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This review is from: ECS IC780M-A2 (V1.0A) AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard
Pros: Full ATX, legacy support (PS/2, IDE, serial), 4xDDR3, nice build quality, (mostly) solid-state caps
Cons: Odd layout (P4 near rear I/O shield), some ram compatibility issues, 2 USB headers & 2 rear USB ports, 4xSATA2, no SATA3 or USB3.0
Other Thoughts: I've had this board for a few months now and it's been very nice. My build is comprised of parts I've gathered over time from dead machines and upgrades (as a PC tech). My only problem has been some issues with RAM; passing Memtest just fine but locking up on occasion in Windows. The RAM works fine in other systems but this one doesn't like it. Once I found some memory that made the board happy, it's been perfect. I wouldn't mind having some more USB headers (as I have a card reader and 4-port internal hub installed) and maybe some more SATA ports (2xDVD, 1xHDD, 1xeSATA) but I can make due... All in all I'm pleased. The board seems to be of very nice quality, much better than I recall ECS ever being!
AMD Athlon II x4 635, 2x2GB, Geforce GTS 240, Seagate 7200.12 750GB, 2x HP DVD-RWs.
This review is from: Foxconn DH153C-CF300K Steel MicroATX Slim Desktop Computer Case 300W Power Supply
Pros: Very sturdy case using (mostly) heavy steel. Nice basic design, has USB/firewire/audio up front (it's just a cap covering the firewire port). No 40mm fans included but does have a single 80mm on the side. Not sure how reliable the PSU will be, but it's TFX so easy to find and easily accessible within the case
Cons: Some parts inside are much cheaper. The faceplate didn't stay on without some modifying. External 3.5" bay mounts from the underside of the drive, thus making it incompatible with some drives.
Other Thoughts: All in all, this is a really nice case. I wasn't able to use the card reader I'd set aside for this build but was able to find one that worked fine.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: High air-flow, 2-ball bearing, included fan speed controller, bundled grill, awesome red and black scheme
Cons: Cheap controller, fans are quite noisy under mobo's standard speeds
Other Thoughts: I must say this 120mm fan is much louder than I was expecting. Sure it was forcing tons of air, but mobo controller's just aren't what they used to be. The fan controller is very cheap and practically fell apart out of the box, so no real plans on using that. I've since mounted a resistor on the rear 120mm (probably running about 7 volts) and have my front RFX-80 running on a 5v mod. They have a little hum but nothing too bad. Now I just hope they last a very long time!READ FULL REVIEW