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Rosewill R379-M - Black & Silver, 0.8mm SGCC Steel Slim Micro ATX Computer Case with ATX12V Flex 300W Power Supply
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: This is an APEX DM-387 with a different bezel on the front.

Fan is quiet though larger than the included one on the Apex case.

Cons: Same cons as the Apex (though I did find a Startech card reader with bottom mount holes).

However, the front bezel sucks. It's super flimsy, broke the drive door fast (replaced pin with part of a toothpick). The biggest issue though is that the dimensions for the optical drive are way too thin. I used an older Plextor IDE (with adapter) and I had to carve out a lot of the plastic so that the drive tray could pop out. Did they even measure full size optical drives for this thing? It was ridiculous.

Other Thoughts: Just buy the Apex case. Same thing and no carving necessary. Haven't had it long enough to see if the PSU holds up but the same one on my Apex has been running for 3 years now.

Rosewill RX355-U Aluminum 3.5
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Fan is removable, sturdily built, lights are not distracting, has an on/off switch, stand included, easy to remove screws (can use a coin) on back..

Cons: None so far, but I haven't had it a super long time.

Other Thoughts: I've seen enclosures for this price that where nowhere near as nice.

Hard drive tray is plastic. This isn't really a con as it seems very stable, but I prefer metal if possible. Again, it's been solid so far so I didn't remove an egg just for that.

Drive had bad interference without a case and has none at all with this case.

BIOSTAR NM70I-847 Intel Celeron 847 1.1GHz 2C/2T BGA1023 Intel NM70 Mini ITX Motherboard/CPU Combo
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  • neweggOwned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Small, fast and cheap. What more do you need? Works great as an HTPC main board.

Cons: None!

Other Thoughts: This is a fantastic little board/CPU combo. I was hesitant to buy it at first, as I've never owned anything by Biostar and they don't always have the best reviews. Plus, I wasn't sure if the board/CPU could run HD MKVs and the like.

I'm pleased to say it runs great and has readily handled everything I've thrown at it, using the onboard graphics and sound. Paired it with a 275W PSU, 8G of RAM & Windows 7 64 bit and it runs like a champ. I use it off and on several days per week and it hasn't given me any issues.


Erik M.'s Profile

Display Name: Erik M.

Date Joined: 09/03/03

  • Reviews: 23
  • Helpfulness: 11
  • First Review: 04/29/06
  • Last Review: 10/25/15
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