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GIGABYTE GA-C1037UN Intel Dual-core Celeron 1037U (1.8 GHz) Intel NM70 Mini ITX Motherboard/CPU/VGA Combo
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Low power, cool running, dual Ethernet, takes desktop RAM.

Cons: Still no USB 3.0.

Other Thoughts: I also have an older version of this motherboard (the one with the Celeron 847). It's pretty much identical with the exception of the more recent CPU. All the same great things apply. Low power consumption, cool operation, enough grunt for a basic workstation, and it's reliable enough for 24x7 operation. The dual ethernet ports make this a great basis for a router. I run Mint Linux on this one, and it's driving a 24" 1920x1200 monitor without any problems. All the hardware was supported. The one fault is that Gigabyte still hasn't bothered to put USB 3.0 on this motherboard, despite upgrading the CPU twice now.

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Antec EarthWatts Green EA-380D Green 380W Continuous power ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Intel Haswell Fully Compatible
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: It's nearly silent, runs very cool, and is decently efficient.

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: I've got two of these running in very different setups. One is a VMWare ESXi server running on a hex core AMD X6 1075T. The other is running Windows 7 as an HTPC with an AMD A4 and Ceton's InfiniTV4. Neither has ever given me a problem. They run quiet, cool, and stable.

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Creative GigaWorks T40 Series II 32 watts RMS 2.0 Speakers
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs Rich sound, small footprint 05/22/2013

This review is from: Creative GigaWorks T40 Series II 32 watts RMS 2.0 Speakers

Pros: Rich, detailed sound, footprint is quite small, separate bass and treble controls, aux input

Cons: Won't match a 2.1 system for bass you can feel, sleep function is slightly annoying

Other Thoughts: I've really got very little that isn't positive to say about these speakers. The sound is rich and crisply detailed. Yes, you won't get the thumping bass of a dedicated subwoofer, but most 2.1 systems just go for raw bass with little attention to quality. With these speakers you don't feel it, but you can hear every detail that you'd otherwise miss with a cheap 2.1 system. The emphasis on sound quality over raw power is really growing on me.

If I had one gripe, it's the sleep mode the speakers will go into after about 5-10 minutes without any sound input. It takes the amp a few seconds to turn back on when a sound plays again. There's no way I can find to disable this.

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Matthew M.'s Profile

Display Name: Matthew M.

Date Joined: 03/02/07

  • Reviews: 18
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  • First Review: 02/27/08
  • Last Review: 02/11/14
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