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nMEDIAPC Silver Aluminum / Acrylic / Steel HTPC 5000S Micro ATX Media Center / HTPC Case
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Looks fairly nice; there is room for full-size PCI-E cards (great for a gaming card inside the HTPC).

Front panel has 3x USB, eSATA and a card reader alerady,

Cons: Obviously cheap construction, flimsy front panel cover that "sticks" when you try to open/close it (there needs to be a third hinge right below the lock switch). Case cover barely fits over PCI-E cards - if the card has a large fan or requires you to connect the power cables on the out-facing edge, you're sh*t-outta-luck. Drive holes were not precisely drilled; required force and much cursing to properly mount HDD and optical drive.

Other Thoughts: Case looks nice; but if you plan to be using the front panel it'll cause a headache. It seems the case was designed to be "good enough" and not a solid "good". Would not buy from nMedia again.

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Foxconn NT-330I-A-B-NA-A NVIDIA ION 1 x 200Pin SO-DIMM NVIDIA ION graphics processor Black Barebone Systems - Mini / Booksize
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Extremely small form factor - it's smaller than the Wii.
Very low-noise profile. I have to "listen" for it to hear the fan; both in idle and HD-playback states.
On-board wireless & Gigabit ethernet connectivity.
HDMI and DVI on box; standard VGA supported with included DVI to VGA adapter.
Rear speaker jack supports optical SPDIF audio; requires 3.5mm adapter for TOS-link users.
VESA monitor mount also included.
FOXOS (custom linux OS) & WinXP/Win7 drivers included.

Cons: No on-board bluetooth.
Cooling solution at first glance appears to be insufficient for long-term use; only time will tell.
Single RAM slot. With the prohibitive cost for 4GB 200-pin sticks, you might be better off with just 2GB of RAM for this.

Other Thoughts: To quote a famous comedian voicing a large, blue djinn; "Phenomenal cosmic power; itty-bitty living space." While this most likely won't satisfy any high-level gaming needs *cough*Crysis*cough* - it will easily handle standard web-surfing, documentation apps and just about any video format you throw at it. My specific purpose for this machine was to replace a rather large HTPC that I had in my den. From installation; this thing has been a breeze. Opening the case is easy, and adding your parts (RAM, HDD) is made quite easy. Both locations are very accessible and quick to install. The OS installation went very smoothly for me (Win7 32-bit) with nary a hitch even though I was on HDMI. The included drivers disc was straight-forward and simple for driver installation. Playback of 1080p content was surprisingly smooth; even for various formats (WMV, MKV, M4V, etc.). I consider this a great choice for a personal PC or HTPC focused on media playback and casual gaming.

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Derek H.'s Profile

Display Name: Derek H.

Date Joined: 10/20/02

  • Reviews: 2
  • Helpfulness: 1
  • First Review: 03/26/10
  • Last Review: 06/26/12
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