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GIGABYTE GA-78LMT-USB3 (rev. 6.0) AM3+ AMD 760G + SB710 USB 3.0 HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Built another computer with this board - using FX-6300, 16GB of Corsair RAM, SSD / HDD pair of drives and Antec PSU. Build and loading Win7 64bit when smoothly - system is running very well. Easily clocked RAM to higher speed.

Cons: None really. Only has SATAII ports but that is in the board specs

Other Thoughts: I will be using this board to update all my family's PCs so that they can use Win7 (RIP WinXP)

Antec Sonata Proto Black 0.8mm cold rolled steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Quiet, Well Built, Nice Drive Rails and Door 03/17/2015

This review is from: Antec Sonata Proto Black 0.8mm cold rolled steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: A very classy looking case - nice USB 3.0 update to the Sonata III (which I also have). The best 3.5" internal drive trays I've ever used - they mount 3.5" drives from the bottom (so be aware for 2.5" adapters). Great door (which I need this to keep little fingers out). I like the old style top mount PSU. With a little work, cable management is actually quite good with room above the PSU and top 5.25" bay and room behind the 3.5" drive bays.

Cons: The only real problem I've had with these cases is the new motherboards that have "90 degree" SATA ports that come off the back edge of the board - this case has two cutouts that line up with the MB and allow SATA cables to pass behind the 3.5" drive bays (perfect) but some full size MBs don't line up with those slots and some SATA ports become unusable. One more cutout at the bottom would be very welcome.

Other Thoughts: This is a "quiet" case - if you need "super cooling" get a case w/ multiple front 120mm fans and a big top exhaust (my Antec Three Hundred gets the job done but is MUCH louder). For a non-gamer build this is the perfect balance between cooling and quiet - I love the "internal" 120mm fan that draws air across the drives and blows directly on the RAM, MB heatsink, and graphics card without being noisy on the front of the case - all the noise it out the rear.

In Win BP655 mini ITX case with Haswell Ready 200W power supply, 8cm Fan, Black, TAC 2.0, Front USB 2.0X2, HD audio
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: My favorite case from years ago was an In-Win. Chose this case because it supports full size optical & hard drives, standard TFX power supply, and is well designed - happy with my choice. Power supply is still working well - so a very successful build.

Cons: I replaced the cheap original fan with a "quiet" PWM model. Originally I was baffled what to do with the ".8" HDD drive bay which is too thin for any HDD that I have. Found a Vantec 3.5" to 2.5" HDD to SSD converter tray which fits perfectly - so now I have an SSD drive bay! (should come with this case).

Other Thoughts: No surprises - only the standard ITX compromises: case is 1.4" wider than my Morex mini-ITX case but it uses desktop components which is what I wanted - extra width is needed for these. Used this case for a mini-ITX build using Asus M4A88T-I Deluxe, AMD Phenom 910e 4-core low-power CPU and low profile RAM - everything fits perfectly.


Terry M.'s Profile

Display Name: Terry M.

Date Joined: 05/22/02

  • Reviews: 42
  • Helpfulness: 16
  • First Review: 07/21/04
  • Last Review: 03/17/15
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