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Jeffrey W.

Jeffrey W.

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Very Nice

StarTech.com SV231DVIDDU 2 Port StarView Dual DVI USB KVM Switch with Audio
StarTech.com SV231DVIDDU 2 Port StarView Dual DVI USB KVM Switch with Audio

Pros: I chose this KVM specifically due to its handling of dual DVI monitors. It does an excellent job in that regard, and the fact that it will also switch up to two additional USB devices has come in handy as well. Overall, an excellent device!

Cons: I am using this device to switch between my "desktop replacement laptop" and my gaming rig. My laptop does not "see" the console mouse when it is plugged into the console mouse port; however, it sees it when it is plugged into one of the extra USB ports, so all is well. I do not blame this KVM, but my picky Dell D620, so not really a con necessarily.

Overall Review: I happened to have a bunch of USB, audio, and DVI cables, so I intentionally chose this KVM, since it does not come with any cables (saved at least $70, by my reckoning). It clearly states that it comes with no cables, so this is not a negative in any way.

11/25/2008

Just right

Foxconn RS233 Black+Light Silver Steel Mini-ITX Tower Computer Case 150W Power Supply
Foxconn RS233 Black+Light Silver Steel Mini-ITX Tower Computer Case 150W Power Supply

Pros: After much research, I settled on this for an HTPC build. Based on some existing reviews, I was prepared for a potentially noisy fan and some challenging screw-matching, but none of that materialized. The case was easy to open, all cables were plenty long enough, and component installation was straightforward. The P/S and case fans were quiet, but I didn't need the 80mm case fan, so I unplugged it. The grill right above the CPU location works great for single (CPU) fan operation.

Cons: None thus far.

HTPC perfection

ZOTAC GF9300-D-E LGA 775 NVIDIA GeForce 9300 HDMI Wi-Fi Mini ITX Intel Motherboard
ZOTAC GF9300-D-E LGA 775 NVIDIA GeForce 9300 HDMI Wi-Fi Mini ITX Intel Motherboard

Pros: I did quite a bit of research before settling on this board for my HTPC. I was not disappointed! I installed an E7400 and 4GB of G.Skill RAM, and went to town. I installed Windows 7 32-bit (RTM), and went to the Zotac site for the latest drivers ... everything worked the first time. The wireless mini-card performs well; I have no reception problems whatsoever. The HDMI output is perfect on my 37" Insignia 720p; I'm sure that it will look even better when I upgrade to a larger 1080 some day.

Cons: None!

Overall Review: Due to the length of the antenna connection on the wireless mini-card, you have to be careful when installing the board, but the instructions are very clear.

Low-wattage, but high horse power

Intel Core 2 Duo E7400 - Core 2 Duo Wolfdale Dual-Core 2.8 GHz LGA 775 65W Desktop Processor - BX80571E7400
Intel Core 2 Duo E7400 - Core 2 Duo Wolfdale Dual-Core 2.8 GHz LGA 775 65W Desktop Processor - BX80571E7400

Pros: I purchased this for an HTPC. I wanted something low-wattage, but with plenty of horse power for DVD ripping and HD playback. This CPU was the ideal match. I am running Windows 7 32-bit (RTM), using Imtoo, and it tears right into a DVD.

Cons: None.

Thin but loud

Titan TTC-NK54TZ 80mm Z-axis Bearing fan CPU Cooler
Titan TTC-NK54TZ 80mm Z-axis Bearing fan CPU Cooler

Pros: This cooler is super skinny. In my mini-ITX case, I had plenty of room to spare with this cooler, where the stock cooler put me within a couple of millimeters of the top of the case. It is very efficient for the price, and keeps my E7400 under 40C regardless of load.

Cons: This puppy is loud at full speed, and since it is a three-pin fan, that's where it stays. I will have my Zalman speed control (N82E16835118217) tomorrow, which should address that little surprise.

An HTPC's Friend

Sony Optiarc DVD/CD Rewritable Drive 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model AD-7240S-0B
Sony Optiarc DVD/CD Rewritable Drive 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model AD-7240S-0B

Pros: I bought this specifically for an HTPC. It is quiet, and short enough to fit nicely in my mini-ITX case (I didn't even have to use the right-angle SATA adapter). Reads everything, and no coasters so far.

Cons: Nary a one!