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ZOTAC GF8200-C-E AM2+/AM2 NVIDIA GeForce 8200 Mini ITX AMD Motherboard
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Feature rich board - Read Here 11/27/2010

This review is from: ZOTAC GF8200-C-E AM2+/AM2 NVIDIA GeForce 8200 Mini ITX AMD Motherboard

Pros: Obviously small form factor. Nvidia Chipset and AMD socket for my old 45W AMD Dual Core. Inlcuded Wifi onboard USB header connection. 2 Ram Dimm. Please read "other thoughts" for more detailed explinations.

Cons: Poor documentation. The manual lists settings etc but fails to explain them including some VERY important ones.

Other Thoughts: More and more users with NO knowledge are reveiwing items and it is hard to get accuaret accounts of products. Let me correct some comments and false claims made in the other reviews.
"The USB is terrible" there is NO setting or jumper to supply USB 5v while in sleep"
WRONG-Jumper "JPUSB" is located back I/O corner behind PS/2 ports.
I have had no WIFIF issues with the included adapter and no heat issues because i properly cooled my case.
I use this board in my car as a car pc. I have all USB ports used and have no issues. I cannot comment on onboard HDMI/DVI because I do not use or have a use for it. I didn't have an issue with "this board ruining my CPU" and it seemed to slide in with the lever up like any board I have ever owned. These baords have to be tested leaving the manufactured and have had a CPU in it before it reaches you. Good luck, take your time, and you'll love this board.

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acer Aspire Easystore Tower Intel Atom 1.6Ghz 2GB 1TB GBLAN 4 Bay Hotswap Windows Home Server Intel Atom Processor 230 1.6Ghz 2GB 1TB System OS : Microsoft Windows Home Server 
Network Client OS : Windows Vista / Windows XP AH340-UA230N
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: For the price and what you get you cannot beat it. This the first pre assembled machine I have bought in years as I usually build all my systems. It is well designed with ample storage. It runs quiet and I have never had issues with heat. To me the software is elementary and even a non techie should be able to use it. Although this is basically a central hub to your home network allowing central storage of media and backups, it certainly can be used for much more. I run a HTPC connected to the server and play all my movies, music, and pictures with no issues. I run music streaming service to my android cell phone. I have an FTP File server running as well. Possibilities are endless with this thing from the novice to the expert depending on needs.

Cons: NONE

Other Thoughts: People are quick to give 1 "egg" when they are mad. If you follow the setup and do it right you won't brick this machine. Also it is a "headless" unit meaning no video out. It can be managed via RDP easily. I elected to install a PCIE X1 video card which dropped right in.

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Cooler Master HAF 932 Advanced - High Air Flow Full Tower Computer Case with USB 3.0 and All-Black Interior
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: More intelligent layout than my previous Thermaltake Armor. Plenty of "goods" supplied. New concept for me that I love coming of an older case is the ability to hide and cleanup all your cables. With the HDD's facing sideways you clear up a lot of room to truly use the "High Air Flow" of the case. Solid construction, no manufacturing flaws, and very well priced IMO. Fans are BIG! I haven't gone to water cooling yet but the options are endless. The ability to internally mount a huge tripple radiator on the top of the inside is great. There is even room to run another radiator on the back of the case or inside back...Awesome case!

Cons: PCI/ PCI E retension clips are about as standard as other cases I have owned with them. I spent 3 days ripping my system apart trying to figure out why I was getting a No POST, No BEEP, No VIDEO problem. Turns out the clips were not seating my 8800GTX properly. On the plus side there is a long pin that you can pull out and selectively remove these clips for the old fashioned screws. I removed the 2 clips and used screws and everything is fine!

Other Thoughts: Thinking about getting an Asus Rampage II Extreme. This board is 1" Wider than the ATX Standard and I am sure it will fit ok, but not positive. Will report back.

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Douglas W.'s Profile

Display Name: Douglas W.

Date Joined: 05/20/07

  • Reviews: 6
  • Helpfulness: 5
  • First Review: 09/17/08
  • Last Review: 11/27/10
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