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DIYPC  DIY-F2-O Black/Orange USB 3.0 Micro-ATX Mini Tower Gaming Computer Case with 2 x Orange LED Fans (Pre-installed)
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5 out of 5 eggs Works for the price and distinctive color scheme. 04/18/2016

This review is from: DIYPC DIY-F2-O Black/Orange USB 3.0 Micro-ATX Mini Tower Gaming Computer Case with 2 x Orange LED Fans (Pre-installed)

Pros: Room for all the basic components and no more. Light weight. Decorative color scheme if that is your 'thing'.

Cons: Lack of any instructions. Bag of screws and your on your own. First time build would be less than rewarding. Rear SSD screw mounting hole is not conveniently accessible. Power and data cable on the bottom HDD is difficult to manage.

Other Thoughts: Micro means micro. Cable management is not for the OCD crowd. If cost is not an issue, get a modular PSU! Found a 'dental pick' useful for 'threading' wire ties on edge 'loops'. Method of securing bottom mount HDD from the bottom of case in somewhat counter intuitive. Ditto for the SSD mount with the 'locating pin' replacing one of the side screw mounting holes. Secure SSD before the PSU is installed if you intend to 'fully' secure the SSD.

Would recommend but caution that 'first time builders' will encounter some assembly frustrations.

So far cooling seems adequate. Unit houses a NAS for home use running 'freenas 9.1' with two 1Tb HDD and a SSD for boot. Motherboard is an older recycled micro Gigabyte with a C2D Intel 6420 processor powered by an EVGA 430 W non modular PSU and 2X !Gb Gskill DDR-2 memory.

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Intel Core i3-4340 Haswell Dual-Core 3.6 GHz LGA 1150 54W BX80646I34340 Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4600
  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Fast, acceptable everyday use with on chip video, stable and relatively 'cheap'. Processor running at 100%, 4 thread, load on BOINC (cpu cycle sharing program) and maintaing 50-52C over 24hr period. Idle tmps are about 25-30C. Ambient about 20C. Cooled with a single fan Hyper 212-evo on a ASRock extreme4 MB with 8Gb Adata pc-1600. Coupled with a 64Gb SSD drive running Linux UE-4.2-64, it boots insanely fast.

On chip video does appear to be equivilent to GeForce GT 610-30 discrete graphics card as reported elsehere. I'm not a gamer so good enough is good enough.

System was built to be a 'travel box' for use in warmer climes during the winter months of northern US weather.

Cons: lnone

Other Thoughts: This is a good chip for the casual user of 'surfing', e-mail and probably some light gaming. I would highly recommend this chip for an all purpose non gaming rig. At some future date, chip upgrade may take place for a reason I cannot currenty justify.

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ADATA XPG V1.0 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model AX3U1600C4G9-DR
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Minimum profile heat sink. No gaudy 'fins'. Fits under Hyper 212 evo on ASRock MB. Recognized on first boot by UEFI. Price was lower than similar Gskill units. Works well with I3-4340 processor and Linux Mint 16-64. .

Cons: non

Other Thoughts: Running with BOIC, Like Folding@home cycle sharing program. Ran with CPU load of 95% and memory load of 95% with no crash issues for 96 consectutive hours.
Had good experience with an Adata SD card rma previousely.

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Display Name: larry r.

Date Joined: 08/10/06

  • Reviews: 16
  • Helpfulness: 10
  • First Review: 04/21/08
  • Last Review: 04/18/16
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