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Pros: Perfect swiss-army-server for $100. Have mythBuntu 11.10 installed on it with apache2 configured to host 3 websites. Secure FTP, ventrilo server, torrentflux, and the mythweb interface. Runs ridiculously quiet compared to any other desktop PC I've owned. Haven't setup MythTV yet as I'm waiting on my USB-TV stick.
I wasn't expecting to get the keyboard, mouse and monitor mount with it but everything was included. Bonus!
Cons: Couldn't disable the wireless with the default bios firmware so had to upgrade that... actually wasn't too bad with the ASUS EZ FLASH utility in the bios.
Other Thoughts: This thing is supposed to run OS-X 86 fairly well, too but aside from the "wow" factor, I think running Linux is the far better choice.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Rosewill RCX-Z2 7 blades 80mm reverse ball bearing fan CPU Cooler
Pros: Pretty blue-led fan for "window cases".
Quick and easy mount to Socket 775 boards.
- only took 10 minutes to replace my old C2D.
Adequate cooling at 30% overclock on Q8300 (Intel Quad-core with 2.5ghz stock speed).
Cons: Copper tubes come out about a 1/2" on one side.
- was only able to mount 1 way so CPU fan cord is opposite of mobo-jack.
Quite loud with CPU at load.
- be sure you have PWM (SmartFan) option in your BIOS or this thing is going to be an absolute annoyance.
Other Thoughts: For $20, I think it's a perfect fit for the Q8300 CPU. There's really no need for something super fancy when your CPU has a weak multiplier.
When I first mounted the fan, my temps were very high and after a OCCT telling me my CPU was "too hot" even at stock, I realized I hadn't mounted it properly. Your CPU should be in the low-mid 30s idle with this thing. If you see 40+, just take it out and re-mount it or re-apply your thermal paste.
Once I got it mounted correctly, I was hitting about 68-70C at full load with the overclock to 3.3ghz.
Pros: Installed last night in all of about 10 minutes. Paired with the Rosewill RCX-Z2 hs/fan combo and overclocked this baby to 3.11ghz before even booting into Windows 7-64bit for the first time (will try to get it to the 3.4ghz assumed MAX tonight).
With my e6550 (@2.9ghz) in Battlefield Bad Company 2, both CPU cores were at max load on the lowest settings and additionally forcing DirectX-9 mode. With the Q8300, all 4 cores hover around 90% and I can get up to a combination of medium to high settings (with 2X AA) before my Radeon 4850HD reaches max load (feels like 40-50 FPS). Map-loading times were considerably faster as well with the new chip.
Black Ops went from Max load on both cores of my e6550 to only 65% of all cores on the Q8300. Still hitches (search google about it). Apparently, only the i5 and i7 CPUs are getting fully smooth performance in this game right now.
Cons: Low Multiplier for Overclocking (7.5X)
- however, still capable of a 20% clock increase.
Low Cache (4MB)
Other Thoughts: I read this chip is supposedly out-performed by the higher clocked Core 2 Duos, but I really find that hard to believe as both games I play most improved drastically from my 3ghz clocked C2D...
If you're stuck on Socket 775 and you want a Quad on a budget, this seems to be the ticket... that is only if you can't find a Q6600 cheaper (has bigger multiplier for overclocking and double the cache).