“I’m a poor student,” my friend once said, “but I still want a good gaming computer for $700.” “That simply is not possible,” I replied, thinking that even a decently good gaming computer would mean a dedicated video card, somewhat decent processor, good amount of RAM; you know the drill. I thought to myself that if he had gotten most of the parts, it would easily exceed his budget, not to mention we have not added the cost of the operating system yet. I then asked myself whether it is even worth building a new gaming computer when one claims to be a “poor student”. Let me put it this way, you can run to your local electronics store, and pick up a decent laptop for much less cash if you are merely looking to complete your schoolwork. What I’m trying to say is, if one doesn’t have the resources to obtain luxurious items, why strive to get them in the first place? On the bright side, as years have passed, technology generally became cheaper. I remember back in the days when desktops and laptops first hit the market, everything costs a fortune. If you ask me, I would much rather spend that money on daily living expenses, haha. Fast forwarding ahead a decade, if you recall, the original G1.Sniper I have reviewed back in 2011 cost roughly $430 at press time. Unless you are a real enthusiast and are awfully loaded, that motherboard was quite pricey for most people. Fast forward a bit more to today, what we have here at APH Networks is Gigabyte’s G1.Sniper Z87 motherboard priced at a seriously affordable $170 at press time, which is about two-fifths the cost. Yet, Gigabyte claims they have packed quality parts in it such as high performance Creative sound with Nichicon MUSE ES audio capacitors and a dedicated network processor. Will this be the savior for “poor students” who desire what an expensive gaming computer provides without the cost associated with one? Keep reading to see what we have in store today!