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TOSHIBA PH3200U-1I72 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
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Pros: No complaints here -- I could go on about how it blows away my old Hitachi Deskstar, but they aren't really in the same class.

Don't think I've ever had a 7200RPM drive that is this quiet. very nice

Cons: Maybe it *should* make a noise once in a while, so I know it's still there :)

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MSI MSI Gaming 970 Gaming AM3+/AM3 AMD 970 and SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
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4 out of 5 eggs 1 slick mobo - maybe too slick? 12/24/2015

This review is from: MSI MSI Gaming 970 Gaming AM3+/AM3 AMD 970 and SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: Basically a driverless install for me when swapping this into an existing windows10 machine. Only driver it didn't detect was the wired LAN which I grabbed from MSI's website -- there's an option there to just get the driver and not the management software, so that's cool. While not needed (windows detected the realtek audio), I did install the extra Realtek audio software from their site as well.

Cons: Please color-code the front-panel pins! This was the hardest front-panel setup I've had to do in a while -- I thought everyone was color-coding these pins since like year 2005?

the graphical BIOS setup screens are cheesy, clumsy, and ugly - that old red on black theme was hot in the 90's, but looks dated today.. save the GUI for your windows apps - BIOS setup screens should be fast and responsive, and this gui lags, and even worse, often double-registers keyboard input.

Other Thoughts: had to tweak the auto-detected RAM settings a bit, but runs my GSkill 2x8GB at 1866 fine with manual settings.

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Shuttle DS61 V1.1 Intel H61 2 x 204Pin SO-DIMM Black Mini / Booksize Barebone System
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5 out of 5 eggs smallest HTPC I ever built 10/16/2013

This review is from: Shuttle DS61 V1.1 Intel H61 2 x 204Pin SO-DIMM Black Mini / Booksize Barebone System

Pros: A really fun build! Small.. so very small. Easy install -- the quick setup sheet seemed straight-forward to me. The external DC supply helps heat stay under control inside the box.. mobo voltages look good.. it supports a ton of ram and a 65W processor . all just fantastic! win8.1 is running great after some performance tweaking but did lag under the default install. paired with a G540 sandy bridge 2.5ghz dual core and 8gb ram

Cons: Win8.1 did need tweaking to run smoothly, though that's more of a flaw in the new windows than this bare-bones box. This isn't the cheapest HTPC setup available, but is a really unique build, and I could upgrade to quad-core later.

Other Thoughts: some people said they had trouble with RAM so I opted for a low voltage Patriot 1x8GB (1.33v), but the voltages to the ram look solid @ ~1.56v.. so probably could've saved a couple dollars there.. I haven't setup an intel box in a long time, but had no issues with the LGA1155 or any thing else..

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Benjamin K.'s Profile

Display Name: Benjamin K.

Date Joined: 06/09/04

  • Reviews: 9
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  • First Review: 07/04/12
  • Last Review: 12/25/15
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