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DIYPC HTPC-Cube-BK Black USB3.0 Aluminum/Steel Mini-ITX Tower Computer case, can support 120mm Radiator, Standard Size ATX PSU
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: - Small and stylish and surprisingly cheap
- The power button has a nice tactile feel and nice LEDs
- The included fan pulls plenty of air and is decently quiet. For my application it never spins up.
- Plenty of space for Hard Drives.

Cons: - The power supply was slightly awkward to mount, and there isn't much space for the extra cables, but that's sort of par for the course.

Other Thoughts: I really liked the sound of using this as a tiny gaming case as one of the previous reviewers did, but I used this case to build my fiancee's father a simple computer that he can use for his ebaying and casual internet browsing.

Components:

- An old 450W Rosewill Power Supply I had lying around

- The ADATA 64GB SSD that was in his old machine

- An old 500GB WD HDD I had lying around

- ASrock B85 ITX MoBo

- Intel G1840

-4GB DDR3 Kingston

It is a HUGE upgrade from his gigantic circa 2006 Dell machine. It's small, looks great, and boots up in less than 20 seconds. Couldn't ask for more for the $175 I spent.

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ASUS GeForce GTX 1060 6GB ROG STRIX VR Ready HDMI 2.0 DP 1.4 Auto-extreme Graphics Card
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: - Amazing over-clocker. Don't bother getting the factory OCed version. I wasn't sure that I made the right choice until I received my card and was able to OC to 2075Mhz on the GPU and 8808 (from 8008) on the memory by just moving the Asus GPU tweak sliders all the way up. I'm sure it will OC further, no need to try it though. Perhaps when I'm bored.
- I game at 1080p and 144Hz. This card does a great job pumping out over one hundred frames per second.
- So cool. Even with the above OC it NEVER, goes higher than 60C in a 22-24C room.
- Silent under full load.
- It look like a premium product. The back-plate really makes it look great in my black Vengeance C70.
- Pretty lights :)

Cons: The color wheel in the Asus Aura software was out of phase of the actual color of the LEDs. In order to get the right shade of blue/green that I wanted I had to move the slider about 15 degrees further into green. I was able t get the right color so no big deal really. Not worth taking off an egg for sure.

Other Thoughts: I upgraded from a GTX 660 SLI setup. I've been waiting for there to be a single card on the market that could outperform my SLI setup at a reasonable price point. The GTX 970 was almost a sell for me, but it didn't have quite the performance and was a bit more expensive than i was willing to pay for what would have been a marginal improvement. The GTX 1060 is exactly what i was waiting for with the right performance at the right price.

I didn't want just any GTX 1060, though, because i know i will have this card for quite some time. I wanted more than just a 6 pin power connector for better overclocking head room and I wanted something with a back-plate and in black to match my setup. This Asus card fit my criteria and was worth the extra $$ in my opinion. This card runs quieter, cooler, and faster while looking better in my rig compared with some of the cheaper offerings.

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Akasa Euler Fanless Solid Aluminum THIN Mini ITX Case - VESA Mountable without LOGO OEM (A-ITX05M)
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: - Silent, the entire case is a heatsink.
- Comes with all necessary parts despite the absence of information on Newegg. Do some research. The Akasa site has all of the information on contents etc.
- This 53W CPU stays under 65C even under heavy load
- Small size, discrete
- VESA mount. I haven't used it yet, but I'm looking forward to.
- Heavy. This is a Pro because the case is solid aluminum. Very good build quality.

Cons: - The case gets quite warm, but that's to be expected.
- Difficult to take apart and put back together due to the way the motherboard is mounted. Definitely make sure you build it right the first time.
- No front USB, the Euler S may have been a better choice.

Other Thoughts: My Build:

- ASUS H81T/CSM
- Intel Celeron G1820
- 4GB G.Skill DDR3L
- 32GB SSD
- Rosewill USB WIreless N adapter
- 120W adapter
- Rii Remote

I use this HTPC as a Kodi box and run various game system emulators including pj64. I tried using OpenElec, Kodibuntu, Ubuntu, and Linux Mint, but settled on Windows 7 with launcher4kodi due to poor wireless networking support and various other annoyances with using Linux. Windows uses a lot of hard drive space, though, so I had to disable the page file, hibernate, and system restore functionality to save space. Windows updates also take up a very large amount of space. In the end there is just over 10GB of free space.

Going back, I would choose a 64GB SSD which would allow a bit more wiggle room, and I would choose the Euler S which has front USB ports. Other than that everything else is functioning very well.

Overall I am very satisfied with this case and with this build.

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Benjamin M.'s Profile

Display Name: Benjamin M.

Date Joined: 07/29/08

  • Reviews: 9
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  • First Review: 11/29/14
  • Last Review: 08/30/16
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