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MSI H110M Gaming LGA 1151 Intel H110 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
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5 out of 5 eggs Solid little board for a reasonable price 11/05/2016

This review is from: MSI H110M Gaming LGA 1151 Intel H110 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: - Installation was uneventful. Everything fit and arrangement is excellent. Plenty of room for CPU heatsink/fan.
- Came with latest available BIOS.
- Decent number of SATA and USB ports. Full array of back panel video ports for use with onboard video.
- Has nifty red LEDs at each corner of the board if you're into a little visual effect.

Cons: - There was one item I couldn't find in BIOS, and that's "POWER ON by KEYBOARD". This is a feature I generally use. This review is my initial impressions, so maybe I missed it on one of the setup screens (?). Probably not worth docking an egg either way.
- Board has LEDs for visual appeal, which I don't care about. However I was surprised that there was no case sticker.
- (Added) Tiny little manual. Definitely the least content of any mobo I've ever used (however it is in every language on planet earth). Since it was an easy install I won't change my overall rating.
- As you can see these are nitpicks and very minor which speaks to my overall satisfaction with this board.

Other Thoughts: As I mentioned above, this review is more of an initial impression (less than a week ownership). But for a basic motherboard at a very low price, it allowed me to build a nice little low power system (Skylake 6100T) with pretty good performance. It has the H110 chipset, so there are some compromises as such, but that should be known going in.

CASE ROSEWILL SRM-01 Micro ATX Mini Tower Computer Case
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs Really nice small bargain case for mATX build 11/05/2016

This review is from: CASE ROSEWILL SRM-01 Micro ATX Mini Tower Computer Case

Pros: - Mostly steel construction. Reasonably solid and nice looking.
- Very compact for a micro ATX case.
- Accomodates 5.25" drive (DVD burner in my case)
- Provided case fan is not loud at all

Cons: - While it has options for fan mounting, the filter is useless unless you use them all to exhaust air out. Using only the rear 80 mm fan, most of the air will enter through the side vent (unfiltered), some through the filter and some through the front (unfiltered).
- Cables for the front switches and ports really get in the way if you mount a 5.25" drive. They should be either longer or routed differently.
- Power LED is bright blue. This has become very common with many cases I believe.

Other Thoughts: The main selling points for me were: 1) Small, 2) Cheap (on promotion), 3) Accommodates a DVD burner. It's a bargain case but I only deducted one egg because of the airflow/ventilation design.

I assembled this system using an older 400 Watt ATX supply and didn't have nearly the problems with clearance that others have complained of. With a LG DVD burner installed, there was almost two inches clearance for the cables and didn't present much trouble with cable routing.

Speaking of the DVD burner, again I didn't have any issues with that either. Just removed the snap out front cover and the tray lined up nicely with the opening in the front panel. The button lined up fine with the open/close button on the drive just fine as well. I don't know if there is a standard for tray position & size or the button, but everything worked without issue for me. Before tightening the side mounting screws for the drive it's best to test how far forward it should be so the case button properly engages the open/close button on the drive. It's not the most cosmetically pleasing look, but no biggie.

The 80 mm rear fan (I wish it could have been 120 mm) seemed adequate, but since I wanted as quiet a build as possible, I replaced it with a Noctura 80mm fan. Thus far I haven't seen any need to add a fan to the side vent.

Noctua NF-F12 PWM 120mm Case Fan
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Quiet and effective 11/05/2016

This review is from: Noctua NF-F12 PWM 120mm Case Fan

Pros: - I'm new to Noctura fans, but this 120 mm and another (80 mm) have been everything they're cracked up to be. Both are as close to silent as possible. They also keep temperatures low.

Cons: - Obviously not inexpensive - but you get what you pay for.

- Using the rubber "pegs" instead of screws to mount the fan is a challenge.

Other Thoughts: I installed one of these in a case (Antec Sonata II), that came with a power supply & fan which used rubber pegs and thus had non-standard mounting hole size (small). Using the provided rubber mounts, instead of the screws, was a challenge - getting them pulled through the fan frame holes properly took a while but once done work great. Mounting with screws is more than adequate (as long as it's possible) vibration is well controlled by the rubber pads on the corners of the frames.

If you're looking for a high quality, quiet fan (with lots of accessories) look no further.


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Display Name: ROBERT N.

Date Joined: 12/24/03

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  • First Review: 03/29/08
  • Last Review: 11/05/16
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