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GIGABYTE GA-Z87MX-D3H LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: I was looking for an mATX board that would allow for SLI in the future. Most other boards that supported SLI when I was shopping were in a higher price range, and others in this range had no reviews so I was kind of iffy. With the ability to overclock and SLI in the future should I choose, and with some assurances from some PC builders that they had no problems, I purchased.

The board looks slick and everything is firmly in place. No cut corners that I can see. WOW the BIOS has an amazing and easy to use interface! Case fan control (can vary speed by temp), over clocking, gfx card options, you name it, are all easily accessible. For the standard MSRP I got it at, the feature set is so rich.

I have no stability issues at all. One must assume that A) I picked a safe operating voltage for my RAM (1.5V), and B) they've released some new updates since the last negative review.

Cons: Only 3 headers for case fans, and cooling is a big factor for mATX builds. I guess for a smaller board it's understandable, but my NZXT mATX Vulcan case can fit 4 if not 5 fans, and I wanted that capability in the future. Thankfully my case has its own 2 manual fan control headers.

The PCI-e 1x slot is covered by the video card when the video card is put in the main 16x slot. Seems standard for mATX mobos, but I have no idea why.

Other Thoughts: Rich feature set, over clocking and SLI capability, excellent price for said features, and most of all it's stable.

Gigabyte makes great stuff, and I will definitely buy from them again.

DIYPC MiniQ7-W USB 3.0 w/Dual White Fans White SECC ATX Mini Tower Computer Case
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

3 out of 5 eggs Don't use this for gaming 08/07/2013

This review is from: DIYPC MiniQ7-W USB 3.0 w/Dual White Fans White SECC ATX Mini Tower Computer Case

Pros: Looking to build a gaming computer based on an mATX case. This one seemed to fit the bill.

- Looks great, and the white painted steel is aesthetically pleasing
- Quite sturdy and solid
- Small and cheap

Cons: I used this case as my basis for my build, but I had no idea what the inside clearance was; this is pretty bad for small form factor case. The only info was that it could fit a "full length VGA" which is quite vague.

It will NOT fit a video card larger than 10.5" and the PSU to support it. I had no idea whether I would be able to fit my 760GTX which was 11.6" (Gigabyte version). When I got it, I found to my dismay that the clearance from the back to the PSU mounting hole was 11", and there was no way to mount the GPU above the PSU.

In order to meet their "can fit ATX motherboard" spec, they moved the PSU mounting location to the front and have it set for vertical mounting. A weird design like this leads to problems like mine above, a power switch on the bottom of the case, and a bad cooling loop. The hole which channels air to the PSU intake is right beside where the PSU exhaust would be. Quite strange.

Unfortunately there was no documentation or any mention of internal dimensions that could help me find the right sized components, and I let my eagerness to get the case get the better of me.

There is not even one mention of this case on the DIYPC website, and an email to them for more info on compatible components, or more dimensions yielded nothing.

Other Thoughts: 3 eggs for a well designed case for a great price, but their lack of support or information kind of ticked me off. I guess you get what you pay for.

It's quite clear they were more concerned with fitting a full ATX motherboard than a full sized video card & PSU.

I decided the hassle of modding the case wasn't worth it, and I returned the case. Newegg customer service was efficient and helpful as usual. A full 5 eggs to them.

DIYPC MiniQ7-W USB 3.0 w/Dual White Fans White SECC ATX Mini Tower Computer Case
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  • neweggOwned For: less than 1 day

3 out of 5 eggs Definitely not a gaming case 08/06/2013

This review is from: DIYPC MiniQ7-W USB 3.0 w/Dual White Fans White SECC ATX Mini Tower Computer Case

Pros: Looking to build a simple mATX PC without any overclocking, SLI, water cooling, or massive amounts of drive bays. This case filled all of my requirements.

- Well designed and sturdy
- Aesthetically pleasing white painted steel
- Small form factor
- Does what it says it does
- Plenty of placement options for fans if space allows
- Cheap ($54.99 with tax & shipping)

Cons: DO NOT buy this case if you expect to have a video card longer than 10". I had the Gigabyte 760GTX which is spec'd for 11.6", and there's really only enough room for 11" if even that. I wasn't sure if I could find a small form factor PSU, or if the video card might fit above the GPU.

In order to fulfill their full ATX motherboard spec, the PSU is vertically mounted in the front on the bottom which is a really strange design, because besides the issue I had, the power switch and both the PSU exhaust and the hole meant to channel air to the PSU intake are all located on the bottom. Unlike other mATX cases which have more...normal PSU solutions, this one clearly puts the emphasis on full ATX mobo availability.

Besides the claim that it can fit "full length VGA", there were no pics or dimensions so that I could pick appropriate components ahead of time. There is absolutely no support or documentation from DIYPC on their main website, and inquiring via email yielded nothing.

In the end I decided modding the case wasn't worth it, and I requested an RMA.

Other Thoughts: I stressed out about this case for a week trying to figure out what components I could use. Unless you do some MAJOR modifications, this rig will not fit a big 10"+ GPU and the PSU needed to support it. After this I'll definitely stick to the more well known brands. 3 eggs for a great looking case, but the lack of support, vague specs/instructions, and no mention of VGA clearance for such a small case kind of ticked me off. I guess you get what you pay for.

Learn from my mistake!

A full 5 eggs to Newegg and their excellent customer support as usual.


BLAISE W.'s Profile

Display Name: BLAISE W.

Date Joined: 09/21/11

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  • First Review: 08/06/13
  • Last Review: 08/28/13
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