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MSI Z77A-GD65 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Overclocking was really easy with this board and it had more than enough sata and pci slots for me. The capacitors were spaced well enough that I did not have any problem using liquid cooling. The LED error reporting is also nice instead of the old way of listening for a certain beep pattern. Dual BIOS

Cons: Board failed after about a year of use. Bios 1 failed first with an error about an early northbridge initialization, rebooting every 3 or 4 seconds. The only way I could get the computer back in action was to switch to bios 2. I tried to clear the CMOS and, after the first bios failed, I flashed it with the latest bios. Then, a few months later, bios 2 failed in the exact same way and now I'm dead in the water.

Other Thoughts: I didn't want to mess with an RMA so I just bought an
ASUS P8Z77-V PRO instead.

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Corsair Carbide Series 500R Arctic White Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Gaming Case
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs One of the best cases I've ever owned 11/10/2012

This review is from: Corsair Carbide Series 500R Arctic White Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Gaming Case

Pros: Almost perfect design
Nice looks, not too flashy
Good cable management
Sturdy build
Sexy white. Reminds me of a stormtrooper.

Cons: Grating/filtering makes the lighting look a little weird
Grating instead of window on the side panel

Other Thoughts: I've built many computers over the years and this case is one of my all-time favorite designs. I was looking at some more expensive cases that had the features I needed, but I would have been paying another hundred dollars for looks alone. This case is still beautiful (though it could use a window for the side instead of a grating) and it has awesome cable management.

For this new computer build, I had intended to use an old Gigabyte 3D Aurora case that I wasn't using. I had installed the motherboard and was in the process of installing a Thermaltake Water 2.0 Pro radiator and fan assembly when, after about an hour of messing with it, I realized could not fit in that case due to the design of the tool-less expansion bay. I searched through all kinds of cases, reading reviews and staring intently at the region between the rear 120mm case fans and the expansion slots of each case. After my thorough search, I found this wonderful case and it has definitely exceeded my expectations.

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Ryan A.'s Profile

Display Name: Ryan A.

Date Joined: 10/28/03

  • Reviews: 2
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  • First Review: 11/10/12
  • Last Review: 11/10/13
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