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SUPCASE Motorola Moto X Phone Unicorn Beetle Hybrid Case - Clear/Gray, Free HD Clear Screen Protector, Bubble Free Installation Instruction Included
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  • Owned For: less than 1 day

Pros: It seems like a good case.

Cons: Doesn't fit the 2014 MotoX!

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SAMSUNG EcoGreen F4 ST2000DL004 2TB 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Inexpensive

Cons: SLOW. I know that is to be expected with an eco drive, but this drive is so slow that I can't watch a movie on my HTPC and download something in the background without playback stuttering. Had to put the OS on a separate drive to solve the problem.

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ASUS F2A85-M PRO FM2 AMD A85X (Hudson D4) 7 x SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Great feature set, easy install, nice upgrade for HTPC, layout works fine in a cramped case.

Cons: 1) The resolution of the UEFI BIOS is all wrong for my LCD TV (which has a resolution of 1920x1080 and is connected over HDMI). Only the middle region actually shows on the display so, I have to lug a monitor downstairs and plug it in if I want to tweak the BIOS settings.

2) The BIOS that ships was really out of date. I tried downloading the latest, but the flashing utility in the BIOS complains that the BIOS downloaded from ASUS' website is "NOT an EFI BIOS" and won't flash it.

Found a BIOS on the driver CD for the Mobo that would flash, but to flash to the latest, had to download the BIOS file, rename it, put it on a USB drive, put the USB drive in a particular USB port, and then use the new bios flash button on the motherboard. Really a pain, and the instructions are just not clear on why it is that way.

3) No PCI slots. Had to buy a new PCIe-1x tuner card (not too broken up about it, wanted a new one anyway.)

Would easily bump it up to an egg or two if the BIOS quirks get resolved.

Other Thoughts: Decided to upgrade my HTPC using parts leftover from upgrading my main rig. Picked this board because of the small form factor while still having support for 4 memory slots and optical audio.

My build:
Silverstone ML03B HTPC Case
ASUS F2A85-M PRO Motherboard
AMD A10-5800K Trinity APU
Crucial M500 OS Drive
4x2GB G.Skill DDR3 1333 F3-10666CL8D-4GBHK
AVerMedia AVerTVHD Duet PCTV tuner

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Display Name: John V.

Date Joined: 05/24/02

  • Reviews: 4
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  • First Review: 03/22/09
  • Last Review: 08/03/15
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