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ASUS Z87I-DELUXE LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Mini ITX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

3 out of 5 eggs onboard wifi... just kidding 05/19/2014

This review is from: ASUS Z87I-DELUXE LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Mini ITX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Excellent bios.
Very quick boot times (the fastest I've ever experienced personally).
ASUS.
Good Features.
Natively works with three monitors at once (>2 requires bios setting change) (see "other thoughts")

Cons: On Windows7, the onboard wifi never got over 12mb dl / 4mb ul, while my laptop and two year old TP-Link external wifi (hardly larger then the asus antenna), get 22/7mb or better. To top it off, within a week, the wifi card started reporting "no connections available", while the laptop and TP-Link showed 12+ connections. On ubuntu the wifi card worked, but disconnected randomly every 10-30 seconds for about 10 minutes, before quitting completely.

I also grew frustrated with the bios resetting my boot order every time a drive was removed/added, even if it wasn't the boot drive. I'm not sure how common this is, but it is a nuisance.

Other Thoughts: This motherboard was a replacement for a Rampage III Extreme, which randomly started boot cycling. So it was disappointing to receive a new Asus and have a part fail on it within a week.

I love Asus, and have been loyal for years, having dozens of products, monitors, burners, gpus, mobos, etc. Up until this year, the only product I've had fail, was likely due to a failing PSU which burned out the next day.

I may still buy asus products after this, but I wouldn't recommend this board after reading all the issues with the wifi. At minimum, plan on replacing the wifi card, maybe with one that has WiDi.

I had another issue, while using HDMI output. I tried two different Asus VK278Q monitors, both would go black every 5-30 minutes, while my other monitors continued working. They still appeared to be receiving signal and remained backlit. Rebooting the monitor, or unplugging/replugging the hdmi from the mobo, temporarily fixed the issue. I tried multiple HDMI cables/brands, to no avail. The only thing that seemed to fix the issue was switching to an HDMI to DVI cable. This could be just a monitor issue.

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Asus VK278Q Black 27
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Large screen, full HD, Built in webcam, LED backlit, buttons are easier to navigate then the 23" asus's I had before.

Not a single dead pixel out of the three I bought! =D

I would definitely buy these monitors again, and as always, I will stick to asus products.

Cons: I guess it is just my own negligence to look it up, but newegg now states it as Recommended Resolution 1920x1080... I just naturally assumed that the max resolution was 2550x1440 as it should be for a 27" monitor. In my opinion, this is neweggs fault for no longer showing max resolution for monitors. Turns out pretty much any 27" besides a highly expensive NEC, Dell or HP has a max resolution of 1920x1080.... Had I known that the max resolution was the same as my 22 and 23" monitors, I probably would've just ordered 24" monitors.

I wasn't looking to enlarge the size of the items on screen, I was looking for more room to put more things on the screen. At the price I paid, I could've bought almost 8 of my previous 23" monitors....

Other Thoughts: I have heard that LED backlit monitors are so vibrant that you sometimes have to turn down the brightness on the monitor... I really don't notice any difference from my 23" asus's...

As for them being 27", I have to sit further back from my desk now, which kicks in the need for glasses which pretty much sucks for me... Hah, ownt...

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Thermaltake Element G VL18501W2Z Black SECC / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Gaming Case w/ 850W Modular Power Supply
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: It Looks nice. Good paint that wont scratch easily.
Rubber lining on the doors to reduce noise.
Sweet lighting options, you can choose between blue green or red, or two modes that cycle each colors in different sequences. You can also turn the lights completely off which can be nice if you have to leave your computer on at night < /me.
I originally was going to replace the PSU with an ABS, but it actually has a nice modular 850 watt PSU.
Easily removable and reinsertable drive bay covers.
Screw holes are ligned up right. Unlike some cases.
No screw holes stripped out during install.
Easy pull handle on the bottom of the case to remove the face, no need to unscrew 6 screws that are near impossible to get to, though I fear this will break easily in the future.
Top faceplate has 4 USB's, though I can't imagine using all of them at once.
It came with a 3.5" to 5.25" bay adapter, which prooved useful.

Cons: Very tight fit; I literally had to force the MB along the 5.25" drive bay to get it in. The case has an angled piece of metal used to cover cables, and it completely blocks my horizontal SATA inputs on my MB, I was able to force cables into the top row of inputs at a slight angle. Being that I have a very large heatsink, and it's already a tight fit, the heatsink overlaps the drive bays by an inch, making the bays unusable to normal length dvd drives.

The metal contact for the side fan, broke off the first time I opened the case. Attempted Repair, no worky. Not a time saver when I end up having to splice wires and add connectors to get the side fan working.

One of the MB mounts actually snapped in half, I had to drill it out.

Pulling the stock peripherals faceplate out, bent the metal around it.

Two cable connectors were damaged, one unusable, the other just won't clip down.

The light/fan speed control on the front, seems to do only about 10% of it's purpose.

Other Thoughts: I can overlook pretty much every issue, except the lack of space. I would only buy this case again if they increased the width about an inch.

The contact for the side fan was a neat idea, but it's useless if it breaks off so easily.

My main drive is a PCI-Ex4 slot, so I didn't need the 3.5" drive bay, and ended up just removing it. I used the 3.5" to 5.25" bay adapter to install my secondary hard drive.

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Date Joined: 05/23/05

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