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ASRock Z77E-ITX LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Mini ITX Intel Motherboard
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: -Overclocks Well with Sandy bridge processors
-Runs Linux incredibly well!
-built-in wireless
-built-in audio is decent
-mSata under board

Cons: -hard to install some AIO W/Cing units, minor con
-Will BSoD under windows until drivers are installed
-has sleeping issues
-no buzzer
-the gold on it could bother some, but for practical builders it doesn't matter.

Other Thoughts: This board runs my overclocked 2500k @ 4.6 quite nicely. Even if the Antec Kuhler h2o 620 backplate had to take some modification to fit on.
This board from my experience also runs better under Linux than Windows, and for those wanting to use Linux, Linux mint 13 will work out of the box (assuming your not using a graphics card).
the mSata is only Sata II, so use it for a cache SSD or something, because you'd be better off using the Sata III ports for your boot drive.
The sleeping issues mostly occured under windows, but if you're not going to be using the sleep mode this board will do well!

overall, this board is incredible, might have a few quirks here and there, but I love it!

CORSAIR Hydro Series H60 (CWCH60) High Performance Liquid CPU Cooler
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Excellent Cooler! I love the h60! 07/04/2012

This review is from: CORSAIR Hydro Series H60 (CWCH60) High Performance Liquid CPU Cooler

Pros: - Awesome cooler, fits right on an MSi z68ma-g45 motherboard.
- Temperatures are great, my i5 2500k's idle would be 27C and Load wouldn't go higher than 48C at stock settings.
- fits in a Rosewill Smart One case very nicely.
- nice rugged tubes (see cons) they shouldn't leak.
- Gives a highly nice potential to do plenty of overclocking.
-relatively silent (see cons)

Cons: - Instructions could be better.
- not really as silent as advertised, but it is acceptable. - - The Nice rugged tubes as other's have said are stiff, it is true.
- lacks 2nd pairs of screws to add a push/pull fan.
- it MAY not fit in some computer cases, make sure you measure around where you will install the radiator, or else it may not fit at all.

Other Thoughts: I've said that this fits nicely in a rosewill smart one tower, it does, however though, just barely fits in there, at least the tubes aren't in the way of the fans. Good OC potential because I just overclocked my i5 2500k to 4.1 GHz, idle temps are about 35C and load hasn't gone higher than 55C, not bad for 4.1 GHz clockspeed. I would also recommend this in a push/pull configuration, to get the most OC potential. All in all, get one, it is great!

TRENDnet TK-407K 4-Port KVM Switch Kit (Version v1.3R)
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Good KVM, works most of the time 06/23/2012

This review is from: TRENDnet TK-407K 4-Port KVM Switch Kit (Version v1.3R)

Pros: 4 computers can connect to this, sharing a keyboard and a mice, instead of 4 of each. Works a great deal of the time (see cons). It has buttons to make it easy to switch, though the hot keys aren't too hard to remember either. Comes with useful cables.

Cons: It Works Most of the Time, though when it doesn't, it can be a pain. It typically doesn't work when you switch from a computer and back, it would take a few minutes for the other system to be up and about. USB 1.1 compliant, I honestly thought this was a USB 2.0 console, so only share keyboard and mice here, or get a cheap USB hub if you have a drawing tablet you use on all your systems.

Other Thoughts: I have had this KVM for almost a year, and even though I posted more cons then pros, don't let that discourage you, this is a good KVM switch. I wouldn't recommend connecting a gaming mouse to this however, you will have sensitivity issues. Other then that this is a good KVM, Recommended.


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Display Name: Christian K.

Date Joined: 05/18/12

  • Reviews: 4
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  • First Review: 06/20/12
  • Last Review: 09/20/13
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