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Pros: - Reliable, efficient power supply
- Has all the basic things one might need in a computer
- Put together well and logically thought out spaces
Cons: - No riser, only accepts low-profile cards in the expansion slot
- No externally-accessable 3.5" drive bay
- No place to mount a 2.5" drive
Other Thoughts: I got the BP761 case mostly to put together a small, inobtrusive server based around a Haswell Celeron and running Linux. As such, this has been running more-or-less 24/7 for the last two years plus. I have had zero problems with it in that time. That said, it has its limitations. With only a 5.25" drive bay externally-accessable, choice is limited with peripherals; you can just put in an optical drive, use a 5.25"-to-3.5" adapter and install a card reader, or leave it blank. There's no option for a slim optical drive. There is also no way to put in a 2.5" SSD without using a 3.5" adapter, and it will take up a 3.5" bay. It's possible to get around this by using a Mini-ITX mainboard with a M.2 port, but I really wish they would have included a 2.5" mounting point or bay.
The rear of the BP761 is fairly basic. You get an I/O shield socket, the power supply connection, and a single low-profile expansion bracket. The fact that it has no riser means that you can only use low-profile expansion cards. This really isn't as huge an issue as it use to be, as a lot of makers of (for example) video capture and editing cards are now making them low-profile or at the very least low-profile capable, so this can still be used in the construction of a DIY DVR. As far as GPUs go, generally only low-end video cards come in low-profile, plus this only has a 200-watt power supply. So, if you're going to be gaming, this isn't the case for you. However, both AMD and Intel's built-in graphics offerings will suffice for casual gaming, office-type computer use, and media playback to HDTV.
Putting a system together in this case was quick and easy and the interior is well thought-out The power supply and front-panel cables easily reach all parts of the case. There's no cable management system included, but In Win also didn't make the cables excessively long, so there's not tons of extra cable to manage. The mainboard connector is standard ATX 20+4 pin, and it has a 4-pin 12-volt CPU power connector. The power supply has 3 SATA power connectors but only one Molex connector, so if your motherboard lacks a case fan header, the included 80mm fan will limit the ability to connect legacy peripherals. The fan itself is relatively quiet. There is only the one fan mount, however the case has a grille on the side of the case where the ITX specification places the CPU socket.
All in all, this case is not terrible for making a small-form-factor, inobtrusive PC. None of the fans make a particularly large amount of noise. As mentioned, I use mine as a server, but this could also serve as a bedroom PC or a media-center box. If you keep it on all night in a bedroom, the big blue power LED bar can function as a nightlight... or you could leave it disconnected if it's too bright. I only take off one egg due to the lack of native 2.5" drive support. Other than that, this case is rock solid for what I need it to do.
This review is from: Coboc Model SC-SATA3-10-LL-BK 10" SATA III 6Gb/s Data Cable w/Latch,Black
Pros: They're cheap, and they are full speed SATA III cables. Nothing more needs to be said.
Cons: If you can find SATA cables locally, buy them locally. These are way too expensive to ship to make it worth it.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: This ram works great, and looks great. I was really surprised when I opened up my Newegg shipping box to see these sticks-- they're packaged like something more high-end, and they have head spreaders too.
Other Thoughts: 4GB isn't much for a Windows-based desktop computer these days, but it runs Linux just fine.READ FULL REVIEW