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G.SKILL Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model F3-1866C10D-16GAB
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  • neweggOwned For: more than 1 year

Pros: - It worked out of the box for a year. Pretty quick.

Cons: - System was faulting frequently, failed MemTest86 (tons of errors), working fine now with replacement RAM.

Other Thoughts: I typically hope to get more than a year out of something like RAM, which is usually just get and forget.

Antec P50 WINDOW ILLUSION Black Micro ATX Computer Case
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Smart design, plenty of USB ports, full heigh expansion bays, fairly spacious interior

Cons: Slightly larger than I expected, enough empty space inside to support more drive bays

Other Thoughts: I bought this case for a build for a family member, the version with the window was actually cheaper for some reason. I get nervous about using any case with a window (sometimes, it's not possible to cable things nicely when you're on a budget), but the design of this case is such that you can safely tuck all of the messy cables behind the motherboard, with all of the hard drives / solid state drives. Having access to the 3.5 inch drives through the small door on the back of the case is also handy if you plan on using this as a NAS, or just plan on having a mirroring / RAID setup. Airflow seems to be good as well. It's an understated case, looks good almost anywhere. The fan controller switch is located on top of the case with the power and reset buttons. Another thing to note, LED lights aren't extra bright, so this would be acceptable for use in an entertainment center or bedroom - just make sure there is enough space. It's still a small case, just not as small as I was thinking.

Intel Xeon E3-1226 v3 Haswell 3.3GHz 8MB  L3 Cache LGA 1150 84W Server Processor BX80646E31226V3
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Cool and quiet operation, excellent performance, price is a fraction of a comparable Core i7, includes built in graphics for motherboards that require it.

Cons: Lower end of the Xeon family, uses more power than the Core i processors, but still significantly less than an AMD chip.

Other Thoughts: I bought this for use in a Hyper-V / NAS box I built for my home lab setup. It's running 4 VM's on the host OS and CPU utilization stays nice and low. This is the first Intel processor I've used in any of my builds, but definitely not the last. The CPU fan is virtually silent and the temps (as reported by HWMonitor) are staying around 27 degrees C, even with all of my VM's running. This makes it ideal for use in a smaller case, and the low power draw means I don't feel wasteful leaving it running 24/7. One thing to note when looking at Xeon processors, the models ending in "5" and "6" (as far as I can tell) are the processors that have a built-in GPU. My mini-ITX board requires the CPU to have integrated graphics in order to use the on-board video ports, and since I'm using this as a server, I wasn't planning on installing a graphics card. If your motherboard does not require a CPU that has built-in graphics support or you are planning on installing a video card, you can probably save yourself some money by going for a Xeon with a model number ending in "0" or "1".


Johnathan R.'s Profile

Display Name: Johnathan R.

Date Joined: 12/06/10

  • Reviews: 15
  • Helpfulness: 5
  • First Review: 05/21/11
  • Last Review: 01/24/16
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