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James D.

James D.

Joined on 09/06/05

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Not perfect but best of the micro-ATX cases

LIAN LI PC-V351B Black Aluminum Micro ATX Desktop Computer Case
LIAN LI PC-V351B Black Aluminum Micro ATX Desktop Computer Case

Pros: Fans are quiet. Fits 3d card with room to spare. Fits full-sized atx psu. Easy build. Has room for smaller, non-stock cpu heatsink.

Cons: -Because of the fan placement near the hard drives you really need to have 90 degree heads on your sata cables. -It doesn't take much to strip the screw heads - you have to be careful.

Overall Review: I see the ability to have the 5.25 drives on either side of the case useless as the audio/usb/1394 jacks are on the right side of the case. Wish they would have used that room to give the hard drives a little more space. The cables to connect the case to the mobo (power, usb, firewire, etc) were routed to the right. I can't think of any motherboard that has these connectors on this side (near the cpu/ram). I was able to route the cables to the left w/ a little bit of work.

Great for the price

PC Power & Cooling ModXStream Pro Series 600 Watt 80+ Semi-Modular Active PFC Performance Grade ATX PC Power Supply (OCZ600MXSP)
PC Power & Cooling ModXStream Pro Series 600 Watt 80+ Semi-Modular Active PFC Performance Grade ATX PC Power Supply (OCZ600MXSP)

Pros: Extremely quiet. Feels solid. Voltages are very stable.

Cons: Would be nice if the 8 pin CPU connector was modular.

Jetway JC204-B-J7F4K1G5D VIA NanoBGA2 VIA CN700 Black Mini / Booksize Barebone System
Jetway JC204-B-J7F4K1G5D VIA NanoBGA2 VIA CN700 Black Mini / Booksize Barebone System

Pros: It's small, doesn't use much juice, and has two onboard gb NICS!

Cons: Fan is a little loud

Overall Review: Works great as a firewall - don't know how it would be for a desktop. Cannot boot from the onboard CF reader.

Does exactly what it is suppose to

SANS DIGITAL ST-SAN-CS1T SATA Compact Flash CF to 2.5” SATA Enclosure
SANS DIGITAL ST-SAN-CS1T SATA Compact Flash CF to 2.5” SATA Enclosure

Pros: Does exactly what it is suppose to. Casing feels solid.

Cons: None

Overall Review: Make sure the Compact Flash card supports UDMA

ASUS P5Q-EM LGA 775 Intel G45 HDMI Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
ASUS P5Q-EM LGA 775 Intel G45 HDMI Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Good bang for the buck. Express Gate is a great! Easy to set RAM to 1066.

Cons: Has stability issues when using a Nvidia G92 GPUs... machine would freeze at random times when using DirectX. Once BIOS is patched (1406) it runs great.

Overall Review: Definitely a mobo designed for HTPC...northbridge runs a little hot, not a great board for overclocking.

10/18/2008