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ASUS M5A97 R2.0 AM3+ AMD 970 + SB 950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Plenty of plugs for fans, on board USB 3.0 for front plugs in case. Easy to use bios.

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: Paired with FX 6300 it is great. Easy to OC CPU and has plenty of room for expansion cards. I have it paired with a 660 GTX OC and there is still room for other cards. It is compatible with crossfire if I ever want to go that route also. Second Asus board, other is a M5A99 Pro, and they are both great boards so far. Ive had the 99 board for over a year with no problems, hopefully this one is as good.

Rosewill LINE GLOW - ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Dual USB 3.0 Ports, Four (4) Fans Included, Supports Up to Seven (7) Fans
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: 4 fans included. Looks nice lit up. USB 3 ports on front. Good air flow. Lots of extra screws. Tool free mounting hard drive and optical drive.

Cons: Poor cable management. Top fan gets in the way on some motherboards. Tight fit for larger GPU and aftermarket cooler.

Other Thoughts: Knew cable management was going to be difficult from other reviews. Modular PSU helped tremendously. M5a97 R2.0 used, and had to move the top fan as it blocked needed plug. If using a larger GPU be sure to mount hard drive lower as will hang out. ASUS GTX660 OC used and it barely fit by where I mounted hard drive. Hard drive is difficult to remove once everything is in also, wish they would have mounted sideways. USB 3.0 on front sold it or I would have stuck with Coolermaster Haf series and bought extra fans. Probably wont use again, but its OK. I knew some of that up front and really wanted the front 3.0 on this build so I didn't take off much. With a smaller GPU it would not be as tight. I would recommend it to someone building a smaller, non gaming rig.

CORSAIR CX-M series CX500M 500W 80 PLUS BRONZE Active PFC ATX12V & EPS12V Modular Power Supply
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Modular. Can mount with fan either way. Plenty of connectors.

Cons: None so far.

Other Thoughts: Nice to slim down on cords, especially with smaller case and less room for management. Using in Rosewill Line Glow and would have been a nightmare with all cables in. This made it manageable.


Troy B.'s Profile

Display Name: Troy B.

Date Joined: 05/27/08

  • Reviews: 13
  • Helpfulness: 5
  • First Review: 03/18/12
  • Last Review: 03/25/14
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