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GIGABYTE GA-F2A88XN-WIFI FM2+ / FM2 AMD A88X (Bolton D4) 4 x SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI Mini ITX AMD Motherboard
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Stable board. Everything just works, both with Richland (and after BIOS flash) Kaveri CPU's, even now 15 months later.

Cons: No real ones. I would have preferred a BIOS option to disable WiFi and Bluetooth as I don't use them, but that is a small gripe.

I don't see the need for WiFi on something that isn't going to move around, as wired Ethernet is so overwhelmingly superior.

For the price I would have preferred to see them use higher quality Intel wired Ethernet chips, and anything non-Realtek for the sound, and instead just ditch the wireless, but that's just me.

Other Thoughts: I was shocked to find that this little board got so many bad reviews seeing that I have had nothing but good experiences with it, so I decided to write an updated review 15 months later.

I can only assume that most of the issues reported here are user error.

This board has been serving as my HTPC with daily use since 2013 with not as much as a hickup. It has been one of my better purchases over the years.

Back when I originally got mine, it was before the Kaveri launch, so it did not have the BIOS to run Kaveri, but once Kaveri launched, I picked one up, flashed the BIOS and swapped it in. I assume that current boards are shipping with a Kaveri supporting bios.

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XION XON-720P mATX/ ITX Slim Desktop Case, USB 3.0, 5 in 1 Card-reader, 300W PSU, White_Retail
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: - Can't beat the price.
- White case

Cons: - Case materials is very thin, and bends easily, especially around the expansion slots.
- Case design makes install (and especially removal) of low profile expansion cards particularly difficult (exacerbating bending problem)
- Expansion slot screw hole threads strip alarmingly easily.
- The little fan and power supply are louder than I would like
-Case is bigger than you'd think from looking at the pictures

Other Thoughts: OK, maybe two eggs is a little bit unfair, after all you get what you pay for, and I paid next to nothing for this case.

All that being said, I think I'd spend a little more if I had to do it again.

I bought this case for a cheap project for my parents house (which needed to be white) which fell through, and then I was stuck with it. Right now it is in my bedroom behind my little bedroom TV equipped with other leftover surplus hardware and serving as a mini bedroom HTPC.

All the expansion slot covers are gone, and the one expansion card that is in there was loose until I tightened it with a zip tie, due to holes being stripped.

I guess to sum it up, it can be very tempting looking at that price tag, but if it is going to see any real use, other than install once, close up and never modify again, I would probably just spend a little more...

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SilverStone SG06BB-LITE Black Aluminum front panel, Steel body Mini-ITX Desktop Computer Case
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggs Nice compact case, great for HTPC 12/11/2013

This review is from: SilverStone SG06BB-LITE Black Aluminum front panel, Steel body Mini-ITX Desktop Computer Case

Pros: Stylish, good price, and loads of space for a small mini-ITX case.

120mm fan in front, and what looks like enough space to mount a 120mm sealed water cooler!

Cons: Power and HD LED's are bright enough to blind you, if you use this as an HTPC to watch movies in a darkened room. They were so bright I could not focus on the TV. I had to take the front cover off and put 4 layers of window tint in there to make them output a reasonable amount of light.

Requires a small form factor (SFX?) PSU. The only one available on Newegg is a 600+watt unit. Silverstone also ships these with 300 and 450 watt units pre-installed. If you buy one of these, or purchase the PSU separately part of the price advantage goes out the window.

Other Thoughts: Would be nice if they used lower light LED's

Also, any case that uses a slim optical drive bay really should include a slim SATA adapter, which this one does not.

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Display Name: Matthew K.

Date Joined: 08/06/04

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  • First Review: 10/27/05
  • Last Review: 03/23/15
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