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XION XON-710P_RD Black with Glossy Red Front Bazel Steel Micro ATX / Mini ITX Slim Desktop Computer Case 300W Power Supply
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Small, compact form factor. Comes with a quality 80mm exhaust fan and a compact power supply. Even has a built in multi-card reader on the front panel.

Could be "converted" from a typical desktop form factor with the provided stands or placed on its side with a monitor on top.

Cons: The cables for the front audio jacks seem to work against any modern spec of front panel audio pinouts. Maybe it was intended to work with AC97? I'm not really sure, but I couldn't set them up.

There also seems to be issues with proportions when it comes to compartment space and cable length. For example, a full size hard drive will not fit in the bay provided properly unless you get SATA cables with a 90 degree bent connector. The power supply and front panel cables are long and unruly, making it impossible to properly organize them. I didn't put a DVD-ROM drive in my setup, but if I had there would have been no place to move the cables.

Additionally, I did not see any documentation come with the case. Had there been at least something I might have been able to get the front panel audio connectors sorted out.

Other Thoughts: For the price point, this case isn't terrible. Its not spectacular and it really needs a revision to sort out the issues it has now, but if you need something compact, this case will get the job done well.

However, if you need something expandable or clean to work with, this case definitely isn't it.

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MSI 760GM-P34 (FX) AM3+ AMD 760G + SB710 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Nice, basic, stable motherboard. 12/16/2012

This review is from: MSI 760GM-P34 (FX) AM3+ AMD 760G + SB710 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: This is a nice sturdy and inexpensive motherboard. I had no issues getting it set up. Its laid out great and the documentation is always MSI grade fantastic.

Cons: No USB 3.0. However, I can't strike an egg of the rating for this given the price point of the motherboard.

Other Thoughts: I needed a motherboard that was inexpensive, reliable, and could fit within a small form factor. I had intentions to build a small, multi-purpose home server running a server Linux distribution for the operating system. Its on 24/7.

I coupled this board with an older Phenom II x2 545 I had, and some Kingston DDR3 I had around. Has worked wonderfully ever since.

I would not recommend anyone use this motherboard for more than basic builds, however. Its not built to handle the extreme current draw and swings of overclocking (well) even if it permits this. High end graphics cards would probably roast the modest passive cooling on the north bridge unless you're running a Bulldozer or Piledriver CPU.

Of course if you're going to overclock anything, you would invest the money in quality components and cooling to do so, right?

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SABRENT SBT-SCIDE SATA to IDE Ultra ATA-100/133 Mini Converter
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Works as advertised, if you can set it up. 02/01/2012

This review is from: SABRENT SBT-SCIDE SATA to IDE Ultra ATA-100/133 Mini Converter

Pros: It gets the job done once configured properly. If there is any kind of performance penalty from having this device installed (apart from, ya know, using a hard drive that is bottlenecked by the IDE interface), I haven't noticed.

Cons: No instructions. Not even a hint as to where to begin setting it up. But I can only think to take one egg away for that, since it has proven itself very reliable.

Other Thoughts: My primary hard drive that I was using in an older configuration was an IDE drive, but since it was still fairly new (and a fairly large hard drive at that) I didn't want to just stop using it, so I took a chance on one of these adapters.

It was lots of playing with jumper settings before I found one that just worked. Interestingly enough, my system (and the motherboard itself) detects the hard drive as an IDE drive, anyway, despite being connected via the SATA interface. Its simply an add-on IDE controller over SATA.

Its been over a year now, and the adapter hasn't given me any trouble. I'd recommend this device to just about anyone that wanted to squeeze some more life out of their old IDE devices if they're still worth keeping around.

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Justin S.'s Profile

Display Name: Justin S.

Date Joined: 10/19/07

  • Reviews: 9
  • Helpfulness: 5
  • First Review: 12/08/07
  • Last Review: 12/16/12
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