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GIGABYTE GV-R545D3-1GI Radeon HD 5450 1GB 64-Bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Low Profile Ready Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: fits well m-atx HTPC box. if installation works out well, the card does the job.

Cons: it's a pain to install the driver under windows 7, both 64/32 bit versions. if you load the driver and apps package that came with the CD, the screen will go blank and you have to boot into safe mode to uninstall the driver.

if this happens to you, (as it did 3 times in a row to me), you may have to manually install the card driver under the Windows 7 Device Manager.

i have tried 64 bit, then to 32 bit, and then back to 64 bit windows 7. you can imagine how frustrating it is. normally system takes 2 hours to build and install everything from win7 to adobe acrobat, but this one took me one whole day, just for the faulty driver.

FYI, windows update doesn't seem to find a better driver for this card as of 12/5/2011. you may need to check later, and i trust microsoft driver will work better.

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Rosewill R379-M Black/ Silver 0.8mm SGCC Steel Slim MicroATX Computer Case with ATX12V Flex 300W Power Supply
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Nothing can be put as "Pros" actually.

Cons: 1. The CD-ROM bay is very badly designed, the gap was huge from the CD-ROM panel to the front panel of the case. I don't think anyone can possibly open the CD-ROM tray without some help from a stick or something.
2. It only takes one 3.5" drive. Well, I might be asking for too much from a slim case, but come on, if you give a little bit thought on the design of the case, they definitely can make it possible to fit in the second 3.5".
3. Power supply is so bad. It died out after 1 month.
4. All the cables and wires are so stiff that it makes the whole process a lot more difficult to fit in everything in this tiny case.
5. My decision is gonna throw this out and replace with a regular Mid-tower or sth. How about yours?

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Maikang W.'s Profile

Display Name: Maikang W.

Date Joined: 10/11/05

  • Reviews: 2
  • Helpfulness: 1
  • First Review: 04/02/08
  • Last Review: 12/22/11
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