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APEVIA X-Plorer ATXB8KLW-BL Black/Blue Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: This CC has lights and a plastic seethru window on the side,,, kids likeee.
Cheap on wallet,,, i likee.

both sides of the case can be romoved for internal access which really helps on the right side as one is now able to remove the 'mount' panel that the mother board is secured into by sliding the whole mobo out as needed. Length of wiring is the only limiting factor when doing business this way though. I tried taking advantage of this seemingly usefull feature only to find out it was more of a pain than anything when reinstalling, hence an unattractive feature for me.

Case is fine as far as sturdiness is concerned,,, run of the mill I suppose. I dont buy $100+ cases yet. This one is fine for starters for sure.

Cons: Only speaker plugin ports are in the back. None in the front or on the top!! You will always have to get down and wrench around towards the back and 'eenie-meenie-minee-mow-it' because it's always dark down there.

I dont like the 'front door' feature regarding access to the power button and the CD ROM. I have a fealling my kid is going to break this sooner rather than later. I just hope that when this does break, it doesnt prevent the rest of the computer from functioning.

I will likely try installing another fan to the 'window' side of the computer do add more ventilation. Not sure if this is even an issue, but this cc only has three fans (CPU, Vid Card, and the PSU). I think this case needs one on pulling air into the case, not just blowing it out(?)

Other Thoughts: Oh, no convenient 'clip-on and slide-in' features for HDD or CD ROM bays. Just slide what ya got in, lign it up and screw it in.. Done!

ASRock 970 PRO3 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard; COOLMAX V-500 500W ATX Power Supply; Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive; ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM; PowerColor Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX

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ASRock 970 PRO3 AM3+ AMD 970 + SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs 2nd build with this mobo 01/04/2013

This review is from: ASRock 970 PRO3 AM3+ AMD 970 + SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: BLUF- This mobo is working very well for me for two computer builds now. This was my experimental mobo purchase and so far-so great!

Computer #2 built with this mobo

Running Ubuntu 12.04Lts NO PROB's!

Playing Sims3 and WOW well.

Cons: Zambezi 4.2Ghz CPU with its heatsink was hell trying to mount it on this mobo though. I ruined the 1st mobo (second build) becuase I used a screw driver to push down the clamps on one of the sides and YES,,, It slipped and gouged the "super delicious" mobo,,,, Man what a feeling. The hovering wife didnt help things. Like dropping your cell phone in a full port-a-jon.

Tip- dont use a screw driver during this phase!

Other Thoughts: Personal learning tip- Purchase the right PSU for your mobo and over all build. I barely got over. My PSU had limited connectors for all peripnerals and one of them was inadequate for the vid card and had to purchase a conversion connector. This mobo takes an 8 pin CPU PSU connector but you can get away with a 4-pin as per the mobo manual. I got lucky and so far now power issues.

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ASRock 970 PRO3 AM3+ AMD 970 + SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: So happy-So far!
1. As stated before, great price for the board. Happy that it fit into the case I bought.
2. 1st attempt powering the computer the day after delivery- Turned on the computer with puppy linux live CD and it turned right on, no sweat.!!
2.5. BIOS looks cool with being able to use the mouse and all. Plenty to "play" with there looks like.
3. Every thing works. I hope I installed the MOBO correctly though. Not sure if there is supposed to be a support in the middle of the board between the bottom of the board and the inside of the case so it doesnt warp after time or with the heat(?); like the plastic thingy that keeps pizza boxes from laying on your take out pizza. We'll see in time I guess.

Cons: reason for 4 of 5. Im a newb.
Instruction book little confusing on where connectors were supposed to plug into as in there seems to be several options, especially for fans, SATA. I would have like to have read that '#1 fan plugs into pwr fan header' etc. etc... Watching the vid on youtube helped some.

Other Thoughts: 1st time "from the floor up" build
ASRock 970 Pro3; Previa APEVIA X-JUPITER-JR S-Type X-JPJST-AL Silver SECC Steel Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case (with 1 extra 120mm fan for front); PowerColor AX7770 1GBD5-DH Radeon HD 7770 GHz; Mushkin Enhanced Radioactive 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800); AMD FX-4170 Zambezi 4.2GHz (4.3GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 125W Quad-Core Desktop Processor; 1Tb Baracuda HDD; HP x24 DVD burner; Diablotek DA Series PSDA600 600W ATX12V v2.2 Power Supply

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Display Name: james s.

Date Joined: 09/23/12

  • Reviews: 3
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  • First Review: 09/28/12
  • Last Review: 01/04/13
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