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ASRock AD2550B-ITX Intel Dual-Core Atom D2550 1.86 GHz Intel NM10 Mini ITX Motherboard/CPU/VGA Combo
  • neweggOwned For: less than 1 day

Pros: I do not know yet

Cons: Cons limited memory expansion like all atoms.

Other Thoughts: This is just a reply to AJ. There is a Linux video driver for this board but it is only a 32bit driver. The good news is since this board is limited to 4GB of ram you do not really need or want to run a 64 bit OS.
Here is a link to the driver from intel. Most distros should have it already.

ASUS M3A78-EM AM2+/AM2 AMD 780G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Good board. 11/18/2008

This review is from: ASUS M3A78-EM AM2+/AM2 AMD 780G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: Good documentation, lots of ports, very good video for an integrated graphics system, low cost. and Express gate.

Cons: ESata port on the back panel so you only have five interal sata ports. The case I used has an ESata port and the card reader I used has an ESata port so I have no less than three esata ports on this critter now. Pretty minor to be honest.
Also lacks true crossfire and probably isn't the best for over clocking. But to be honest that isn't what this board is about.

Other Thoughts: I did this build for my wife. I used 4850e and this board. I didn't try any over clocking since stability is what I was after.
So far is is a great board. Everything works and it is pretty fast. My wife uses Gimp a lot and on her old system she got a lot of lock ups. Not a single lock up now. Expressgate is really handy. My wife loves it to get onto her forums to check posts quickly.
If you want a good AM2 motherboard that will work for most everything you want to do get this board.
Now I just need to install Linux on it for her so she can dual boot.

Thermaltake M9 VI1000BWS Black SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

2 out of 5 eggs Good but far from perfect. 11/10/2008

This review is from: Thermaltake M9 VI1000BWS Black SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: Inexpensive, well made, very low noise.

Cons: Not really tool less, 3 1/2" drive cage is terrible! Didn't come with enough stand offs. The case fans are not PMW.

Other Thoughts: I got this case for my wife's new desktop. The motherboard install was fine except that there where only three stand offs in the package. The problem came when I went to up in the hard drive. I couldn't get the drive cage out. The drive cage is held in the bottom three 5 1/4" drive bays. It must slid back to be removed and that causes interference problems with the motherboard. After removing several cables from the mother board I could slide the cage out. Then you must have some kind of magnetic screwdriver to install the drive.
If you are doing a build with this case put the drives in before the motherboard. It will save you a lot of effort.
To be honest the drive cage makes what I would rate as 4 or 5 star case down to a one or two.
I dread ever putting in a new drive in that case.


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Display Name: David S.

Date Joined: 11/24/05

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  • First Review: 11/10/08
  • Last Review: 12/26/13
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