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ASUS P8Z77-I DELUXE/WD LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Mini ITX Intel Motherboard with USB BIOS
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: *Excellent overclocker, I got my i5-3570k up to 4.8ghz, could have gone further with a better CPU cooler, overclocking seems to be a big downfall in the ITX sector but this overclocks like a dream
*Wifi has a really good range, when its close the 5ghz band can easily reach ethernet speeds for the internet, not necessarily for file transfers. Made by Intel
*CPU is located in the proper place so you don't have to turn heat sinks 90 degrees to make them fit
*Supports 6 USB 3.0 ports, 4 on the rear IO, one internal header for an addition 2
*More internal USB 2.0 headers than you'll probably ever need, but they are there
*Good quality Intel NIC
*Good UEFI BIOS layout, took a little bit of getting used to, but after that I could get some really good overclocks out of it
*eSATA, didnt really know this was a plus until I started using it but its a heck of a lot better for file transfers than USB 3.0
*Wifi antennas are magnetic and can easily stick to anywhere on my case, though I wish they were black
*Bluetooth 4.0, never used it but I am glad its there because bluetooth 4.0 devices take up a very small fraction of power compared to their predecessors
*Large range of display out options including HDMI, DVI, WiDi and display port though I use none of these as I have a GTX 670
*Supports WiDi out of the box via the Intel wireless card
*Comes with additional longer screws for the daughter board
*Wireless card can be configured to be used as an access point if you are plugged into ethernet
*On/off charging
*Audio levels and clarity are perfectly acceptable for me
*Included Asus Q-cable can be a life saver in an M-ITX case but I personally didn't use it because the cables in my case were black sleeved

Cons: *Awful color scheme, seriously Asus, make something that's black or black and red, blue doesn't go with anything but MSI products
*Wish it had more SATA 6gbps ports
*Needs 1 or 2 more PWM fan headers
*Personal gripe but I wish it had 1 PS/2 port
*Doesn't have an MSATA port like the M-ITX Asrock board but I can get over that pretty easily since I already have an SSD
*Hard to get to the SATA ports when everything is installed, thats more of con for ITX boards in general though
*For some odd reason I cannot use my Logitech k400 wireless keyboard on it

All of these cons are more personal preferences than cons

Other Thoughts: All in all I am very happy with this motherboard and I would highly recommend it to anyone looking to build a performance M-ITX gaming rig, if you want an HTPC or file server you might as well just go with an h77, b75 or h61 board, leave z77 for enthusiast or performance builds. Running flawlessly for 4 months now. I run my i5-3570k at 4.6ghz but I did get it up to 4.8, with better cooling I can probably go past 5ghz! When overclocking this board past about 4.5ghz make sure to set load line calibration to get higher overclocks out it as its a must or it probably wont boot. I am a bit of an Asus fan boy and have over 10 products made by them all of which work as they should or better. I use Windows 7 Ultimate. Bought this over the non WiDi for the better quality wireless card and potentially for WiDi in the future, though Ill probably just run a long HDMI cord through the wall instead

System specs:
*i5-3570k
*Fractal Node 304 case
*8gb G.Skill Snipper 2133mhz RAM
*Asus GTX 670 DirectCUII
*2tb WD Caviar Black Mechanical HDD
*120gb Sandisk Extreme SSD
*Antec Kuhler 620
*Corsair SP120 Performance Edition Fans
*Raidmax 80+ Bronze 500w PSU

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Fractal Design Node 304 FD-CA-NODE-304-BL Black Aluminum / Steel Mini-ITX Tower Computer Case
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: I was able to get a pretty high end system in this case with excellent cooling performance and almost not noise what so ever. Its small and very easy to carry around to LAN parties. All of my components stay cool, in fact my graphics card runs even cooler in this case than it did in my Fractal Define R3 because it intakes air directly to it.
*small
*quiet
*impressive amount of hardware can fit in it
*great thermal temps
*fan controller built in
*space for 4 hard drives
*handles a long graphics card no problem if you have a small power supply
*sexy
*able to fit 120mm and 140mm all in one water cooling units [I have an Antec Kuhler 620]
*cable management
*elegant design
*still have room to mount 2 more hard drives
*fan filters
*hard drive activity light points to the ground and lights up the ground, its kind of interesting
*modding potential

Cons: Not quite enough room to fit my 80+ gold modular power supply if I wanted to fit my GTX 670 in it so . The only restriction in this case is the length of the power supply, I got a Raidmax RX-500AF power supply and that fit the bill quite nicely without having an extreme overabundance of unused molex and SATA power. I knew I had to buy a new one but I knew of space limitation going it and that was my only limitation.

*power supply length
*no optical [not really a con since i use my internal optical as an external plus I hardly ever use an ptical anyways]
*wish it had a memory card reader because of the lack of much else though Ill probably mod one in later
*shows finger prints
*no reset button though my motherboard had one in the rear
*not quite as much room or cooling options as a Bitfenix Prodigy but I would still buy this case over that one any day

Other Thoughts: I would DEFINITELY buy this case again and I would definitely buy from Fractal again, this is my second case from them and I would recommend this to anyone building an ITX system whether its a server, media center PC or a baller gaming system. My system specs are:
*Asus P8Z77-I Deluxe/WD motherboard
*i5-3570k at 4.2GHz
*Asus GTX 670 graphics card [you can easily fit a longer graphics card than this]
*Antec Kuhler 620
*Raidmax RX-500AF power supply
*2TB Western Digital Caviar Black
*Sandisk Extreme 120GB SSD
*8GB GSkill Sniper 2133MHz RAM [USB speeds on an ASUS board greatly benefit from it]

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ASUS GTX670-DC2-2GD5 GeForce GTX 670 2GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: this card replaced a gtx 480, honestly ill never look back. my 480 was ridiculously loud, added to my power bill, it was powerful enough for what i played, but this 670 dominates it in every way. with a mild OC the 670 destroys a gtx 580 and will even surpass a reference 680.

i have to hand it to asus, they made an excellent card, i cant even hear it at full load. their directcu2 cooler is VERY impressive. i have a fractal define r3 case with silencing and honestly the only thing i can hear from 1 foot away is my heat sink. the main reason for buying is because i was doing a silent build with silent components in a silent case....i succeeded

i am also very impressed with the temps on this card, my case doesnt have the best airflow, but it idles in the 30's [c] and at load its at maybe 50-60c. i could have bought a windforce that runs a little cooler but then i would lose the silent operation that i strive for

my previous build with high cfm fans, haf 912 case, zalman heat sink and and a 480 sounded like a bloody vacuum cleaner during operation. i learned my lesson, performance doesnt mean ridiculous noise and i would rather use something that i dont have to use head phones for

i was able to OC it past the top edition using afterburner with stable results, but not too far past the top edition

frames rates are impressive no matter what i play. ones i had a full res display and 2 1440x900 and i decided to try out nvidia surround on borderlands 2. i cant remember the resolution it was playing at, i think it was some where close to 3300x900 but it was playing at 60fps and never dipped below 58fps at ultimate settings

Cons: none, couldnt be happier with this card. well there is one, sometimes audio cuts out when i use audio via hdmi, but that only happened after my last driver update to make it borderlands 2 compatible [game was crashing, in all fairness i hadnt updated drivers in ages before that, after an update havent had a single crash] so it can most likely be fixed with a driver update

Other Thoughts: the top edition had stability issues so i got this instead. when i OC i use msi after burner, asus software has limitations [at least from what i have heard]. i got pulled over taking this thing home from my mailing address and it ruined my awesome day =[ california cops are massive a-holes. ultra fast shipping from newegg, i believe it was delivered the next day

i would HIGHLY recommend this graphics card, if not this then any other 600 series asus graphics card with directcu 2

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Display Name: ryan k.

Date Joined: 03/28/10

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  • Last Review: 03/20/13
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