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FSP Group FSP450-60GHS(85)-R 450W Micro ATX12V / SFX12V 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply with Intel Haswell Ready
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: This is the most powerful micro ATX power supply around. It can power a large GPU like an R9 290X, yet still fit in a tiny HTPC case. If you want big performance in a small box, this is the one to get.

It also comes with a bracket to attach it to full ATX mounts, though I'm not sure why you'd want to do that.

Cons: Not modular. Higher efficiency would be nice.

Other Thoughts: I bought this several years ago when the stock power supply in my HTPC died. Since then, I've installed numerous pieces of hardware in that computer including very big GPUs, and it has no problems running it.

AMD FX-8350 Black Edition Vishera 8-Core 4.0 GHz (4.2 GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 125W FD8350FRHKBOX Desktop Processor
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Very fast, much faster than I expected based on benchmarks and reviews online. This is a big step up from a Phenom II processor.

Cons: None

GIGABYTE GA-970A-DS3P (rev. 2.0) AM3+ AMD 970 6 x SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: This was a pretty hassle-free installation with an FX-8350 processor. No surprises.

Cons: This is a pretty basic board in terms of features. It only comes with 2 SATA cables, but this is all known going in.

Other Thoughts: This is a decent budget board, mine works fine. It works well in Linux but you have to disable the IOMMU in the BIOS. This came as no surprise to me as I have had several UEFI boards with this same exact problem, it's just what you have to do to make it work.


Ryan N.'s Profile

Display Name: Ryan N.

Date Joined: 06/24/05

  • Reviews: 45
  • Helpfulness: 16
  • First Review: 08/25/05
  • Last Review: 05/18/15
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