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Pros: Had an old XP machine used for presentations and multimedia (on the light end of things) that needed to be replaced. Had a lot of success with the SFF 7900s so I ordered the larger tower to hold a full sized video card.
One thing that stood out, and is not the norm, is that this unit is advertised as having an 80GB drive. It came with a 600GB 10K RPM Raptor.Bought a second one, put them in RAID-1, upgraded the RAM, and couldn't be happier.
The system runs very smooth and have not had any issues.
Cons: The first is minor scratch and dents. I have the tower hidden under a desk so I really don't care.
There are two full sized PCI express slots. One x16 and the other x4 on a BTX motherboard. With everything facing the "wrong way" I was forced to install the video card in the x4 slot. Thankfully PowerPoint and videos at 1024x768 don't need x16 connectivity.
Other Thoughts: Most users will get a lot of life out of these units with at least 4GB of RAM and a quick HDD\SSD.The average Joe wouldn't be able to tell the difference between this and a new desktop.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: SYBA SD-SA2PEX-1E1I PCI Express SATA II (3.0Gb/s) Controller Card
Pros: I have a diagnostic system I use for backups, imaging, and diagnosing hard drives. Until now I had been using the USB2.0 port on the dock but that had been way to slow. Plugged this in and started using the e-SATA port. Now things are very quick and I'm happy.
This was installed in an old Dell Vostro that shipped with XP.
Cons: Wish it had an internal SATA3 port so I could use an SSD as cache directory for my compression software.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: System was very clean with all internals shiny. Wanted something cheap to replace my wife's laptop with until I could build something good.
I moved her SSD from the laptop as the primary drive and used the included 160GB drive as data storage (reminding her to backup to the server of course).
Upgraded to 4GB of RAM and installed a low profile GPU from Zotek and now she can play minecraft on full settings.
Cons: Some smudges on the case, but who cares? The monitor is VGA only which is fine since she already had one.READ FULL REVIEW