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ZOTAC Z68ITX-B-E LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Mini ITX Intel Motherboard
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Small and fit into an InWin Diva case fine, with an i3-2100 (stock fan), and full-size DVD burner.


CPU Socket.

Can handle games like Skyrim great.

Cons: Uses laptop memory.

Not really a huge con, but something to look out for.

Other Thoughts: This is part of a build I made for Christmas. She's been enjoying Skyrim on it ever since.

It'll handle any decent game she cares to throw at it, but she's mostly just been playing Skyrim. Might have trouble with certain Crytek FPS games that are bloated with tessellation.

I just hope I can continue to find upgrades that fit into that tiny case in the future. My guess is, I will.

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PC Power & Cooling Silencer MK III 400W 80Plus Bronze Semi-Modular ATX PC Power Supply PPCMK3S400 by FirePower
  • Owned For: less than 1 day

Pros: The OEM for the Mk IIIs is Seasonic.
Modular.
80plus

Cons: n/a

Other Thoughts: Check the PSU review database at RealHardTechX and see for yourself.

This PSU (like the other Mk IIIs) is made by Seasonic, possibly the most reliably PSU maker out there. (The older plain, non-Mk silencer series PSUs are also Seasonic)

I have an Mk II which is made by Sirtec and is not genuine 80plus, and isn't modular. It seems to be holding up fine and I haven't had any issues yet, plus you can't beat the 7 year warranty. Nonetheless, I wish I had an Mk III instead.

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Crucial Ballistix 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT51264RF160A
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Crucial Brand
Red PCB
Red low-profile heatspreaders (they aren't even a hair taller than the PCB, and are open on top to allow more air flow, I suppose).
Works in my BIOSTAR TZ68A+ - didn't have to adjust anything in BIOs. No hassle.

Cons: None yet. Just upgraded my system's main components and have no immediate plans to overclock.

Other Thoughts: Big, obnoxious rip-jaw-esque heatspreaders aren't very useful, and they tend to get in the way of my CPU cooler (currently using an Eclipse Gemini with dual 120mm fans).

I think these look pretty snazzy, but my main concern was that they were Crucial. Have had bad luck with Kingston DDR2, in the past. Currently using Crucial in my netbook as well, and have zero problems.

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Kendrick C.'s Profile

Display Name: Kendrick C.

Date Joined: 12/09/10

  • Reviews: 14
  • Helpfulness: 8
  • First Review: 05/23/11
  • Last Review: 04/09/12
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