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This review is from: GIGABYTE GA-H61M-S2PV(R2.0) LGA 1155 Intel H61 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
Pros: Simple board for a basic build.
Still has legacy connectors (parallel, VGA, PS2).
Predictable Gigabyte quality.
Cons: No cons for what I needed/expected.
Other Thoughts: This board has been used as a basic frontdesk workstation, has had no hiccups with an XP install running 24/7
Celeron G540 2.5ghz w/built-in graphics
4GB G Skill ram
ADATA XPG SSD
This review is from: Rosewill - Dual-Fan MicroATX Mini Tower Computer Case - FBM-01
Pros: - small footprint
- unobtrusive design
- two fans included! :D
does what it needs to do
Cons: Doesn't seem very sturdy/rugged, but that's to be expected from an economy case. Besides, if it's just going to sit on a desk or tucked-away somewhere, it doesn't really matter.
The plastic for the front face might be easily broken if you're not patient when trying to remove it... take care to find where all the locking tabs are located, and push them out from their backside rather than just grabbing an edge of the face and yanking.
The front USB/audio jacks and power/reset switches are only held in by a couple screws and plastic tabs (I think I saw some hot-glue in there, too). They're fine, but don't jab them really hard or you might snap them loose.
None of these are worth removing an egg from the rating, as these are common limitations of economy products. You don't buy a Ford Fiesta and expect it to perform like a Lamborghini.
Other Thoughts: I was tasked with building a $300 budget build for a local business; this case was very affordably priced, significantly smaller than the machine it was replacing, and perfectly suited for the job.
It may not be big enough for oversized CPU coolers or fullsized graphics cards, but I was using integrated graphics and the CPU's stock cooler, so I had no issue. Always be sure to check the measurements and clearances before you buy something. (remember the 6 Ps)
Unlike some other reviews, I had no issues with sharp sheetmetal edges (at least no sharper than is to be expected from economy manufacturing)... mounting holes weren't misaligned... screw mount holes weren't stripped, but I can understand how they COULD be stripped if you over-tighten them.
all-in-all, this case is the epitome of utilitarian. I don't personally like the flashy, gaudy, and unnecessary designs in a lot of the other cases out there, and I'm glad cases like this still exist as an option. This will be my default MicroATX from now-on until I need something that specifically serves a different purpose.
Power-to-spare for a completely basic budget-build used for a few simple programs and surfing the web.
Cons: Not quad core?
Other Thoughts: I've always been of the mind that it's better to have more than you need, just to be safe, so I was hesitant to buy almost literally the cheapest, lowest-end 1155 CPU available on the site... But I knew the machine would never see any serious/heavy usage, and I wanted to save the client as much money as possible.
Granted, some of the snappiness might be because I installed a SSD rather than a traditional drive, but the machine has not skipped a beat. It managed to handle single streaming video well, it handles all their programs just fine... I'm sure if someone were just building an internet/Office machine, the chip would be all they ever need. Probably handle web/flash based games alright, too.