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BIOSTAR Hi-Fi Z87X 3D LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs Notable increase in audio quality 11/04/2013

This review is from: BIOSTAR Hi-Fi Z87X 3D LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: This, from an aesthetic point of view, is a nice motherboard. I liked the color scheme (true black, not that ugly brown-black common on boards) and the blue meshed well with the LED fans I have.

The audio-centered build of this motherboard seems to be more than mere advertising. My wife's work often entails sound editing (Adobe Audition, ProTools, etc) and I watch a lot of movies as well as game on my PC. The motherboard's physical components and included software produced a notable increase in sound quality, noticed by both my wife and I.

The on-board reset and power button was cool. But what is truly awesome is the LED panel that displays error message codes and the system Temp.

Cons: None

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Cooler Master Elite 431 Plus - Mid Tower Computer Case with Windowed Side Panel and USB 3.0
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: -Fully painted
-Built in fan pushes a good deal of air
-Lots of slots for other fans
-Nice design
-Viewing window is spacious and crystal clear
-Good price

Cons: -The built in fan blocks a handful of the drive bays. My HDD is jutting out about 1.5inches because of this.

-The front slots (USB, audio jack, etc) were not secured in place. I pushed the module back in but can't find a way to properly anchor it. All the components work, but when I plug something in the module slides back into the case...

Other Thoughts: I could only install one fan on top because of my motherboard, but that's not really the case's fault.

I bought a fully modular PSU, and this was my very first PC build. If you're clever, you should be fine with cable management.

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CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9B
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: -Looks very nice

-Recognized by my motherboard (Biostar HiFi Z87X) without an issue

-Garnered a 7.1 rating from Windows (which, for those unaware, is almost the maximum score).

Cons: -Expensive

Other Thoughts: Unfortunately, for reasons unknown to me, RAM has steadily risen in price. This is of no fault to the RAM itself, of course.

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Date Joined: 09/04/12

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  • Last Review: 11/04/13
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