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Raspberry Pi B+ Broadcom BCM2835 SoC ARM11 700 MHz Low Power ARM1176JZFS Applications Processor Motherboard/CPU/VGA Combo
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: The uses for the Raspberry Pi are nearly limitless. It has more than enough processing and graphical power to handle a very wide range of tasks. From automation to emulation, to daily computing and media.

I purchased the Model B+ as part of a retro gaming console project I have been wanting to do for a very long time now. It's the core of the console and will be used to emulate classic 8-bit and 16-bit games.

The unit is being powered by a 5.1V 2A 10400mAh portable power pack on the go, and a 5.1V 2.5A USB wall adapter for charging. The unit can also be powered or changed off most any PC with powered USB connections. With the units very low power draw, it can run for a few hours, while in use, on a quality 10400mAh power pack.

I have it running RetroPie and EmulationStation via a Team 16GB microSDHC Flash Card Model TUSDH16GUHS03, also available here on Newegg.

So far, the unit is working wonderfully. It's more than capable of handling all the emulation tasks I have thrown at it thus far. From classic 8-bit games to Doom and Duke Nukem 3D.

Audio and video quality is perfect. No noise.

Cons: Note: This does not come with a power source, SD card, or anything else. It's just the Raspberry Pi unit itself.

The unit is powered by a 5v micro USB port and can run on most any powered USB source, with 1.2A (1200mA) being more than enough for the Pi in most configurations. However, a 2.5A (2500mA) power source is recommended if you want to use all 4 USB ports on the Model B/B+ or otherwise expect to require more power.

Other Thoughts: There really are not enough nice things I can say about the Raspberry Pi. There are so many possibilities and projects the Pi would be great for, you just need to use a little imagination.

I am seriously considering a second Pi just to explore and see what I can get this amazing little computer to do. I have quite a few ideas for mobile computing that I believe it would be perfect for!

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COUGAR Spike Black Steel / Plastic MicroATX Mini Tower Gaming Case with USB 3.0 and 12CM Cougar Fan
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: I picked up this case as part of a customers small form factor gaming PC.

This is a beastly little case to work with. It's support for GFX cards up to 12.9 inches is quite amazing for such a small case. It has decent airflow and lends itself wonderfully to builds where both space and cost are a concern. I purchased this case when it was available directly from Newegg for $36.99.

It also works well as an HTPC case, depending on your specific home theater system layout of course, or on a small desk. Thanks to it's small footprint.

While space is obviously limited, the design of the case does seem to have ample room for cable management, though you may have to get somewhat creative if you're trying to cram a lot of hardware into it. A modular PSU is always recommended when working in small form factor cases.

The case is also aesthetically pleasing, it really does look nice sitting on a desk or next to your TV.

Cons: Not a lot of space to work with obviously, but you should know that going into a build with this case. Considering the cases small size and design, there is actually more space that I expected.

Other Thoughts: The Cougar Spike really is a great little case. For this build, it's housing an AMD 7850K APU powered system, a modular Corsair PSU, with a Radeon R9 285 added later. Also running an SSD and one HDD. There is plenty of room for airflow to keep it all nice and cool, and room to expand.

Another great product from Cougar.

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Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: This drive was bought as a games drive for a customers gaming HTPC rebuild.

These Seagate Barracuda 1TB drives are great for their price point. I have used many of them in different builds and they have all worked wonderfully, this one was no exception.

The performance of these drives is well documented, and well within reason for their price point. They lend themselves quite well as additional storage as well as great drives to store your ever expanding games library. While you may want to go with something a bit faster, or an SSD, for your competitive online gaming, for everything else they perform wonderfully.

They also work well as a primary/single system drive. There are faster HDD options out there, and SSD's of course, but for it's price, these are a viable option if cost is a real concern.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: These drives are a tried and true credit to the Seagate lineup.

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Display Name: Robert H.

Date Joined: 05/20/09

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  • First Review: 05/20/09
  • Last Review: 01/14/15
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