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Xigmatek Vanguard EN5872 Black Steel / Plastic MicroATX Mid Tower Computer Case
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs good case, but lacks at times... 04/12/2015

This review is from: Xigmatek Vanguard EN5872 Black Steel / Plastic MicroATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: good space for managing wires. good build quality. the handles are sturdy so don't worry. HD and power lights are at the bottom of the front panel and look kinda cool (they are orange LEDs). all of the panels line up and front panel cover is very secure...

Cons: corsair h-80i will not fit any where on this case. top fan mounts may get in the way with your motherboard (i had to buy a slim 180mm fan to not hit the heatsinks on my MSI A88X-M gaming motherboard. both 120/140mm fans would not fit well, nor will a H-100 or above fit up there) front fan requires the goofy little filter/fan holder if you want a 120mm up front, or just take it out and put a 140mm in it's place (no radiator will fit up front) no air goes across the HD's if they are mounted up front (they get air if mounted on the bottom of the case but that may get in the way if your really trying to tuck those wires). a dvd-rom drive on the top slot may get in the way of wires or fans (get a 180mm slim fan for the top).

Other Thoughts: i really like they look of this case but could not stuff in my H-80i nor tuck the wires real well with a HD on the bottom of the case. I'm keeping this case with the current build (MSI A88XM gaming w/ 860k, EVGA 750 Ti, Corsair H-60, x2 Sandisk SSD's) but, i won't buy another one for any other build. i can spend 15 bux more and get way more options and space with other cases i have had to work with...

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MSI A88XM GAMING FM2+ / FM2 AMD A88X 8 x SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

2 out of 5 eggs shipped with first bios version... 04/02/2015

This review is from: MSI A88XM GAMING FM2+ / FM2 AMD A88X 8 x SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: It is a very good mobo once I got it to function. I have the 970 version and the z97 version and enjoy them both. I usually get MSI mobos for durability and reliability reasons, but go with Gigabyte mobos when I want bells and whistles. This mobo (on the other chipsets) did both, and still does for the A88X chipset, but fought me thru the install process...

good bios, good cooling ability, very good built in sound, precise voltage control are all reasons why I like this Mobo...

Cons: was shipped with bios version 1.0. not really MSI's fault but I had to use my older A6 to get it to post to allow me to update the bios so i could put my 860k in. the manual (both on paper and thru the website) tells me to install the RAM on DIMM 4 and 2 for two sticks. however, it would not post that way and I needed to put RAM in DIMM 1 and 3. the print on the Mobo for what DIMM is which is incorrect from what bios says (and that is kinda common with other MSI boards i have owned). I have noticed that almost all my MSI mobo don't give me any "beep" codes, but i never needed that info until i messed with this board. i had to go thru the parts bucket to figure why it would post, only to find it was the issue of where the RAM was installed (DIMM 4 was ok with one stick, DIMM 3/2/1 wouldn't post with one stick. DIMM 1 and 3 was the only way it would post with 2 sticks). if the manual told me DIMM 1 and 3, and or i had the beeps to guide me, a 30 minute build wouldn't take 3 hours of swapping stuff around...

Other Thoughts: it works, and it does work well....have it paired with the 860k and a 750Ti and 8 gigs of Gskill RAM. blows my FX8350 (with the same GPU in a 990FX mobo) out of the water when it comes to games, general use and boot up time. this mobo overclocks very well and keeps stable more than any other MSI or Gigabyte Mobo i have ever used.....just put the RAM in DIMM 1 and 3 first...

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Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: never have had a problem with any Seagate 7200 rpm hard drive...

Cons: ...

Other Thoughts: i've used both WD and Seagate in many different builds over the last 10 years. WD drives may run quieter, but don't seem to last as long and when they do fail it's a complete fail. seagate drives may be noisy, but seem to last longer and fail kinda slow (you have time to grab files before it dies completely).

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Russell J.'s Profile

Display Name: Russell J.

Date Joined: 06/11/12

  • Reviews: 33
  • Helpfulness: 10
  • First Review: 06/18/12
  • Last Review: 11/01/14
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