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LIAN LI Black Aluminum PC-C50B Micro ATX Media Center / HTPC Case
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Love this case 05/17/2011

This review is from: LIAN LI Black Aluminum PC-C50B Micro ATX Media Center / HTPC Case

Pros: This case looks great, is extremely well engineered, and I'm impressed, for the most part. Very happy with this case.

Cons: The long cables from the front USB ports is ridiculously stupid and obnoxious. They must have tried to help consumers capitalize on an extremely brief moment in computer-product-time where motherboards came out with USB3 ports on the back plate only, and no USB3 headers on the board? Did that ever happen for like 3 months in 2010? If not then I can't fathom an explanation.

Other Thoughts: There's a cross brace that connects front to back of the case, and the HDD and ODD cages hang off of this. When you unscrew it, install hardware, and then screw it back together, make sure you don't screw the front screws in too tight, because they will make outward dimples on the front panel of the case. Mine aren't noticeable unless I'm looking for it, but if you're the type to care about cable management, then you care about how your HTPC looks, so remember this tip.

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Antec BP550 Plus 550W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply - Intel Haswell Fully Compatible
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Bought because it's modular, because it's Antec (seems to be a decent brand), and because of the ratings and price-point.

Good PSU, quiet, somewhat energy efficient, comes with all the different connectors I could imagine needing (most of which I don't).

Recommended for anyone wanting a value-priced MODULAR PSU.

Cons: Non-disconnect-able cords still a little too bulky/long. I realize that this PSU will usually be used in a ATX or mATX case, and is therefore appropriate, but would be nice if cords could be less bulky and shorter for cases like mine where I'm trying to cram hardware into an HTPC case.

Other Thoughts: No regrets

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ADATA S599 AS599S-64GM-C 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs Great drive so far, but a couple things... 05/17/2011

This review is from: ADATA S599 AS599S-64GM-C 2.5" 64GB SATA II Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: Sanforce controller

Recognized when installed with no need of "fiddling"

Cons: Seems to have formatted to a much smaller drive than 64GB. Don't really care about the reasons why (ADATA reps on here talking about NAND, etc...) but their marketing people should understand that if an SSD is sold as 64 GB, users expect no more than 10% tax on formatted size.

When I downloaded the firmware update, the utility can't find the drive.

Other Thoughts: Make sure you understand that you need to get into your BIOS and set the disk controller to AHCI mode. This seems to make a difference, and I believe it's recommended by manufacturer.

Is this another one of those SSD drives where you can't upgrade firmware without wiping the drive? If so, that is an issue. I can't upgrade anyway since ADATA's firmware utility doesn't recognize its own drive on my system.

Installed this as primary drive on my HTPC, using 2TB WD Green drive as media storage in Lian Li case, running Win7x64 Media center w/ Hauppauge Dual Tuner HD Card for DVR. Awesome responsiveness compared to what I was used to (WD Blue drives w/ Win7 Beta - set up in Mid 2009).

Really impressed with SSD drive computing, gave 4 stars because of the Cons listed above.

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Date Joined: 05/30/05

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  • Last Review: 05/17/11
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