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Pros: Let me start off stating I have been in IT for over 20+ years from hardware to software support to system administration so I have a decent tech IQ.
Cons: That stated I ordered this board for a build for my oldest son with a G3258. All seemed well until the system started freezing. I tested all the equipment okay and finally ordered an MSI H81 board and it worked like a charm and still does over 4 months later. This would tell just about any normal person that can breath on there own its the system board so I RMA'd the board and it takes over 3 weeks and they send the same back!!! REALLY did they not read my RMA request and test over a period of time!!!
Other Thoughts: AVOID Gigabyte at all costs. I have for years until this and I tried them and got burned. Too many other decent to good companies. Even on sale pass them up unless you are one of those that like conflict in your life. When really all I want is a replacement board and that is really really too much to ask from such a brutally horribad company like Gigaturd.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: EVGA 430 W1 100-W1-0430-KR 80+ WHITE 430W Power Supply
Pros: 80+ certified, silent
Other Thoughts: Perfect match for my needs. Put in a gaming\school system for my son. It is powering an MSI board, G3258 @ 4.1GHz, EVGA 750TI SC, PNY 480GB SSD, Cooler Master CPU water cooler, 120mm, and a 80mm case fan.
I picked up on sale for around $30 but under 40 is a good deal for this power supply. Hope to get at least 3 worry free years from this and the system before upgrade time again.
This review is from: DIYPC MA08-BK Black USB 3.0 Micro-ATX Mini Tower Gaming Computer Case with Dual Fans
Pros: Great value!! Top mounted USB and audio and solid feel about the case in general. USB 3 and bottom mounted 2.5 drive
Cons: Perhaps QA on the dents to the side but again my situation and the price not a big deal pushed them out and put in a desk cabinet so not seen.
Other Thoughts: Built an inexpensive gaming system for my son and picked this. WOW what a deal under $30!! Solid feel! I put a 430 watt 80+ power supply with a DVD drive and able to tie up the unused power cables and put above the DVD drive out of the way. I removed the drive mount bar thing and put in a 120MM water cooler using the existing front LED fan with push pull config and fit ZERO issues still leaving the bottom 2.5 for a SSD drive and the 3.5 but I was putting a 500GB SSD so not a problem with me and still had room for a 9.5" 750 TI SC EVGA video with about inch to spare with water cooling fan setup. The rear 80mm fan worked fine with the power supply with exhaust my system temps under 30c and gaming\benchmarking mid 40ish and 4.1ghz g3258 low 30's celsius to low 60's under load. Video idle low 20's and never seen above 60c.
Hard for me to take off a star for the dents in the side considering the price and my use in a desk side cabinet. Really a great shocker to me with the feel and value for the cost. Everyone in the house really likes it and works great for a budget gaming and school system that should last him a few years. If you plan on what you are getting you can not go wrong with this case. A modular power supply would be best route but space above the 5.25 bay even with a drive and a few zip ties and problem solved. Bottom 2.5 mount really nice. I used a few rubber washers for the SSD drive to get a spacer from the case.
Setup I build for my son
EVGA 430W 80+ Power Supply
MSI H81M-P33 System Board
Intel G3258 3.2GHz OC to stable\comfy 4.1GHz
CORSAIR Vengeance LP 8GB (2 x 4GB)
Cooler Master Seidon 120V
EVGA GTX 750TI SC
PNY CS1111 480GB SSD
SAMSUNG DVD Burner
Everything fit and running like a dream.