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BIOSTAR TZ77XE4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Comes with little buttons on the motherboard for power and resetting so a test boot is easy. There's an interface on the motherboard for temperature of the CPU, which helps me a lot considering my case doesn't have great airflow, although some cases might obscure this interface. Everything is simple to install and remove. The manual helped immensely.

Cons: The CPU fan installation was a little difficult. The motherboard didn't have any notice of which way to install the CPU fan, and I ended up putting it in wrong twice because the CPU fan's power cord couldn't reach the slot. I also noticed the motherboard seemed a bit large when I was installing it, but that could very well have been my case.

Other Thoughts: There seems to be some useless bulk on the board, that may or may not be important at all. It looks like some of it might be for water cooling, but I have no idea how that works so I don't know. I don't feel concerned about buying this, though, it works great so far.

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APEX PC-389-C Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggs A good choice in other instances. 02/05/2013

This review is from: APEX PC-389-C Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: Looks great. Comes with lots of extra screws for mounting the motherboard and screwing in drives and things. All of the case interface cords have a little plastic thing on the inside to keep them all bound together easily, which was a great addition.

Cons: Not a lot of room for my motherboard. The labeling on the motherboard mounting holes weren't clear, and there weren't enough mounting screws for every hole in my motherboard. There was a few holes that I assume were for routing power cords that I lost screws in while I was mounting the motherboard. One of the plastic tabs that keeps the front panel on snapped off at one point.

Other Thoughts: The only concern I have about this case is airflow. The front 80mm fan mount appears to be totally closed in and fairly useless. There's a 90mm fan mount on the back that isn't blocked by anything. The only areas for air circulation are where the 90mm fan is and some perforation on the side.

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Sabrent USB-802N Wireless 802.11n USB 2.0 Adapter
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

3 out of 5 eggs Blech. 02/05/2013

This review is from: Sabrent USB-802N Wireless 802.11n USB 2.0 Adapter

Pros: The adapter's drivers and things were simple to install and the adapter is simple to run and use.

Cons: The plastic around the chip snapped off when I went to pull it out of a USB port, but popped back on like it's meant to do that, which I thought was strange. The connection flucuates and is unreliable, but that could be because my computer is on the opposite side and floor of my house compared to the router.

Other Thoughts: If your computer is going to be close to the router, then I imagine this isn't a bad choice, but there are probably cheaper options. I'm currently looking for a USB extension cord, or a replacement, which ever is cheaper.

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Display Name: Zack H.

Date Joined: 12/25/12

  • Reviews: 4
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  • First Review: 02/05/13
  • Last Review: 02/05/13
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