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ASRock H81TM-ITX R2.0 LGA 1150 Intel H81 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Mini ITX Intel Motherboard
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3 out of 5 eggs The main power cable is too short! 01/02/2016

This review is from: ASRock H81TM-ITX R2.0 LGA 1150 Intel H81 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Mini ITX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Installed quickly and with a few roadblocks.
This replaced the stock HP Pavilion 110-023w Motherboard that died, because the socket LGA-1155 pins were bent on it while I was cleaning that computer.

Cons: This board installs upside down in the case. How do they expect me to run a Power Connector 9 in. across from the motherboard to the first device (e.g. hard drive) to the DVD Superdrive if I have just a 6 in. cable?

Other Thoughts: While I did get this to replace a broken motherboard, because my Mother uses this PC for Facebook and nothing else, I had to select one that only ran off of this power brick, since this is how the original machine intended it. I had to make a significant change to the main power cable so that it can reach across from the power connector on the motherboard to the first device it can connect to. This board was intended for AIO and HTPCs, but for this special exception, it would make a suitable replacement to that broken Socket LGA-1155 board. I selected a good Haswell chip for it and some exceptionally good memory (items# N82E16819117618; N82E16820231703), but in addition to the DC-DC power conversion I don't have to rely on running it on a big, beefy power supply either.

Aside from the fact that the motherboard installs upside-down in the case, it's still a decent board for building a low-power computer with. Assuming that you can still find any boards left. Seems as though I had gotten the last one off the shelf though, sorry about that.
Cable management was a pain to do, because I had some cables that barely reached to mate with their connections on the mainboard.
While I did inspect the socket for any bent pins, there were none, fortunately. I had already planned ahead with getting the accidental-damage handling coverage in case there was damage to the socket or the rest of the board. There were no other problems, except that I had to turn off the LVDS in the UEFI setup for any monitors connected in the rear panel to be used.

Unfortunately, convincing my mother that she needs a new copy of Windows 10 (item# N82E16832588528) is going to be a chore in itself.

Corsair Raptor HS40 USB Connector Circumaural 7.1 Gaming Headset
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4 out of 5 eggs How in the heck?! 05/16/2015

This review is from: Corsair Raptor HS40 USB Connector Circumaural 7.1 Gaming Headset

Pros: Great sound
Awesome fit
Push-button controls, as opposed to the potentiometer control or sliding switch which get rusty when they're not moved around.

Cons: None that I'm physically aware of, apart from not being able to curve the microphone close to my face.

Other Thoughts: This obviously does not have a sound card. Basically what you have is the complete headset with an inline controller, with a retractable microphone, and that's it.
Though I had to RMA a pair of headphones because the computer didn't recognize it the first time. As it turned out, the first pair of headphones had a major cable fault that shorted out the USB ports and caused them to stop working until the headphones were unplugged.
Although, I have to ask, how in the heck do you get 7.1 sound through a pair of 40mm drivers anyway? Other than having to install the software, I still don't get the concept.

Rosewill Quark-650, Quark Series 650W Full Modular Power Supply with LED Indicator, 80 Plus Platinum Certified, Single +12V Rail, Intel 4th Gen CPU Ready, SLI & Crossfire Ready
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Pros: Provides the effective power-delivery I need in a more-modular design, should I ever decide to get a more-powerful GPU. 80-PLUS Platinum means that my computer can be up to 92% efficient, especially when the computer is not in use.

Cons: Is it supposed to make that odd ticking sound when you turn your machine on or off?

Other Thoughts: I wasn't able to see much of a difference in electricity use--the power company keeps on raising my rates. I know some time last month my electric bill was a bit cheaper.
This PSU replaces an older 550w PSU that's also stamped as "80-Plus certified", but at its most basic level; it didn't say whether it was bronze, silver, gold or Platinum-certified.


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Display Name: Jeffrey S.

Date Joined: 12/27/12

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