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Intel Core i3-2120T Sandy Bridge Dual-Core 2.6GHz LGA 1155 35W Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623I32120T
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Low price, low power consumption, low heat. Handles 1080p+ video streaming and any other basic computing tasks with ease. Much to my surprise, it could actually handle XCOM: Enemy Unknown at ~20 fps without a separate video card, so some gaming wouldn't be out of the question either, just so long as you aren't wanting to play anything demanding, like a modern FPS title.

Cons: None, just so long as you have realistic expectations of the performance you're going to get at this price.

Other Thoughts: Hard to beat for an entry-level or media PC.

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hec HEC200SA-2FX 200W Mini ITX    Active PFC Power Supply
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

1 out of 5 eggs Stay away. 01/25/2012

This review is from: hec HEC200SA-2FX 200W Mini ITX Active PFC Power Supply

Pros: Fit nicely in the HTPC case (from the same company) that mine came with. Cable length was adequate. Unfortunately, that's it.

Cons: All I asked of it was to power a 35W TDP Intel i3 CPU, a mini-ITX motherboard, 4GB of value RAM, and a SSD.

What did I get? Overheating and brownouts leading to frequent random restarts. After some thorough troubleshooting to make sure no other components were at fault, I replaced this PSU with another 220W one from another company. Lo and behold, my problems disappeared and my HTPC has been stable for months.

At a minimum, I suspect the very lackluster 12V rail here was to blame. 9.5A won't get you very far at all.

Other Thoughts: 200W doesn't mean anything if the PSU is can't efficiently put it where it's needed. When it comes to your PSU, do your research and don't cut ANY corners.

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hec HEC200SA2FX 200W Mini ITX Active PFC Power Supply
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

1 out of 5 eggs Awful. Absolutely awful. 10/19/2011

This review is from: hec HEC200SA2FX 200W Mini ITX Active PFC Power Supply

Pros: Not much, apart from the cable length and variety being acceptable for your average mini-ITX case.

Cons: TLDR version: One of these came with my HTPC case from the same brand. It was so bad I replaced it with a different PSU, and my HTPC lived happily ever after.

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In spite of having to power only a 35W CPU, 4GB of basic RAM, a mini-ITX motherboard, and a 64GB SSD, it certainly had a lot of trouble. It would frequently cause the computer to restart at random. It was hot to the touch (yes, the fan was "working") and even when I pointed a desk fan on it with the case open, it would still occasionally brown out the system. This was highly unacceptable, and after reading the abysmal reviews here, I skipped seeking a replacement and went straight to a 220W PSU from a different company I knew I could trust. Now all is well.

Other Thoughts: Moral of the story: Don't ever skimp on the PSU. Find a reliable brand, pay attention to the rail amperages, and leave yourself some breathing room power-wise.

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Display Name: Anthony D.

Date Joined: 10/09/04

  • Reviews: 33
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  • First Review: 12/15/09
  • Last Review: 05/17/13
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