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ZOTAC GF8200-C-E AM2+/AM2 NVIDIA GeForce 8200 Mini ITX AMD Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: For reasonable AMD mini-ITX board, does pretty good for itself. I've been very happy with it so far, using it for a basic office PC.

Cons: If the board used Laptop 200pin RAM, that would open up some room for a few more SATA and USB ports. If a PCIe X16 slot was on the board instead of the PCIe X1, it would be compatable with a lot more products, and even allow for a reasonable mid-range gaming build, making for one heck of a powerful, yet still small package.

Other Thoughts: Seems like a lot of people from every manufacturer have DOA issues here. Sometimes I really question if anyone bothers to reset the CMOS before building a computer anymore....

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Rosewill R379-M Black/ Silver 0.8mm SGCC Steel Slim MicroATX Computer Case with ATX12V Flex 300W Power Supply
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Very well designed and highquality case other than what is posted in the cons section.

Cons: The power button circuit board is snapped in position in a completely terrible place. It's bad enough that the optical bezel is covering the drive strangely (or IMHO is that at all), but getting a dvd drive into a case shouldn't require disconnecting and reconnecting the power button and led circuit board from the case, espeically when the area under the external 3.5" drive is completely unused anyway.

Other Thoughts: A very minor redesign of the power button/led and front bezel would turn this case into a five-egg allstar.

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Rosewill RS-MI-01 BK  Mini ITX Tower/ Desktop Computer Case with 250W 20+4Pin & 2SATA Connectors Power Supply
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: If you're looking to build a mini-ITX build with full size optical, floppy, and hard drives, this case is the best buy. Considering how small it is, everything goes together very smoothy. Case is of very good construction.

Cons: Unless you use a very low profile heatsink and fan, you're not going to fit it under the power supply, which acts as the only exhaust fan, there is no intake fan. I wish this was stated somewhere in the description, but better yet, I wish the power supply was wider so it could use a fully 120mm fan, which would sit completely above any normal size heatsink with factory fan removed. Then there would be few issues with keeping a low power cpu and the rest of the system cool. Power supply only provides one Sata connector, could really use two as using an IDE cable in such a small area is a bad idea anyway.

Other Thoughts: Bezels. Not specific to this case. I just don't see the use for them. The case would be better off without any. Hope Rosewill comes out with a similiar mini-ITX case with my previous revisions designed for a 2.5" hard drive and a slim optical drive (and has all the necessary cables to no one has to go searching for such nonesense).

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Durand L.'s Profile

Display Name: Durand L.

Date Joined: 05/12/03

  • Reviews: 5
  • Helpfulness: 4
  • First Review: 03/26/06
  • Last Review: 04/01/09
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