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ASUS A88X-PRO FM2+ / FM2 AMD A88X (Bolton D4) SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard
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Pros: The intelligent overclocking feature is great and made overclocking very simple for a moderate overclock. Fan Tweaker works wonders so I don't have to wonder if my CPU is overheating. Lots of connectivity for drives, USB, COM, 6x SATA with RAID 5 options.

Cons: No on-board START button like many of their similarly priced Intel boards.

Other Thoughts: Love the apps that ASUS has incorporated into their boards. Remote connection, media server, AI Tweaker are all very useful when starting to learn about overclocking and multi-use computers.

CORSAIR CX series CX600 600W 80 PLUS BRONZE Active PFC ATX12V & EPS12V Power Supply
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4 out of 5 eggs Great Size and Excelent brand 04/07/2016

This review is from: CORSAIR CX series CX600 600W 80 PLUS BRONZE Active PFC ATX12V & EPS12V Power Supply

Pros: 600 watts of power output for hungry graphics cards. 80 plus bronze. Two independent 6+2 PCIe connectors. Short length making it more compatible with cases. You can use a floppy power for something if you felt like it. Very solid construction. Box arrived damaged and I may have dropped it once. No scratches or dents on the PSU.

Cons: SATA power is never spaced out for drive cages, nor are they given enough connectors. You can split the power, but that can cost volume of the cords and increases the likelihood of starting a fire.

Other Thoughts: Why can't the non-modular power supplies have the same wiring as modular power supplies? Is there a reason we have to have colored cables in a bunch instead of flat black cables?

I ended up taking the SATA power cables and modifying their lengths between the connectors to reduce slack between my drives. I can safely say Corsair likes to keep their heat-shrink tubing in place with adhesive. The in-line SATA power connectors are very solid compared to some 3rd-party ones I bought. I would recommend a Corsair PSU to anyone that asked as they are some of the best I have ever used.

APEX PCV-588 Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
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4 out of 5 eggs Very compact for an ATX case 04/07/2016

This review is from: APEX PCV-588 Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: This case has all you could want for an outstandingly compact ATX build. It has plenty of room for 6x3.5" drives with an additional 3.5" external bay. 4x5.25" drive bays to put use multiple disk drives or hot-swap drive bays. Bottom mounted power supply with mesh filter. Plenty of room for a dual 120mm radiator with room for the motherboard choke heatsinks. Nice lightbars and top-mounted USB ports. Has room in the front for dual 140mm fan in a push-pull configuration with room for the hard drive cage. Front bezel is full of dust-filtering material. Has opening for CPU heatsink swapping. Top of the case does remove with screws for better access to motherboard and drive bays. Removable front fan filter to stack more fans if wanted.

Cons: Did not come with all the case accessories i would have liked. Only comes with 7 motherboard stand-offs. Advertises the ability to install a 120mm fan in the front when there are no mounting holes for 120mm. Instead a 140mm, 100mm, and 80mm fan mounting holes are available. The top mount fans are pushed out, making it impossible to install fans or filter material on top of the case. Only comes with 2x3.5" tool-less drive mounts and 2x5.25" tool-less drive mounts with not enough screws to fill all of the bays. No room behind the motherboard for cable management. Terrible cable routing for the front ports. 2.5" bay is something I would never put an SSD on as it is too close to the bottom of the case to not worry about breaking the SATA or power connections. Power and reset buttons are really easy to hit and accidentally power down your computer.

Other Thoughts: I would not recommend this case to an enthusiast. I would recommend this case for someone building a cheap NAS or small server. I wish that there were more motherboard stand-offs for the 9 holes for ATX motherboards and a 3.5" to 2.5" hard drive bay adapter or additional mounting holes placed on the underside of the external 3.5" or 5.25" bays. The fan mounts should never be popped out, especially the top ones as the space cannot be used to place external hard drives or other various external accessories.

This case does satisfy my needs and I can modify the things I don't like about it fairly easily. The front is very nice and makes my ATX computer look like a mATX.


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Display Name: Tony B.

Date Joined: 02/07/13

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  • First Review: 10/13/13
  • Last Review: 04/07/16
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