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ASRock H87M Pro4 LGA 1150 Intel H87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Took some trial and error to boot up 02/14/2014

This review is from: ASRock H87M Pro4 LGA 1150 Intel H87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Inexpensive
4 RAM slots
Abundant ports/connectors for a small, cheap board

Cons: Had several unresponsive power-on attempts
BIOS is kind of flashy and goofy looking, but whatevs

Other Thoughts: This build was the longest, most frustrating experience I've had building or repairing PCs, but I can't say what role this board played in the process. There was much removing and adding back of components to just get the CPU fan to spin up, then get to BIOS, and finally have all of the components connected and booting reliably. I wouldn't dock an egg or discourage anyone from using this board, but I would advise persistence if you don't get the expected result right away.

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Antec NEW SOLUTION SERIES VSK-3000 Black SGCC steel MicroATX Mini Tower Computer Case
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Fits a large GPU, kind of.
Okay to look at.
Good build quality for the price.

Cons: Bizarre PCI/E implementation.

Other Thoughts: When I first received this case, I looked it over and decided no, I did not want to build in this case and I did not want to look at it for however long I'd have my next system. I actually bought another case, but fast forward a few months to when I finally snagged a CPU and went digging for that case, and I pulled this one out and started building in it.

It was a struggle. The majority of difficulties I'll write off to the micro-ATX form factor, though I've built in a similar sized and priced case which was much less stressful. Where I'm docking an egg is the "space saving" decision to have PCI cards (like, say, my GPU) slide their upper tabs into a narrow slot in the back of the case which is pretty much impossible to accomplish for any sizable card. I had to remove the backing plate from my GPU in order to fit it in this case. There was plenty of room for the card itself, but no way to install it without modification. Now that it's installed, the only support it has is the PCI-E slot itself on my mobo and tension on the power cables from the PSU. Awesome.

I'll probably end up transferring this build to the intended case (which I tripped over immediately after completing the build) just to have the GPU properly supported and for the USB 3.0 front panel.

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ASUS VN248H-P Super Narrow Bezel Black 23.8
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Great viewing angles.
Deep blacks.*
Nice looking design, front and back.
Unobtrusive power light (a real rarity in monitors).
VESA mounts (getting rarer).
Dual HDMI, and yes, I got a DVI-to-HDMI cable.*
Nice matte-ish finish on the screen.

Cons: I'm not seeing the huge color difference from my five year old TN panel, but it still looks great.
The "leg" for the stand was a little tough to remove and left some marks on the plastic.
I don't think this thing has built-in speakers, Newegg.
No rebate card that I found.

Other Thoughts: Overall I'm very satisfied and even contemplating a second purchase. I did not have the "double rainbow" response to the picture on this IPS panel vs. my old 1680x1050 22" LG. The colors in "theater mode" or "game mode" seem garish and oversaturated and mainly the screen is just painfully bright. The main calibration I made was bringing brightness down to 17%, using the Windows 7 guide image (and I could have gone lower). The main advantage vs. my old monitor are deeper, more even blacks.

I did get a DVI-to-HDMI cable. It's not listed and other people said they didn't get one, but there was one in my box. Awesome. I guess don't count on it, but you might get lucky?

Also, Newegg is listing this monitor with speakers. There's no sign of speakers on the housing, the box, or the paperwork, and plugging my tablet into the mic jack produced no sound. There is a volume control in the OSD menu, but that may just pertain to HDMI sound routed through the headphone jack.

I didn't find any rebate card (or packing slip, for that matter), but I never count on rebates, anyway. It's still a great price for the product.

And finally, people, get an articulated mount arm. It's just as important ergonomically as a decent desk chair. You shouldn't be choosing your displays based on their stands.

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Jeremy H.'s Profile

Display Name: Jeremy H.

Date Joined: 02/08/09

  • Reviews: 12
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  • First Review: 02/26/09
  • Last Review: 02/14/14
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