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Rosewill RHMS-11003 - Dual Tilt-Arm Desk Mount for 13
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Price
Solid construction of arms, mounting plates.

Cons: The C clamp that holds the main column has a handy lever-torqued bolt. However, the lever spun freely and I needed to use a screwdriver to actually tighten the clamp. However, the threading for the bolt was quickly messed up in the process, and then I had to resort to an impact drill. Now, the bolt is threaded properly and tightened, and I dare not adjust it further.

Other Thoughts: For the price, it's excellent. I wonder if others might encounter the same issue with the C-Clamp.
The mounting clamp that attaches to my desk was also fairly middling, but at least it works.

BitFenix Phenom M BFC-PHM-300-WWXKK-RP Arctic White Steel / Plastic MicroATX Mini Tower Computer Case
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: -Sleek look
-Solid construction
-Thumbscrews in many places
-Lots of extra screws
-An abundance of air flow options
-An abundance of space for drives.

Cons: Hard to work with, optical drive blocked are worth subtractions of eggs. This case is a re-imagination of case design, which would be cool if it remained practical. If you want to access an optical drive in this case system, you're going to have to remove the front bezel to do so. But wait, to remove the front bezel, you must first remove both side panels! One of the side panels has wires attached to various points inside your case, so you have to be careful!
Upside-down construction was a bit goofy, Whereas normally I'd be building it in my sleep, I needed to use the manual.
-The wire management options are few, as the case hugs the mobo, there aren't holes and grommets for the cords come around from the back like there are in, say, the 350D. The wire managed pic is a fiction. This isn't worth an egg, because no window, but don't expect a clean wire managed build. Not fun to have to open this puppy up.

Other Thoughts: I wanted to buy a cute little case with a little expandability. I got a fairly chunky case that was both complicated to build and had zero wire management. Also the Softouch material looks like it will absorb rather than repel abuse from the kids, I wonder if washable markers might leave indelible marks in it -- guess we'll see. I just really admire what BitFenix had done, but this case has turned out to be a bit of a compromise between beauty and praticality. It is a gorgeous case and we pretty much placed it where it can be displayed.
You could still make this an HTPC, but just remember you will need an external optical drive OR leave the front Bezel off all the time.
I guess the flexcage is sold separately.

ASUS M5A78L-M/USB3 AM3+ AMD 760G + SB710 USB 3.0 HDMI uATX AMD Motherboard
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggs Budget solution, check 04/06/2014

This review is from: ASUS M5A78L-M/USB3 AM3+ AMD 760G + SB710 USB 3.0 HDMI uATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: Price
- Unfortunately I installed Windows 8.1 on the system, a fully custom build. But, perhaps as a consolation, all drivers automatically installed upon OS installation! I thought that was fairly nifty. The CD that came with it was only for Windows 7 and I didn't need to use it.
Plenty of video output options
Lots of RAM slots
3 USB2 headers on PCB

Cons: I assumed this board would have my minimums, but didn't realize or care when I selected it that it had
-Only two fan headers (CPU and chassis)
-No USB3 header on the PCB.
-Not many USB ports on the back of the motherboard.

Other Thoughts: Got this board for my wife's build, because I have no plans on overclocking. To complete this build, I bought a 4 port USB 2 array that fits into an expansion slot of my case, and a splitter for the 3 pin chassis header so that I could power both chassis fans. Essentially, this added $12 to the cost of the system so that it would meet my minimum requirements. Even so, if you have a case that has USB 3 ports on the front, and you want them to function as such, this mobo would not be a good choice. It does have an adapter so that you can use them as blue USB 2 ports.


Godwin O.'s Profile

Display Name: Godwin O.

Date Joined: 02/11/06

  • Reviews: 13
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  • First Review: 04/27/12
  • Last Review: 04/06/14
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