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Jeffrey C.

Jeffrey C.

Joined on 04/27/05

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Good choice for a HTPC case.

hec Black 0.7mm Thickness SECC Steel 7K09BBA30FNRX Micro ATX Media Center 300W Power Supply / HTPC Case
hec Black 0.7mm Thickness SECC Steel 7K09BBA30FNRX Micro ATX Media Center 300W Power Supply / HTPC Case

Pros: Noise and cooling are excellent, system is just a little bit louder than the Dish Network receiver it replaced. I got 2 SATA power leads on the PSU, not sure about the other people that received this case.

Cons: Cable management is extremely sparse. It takes a lot not to drape a ton of cables right in front of the front intake fan. Expect to do a lot of finger-contorting to get everything to fit and still have reasonable airflow. All in all, I'd buy it again.

For HTPC, excellent board.

ASUS P8H67-M PRO/CSM (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel H67 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
ASUS P8H67-M PRO/CSM (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel H67 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Bought for a HTPC with a i3-2100. Setup was a breeze, everything worked out of the box (with a few driver upgrades here and there), no issues with optical out or HDMI.

Cons: None so far, an excellent board.

Ridiculous speeds.

Crucial RealSSD C300 2.5" 64GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) CTFDDAC064MAG-1G1
Crucial RealSSD C300 2.5" 64GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) CTFDDAC064MAG-1G1

Pros: Bought this for a HTPC to use for OS/programs. The speeds this puts out are crazy, I can go from power-button on to USABLE Windows in just under 20 seconds.

Cons: Nothing at all.

Good value RAM

CORSAIR 2GB DDR3 1333 Desktop Memory Model VS2GB1333D3 G
CORSAIR 2GB DDR3 1333 Desktop Memory Model VS2GB1333D3 G

Pros: Good Value RAM. Pretty simple stuff.

Cons: That long thing that looks like a heat-spreader? It's a sticker. Functionally no different from Kingston ValuRAM depending on what's on sale at the time. Shop accordingly.

excellent drive, may not be the best for HTPC

SAMSUNG Black 12X BD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA Internal Blu-ray Combo Model SH-B123L LightScribe Support
SAMSUNG Black 12X BD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA Internal Blu-ray Combo Model SH-B123L LightScribe Support

Pros: Excellent read speeds, DVD playback is no problem at all. Installed flawlessly on my HTPC setup.

Cons: The blue light that's to the right of the tray is abnormally bright, and also functions as the seek indicator. Can be a distraction when watching a movie in a dark room. Also, I was unable to install Windows from this to my Asus P8H67-M motherboard, it gave me a I/O error before it would even launch the GUI. I had a USB CD-ROM handy so I was able to get the OS files installed, after that everything went well.

Overall Review: BUY THE RETAIL VERSION. The Blu-Ray software very expensive to buy separately.