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GIGABYTE GA-B150M-D3H (rev. 1.0) LGA 1151 Intel B150 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
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5 out of 5 eggs Solid little board - GREAT for budget gaming build 02/04/2016

This review is from: GIGABYTE GA-B150M-D3H (rev. 1.0) LGA 1151 Intel B150 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: All the features you need, none you don't
Plenty of USB 3.0 ports and front-header pins
Two full length x16 slots (one running at 16 the other at 4)
4 fan headers (1 cpu, 3 system) - which is pretty good for an mATX board
GUI bios w/mouse support - dated looking - but it has one nonetheless
DDR4 support

Cons: No SLI support, only crossfire, but no loss of an egg for that given that's exactly how it's advertised.

Other Thoughts: Picked this board up because I have it's "sister version" using an AMD APU and never had any problems. When I built this system last year, skylake was new. There were hardly ANY user reviews available. I needed to go with something I knew was reliable. Given I had this exact board only in the AMD version, I figured it was a safe bet. I was right.

The B150 chipset is excellent if you're not looking to overclock (and btw, you can if you want, just via the old-scool base clock method.) The customer I built this for was not interested in overclocking and was on a limited budget, so this fit the bill. The B150 chipset gives you everything you need without the 'fluff' (ie features that 90% of users won't ever use.) This system was designed with a single GPU (aka no SLI'ing) in mind. The B150 chipset will net you the same gaming performance in this case as any higher chipset, within margin of error of course. I coupled this with the GTX 960, i5-6500, 256gb SSD, 2tb HDD, and 8gb DDR4 memory for a mid-range build.

Board is ROCK solid. Never a single crash or hiccup. Installed parts, installed windows 7 (and then upgraded to windows 10) on off she went. That simple.

Board also runs VERY cool - but that's also the nature of the skylake systems in general.

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ENERMAX OSTROG ECA3253-BR Black/Red SGCC / SECC ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Tons of cooling
Excellent USB 2.0/30 front panel placement
Tool-less
Bottom-mounted PSU location
PSU-intake filters

Cons: Stupid name.. "OSTROG" ?!?!
The top is almost completely open - be careful of spilling something on the case - component damage will ensue.

Other Thoughts: This case is pretty slick. Tons of passive cooling. It comes packaged with a fan or two (pre-installed,) and that's honestly all you'll need. The top of the case is almost completely open, allowing the hot air to escape. No fans needed to blow hot air out the back when it can simply rise up and out! Also, the bottom of the case has filter-screens for the PSU - another nice feature.

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MSI GeForce GTX 960 DirectX 12 GTX 960 2GD5T OC 2GB 128-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support ATX Video Card
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Great version of the 960 - boosts higher than expected 02/04/2016

This review is from: MSI GeForce GTX 960 DirectX 12 GTX 960 2GD5T OC 2GB 128-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support ATX Video Card

Pros: Boosts well - This card boosted a good 100mhz higher than stated boost speeds, right out of the box. No tweaking via msi afterburner needed.

Stays cool

Low power consumption

Cons: Nada

Other Thoughts: Honestly, for the price you can get these at, what's there not to like?

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Display Name: Matthew D.

Date Joined: 05/16/04

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  • First Review: 06/09/04
  • Last Review: 02/04/16
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