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GIGABYTE GA-C847N-D Intel Celeron 847 1.1GHz Intel NM70 Mini ITX Motherboard/CPU/VGA Combo
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Dual NICs
Extremely quiet
Easy to use BIOS

Cons: Not passive cooling (not really much of an issue)

Other Thoughts: I wanted a dual gigabit NIC board for a pfSense build and here it is! pfSense 2.1 RC0 nano-vga works like a charm running off of a USB flash. (You need 2.1 build of pfSense 2.0.3 doesn't see NICs) I wanted passive cooling for less power and noise, however this thing proved me wrong. Unless your ear is right next to the fan you can't hear it, and it's still super low power. Great board, I would definitely buy another for another firewall build.

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Antec ISK 110 VESA Black ABS plastic / 0.8 mm SECC Mini-ITX Desktop Computer Case 90W External Adapter, Up to 92% Efficiency Power Supply
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Very small and light
Very will built, didn't feel cheap
Included compact power supply
Sharp looking case, happy with the design

Cons: Extremely tight, but as expected

Other Thoughts: Only reason I gave 4 eggs instead of 5 is because the front panel USB and audio jacks are really in the way of the motherboard. I played around with it for quite a while before i decided to just take them both out and throw them away. It didn't bother me too much because it was being used as a firewall case and those ports would never be used. It would of been frustrating if I was using it for a desktop build. I'm sure it's possible to get them in there with some more time and patience, however I feel they definitely could of made the connectors thinner, they seem very bulky.

I would absolutely buy this case again.

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StarTech USBMBADAPT 6in USB 2.0 Cable - USB A Female to USB Motherboard 4 Pin Header F/F
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Perfect for permanent USB flash drive installs so they aren't hanging out of the system waiting to be broken or lost.

Cons: It can be hooked up backwards if not careful, this could cause damage to motherboard and/or usb device.

They could of used a full 10 pin USB header connector to remove this risk, but that would waste the other USB port.

Other Thoughts: I used this to load PFsense on a flash drive with out the flash drive hanging out the back of the system. I had to be creative mounting it internally, but I'm happy that the flash drive is packed inside the system.

You can use two of these per USB header on the motherboard if you needed. Make sure to check the USB header pinout before turning the computer on!

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Erik O.'s Profile

Display Name: Erik O.

Date Joined: 03/27/08

  • Reviews: 4
  • Helpfulness: 2
  • First Review: 08/23/10
  • Last Review: 06/13/13
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