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ASUS MAXIMUS IV EXTREME (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Extended ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Features out the wazoo. Asus is a reputable brand name and I've been using their Mobos since I could remember, this is my first go on one of their 'extreme' boards, though.

Cons: Meh, price; but I'm a firm believer in you get what you pay for.

Other Thoughts: The features are bountiful to the point I've had to say on multiple occasions "When am I ever going to use this!?" That being said, it's probably too much motherboard for me and my application. I'm also a firm believe that if you want to 'future-proof' (to the extent that phrase is possible) your machine you need a solid foundation (AKA, mobo); if you're going to spend 'too much' on any one part, it should be your mobo.

Intel 510 Series (Elm Crest) SSDSC2MH120A2K5 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: All the obvious pros from SSD: Physical size, speed, sound, power consumption. Intel is a reliable brand, great provided software to optimize Windows for SSD, and performance tests tell me it's getting exactly what it's spec'd for.

Cons: Meh, price to gig on SSD is a little askew, but I knew that going in.

Other Thoughts: I used to think price to gig was the deal for storage, but with SSD you can to compare price to gig ratio times speed. I used to buy the WD raptors but again, the price/gig*speed is outstanding on SSDs and the speed is noticeably better; more so than standard drive to raptor.

IN WIN Dragon Rider Black 1.0 - 0.8mm SECC Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Well built case. It's firm and room. Plenty of room multiple, large video cards (using a GTX470, myself) and lots of airflow. I like the hard drive/disc drive mounting brackets, too.

Cons: Oh Cons... I don't like the open ports on the top; they're prone to spills, dust, crumbs, dirt, etc. etc.. It would be cheap/easy to add a sliding cover for them, or to put them on front.

Speaking of which (not that there's already stuff in them) my front mic port doesn't work. I've tried time and time again and when it DOES work, it's wicked quiet. I've triple checked the connection and configuration, as well as confirmed my rear port (and therefore headset I'm using) work fine. Part two of this gripe is that I don't *think* I can inspect the underside of the ports as there's this metal plate under it on the inside. This is what the case loses an egg for.

As others have pointed out in their reviews, the big fan on the side that it comes with runs into my after market CPU cooler, so it had to be removed. I've put in a few 120mm's to suffice. My biggest issue with this is that there's now a functionless switch on the side of my case.

Lastly, the in win logo/light is annoying.

Other Thoughts: All and all, it's not a terrible case.


Brent S.'s Profile

Display Name: Brent S.

Date Joined: 04/20/05

  • Reviews: 19
  • Helpfulness: 7
  • First Review: 05/08/07
  • Last Review: 05/10/11
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