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CHENBRO SR30169T2-250 0.8mm SGCC, Hi-PS Pedestal Compact Server Chassis for SOHO & SMB Office 250W
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: -Decent size
-Came with a power supply that is good enough for most setups
-The 2 bays for SSD drives is excellent!
-The sliding hard drive bays are nice
-You only need 2 molex to power up 4 hard drives because of the case backplane.

Cons: -I wish it was still smaller. but its no big deal
-You can see the lights of the drives through the closed cover door. The cover should be less see through.
- The case in general is louder than I wanted it to be. I wound up disconnecting the HD fan altogether.

Other Thoughts: If you need a silent case, imho this isn't the case to go with.

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ASRock E350M1/USB3 AMD E-350 APU (1.6GHz, Dual-Core) AMD A50M Hudson M1 Mini ITX Motherboard/CPU Combo
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Works Great as a NAS with 4 drives running Windows 8 and Flexraid for RAID and Storage pooling.

Handles XBMC 1080p just fine. I had to make sure I got the appropriate drivers and set up XBMC's audio options properly, but after all of that it ran smoothly.

I was able to use my E-sata port as a bootable drive (I've had issues with this on some motherboards in the past).

Cons: I wish there was a fifth sata port. In my configuration I have 4 drives in a raid, and one OS drive. My OS drive is connected via Esata with a cable running back into the case.

I wish the fan was just a tad bit quieter. Its not bad, but it could always be better.

Other Thoughts: I decided to build a NAS/HTPC combo. I currently had a Thecus that was getting long in the tooth, and I have a Revo 3700 running XBMC. I wanted to combine those functions onto one box so I bought this mobo.

I just needed to find one with enough Sata ports to make this work as a NAS, and there were a few with 4 ports. There were some with 5 or 6 but they are pretty much discontinued or hard to find from a reputable source at a decent price.

In the end here's my Order from Newegg:

1 x ($139.99) CHENBRO SR30169T2-250 0.8mm SGCC, Hi-PS Pedestal Compact Server Chassis for SOHO & SMB Office 250W $139.99
1 x ($99.99) ASRock E350M1/USB3 AMD E-350 APU (1.6GHz, Dual-Core) AMD A50M Hudson M1 Mini ITX Motherboard/CPU Combo $99.99
1 x ($59.99) OCZ Vertex 3 VTX3-25SAT3-60G 2.5" 60GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) $59.99
1 x ($48.99) G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1066 (PC3 8500) Desktop Memory Model F3-8500CL7D-8GBRL $48.99
1 x ($4.99) BYTECC Model SATA-136EO 36" Serial ATA to e-SATA Cable $4.99

People claim the Asrock Mobo idles at about 30w so I'll be good on the power front, and it's powerful enough to run XBMC with the amount of ports that's just barely doable for me. I bought a 60 Gig SSD drive for Windows and XBMC to run from. I bough an Esata to Sata cable to connect the SSD drive up to the Esata since I only have 4 Sata ports and I plan on connecting up drives to it internally. So there is a cable that runs from the outside esata connector back inside where the PCI slot would go. Since I don't need anything in that slot its not a big deal. I might rig something up for more airflow control, but I'm not to worried about it right now.

The Chenbro case has 4 bays for 3.5" drives and 2 side bays for SSD drives so it's perfect for my needs. It's pretty much a case designed with a NAS in mind. The Fractal Design 304 is another good option I almost went with, but its not as SSD friendly as the Chenbro is. The Chenbro case is a bit loud though imho. I wound up trying to replace the fan for the hard drive, but that wasn't a great enough improvement so I disconnected it altogether.

I already have 4 2TB drives in my Thecus that I reused in this system. I went with Windows 8 X64 because I wanted to play with Storage Spaces which ran pretty slowly so I opted to go with Flexraid instead which is much faster.

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Display Name: Rishard C.

Date Joined: 02/03/07

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