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ANDREW O.

ANDREW O.

Joined on 09/28/14

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GIGABYTE GA-B85N Phoenix-WIFI LGA 1150 Intel B85 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Mini ITX Intel Motherboard
GIGABYTE GA-B85N Phoenix-WIFI LGA 1150 Intel B85 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Mini ITX Intel Motherboard

Pros: This is a great motherboard. The built in WiFi works wonderfully, and the antenna has great reception. The board itself feels very durable, and all the PC components installed without a fuss. All of the connectors are well positioned in my opinion.

Cons: None.

Overall Review: FYI the antenna has a nifty little magnetic base and it folds flat for storage.

10/11/2014
Intel Pentium G3420 - Pentium Dual-Core Haswell Dual-Core 3.2 GHz LGA 1150 54W Intel HD Graphics Desktop Processor - BX80646G3420
Intel Pentium G3420 - Pentium Dual-Core Haswell Dual-Core 3.2 GHz LGA 1150 54W Intel HD Graphics Desktop Processor - BX80646G3420

Pros: Fast for the price. Stock cooler cools well and runs quiet.

Cons: none.

Overall Review: Used in a budget gaming Mini-ITX rig. Paired with a decent GPU, this processor can handle games like L4D1, TF2, and Dota 2 very easily. I was originally going to get an i3 intel CPU, but opted for this one instead because hyper-threading has no impact on the games that I play. i3 just costs more, too. Also, I opted for this dual-core CPU because none of the games that I play can utilize a quad-core.

10/11/2014
MSI Radeon HD 7730 1GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card R7730-1GD5
MSI Radeon HD 7730 1GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card R7730-1GD5

Pros: MSI afterburner OC feature is very nifty. The fan runs quiet at lower speeds, and is not too loud when at 100%. Great for a budget gaming rig. No problems with overheating.

Cons: None.

Overall Review: I used this in a budget gaming rig mini-ITX case, and it performs exceptionally well. Tf2, L4D1, and Dota 2, can all be maxed out on at 1900x1080 resolution. The lowest FPS that I saw in both TF2 and L4D2 was 54 fps, but only for a fraction of a second. Most of the time the FPS was hovering between 85 and 120. I love this card.

10/11/2014
COOLER MASTER Elite RS350-PSARI3-US 350W Power Supply New 4th Gen CPU Certified Haswell Ready
COOLER MASTER Elite RS350-PSARI3-US 350W Power Supply New 4th Gen CPU Certified Haswell Ready

Pros: Quiet, and it does it's job well. All of the switches are good, and so are all of the power connectors.

Cons: none.

10/11/2014

Good case

Cooler Master Elite 130 - Mini-ITX Computer Case with Mesh Front Panel and Water Cooling Support
Cooler Master Elite 130 - Mini-ITX Computer Case with Mesh Front Panel and Water Cooling Support

Pros: good cable management, easy to open, easy to install and access components, accepts full sized ATX PSU, 2 case fans (larger one upfront for intake, and a smaller side fan for exhaust), front connecter panel layout is simple and practical, power button feels robust, SSD mounting is very simple with supplied hardware.

Cons: none that I can think of.

Overall Review: Used to construct a budget gaming rig. My case is cooled purely on air. I have not had any problems with overheating when playing games like TF2, L4D 1, and Dota 2 maxed. Great case, highly recommend.

10/11/2014