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Peter B.

Peter B.

Joined on 08/21/03

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Most Favorable Review

Perfect Eclosure

macally G-S350SU Aluminum 3.5" Silver SATA USB 2.0 & eSATA External Enclosure
macally G-S350SU Aluminum 3.5" Silver SATA USB 2.0 & eSATA External Enclosure

Pros: Very nice looking. It cools down the installed drive very nicely. It's small and works wonderfully under Windows 2003.

Cons: None

Overall Review: Highly recommended.

Most Critical Review

Unacceptably loud

EVERCOOL FAN-AL6010B 60mm Aluminum Cooling Fan
EVERCOOL FAN-AL6010B 60mm Aluminum Cooling Fan

Pros: Low profile makes it a perfect PIII cooler replacement fan. I really wish more companies made fans in this size standard.

Cons: Don't expect this one to be silent. It is very loud on full speed, so match it up with a fan controller or you will regret your purchase.

Overall Review: Kudos to Evercool for making fans in this size.

Nice looking but has major design flaws

LIAN LI Black Aluminum PC-C36B Micro ATX Media Center / HTPC Case
LIAN LI Black Aluminum PC-C36B Micro ATX Media Center / HTPC Case

Pros: - The case looks nice. - Case fans can be moved around if they interfere with the installed hardware. - Gives you the option to use both full sized add on cards and low rise cards. However, the compatibility is very limited. Se below

Cons: - Hard to work with, so don't plan on changing hardware often. - The CD bay is very oddly designed. It does not have a cover and when the optical device is installed, there is a large gab between the case edge and the optical device, making it look ugly and unfinished. - CAUTION: make sure that your motherboard layout is compatible if you are planning on using the raiser card. Most good motherboards will unfortunately not have the desired layout. I installed an ASRock H55M Pro and its layout is NOT compatible. Where the PCI x2 port is located on this board, a PCI x16 MUST be located on the board you pick, or you will not be able to use anything other than low rise cards.

Overall Review: Why they decided to NOT use the standard top PCI-E x16 in the location almost all motherboards has them is just mind boggling. Again, if you need to use the riser card, make sure that your motherboard layout is compatible. Overall, the interior design has multiple flaws, and a version 2 of this case with these issues solved would be great to see. Do yourself a favor and buy another case unless you "need" the case for its look (though an optical drive will ruin the look a little).

Very limited board

ASUS P5N-MX LGA 775 NVIDIA GeForce 7050 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
ASUS P5N-MX LGA 775 NVIDIA GeForce 7050 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: On paper, this board looks pretty sweet. Though it's nothing extraordinary, the size and what it includes is good.

Cons: DO NOT buy this board if you are planning to run anything other than Windows XP or Windows Vista. It does not even boot with Ubuntu and the only drivers for Windows 2003 Server is for the NIC, making this board a horrible experience unless you run the above mentioned OSes.

Overall Review: ASUS, what on earth are you thinking? Not supply drivers for Windows 2003 is extremely poor, and for that reason alone, the board should not be purchased.