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Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Solid, silent. 12/29/2014

This review is from: Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: Case is on, sitting by my leg. The fans are barely audible.

Cons: I don't like the "swing out" type of sides: they require extra room to get them detached, unlike sides that slide an inch back then pop out.

Other Thoughts: Came with a bag of two DOZEN extra thumb screws. Just in case your site is infested with thumb-screw gnomes.

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Antec EarthWatts Green EA-380D Green 380W Continuous power ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Intel Haswell Fully Compatible
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Lowest 80Plus power supply I could find. No point in getting a 500W supply for a 10W CPU. 3 HDDs, one SSD, and one J2900 CPU idling at 30W.

Cons: None.

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ASRock Q2900-ITX Intel Pentium J2900 2.41 GHz Mini ITX Motherboard/CPU/VGA Combo
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5 out of 5 eggs Good low-power board/cpu 12/29/2014

This review is from: ASRock Q2900-ITX Intel Pentium J2900 2.41 GHz Mini ITX Motherboard/CPU/VGA Combo

Pros: Low power, small, decent speed. MythTV playback in HD.

Cons: SATA II ports are before the SATA III ports. Not a big deal for me: the system still booted even though my boot drive is now "third" (/dev/sdc). I had expected it to be first (/dev/sda).

I was going to add a mini PCIe SATA card, but the one I have from the old server is too long. (I didn't realize those cards had different lengths.)

Other Thoughts: I had been running an Atom 3xx MSI Wind Nettop PC for a fileserver, MythTV backend, and internet appliance. It wasn't powerful enough to run Eclipse, or play back video, not even SD.

The J2900 is my new server/backend/appliance, and it runs Eclipse. It has all three drives from the old server, plus a new SSD, yet uses 10 less watts, according to the UPS. Now I don't need to fire up a 120w desktop just to edit code. (Yeah, probably not a big deal for most people.)

Running Fedora 21. Idles at ~30w.

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Matt D.'s Profile

Display Name: Matt D.

Date Joined: 05/24/06

  • Reviews: 14
  • Helpfulness: 5
  • First Review: 02/18/10
  • Last Review: 12/29/14
  • Most Favorable Review: 4 out of 5 eggs
  • Most Critical Review: 2 out of 5 eggs
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