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MSI Z77A-G45 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: looks pretty

Cons: works 90% of the time. Other 10% is always crashing. Had to test all other components individually to verify motherboard was broken. Kinda wish it just didn't work at all, actually. Already set up for RMA, but msi make you pay return shipping, so I'm out a few more dollars over this motherboard.

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APEVIA X-FIT-100 Black Steel Mini-ITX Tower Computer Case 250W Power Supply
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

2 out of 5 eggs won't fit low-profile cards 07/24/2011

This review is from: APEVIA X-FIT-100 Black Steel Mini-ITX Tower Computer Case 250W Power Supply

Pros: small

Cons: deceptive marketing

Other Thoughts: Bought this about six months ago, and just got around to buying a video card for it. Apevia claim that low-profile cards will work if you first remove the bracket, but it's a lie! I've looked around at two-dozen low-profile cards here on the newegg and from the pictures, they all appear to be the same size, so I don't know how Apevia can claim that they got one to fit in this case.

As someone else stated, measure carefully. And if you are planning to add a video card, buy a different case.

4 eggs for the case, minus 2 eggs for lying about its specs.

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APEVIA X-FIT-100 Black Steel Mini-ITX Tower Computer Case 250W Power Supply
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs Small case + dremel = nice setup 02/07/2011

This review is from: APEVIA X-FIT-100 Black Steel Mini-ITX Tower Computer Case 250W Power Supply

Pros: Small case for htpc. Probably the smallest you could get that will fit a small form-factor video card and dvd drive in. Nice black finish (but scratches easily). With a little tweaking, it's a very nice setup that fits in small places and packs lots of power. I used a core2 duo with 775-pin motherboard and the fan is right under the top air intake.

Cons: No reset button. Paint scratches easily. Poor placement of power supply (see below). Hard drive mount is between power supply and cdrom. There is room toward back of case though to have it "float" in the case. Mine is held up with just the cables going to it. It's an ssd so it doesn't vibrate that way. I prefer it there instead so it gets better cooling and won't block air flow to the PS.

Minus one egg for bad PS bracket placement.

Other Thoughts: I bought this case to place behind my wall-mounted tv. I have just enough space back there to make it fit so now wires are showing. It gets really hot though with just the tiny (30mm?) powers supply fan running, so I added a fan. It says a 60mm fan will fit so I bought a 60mm x 10mm fan which is very thin, but it wouldn't fit because the power supply mounting bracket was in the way. I was able to make it fit by dremeling away part of the fan shroud, and also had to cut away part of the power supply bracket with some metal cutters. The part I cut off was completely excessive metal and doesn't affect the mounting stability at all. Now the case seems to run cooler, and the tiny power supply fan isn't always running at full speed.

I haven't tried adding a low-form factor video card, but believe that Apevia is right, saying that 55mm card will fit without bracket.

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Display Name: Nicholas E.

Date Joined: 12/16/03

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  • First Review: 02/07/11
  • Last Review: 12/31/13
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