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ECS NM70-I v1.0 Intel Celeron 1037U 1.80GHz BGA1023 Intel NM70 Mini ITX Motherboard/CPU Combo
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Cheap, quiet, affordable, and surprisingly quick when coupled with an SSD. Blows my other itx build (e-350) out of the water in terms of general speed. A big bonus is that most Linux distro's will recognize all of the hardware from the start with out me having to install any updated graphics drivers to get smooth video playback. This is one of the few rigs where I could play 1080p material with out screen tearing out of the box. Flash video isn't the best but I didn't really expect it to be.

Cons: No cons because I knew what I was buying whenever I got a low end celeron based board. Only real con was Newegg's new Surepost (slowpost) shipping through fedex which took the full 7 days to get here, but I won't deduct an egg for that.

Other Thoughts: Great buy, extremely worth it at the $69.99 price point for a low wattage every day linux build. I picked one up because benchmarks of the 847 were showing higher than the e350 rig I was unsatisfied with. While the AMD rig does have more graphics oomph it still has to much noticeable slow down in everyday tasks. The RAM and the SSD in this rig were both from the e350 setup so I could do a more direct comparison.

Corsair Force GS 120GB
Seagate Barracuda Green 2TB
Corsair DDR3 1333 4GB

XIGMATEK NRP-PC Series ACXTNRP-PC402 400W ATX12V Ver.2.3 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Quiet, stays fairly cool, NO COIL WHINE!

Cons: Wish it came in black.

Other Thoughts: Great PSU so far, and a relief to plug it in and not hear coil whine as soon as I plug it in like the Antec TP 650's I've bought previously.

XIGMATEK FCB (Fluid Circulative Bearing) Cooling System XLF-F1254 120mm White LED Black Case Fan PSU Molex Adapter/extender included
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Looks great, very quiet.

Cons: I use mine with a fan controller and when set to a slower speed it causes it to make an almost blinking like effect which can be aggravating in a dark room. My NZXT fans also light up but don't behave like this when slowed down.


John T.'s Profile

Display Name: John T.

Date Joined: 11/30/08

  • Reviews: 4
  • Helpfulness: 1
  • First Review: 07/16/11
  • Last Review: 04/21/13
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