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GIGABYTE GA-F2A88XN-WIFI FM2+ / FM2 AMD A88X (Bolton D4) HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Mini ITX AMD Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: I purchased this board with Corsair SSD, AMD Gamer RAM, and the A10 7700K. The performance is incredible and I have no issues whatsoever.

My biggest need for this board was for it to be low power with a lot of performance. Surprisingly, the whole set up idles at 38~44 watts. While using dual monitors, watching a movie and web browsing it sits around 74~79 watts. While Playing Battlefield 4: 136~145 watts. Encoding H.264: 152~158 watts.

The component placement on this board is engineered really well. The bottom side of the board is engineered so that it can use a re-inforcement bracket, meaning it can and does mount any water cooling bracket easily. Rare for a mini-ITX, and the only FM2+ with support as of this posting.

If you are looking for a reliable, low power, performance board, check it this out!

Cons: The only thing I don't like about this board is also the component placement on the topside of the board. Most boards are set so that the power switch, Power led, HDD LED, are in the bottom right corner of the board. In order so that all of the components could fit nicely, they had to put the SATA ports and I/O ports at the top left. Extremely inconvenient if you are using a small ITX case and the I/O cables are only long enough to reach the bottom right of the board, aka Lian Li cases.

Other Thoughts: While the component placement might not be ideal, the APU placement allows for a wide array of coolers. The placement of the RAM allows for better cable management and fan placement on some cases. Not to mention it puts the RAM in direct flow of most fans, allowing the RAM to be cooled better.

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Corsair Force Series GT CSSD-F120GBGT-BK 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: This SSD has been running 24/7 since early December as a Minecraft Server, Gaming server, and File Server. The SSD handles perfectly and TRIM is wonerful. SSD's are in their prime time no matter what anyone else says, you just have to get the right SSD. This is my 5th SSD of this model and all have been running with no hiccup.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: Several of my buds have purchased budget SSDs only to have them fail on them. You get what you pay for with SSDs. Corsair uses their own selected chips like they do with their high quality RAM for their SSDs. They don't mess around and they make great product. You can be reassured that even if you did have a problem, you would get their world class support and the issue would be resolved. Buy Corsair.

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CORSAIR CX series CX430 430W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Impressive PSU! This "Cheap" PSU has been running 24/7 since early December. No hiccups, no shut downs, easy set up and a great amount of wattage. I would go no less than
Corsair for a PSU.

Cons: Not modular, but I have no room to ccomplain, because that's what I ordered. There is a modular version of this PSU now available.

Other Thoughts: I'd probably reccomend the Modular version of this, just for cable air flow reasons, but if you don't need it, than this is a great PSU.

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Cameron K.'s Profile

Display Name: Cameron K.

Date Joined: 08/06/08

  • Reviews: 6
  • Helpfulness: 3
  • First Review: 10/28/11
  • Last Review: 03/04/14
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