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MSI Z87I GAMING AC LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Mini ITX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: It does the job fairly well, with a couple of small problems (see cons).

I don't really have a visual case (there is a top window, but not very big), so I really couldn't care about what it looks like inside the case. I focus on functionality over fashion.

Cons: The biggest gripe I have at the moment is the audio, namely with my headphones, I can hear when there is I/O happening (I believe to my platter drive, not the SSD). It's definitely not completely random, which leads me to believe there's a charge building up over time, which, when released, finds its way into the audio output stream.

There are only 2 fan headers on the board, one of which 'belongs' to the CPU. Modern cases, even as small as the Corsair 250D (which is what I have), have room for more than 2 fans (The 250D comes with 3 (two to the opposing side of the GPU, and a front intake, which this board doesn't support. Currently, I only have the front intake fan running).

As others have mentioned, the layout doesn't quite feel as good as it could be. Front panel header should probably be... near the front panel.

Other Thoughts: I see MSI has released the Z97I... I might upgrade in the near future. I'll give the board some more time (I bought in February, installed in March) to grow on me. For rest of the components of my build:

- Corsair 250D
- Corsair TX650v2
- Intel i7-4770k
- Crucial Ballistix Sport (Very Low Profile) 2x8GB
- Gigabyte GTX 770 4GB (yes, it fits in the 250D!)
- Samsung 840Pro 256GB (Boot+Programs)
- Toshiba 500GB (Data+Saves)
- Windows 7 HP SP1 64

For headset info:
- Razer Carcharias

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GIGABYTE GV-N770OC-4GD GeForce GTX 770 4GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready WindForce 3X 450W Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Handles Borderlands 2 nicely, Banished all the way, and I even did a bit of Skyrim (although it was fairly vanilla) after replacing my 560 GTX with half the vram.

By the way, yes it does fit the Corsair 250D. I know, because that's what it's stuffed into (some angling and thinking required), and that which it is stuffed into is allowing me to write this review.

Cons: By the way, there is almost no clearance to the fitment length-wise. Depending on how you may attempt it angling it in, I'd suggest taking out the 250D's 21/4" bay then prepare to get scrapes.

Also, it's not a 780, but they didn't have 4GB when I was looking.

Other Thoughts: What else is there to say about this card? It does what I want when I want it to. I knew what I was looking for in a video card upgrade and thus I bought it.

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Brand New Original OEM Samsung ECC1DU4BBE Premium Black USB Sync Data Cable Charger For Galaxy Note 2/II, Galaxy S 3/III, Galaxy S 2/II, Galaxy S 4G, Galaxy Express, Galaxy Stratosphere 2/II
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  • Owned For: less than 1 day

Pros: Like title says, can now ADB into GNex again! Only took buying a new phone to repurpose the GNex into a dev-phone... First indication all things good: started charging immediately after plugging it in - didn't have to fiddle with the cable. Then came the ADB test, which already listed the GNex as connected. Initial tests done.

Cons: Haven't owned it for a bit of time, so I don't know how long the cable will last.

Other Thoughts: Now that I have 2 "smart"phones, I can recycle the old one into a dev-phone that actually sees development testing. Been a while, but I finally have something real to test with instead of using an emulator. If the cable didn't work, it would have gone on the local CL.

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Display Name: James G.

Date Joined: 09/09/04

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  • First Review: 08/07/12
  • Last Review: 06/03/14
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