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ASUS P8Z77-V DELUXE LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Has everything you could ever need, except firewire, which is getting outdated anyway.

I rolled the dice on this board because I gave more weight to the good reviews than the bad, and I am glad I did! Everything works great.

A quick comment about the RAM issues. The installation instructions have a pretty specific recommendation of which DDR headers to use when you are only using two sticks of memory. The recommendation seemed counter-intuitive to me, but I followed the instructions and everything works. I'm just saying, had I not read the instructions, I would have used a different pair of headers out of the 4. I'm not sure why it would matter, but maybe that's why some people have had some trouble with the RAM.

H60 water cooler fits just fine. Comes close to the ram, but it fits!

Cons: Make sure you install the WIFI card before mounting the motherboard in a case. There is a screw that can only be installed from the backside. The instructions have the wifi card installation instructions AFTER the motherboard mounting. Which is dumb. Luckily, I had already read about that issue in other reviews. Thanks fellow builders!!!!

Other Thoughts: My limited knowledge of overclocking makes me dangerous to this hardware. I have an unlocked i5-3570K, but I haven't been brave enough to mess with the robust bios yet.....wish me luck

Rosewill RDIA-12001 Digital Camera Starter Kit
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

2 out of 5 eggs Free 04/03/2013

This review is from: Rosewill RDIA-12001 Digital Camera Starter Kit

Pros: I got this on a deal when I bought a rosewill Firewaire PCI card.

The dust blower is cool. My kids play with it. The tripod is silly. If you are into photography, this little tripod has ONE use. To set your camera on the table with a timer set so you can run and get into the picture. That way you don't get a picture of the table across the bottom of the photo. If you need that, then great!

The card reader was worth it. You can plug a sandisk in the back and then plug it into a usb port. Handy.

Let's see, what else came in this grab bag....Oh yeah, screen protectors and a camera case. Screen protectors I haven't used yet. You have to cut them to fit your particular camera. As far as the case goes....

Cons: It doesn't do anything for me. My old point and shoot camera is a Sony, and it is pretty little, and even it didn't fit in the cool little nylon case. Honestly, I can't imagine a camera that would fit in this thing. ANy camera that is thin enough, would be too tall and too wide. Any camera that fits H and W, is too long. Like my Sony.

Other Thoughts: I think they are unloading these kits now that ipods are the pocket camera of choice.

Rosewill RC-504 - PCIe FireWire 1394a Card - 2 + 1-Port (Two External + One Internal)
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: It does what it is supposed to do.

Cons: You have to make sure the internal plug matches the cable that you case has. In my case, the Corsair case had a 1394 female plug. It needs a 1394 header on the card. THIS card has a firewire port on the card (internal). I guess I took it for granted that the internal firewaire was a header, not a port. So rather than returning and ordering something else, I found a 12" adapter cord from a different website. Expensive. I should have just returned and exchanged for a card with a header instead. But I like Rosewill, so, oh well.

Other Thoughts: When trying to decide on which card to get, you have to look real close at the photos, because the descriptions don't always make it clear if the internal is a port or a header.


Michael M.'s Profile

Display Name: Michael M.

Date Joined: 08/07/09

  • Reviews: 7
  • Helpfulness: 3
  • First Review: 03/19/13
  • Last Review: 12/18/14
  • Most Favorable Review: 5 out of 5 eggs
  • Most Critical Review: 2 out of 5 eggs
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