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ASRock H61MV-ITX LGA 1155 Intel H61 HDMI Mini ITX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Perfect cheap board for SFF 04/25/2015

This review is from: ASRock H61MV-ITX LGA 1155 Intel H61 HDMI Mini ITX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Has everything you need to build up a good SFF case. Booted up instantly and was up and running in less than 20 minutes for a total computer build. Pretty fast and easy. Has the MOBO power connection at the top where I wanted it.

Cons: Wish they had a model with USB 3.0 rear connections. Don't really care because it is a living room build up.

Other Thoughts: This is my 2nd ASRock board and I am thrilled to say it was just as easy to get going as my last. Took 20 minutes max for this thing to get from the packaging to a running computer.

Athena Power AP-MFATX40P8 20+4Pin 400W Single Server Power Supply 80+ Bronze Certified
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Solid Flex ATX psu. Quiet most of the time. Tons of cables to accommodate anything you can throw at it.

Cons: When the fan does turn on it stays on permanently until the computer is restarted. Wouldn't really care except that it is noisy and distracting.

Other Thoughts: Needed one for an old HP Pavilion Slimline that I gutted, painted and built up with modern components for my living room. This fit the bill perfectly and installed in a few minutes. Would buy it again.

Lenovo IdeaPad Y510p (59390909) Intel Core i5 4200M(2.5GHz) 6GB Memory 1TB + 8GB SSHD Hybrid Drive 15.6
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: *Huge 1080p capable screen
*2 750m Nvidia cards with SLI
*USB 3.0
*Cheapest laptop with these specs- period.

Ok I got this laptop for under $900 off of a NewEgg special. The Y510p is better than the Y410p because the 410 does not actually support Ultrabay which makes future SLI options non-existent. The computer has a non-gaming battery life of about 4 hours and a gaming life of 2 and some change depending on your brightness settings.

Cons: Mouse pad is a little to far to the left which makes ----*WASD gaming sometimes trigger the mousepad to do weird things.
*5600 rpm hard drive is not acceptable for an OS.
*Requires a fresh install of windows 8 to have a good experience.

Other Thoughts: This laptop comes loaded with bloatware and Lenovo apps that are unnecessary and slow down the natural Windows 8 experience. The first thing you should do with this is get a new hard drive that is preferably SSD but at least 7200RPM and install a clean Windows 8 OS. I ordered a 256gb SSD with the laptop and had no issues installing a fresh copy on it and running smoothly. Second, Windows 8.1 will disable SLI for some reason. So do not install 8.1 if you value this feature. I was unable to get Nvidia to recognize the second graphics card until I reverted back to Windows 8. After everything was fine tuned this laptop is able to run everything on 1080p with high or ultra settings. Everything being Black Ops 2, Resident Evil 6 and SWTOR. I have not tested much else. Boot time with an SSD is about 4 seconds but that is normal. Remember to manually enable SLI in the Nvidia control panel as it is by default disabled.


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Display Name: Vernon P.

Date Joined: 03/15/12

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  • First Review: 03/27/12
  • Last Review: 04/25/15
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