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GIGABYTE GB-BXA8-5557 (rev. 1.0) AMD Bolton M3 2 x 204Pin SO-DIMM AMD Radeon HD 8550G Mini / Booksize Barebone System
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Good gaming performance in a tiny box. Comes with wireless and top notch PSU. Great packaging.

Cons: Fan makes presence even with thermal paste replacement, and when fan decides to ramp up, it RAMPS UP. No Intel chip means no smart response and hot temperature. There's a daughter board with nothing on it when they could've just made a better, more efficient heatsink. Deceptively heavy. Fingerprint magnet.

Other Thoughts: As other reviewers said: for Windows 7 installation, disable USB 3.0 from BIOS. Otherwise Windows installation will hang at the beginning and you won't be going anywhere. Once installation is complete, then install the driver and re-enable it.
I had no problem with wireless.
Thermal paste does do wonders for bringing down the temperature. It goes without saying, but you can leave the thermal pad on the northbridge chip; that's fine and won't affect much.
Daughter board was meant to be used for a discrete graphics card for a step-up model, but this one had a heatsink but no chips underneath. Strangest thing I've seen in a while, and I'm left wondering if the heatsink on it actually does much, even though it touches the main heatsink (which, funnily enough, is smaller than the "blank" heatsink) via thermal pad.

Prepare your ears for the song of the Gigabyte's people. It is literally the loudest computer fan I have heard, ever. Again--thermal paste replacement helps a lot in keeping the fan from going full tilt. And you don't want full tilt.

You can play the ugliest game on Rocket League with this computer. But Street Fighter 4 looked great with minimum lag.

Cooler Master MegaFlow 200 - Sleeve Bearing 200mm Silent Fan for Computer Cases (Black)
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

3 out of 5 eggs Nah, it's not that quiet. 12/09/2014

This review is from: Cooler Master MegaFlow 200 - Sleeve Bearing 200mm Silent Fan for Computer Cases (Black)

Pros: Moves a lot of air. Relatively quiet, with potential to be silent.

Cons: When it's silent, it doesn't move much air at all. Any higher speed than lowest, and it starts making ticking noise.

Other Thoughts: Too bad there really aren't much info on quiet 200mm fans at all, and everyone's opinions on quietness is subjective. Based on my sample, at least, if you want a really quiet PC, this isn't the way to go.

CORSAIR RM Series RM450 450W ATX12V v2.31 and EPS 2.92 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Full Modular Active PFC Power Supply
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Very quiet at low loads (no noise until ~150W); reliable function; 5 year warranty; high efficiency; reasonably priced; fully modular; good looking for a PSU

Cons: Fan doesn't kick in often, but it's definitely noticeable when it does; modular cables too long and too stiff for optimal ITX use (although, what is? Maybe Silverstone Strider with short cable kit?)

Other Thoughts: Fan seems to kick in at around 150-200W after some use in a small ITX box. My computer's peak load is at ~150W (i5 3450, 750 Ti, 16GB memory, 256GB SSD+1TB 2.5" HDD, B75 chipset), so that means it only kicks in during an intense gaming session. Also, for that guy who says he can't get a replacement due to warranty running out--this thing came out last year. Warranty is 5 years. I don't think you've got this thing for five years.

Also, make sure this thing gets good ventilation. Running it passively most of the times means it's going to be cooking itself with higher-than-optimal temperature compared to your normal PSUs due to, you know, fan not running. Putting fan vents pointing to the top might not be a bad idea.


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