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Microsoft Windows Home Server Power Pack 3
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs If you've thought about it, do it NOW 02/04/2011

This review is from: Microsoft Windows Home Server Power Pack 3

Pros: WHS V1 is one of the better microsoft products that ships. It's Drive Extender allows for easy growth of your data pool, and thanks to it's inbuilt folder duplication, it can ensure data is readable even if something bad happens to your server. Data reliability is good, and the hardware requirements to pull it off are minimal. Plugin support is available for almost any situation.

Cons: It won't support 3TB HDD, but then again, we now know that V2 (Vail) which is about to come out also will not. It is spendier then some nas products, but durability is very good.

Other Thoughts: Look, Vail (WHSv2) has just went to RC. Vail doesn't have drive extender, folder duplication, data pooling, spanning, home folder management.. there is no idea how long until WHS V1 becomes hard to get. This is really one of Microsoft's few GREAT products, an absolute game changer on every front. V2 is basically stripped down garbage. If you have a chance, you want to stockpile as much of V1 as you can, while you can.

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Intel Core i7-870 Lynnfield Quad-Core 2.93GHz LGA 1156 95W Processor BX80605I7870
  • Owned For: less than 1 day

Pros: This is a solid performing chip and the "SECOND" fastest chip in the 1156 platform considering it's an i7 multicore, yes, there are faster dual core 6xx series, but not the same thing.

Cons: Um, you can get the UNLOCKED 875k, which is the same speed but completely unlocked for almost two hundred and fifty less. So, why would you get the same chip, locked, for so much more??

Other Thoughts: Yeah, pretty much that says it all. If you're looking at this, grab the 875k and pocket the difference.

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nMEDIAPC Red Wood Wood/Steel HTPC 8000 ATX Media Center / HTPC Case
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Remember what this product is... and it's great 06/06/2010

This review is from: nMEDIAPC Red Wood Wood/Steel HTPC 8000 ATX Media Center / HTPC Case

Pros: As I read through other reviews, I appreciate the commentary in regards to the rear fan being a 4 pin, meaning you will need a fan control, etc. but for those looking to throw a gaming rig in, this is simply not the right case. Ventilation here is not sufficient to support a heavy duty video card or high end CPU + cooling solution. But, because of it's construction, this case eats noise alive. A basic Home Theater PC build.. say a 785G/880G with the right CPU, and a 5450 runs darn near completely dead quiet, and don't worry, you've got plenty of USBs on most of those to cover all your front options. The case is easy to mod, but as it sits it's easy enough to build in with the right components. If you're looking for a real livingroom PC, a big part of the goal is quiet. Thanks to the wood construction, this case has almost no "humm" generated from lower end metal designs, thanks to it's weight securing it. (More)

Cons: If you look at a lot of the cheap, sub this price HTPC cases, you'll find the construction is done in such a way that the case is light, meaning a real CPU fan or a power supply fan can cause the case to generate that annoying "buzz" and hum sound from the way components hold together. Not here. This case has enough heft and the right kind of construction that you basically never run into that.

There are cons. The front DVD can be a trick to place, and some BDs (Plextor) do not accurately match. No problem with the LG I'm using right now.

Other Thoughts: There are other cases at a much higher price point I view as really incredible. But a the price that this case is, it is one of the best, closest to real silent cases you can find for a living room option. Currently running in mine:

I5-540
ATI 5450 (for DTS/MA/DD-HD and correct 24P performance)
4G
Haupauge 2250 PCI-E
500G SATA
LG BD/DVDRW combo

Very happy with the results, and impressed at how quiet this is in comparison to other options

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Display Name: Chris R.

Date Joined: 04/07/03

  • Reviews: 55
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  • First Review: 09/10/05
  • Last Review: 02/04/11
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