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ZOTAC IONITX-A-U Atom 330 1.6GHz Dual-Core NVIDIA ION Mini ITX Motherboard/CPU Combo
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  • neweggOwned For: more than 1 year

Pros: It's Amazing! I have been using it for over a year as my "Home Server". I have it using a 500gb HDD an OS disk and it also controls a 1tb Raid-1. It will play 1080p mkv movie files as long as you use a video player that supports the nVidia ION hardware acceleration (XBMC does this perfectly, just enable it under settings). I use it to host an iTunes server, XBMC, file server, web server. Can leave it on all the time without racking up a large electricity bill, under full load it pulls between 38-42watts, and around 30-36 idle, measured using "Kill-A-Watt". Works great with custom boot batch file to start applications in an order that leaves XBMC the last thing that opens, so it stays in the front.

Cons: Had problems when using Ubuntu with my TV over HDMI. Using HDMI to my monitor worked great, but it would flicker on my TV. Tried forcing all types of settings, manual EDIDs, different drivers, nothing worked. But the problem seems to be between my TV and Ubuntu because Windows 7 handled it perfectly.

Other Thoughts: 2x Western Digital Caviar Green 1TB
4GB OCZ DDR2 800MHz (2x2GB)
I have heard it can be overclocked, but I like it better to vb

Rosewill USB 2.0 Slim8x DVD Writer External Optical Drive for PC Model ROD-EX001 Black
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Worked great while it did! Cheap! Powered of USB

Cons: Only works half the time now, if im lucky

GIGABYTE Ultra Durable VGA Series Radeon HD 6850 DirectX 11 GV-R685OC-1GD 1GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Runs nice and cool, very fast. Plays Crysis Warhead at 1920x1080 at Max settings at 25-35fps, Bad Company 2 at Max settings at 55-60fps

Cons: Overclocking ability on this card is very limited because it does not use the reference voltage controller, you cannot turn up the voltage.

Other Thoughts: I suggest the un-pre-overclocked 6850 because it overclocks better in the end


Evan R.'s Profile

Display Name: Evan R.

Date Joined: 01/26/09

  • Reviews: 3
  • Helpfulness: 0
  • First Review: 01/29/11
  • Last Review: 01/31/11
  • Most Favorable Review: 5 out of 5 eggs
  • Most Critical Review: 3 out of 5 eggs
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