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G.SKILL NS Series 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C11S-4GNS
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: This is inexpensive and functional. Therefore, it is a good deal.

Cons: There are no cons.

Other Thoughts: I'm running this in my home NAS using an ASRock QC5000-ITX. It works great and I have experienced no issues.

ASRock QC5000-ITX AMD FT3 Kabini A4-5000 Quad-Core APU BGA769 (FT3) Mini ITX Motherboard/CPU Combo
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: It's got USB 3.0 along with the header for front panel ports. It's got 4 SATA ports on the motherboard. It's a "quad-core" system. It is inexpensive. It uses very little power. The BIOS is full of options and is very easy to use.

Cons: Stock fan was noisy. CPU a bit hot for my preference. The CPU is not removable/replaceable, but that is no fault of the manufacturer, it's my fault for not reading that up front.

Other Thoughts: First, this thing is inexpensive. That is why it gets 5 stars in light of the few cons I noted. For $63, this thing is running my NAS like a champ right now.

The stock fan started making noise after a couple of days, so I replaced it with a Noctua 40mm and now it's silent. The CPU ran around 65C under load, so I removed the heat sink, scraped off the poor excuse for thermal paste, and put on some arctic silver. Now at full load I usually run 49C and can sometimes get it to break 50C. This is much more acceptable to me.

I have this box running Ubuntu 14.04 LTS off of a USB 3.0 thumb drive. I currently have two 3-TB HDDs in software Raid 1 and use this as both a SMB server as well as a Plex Media Server. (Plex trans-coding on the fly gets the cpu up to 48-49C now, I can live with that.)

Overall this thing is great and I would probably buy another one if I had to make an HTPC or a NAS.

Corsair Force Series GS 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: fast

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: Power on, to Win7 desktop in 17 seconds. I am happy. You should buy one of these. Then you could be happy too.


Matthew G.'s Profile

Display Name: Matthew G.

Date Joined: 01/25/04

  • Reviews: 6
  • Helpfulness: 5
  • First Review: 01/09/06
  • Last Review: 03/26/15
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