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Intel BOXDH77KC LGA 1155 Intel H77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Intel hasn't failed me yet 01/06/2013

This review is from: Intel BOXDH77KC LGA 1155 Intel H77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: All my new builds since 2008 have featured Intel mobos. This one is a neat board. It's like a New York City subway car built in the 1980s. Back to basics, focus on simplicity, good cooling. Only thing it needs is stainless steel! Features a mini PCI Express slot. Guess what went in there? An Intel Wifi Link 1000 card. I need to get proper mounts for it though. Not a fancy board? Awesome! Just the way I like it. I don't like florescent colors on my motherboards.

Cons: Lacks Firewire (IEEE 1394). I would have paid $10 more for a board with it. It's an old standard, but still relevant. An additional PCI Express x1 or even x8 would have been nice. PCI slots are dinosaurs. And although Apple's let go of the Thunderbolt exclusivity, it'd be nice to see a flood of Thunderbolt motherboards available. But the pros FAR outweigh the cons.

Other Thoughts: My mobo turns 1 on March 30st, although I bought the board in late May. She's still kicking. Thumbs up for Intel.

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Thermaltake V3 Black Edition VL80001W2Z Black SECC / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Wasn't thrilled at first, but so far it's been a neat case. See-through window was not requested on this build for myself but it's not a flashy one, thankfully. Good ventilation (one fan plus a third-gen Core i5 and GTX 460 and not much noise? What the heck?) I was skeptical of a bottom-mounted PSU. Turns out not to be a bad thing.

Cons: I don't overclock my equipment, so water cooling is unnecessary. Don't know what else I have a beef with in this thing. I bought a 2.5'' HDD adapter, later finding out that this case comes ready for one. Oh well, maybe for a future build.

Other Thoughts: I've heard good things about Thermaltake, so they're on my list of case suppliers now.

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Rosewill RG630-S12 - Green Series 630-Watt Active PFC Power Supply Unit - Continuous @ 104 Deg. F (40C), 80 PLUS Bronze Certified, Single 12V Rail, Compatible with Core i7, i5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: None of my Rosewill products have been paperweights, and even after heavy use (including some overnight FSX flights) this stands up.

Cons: Only one. Not enough SATA power connectors. Very few power supplies on the market have more SATA power connectors than Molex connectors.

Other Thoughts: Haven't smelled rotten eggs/whatever bulging/leaking capacitors smell to you yet, so that's a good sign.

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Display Name: Alexander I.

Date Joined: 04/08/07

  • Reviews: 14
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  • First Review: 07/29/11
  • Last Review: 01/06/13
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