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ASUS AM1I-A AM1 2 x SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI Mini ITX AMD Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Awesome Board for HTPC Build! 03/10/2015

This review is from: ASUS AM1I-A AM1 2 x SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI Mini ITX AMD Motherboard

Pros: This board is small! I have it in a case that is literally a few centimeters wider and longer than the board. Has HDMI out! Has a PC-I 1x slot for a small added gpu,ssd, or WiFi card. Works out of box with linux mint! Runs very cool in a case with good heat dissipation. Does not need ATX power supply you can use a pico PSU to power it with a 60 watt power brick or less if you couple this with a sempron AM-1 CPU. USB 3.0 on back!

Cons: No s/pdif out. No usb 3.0 on front.

Other Thoughts: I have had this for over 2 months now running as my primary HTPC in my room. At first I was running with Windows 7 and when I put the PC to sleep it would wake when I typed on my wireless keyboard. After about a month it stopped and I haven't been able to get it to work with it since. I am currently looking into the issue to see if its a hardware failure or software issue. I will get back and re-wright this review when that is settled.

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Rosewill RV350 350W ATX 1.3     Power Supply
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Amazing little power supply 02/01/2014

This review is from: Rosewill RV350 350W ATX 1.3 Power Supply

Pros: First I will state my system specs to really get a feel for the pure power this thing delivers.

Motherboard - ASRock FM2A75 Pro4-M
CPU - AMD A4-4000
Ram - G.SKILL Ripjaw 4gb 2 sticks 1600mhz
GPU - AMD HD 7750
HDD - WD Blue 500GB
Optical Drive - LG Black 12x Blu-ray

I love this power supply because it was able to stably run all this hardware while playing BF3 at 720p Ultra settings. Also note that all the parts that I stated above max out at 275 watts which is pushing this PSU to about the 75%-85% marker.

Also safe to mention this PSU runs extremely cool and quiet you really cannot hear the thing while playing BF3.

Cons: About the only con would be that its only 68% efficient but I guess you get what you pay for am I right?

Other Thoughts: This PSU does have a 6pin pci power connector but I would not recommend any GPU that had to use a 6 pin due to power consumption. I am truthfully running this PSU to its theoretical limits. You should never run a psu over 90% of its total power rating.

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COUGAR Spike Black Steel / Plastic MicroATX Mini Tower Gaming Case with USB 3.0 and 12CM Cougar Fan
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Amazing small form factor gaming/media PC case 02/01/2014

This review is from: COUGAR Spike Black Steel / Plastic MicroATX Mini Tower Gaming Case with USB 3.0 and 12CM Cougar Fan

Pros: This case is extremely easy to work with for a small form factor PC case. I had all my parts installed and working in less than an hour. The true beauty of this case is just that everything is so easily excessable two thumb screws and the side panel is off and not to mention the side panel is easy to remove and put back.

Cons: The only true con to this case is that if you like cable management you will be hard pressed to do so in this case. There is no back wall space to store your cabling so all cables are view able inside the case.

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Display Name: joshua h.

Date Joined: 10/02/12

  • Reviews: 10
  • Helpfulness: 4
  • First Review: 10/08/12
  • Last Review: 03/10/15
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