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ASUS P1-AH2 AMD Socket AM2 NVIDIA GeForce 6150 2 x 240Pin GeForce 6150 Black Barebone
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: It's small. It's well built. It's the perfect form factor for a HTPC.

Cons: Paired it with an AMD Athlon X2 BE-2350 Brisbane 2.1GHz. CPU could not be ID'ed by the motherboard. System refused to post at first. No lights, fans running full blast. Was going to RMA it until I tried to clear the bios settings using the jumpers following the instructions listed in the detailed manual (available online or on the Pundit driver disk). That did the trick though the bios still reported a checksum error. Bios still shows "unknown AMD processor" though even though it is the latest version - 4.04.

I got rid of the stock fan that comes with the case. It was NOISY and refused to come under motherboard fan speed control. I unscrewed the shroud and used the stock CPU fan that came with my processor instead. MUCH quieter.

Installed Windows Vista Home Premium. Lots of hiccups. Get the realtek audio drivers from the net. Those on the disk won't run. Get the latest NVIDIA nforce drivers from the NVIDIA website for the graphics etc

Other Thoughts: You might want to look into getting special SATA cables (the L shaped kinds) if you are going to install an SATA optical drive. Mine barely squeezed in there.

I taped on a heatsink for the southbridge for my own piece of mind.

Glued on a 40mm fan on the northbridge heat sink.

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Microsoft Windows Vista 32-Bit Home Premium for System Builders Single Pack DVD
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

2 out of 5 eggs poorly manufactured disk 04/26/2008

This review is from: Microsoft Windows Vista 32-Bit Home Premium for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Pros: It's Vista. it's fairly cheap when purchased as a system builder's pack.

Cons: My disk came with faulty data or at least that's what i thought because I couldn't get it to install. Turned out in the end that there was a perfect circle of scratched surface right where a crucial file was. I had to rebuff and polish the disk before it could be read by my drive.

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ADESSO WKB-3000UB Black 86 Normal Keys 13 Function Keys 2.4 GHz RF Wireless Mini Keyboard w/Optical Trackball
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Loved that it has its own trackball. Mouse keys are unconventionally placed but surprisingly intuitive to use.
Pairing with USB dongle was painless.

Cons: Keys are harder to press for those used to laptops. Cramped keyboard. Will take a while for touch typists to become used to. Numlock comes on every reboot which changes some of the key assignments which irritates me because my windows password has an o which when the numlock is on becomes a 6. I have to remember to hit the numlock key before inputting password. Finally got fed up and set computer to enter suspend and I never reboot so numlock stays off.

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Mark W.'s Profile

Display Name: Mark W.

Date Joined: 04/08/08

  • Reviews: 9
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  • First Review: 04/26/08
  • Last Review: 04/26/08
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