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ICY DOCK MB174U3S-4SB Metal body with partial plastic 3.5
  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: 4 bay. looks nice. cools good.

Cons: no raid. using Windows storage spaces as raid 1 substitute. drops connection now almost everyday. have to turn it on and off again to reconnect.

Other Thoughts: don't trust this with important data.

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GIGABYTE GB-BXA8-5557 (rev. 1.0) AMD Bolton M3 2 x 204Pin SO-DIMM AMD Radeon HD 8550G Mini / Booksize Barebone System
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Cheap , small , powerful (enough).
Low power consumption.
Runs Linux Mint Cinnamon , KDE , Ubuntu , Kubuntu etc. VERY well.
GREAT media computer.
Mounts behind monitor with included VESA mount.
VERY easy to put together and install OS .

Cons: The turbo mode is useless.
With that enabled , fans rev way up , and machine overheats.
*Had to disable that in BIOS (which is simple)*

Other Thoughts: I'd recommend this for home and office use.
Really works well as a simple home media PC and Internet browser (Youtube , Netflix , VLC etc. work great).
Easily mounts and hides behind a monitor.
I put this together with 8GB of RAM (G-Skill Model F3-1600C9D-8GRSL)
and a 240GB SSD (Silicon Power SP240GBSS3S60S25).
SCEPTRE E248W-1920 Black 24" Monitor with HDMI , and an HDMI cable.
Great little setup.
Boots very fast in 15 seconds , and Linux Mint KDE 64-bit is very snappy.

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Pros: FAST
3 external antenna
Looks nice
USB 2.0 port , USB 3.0 port

Cons: Real PAIN to set up.....
I work with/on computers/networks regularly , and this thing...I almost returned it.
Please see other thoughts.....

Other Thoughts: Once you figure it out , it's great.
So for me , here's what I had to do to get it stable.....
IF you make any changes other than stock (like SSID changes , PWD changes , DHCP reservations , etc.):
1.) Save.
2.) Reboot (and see if your connection come back up).
3.) Turn off the modem and router.
4.) Power on router then modem.
5.) May have to disconnect / reconnect ethernet cable between modem and router.
6.) Wait.....then you have internet.
I even re-installed the firmware.
The above 6 are what got it to work for me (stable at least)

Now that it works , it is nice. oh , and on my Cell Phone , 533Mbps down , which is crazy (to me).

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Jeff B.'s Profile

Display Name: Jeff B.

Date Joined: 05/08/11

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  • Reviews: 125
  • Helpfulness: 47
  • First Review: 06/03/11
  • Last Review: 09/24/16
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