I used to have these on my samsung RAM:
Solid copper and relatively cheap. Not too pretty but I painted them and it turned out well enough.
It looks great to me honestly. Spec sheet: http://www.lg.com/us/smart-watches/lg-G-Watch-R
A bit smaller than the 360, 1.3" isn't that oversized for a men's watch. And it has a bigger battery. It would be nice if they offered a matching metal band, but it looks like it takes standard watch bands so you can swap it out easily enough.
Well 1394 is firewire, it's really only legacy nowadays. The motherboard may have an internal header for it but that's it.
The picture you linked looks like a SATA power connector. Looks like it would receive a plug from your power supply.
If you have a USB plug ~1 inch long that's USB 3, the header is on the right about half way up the board. Smaller usb plugs, ~0.5 inches, are USB 2.0. Plug them into the headers labeled USB on the bottom.
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How much is he syncing? Honestly I just use dropbox. I have my desktop and a laptop for school, and I occasionally use a netbook. It's more than enough storage for all my school files and a few game saves for when I play on my laptop. If he only needs a couple gigs it doesn't get much better imo. And you can get the files on your phone easily, that's helped me out more than once.
Edit: saw you said no cloud solutions I just recommended it because it's so easy.
Looks like you have a really nice rig, I'd sell the GPUs but I don't think you'd have any problems with that hardware in 2 years. Unless you want to upgrade the mobo or get more storage space you're probably good to go on the rest of it. As for the cooling the H100i being a closed unit is fine to keep. I would sell it only if you sell the mobo/processor or you want to upgrade from it. Reason is in 2 years who knows if it will be adaptable to a new socket.
the 840 is a great drive and it's still a relatively new model so the drive can't have too much ear on it. Unless it was used in a datacenter I wouldn't worry about it lol. Go with the SSD, even to a raptor it'll be night and day.
I love the elitebooks, I have an 8560p that was my main machine before I built my rig. But I agree the price is tough..I got a corporate discount
You could go for a netbook on the extreme of cheap, light, and portable. My dad also has a ~12" samsung laptop that he loves, I don't remember the model but it has an i3 (aka a real processor) and he gets 5-6 hours of battery life. I believe it a series 3 or series 4 model.