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Brandin L.

Brandin L.

Joined on 05/11/11

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ARRIS SURFboard SB6141 8x4 DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem
ARRIS SURFboard SB6141 8x4 DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem

Pros: This thing is great and I bought it for a great price. It is easy to set up and runs quiet, cool and very fast. Works with most cable companies

Cons: None

Overall Review: Anything I can do to stick it to the cable company, I'm all over it. No more rental fees

12/19/2013
Most Critical Review

You get what you pay for

Insten 675371 6 ft. High Speed HDMI Cable Pack for Blu-ray/HD-DVD/DVD/Xbox 360/PS3 (HDTV)
Insten 675371 6 ft. High Speed HDMI Cable Pack for Blu-ray/HD-DVD/DVD/Xbox 360/PS3 (HDTV)

Pros: Work fine and relatively cheap

Cons: signal quality issues will follow this item and its quality is pretty low

12/19/2013

Garbage, avoid this case.

SILVERSTONE Black Aluminum / Steel Grandia Series SST-GD08B ATX Media Center / HTPC Case
SILVERSTONE Black Aluminum / Steel Grandia Series SST-GD08B ATX Media Center / HTPC Case

Pros: Spacious interior Good cable management options (with extra cost) Drive bay has loads of extra space for configuring RAID setups

Cons: 3rd rate materials and lack of hardware from manufacturer Heavy for its design Way to big for an HTPC setup as it is sold for (this thing wouldn't fit anywhere Quality of fans and cabling is 3rd rate at best (flimsy, loud and wires are brittle) Cannot put any actual 5.25 expansion devices into case. (the dumpy design flaps for the 5.25 bays prevent any actual devices from being installed here, i.e. optical drives, media readers, etc.)

Overall Review: I am giving my professional opinion that this case is honestly good for nothing. I would not recommend it purchase particularly for HTPC applications or server applications. Its huge and bulky and cannot cool your stuff to save its own life. Its cheaply made and looks awful too.

GIGABYTE GA-970A-D3P (rev. 1.0) AM3+/AM3 AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
GIGABYTE GA-970A-D3P (rev. 1.0) AM3+/AM3 AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: Great Bios applications Works great with Windows 8 Pro and Windows 7 Ultimate both on 64bit and 32 bit runs cool runs fast lots of USB ports tons of USB 3.0 ports THX certified sound device makes foe an outstanding HTPC board

Cons: None

12/19/2013

Nice Processor

AMD FX-6300 - FX-6000 Series Vishera 6-Core 3.5 GHz Socket AM3+ 95W Desktop Processor - FD6300WMHKBOX
AMD FX-6300 - FX-6000 Series Vishera 6-Core 3.5 GHz Socket AM3+ 95W Desktop Processor - FD6300WMHKBOX

Pros: Under full load & at stock 3.5ghz stays under 30°C using a custom cooler, which is fantastic as this is my HTPC processor and the HTPC is on almost all the time as a media server. This HTPC is also our gaming system (emulated Xbox 360) and other PC games and it runs them all without any issues at all. No lagging or overheating.

Cons: Does not like to be overclocked but what can you expect from a cheaper processor. Leave it alone and use it for what it was created for or buy a more expensive and durable AMD processor.

Overall Review: This is perfect for HTPC's!

12/19/2013

Wow

SAMSUNG 840 EVO  SAMSUNG 840 EVO 2.5" 120GB SATA III TLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) MZ-7TE120BW
SAMSUNG 840 EVO SAMSUNG 840 EVO 2.5" 120GB SATA III TLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) MZ-7TE120BW

Pros: This is my first SSD inside an HTPC and what a difference. It rates extremely well in windows (7.5) and as the main drive in my HTPC it is perfect. I only use it to run core operating system files and critical software as I have a RAID 5 configured system for everything else.

Cons: Feels flimsy and looks like it might break if you cut a loud fart to close. It does get hot if not ventilated properly or mounted correctly.

12/19/2013