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ASUS H110M-A/M.2 LGA 1151 Intel H110 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Motherboards - Intel
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Pros: Low cost
Runs fine

Cons: Only one case fan power header
Lazy manual doesn't have F_PANEL pinout

Other Thoughts: I doubt anyone is going to put this board in a serious gaming machine, but one fan is the bare minimum cooling for even an Internet & light officework PC. And, really, it's pretty lazy of Asus to not include this F_PANEL pinout in the manual instead of, heh, phoning it in:

PWR PWR PWR PWR
LED LED BTN BTN
+ - PWR GND
O O O O X

O O O O O
HDD HDD RST RST N/C
LED LED BTN BTN
+ - GND PWR

The board had no trouble with the M.2 SSD, but could not detect the HDD that I connected to the SATA port labeled SATA6G_1. I used SATA6G_4 instead. Granted, this is a budget board, and once it's running it runs well, but it has some shortcomings.

P.S.: To get into the BIOS, hold down the F2 key during boot. Don't just click it, HOLD IT DOWN.

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Fractal Design Arc Mini Black High Performance PC Computer Case w/ USB 3.0 and 3 Fractal Design Silent Fans
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5 out of 5 eggs Solid, good value, bigger than expected 11/05/2013

This review is from: Fractal Design Arc Mini Black High Performance PC Computer Case w/ USB 3.0 and 3 Fractal Design Silent Fans

Pros: Robust steel construction, handsome but subdued exterior with no silly LED light show, unusually well-made interior with no sharp edges, no-tools removable & reversible drive trays, crawlspace for routing power cables.

Cons: Included hardware lacks documentation -- all you get is some not-too-distinctive drawings on the little cardboard box the hardware comes in, and unless you're a veteran builder (turns out I'm not), you'll use the wrong screws for some things.

Other Thoughts: Got it while it was still $49.99. A steal.

I ran all the power cables through the crawlspace (or whatever the technical term is) under the motherboard mounting plane. No more rat's nest of cables hanging over the motherboard and hindering airflow.

The PSU goes in the bottom of this case. If you get a PSU with 120mm intake fan rather than 80mm exhaust fan, remember, it should be positioned to draw through the ventilation grill in the underside of the case, which means it would be a Bad Idea to leave the case on shag carpet or have any clutter under it.

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SeaSonic SS-400ET Bronze 400W ATX12V V2.2/EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
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Pros: Well-made, efficient, runs cool and quiet (quieter than the case fans, anyway)

Cons: Sleeveless cables, and virtually no online documentation -- minor annoyances

Other Thoughts: This is a new 80-Plus Bronze version of the SS-400ET 80-Plus (no Bronze) model from five or more years ago. Apart from the small efficiency increase, the stats are the same. Its eight cables, measured from the back of the PSU to the back of each connector, are:

ATX12V 24-pin (mobo): 22" (55.9 cm)
EPS12V 8-pin (CPU): 21.7" (55 cm)
ATX12V 4-pin (CPU): 21.7" (55 cm)
SATA power: 19" and 25" (48.2 cm and 63.4 cm)
SATA power: 19" and 25" (48.2 cm and 63.4 cm)
Molex 4-pin: 12.75", 18", and 23" (32.4 cm, 45.6 cm, and 58.4 cm)
Molex 4-pin/floppy: 19" and 24" (48.2 cm and 61 cm) -- the end one is the floppy drive connector
PCIe graphics 6-pin: 22.8" (58 cm)

I'm using it to run an ASRock Z87M PRO4 microATX motherboard, 65W Core i5 CPU, Radeon HD 7850 graphics card, 8GB of DDR3 SDRAM, 7200 rpm HDD, SSD, and CD/DVD burner, plus the case's three fans. No problems. Whatever their shortcomings in the documentation department, SeaSonic continues to make quality mid- to low-watt PSUs.

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Display Name: Alan C.

Date Joined: 12/28/08

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