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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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GIGABYTE GA-F2A88XN-WIFI FM2+ / FM2 AMD A88X (Bolton D4) HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Mini ITX AMD Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggs Not bad, but don't need all the features 12/11/2013

This review is from: GIGABYTE GA-F2A88XN-WIFI FM2+ / FM2 AMD A88X (Bolton D4) HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Mini ITX AMD Motherboard

Pros: Excellent and stable little board, perfect for my HTPC build. If you need Wifi, comes with it included, which could be a pro.

Cons: Extra features I don't need drove up the price (I always wire gigabit ethernet).

Integrated bluetooth adapter worse than my cheap USB bluetooth adapter.

Can't seem to find a way to disable wifi and bluetooth in bios. (I always disable all components I won't be using)

Other Thoughts: I wanted to make sure I had an FM2+ board for future compatibility with AMD's Kaveri, and needed it to be mini-ITX for my HTPC build. Just wsh there were a no frills version, as I rarely use most of the integrated components and they add cost.

Some real audio and networking chips would also be nice in a solution like this instead of that Realtek garbage. The motherboard landscape would be so much better if Realtek were just to die a horrible fiery death.

I disabled the Realtek onboard NIC, and use an Intel server NIC in the PCIe slot instead.

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Display Name: Matthew K.

Date Joined: 08/06/04

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