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Pros: compact, easy to build
Cons: issues with parts, low power supply 300w, expensive power supply upgrades, intolerable static from audio ports
Other Thoughts: I got this barebone because I thought it would be easy to configure and install, and it was. However, after getting used to this machine, I wanted to upgrade some parts such as getting a dedicated graphics card. However, the 300W that it comes with is very low for many graphics cards and I need to get a 500W power supply manufactured from shuttle. The lowest price for this from a 3rd party distributor which is $79.99 without shipping, while most other 500W power supplies run from $20(the cheap ones) to $50( the more expensive ones.)
Another issues I have with my shuttle are the audio ports. The front and back audio ports have static and noise. The front has more noise than the back, but both intolerable. The static also affects the microphone jack. The audio ports are my main problem and making me very frustrated. I dont use any wireless devices, and keep the machine clean.
For this price, I would rather spend the time getting the suitable case, power supply, and motherboard on my own.
I am pretty disappointed.
I am being generous with 2 stars