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GIGABYTE GA-B75M-D3V LGA 1155 Intel B75 USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
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5 out of 5 eggs Tiny, but Rock Solid 01/10/2013

This review is from: GIGABYTE GA-B75M-D3V LGA 1155 Intel B75 USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Gigabyte calls this a MicroATX, but it's really smaller than MicroATX standard. Nevertheless its a real workhorse and an excellent value, though it does look a bit underwhelming mounted in a mid-tower case. It's also a bit of an oddball in that it has a parallel port, which is good news I suppose for those few who still have to use ancient hardware because the idiot boss won't part with the vertical market management software he's been using for 20 years. I seen a few of those in my time so I'll be buying more of these just for the LPT port.

In case you're the adventurous type this MB makes an excellent foundation for a Hackintosh project build. Mountain Lion installs on it almost like a factory-built Mac Pro.

Cons: None so far, nor do I expect any nasty surprises. I've used Gigabyte MBs for years and they've all been satisfactory.

Other Thoughts: It's not a con really, more of an observation. This is a more than decent motherboard, but it is a bit limited. If you've got an i3 or any kind of Ivy Bridge spend more bucks for a board with more expandability. However any CPU less capable than a Sandy Bridge G860 can't find a more suitable home than this board.

Thermaltake TR2 W0070 430W ATX12V v2.3 Power Supply
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1 out of 5 eggs DOA 11/17/2007

This review is from: Thermaltake TR2 W0070 430W ATX12V v2.3 Power Supply

Pros: Generally Thermaltake products are first rate. I've built many systems lately, and each one (save the most recent) has used a Thermaltake PSU with uniformly excellent results. However, to save money on a non-critical bulid I used a TR2. It was dead on arrival. Whether a functioning unit is good or bad I can't say.

Cons: DOA. There is nothing more frustrating than a new computer that won't power up!

Other Thoughts: My advice is to never send less than $50 on a PSU


Emmitt S.'s Profile

Display Name: Emmitt S.

Date Joined: 06/03/07

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  • First Review: 11/17/07
  • Last Review: 01/10/13
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