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GIGABYTE GA-78LMT-USB3 (rev. 6.0) AM3+ AMD 760G + SB710 USB 3.0 HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
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5 out of 5 eggs Great little AM3+ board for the money 03/03/2016

This review is from: GIGABYTE GA-78LMT-USB3 (rev. 6.0) AM3+ AMD 760G + SB710 USB 3.0 HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: 1. Well built - solid
2. Straightforward traditional BIOS interface
3. Lots of overclocking options
4. Manual written in clear English
5. USB 3.0 with a front header

Cons: Given its a 760G chipset there really are none save for its age - 7 years. I'm not going to ding it too hard for its SATA II and DDR3 1333 limitations given that. The only con that I have with it are too few fan headers.

Other Thoughts: I paired this with an FX-8320 and its a very nice and economical combo. I've had 990X and 970 chipset motherboards and they really don't perform very much differently in day-to-day tasks and gaming that this one. They certainly cost more. While this has a 4+1 power phase set up the VRMs are quality sourced and overclocking is an option even with an 8-core CPU. I have mine @ 4.2 Ghz and there is no overheating or throttling. All in all its pretty hard to beat for just $40 after rebate. If you're looking for a budget base for an FX system without sacrificing too much this is a quality option.

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Fractal Design Core 3300 Black Wide-body ATX Midtower Computer Case
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4 out of 5 eggs One of the best inexpensive cases 02/03/2016

This review is from: Fractal Design Core 3300 Black Wide-body ATX Midtower Computer Case

Pros: Price - just $49.99 for a very solid cae
Lots of room to work
Plenty of clearance for a 140mm tower cooler
Sturdy
Good cable management
Add in card slot covers
Two options for SSD placement

Cons: No USB 2.0 front headers. This was for a an older AM3 build and my motherboard doesn't support front USB 3.0. Left me reaching around to the back to plug them in. Also, the motherboard standoffs were the absolute worst I've ever dealt with. The holes on the motherboard tray were drilled too small and it was impossible to finger tighten many of the standoffs. Had to use pliers. Plus the case is slightly misaligned and any cards (GPU in particularly) had trouble being fully seated in the motherboard as a result.

Other Thoughts: It has many pluses and nice ideas, but the cheap cost seems to have meant corners were cut in the manufacturing. While a sturdy well designed case the misalignment of the card slots in relation to the motherboard placement and the difficulty in screwing in the standoffs meant one egg taken off.

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Rosewill RAWB-131456 - 140mm Computer Case Cooling Fan - Seal IP56 Dust Resistant, Splash Proof with Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) Speed Control & High End Teflon Nano Bearing
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  • neweggOwned For: less than 1 day

Pros: 1. Quality construction
2. Both silicon mounts and black screws provided.
3. High quality fabric sleeves on the wires
4 Quiet on either PWM or full speed
5. Moves a decent amount of air on lower speeds

Cons: None unless you have something against the frame color.

Other Thoughts: I've always considered Rosewill a second tier supplier of PC hardware and peripherals, but this fan is top notch quality. I had a Cooler Master 140mm fan in the top mount of a Lian Li case blowing out. After five years it began rattling and I saw this one on special for 30% off. Its way better than the Cooler Master even when it was new. Quieter and better performance. If you need a 140mm PWM fan you really can't do better than this for the price. To beat it you'd have to go for something like a Noctua and even then the cost ratio wouldn't be as good. By all means get this!

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Display Name: Jeffrey M.

Date Joined: 09/29/03

  • Reviews: 39
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  • First Review: 04/22/10
  • Last Review: 03/03/16
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