trends. Neweggs's system of reviews (like many others) does all of us a great service. Don't be scared, just pay attention and think about what you are reading and why each person posted what they did. It's really no different than a forum post, is it?
June 5, 2007 10:25:50 PM

I dont really have a need for firewire(even tho, the case I want has a firewire port). It is not something I need right now. I liked the board because of strong caps. Also because SATA and it fits in my prices range without being too cheap. I do my research now from Tech sites like:Anandtech, Tom's(of course), and etc. I feel if you having that many problems with a product and have little experience with computers, why are you trying to build one. Just go to a shop for an computer like a good little sheep, getting ready to be fleeced.
June 5, 2007 10:44:43 PM

Some of the reviews on Newegg are decent, others bring out an involuntary "What the f*ck?"

If you're not sure about a part, ask on these forums.
a b V Motherboard
June 5, 2007 11:55:25 PM

I would trust the forums more then the egg reviews. Some people have compatibility issues and cant figure out what part it is. As for the BIOS corrupt problem, I would say that some of them update the BIOS at overclock settings that are not really stable, or get the wrong BIOS file (S3 BIOS on a DS3 board)

It has over 60% Excellent reviews. That not easy because some will lower the rating If the boards color doesn’t match their toenail color!

If it has all the options you want and is in your price range, Go For IT!
June 7, 2007 2:28:23 AM

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What's the sheep approach?

the sheep approach is to buy what every one else seems to be buying (irrespective of whether it's actually the right board for your needs) ...

e.g. look at all the noobs that bought DFI nF4s despite plenty of evidence that they could be very picky to set up. Similarly the Gigabyte 965P-S3/DS3 etc. have probably had more than their fair share of problems & you couldn't pay me to take an Asus Commando ...
July 15, 2010 5:23:09 PM

Friday I ordered memory from Newegg with Paypal. I get email-receipt with dhl tracking. I am in DallaS. According to dhl tracking the package went from Memphis to Georgia, then to California and has sat there for days. I cannot talk to anyone at Newegg Or dhl. Newegg has a product support page where the claim is online reps, IT DOES NOT WORK ... AT ALL. ITS JUST FOR SHOW ... THERE'S NOBODY HOME. Product support email us anytime? NO ADDRESS GIVEN!!! More showtime.

Newegg has my money, the order is messed up, they will deal with me when ready, I can't even tell them there is a problem. Same with DHL, unless your problem matches a specific criteria (order fucked up is not one of them) you cannot submit an email.

If they did not already have my money, I would cancel this order. They take your money, mess up your order, with no mechanism for contact, even though the claim is there are several methods.
a c 177 V Motherboard
July 15, 2010 6:08:15 PM

You've tried this page, and 'chat' doesn't work? Strange... Maybe, you either don't have a JAVA installed, or it's somehow gotten disabled?

I've done business with 'em for years, probably between six and twenty thousand a year, and have always gotten exemplary service from everyone involved
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