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Pros: Compact size, inexpensive, easy to build, SATA cables included
Cons: spartan appearance, no mount for 2.5" SSD
Other Thoughts: This is a follow-up from my earlier feedback. I bought an Ivy Bridge processor so had to wait for a new BIOS chip. Called Foxconn support on Wednesday afternoon and the chip was here the following Monday. 5 eggs to Foxconn for the prompt service.
The BIOS chip is a small 8-pin IC that sits in a socket so it is easy to replace. When I did that, the machine booted up promptly and asked for a boot disk. Win7 Home Premium installed with no issues.
I did have to specifically update the video driver. I did that in Device Manager and let it find the driver. It did and installed the latest software for the Intel 4000 hardware that is part of the Intel Core i3 3225.
* Intel Core i3 3225 @ 3.3G
* 8G G.SKILL 1333 RAM
* 500G Seagate SATA II disk
Sony CD/DVD Optical Disk
* Foxconn RM3-H2 barebones
Acer 1920x1080 display
My Windows Experience Index is 5.9 - much higher than I expected. Screen is sharp and responds well. The animations in the included games are smooth and clear.
The items with the asterisks are what I bought for this system and my bill was just over $300 with no tax and no shipping.
I'm a happy and satisfied customer.
Pros: Inexpensive, support for Ivy Bridge, nice quiet compact size
Cons: No POST so far
Other Thoughts: RM3-H2 with I3-3225 Ivy Bridge and 8G RAM. No POST and no video. I tried swapping RAM sticks and using only one but it didn't help. I submitted a report to Foxconn support in hopes of further progress.
It is a very quiet box and assembly went well. It is a tight fit in a couple of spots but it all works.
I based this purchase on an article on The Verge about building your own gaming PC. Let's hope it all works out.