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Chad S.

Chad S.

Joined on 06/03/06

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Most Favorable Review

Great HTPC Design and Silent

Antec Black Aluminum / Steel Fusion Remote Black Micro ATX Media Center / HTPC Case
Antec Black Aluminum / Steel Fusion Remote Black Micro ATX Media Center / HTPC Case

Pros: Everything works flawlessly with the case, VFD, Volume Knob, Silence. Like I said, this case makes for a great HTPC, it blends in with the receiver I have and also the Plasma and rack it is on. Unit looks great and is built very sturdy. The included software worked flawlessly but was outdated, updated to the new software and you guessed it.. worked flawlessly yet again. Have been doing PC and HTPC builds for many years and this was a very pleasurable design to work with. Loads of room under the hood and excellent rubber straps for handy and neat cable management all while promoting great airflow. Lastly, the case is extremely silent. With the computer on and browsing the web or watching blu-ray movies you can never hear it, even at 2 feet from the unit you have to have your ear right up to it to hear any noise at all. Uses Antec Tri-cool fans to exhaust air out of the right side. Overall I am very pleased with the unit and will recommend it to customers.

Cons: The optical drive mount can be trouble at times as certain optical drives have different mounting holes or positions which do not allow it to mount withing range of the push button on the front. This causes you to not be able to truely push the button on the front. Problem was remedied by using a different optical drive, but is something that you should know.

Overall Review: Used to house a Quad Core HTPC running at 3.0ghz with 4 gigs or RAM and a 9800GT. Works flawless and stays silent at the same time. Highly recommended

Most Critical Review

Good but with a catch

ASUS P5Q-VM LGA 775 Intel G45 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
ASUS P5Q-VM LGA 775 Intel G45 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Great board with a lot of features and functionality. Great for HTPC usage as there is no active fan cooling the northbridge, but... (see cons).

Cons: Board has horrible lockup tendencies. The board is being used with a Q6600 and a 9800GT. The G45 chipset on the board is known to have issues with with the G92 graphics chip and the RV700 series graphics chips as well. This will cause lockups during graphical loads or even desktop browsing. After searching and searching for several days to find the issue I updated the bios. This has fixed the issue. Northbridge has no active cooling causing it to get very hot, will burn you.

Overall Review: Decent board with some chipset issues that Intel says can be corrected with Bios updates. Performed the Bios update from ASUS website, currently not experiencing any problems.

Great reliable, and cool.

iStarUSA BPU-340SATA-BLUE 3x5.25" to 4x3.5" SAS/SATA 6.0 Gb/s Hot-Swap Cage
iStarUSA BPU-340SATA-BLUE 3x5.25" to 4x3.5" SAS/SATA 6.0 Gb/s Hot-Swap Cage

Pros: Sturdy aluminum design Cools very well Adjustable fan speed with jumper on back Works with 8087 forward fan out cables if you have SAS cards and wish to use such.

Cons: Noisy fan, even on lower speed setting

Overall Review: I have several of these spread across a few chassis in a 42U cabinet. They do tend to get loud but they are in case that is rack mounted so out of sight, out of mind. Does its job well and works with all manor of drives I have tried with it.

Great PSU

SilverStone OP800 800 W ATX 12V 2.2 & EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply
SilverStone OP800 800 W ATX 12V 2.2 & EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply

Pros: Great PSU. Been using Silverstone PSU's for some time now and I am never disappointed. Unit is used to power a Q6600 @ 3.7ghz, 4gigs of RAM, 2x Raptor's in RAID 0, 2x EVGA GTX260 216, and various other things including fans and watercooling equipment. All voltages stay stable and withing guidelines during full loads and benchmarking.

Cons: None, unit meets expectations and then some.

Overall Review: System has been rock solid stable sense the install of this unit, the single rail really makes the difference for heavy overclocking. The entire PC can be pushed harder and farther overclocked but these settings are typically used for every day gaming.

12/17/2008

Pushes Good Amount of Air

IPCQUEEN IPC-606025 60mm Case Fan
IPCQUEEN IPC-606025 60mm Case Fan

Pros: For the fans size it pushes a lot of air. Used to cool the northbridge on an EVGA 750i SLI, works much better then the included fan and is many times more quiet then the stock option.

Cons: None

Overall Review: Much better option for northbridge cooling then the included cooling fan with the EVGA 750i SLI.

Great Card

EVGA 512-P3-N980-AR GeForce 9800 GT Hybrid Power 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card
EVGA 512-P3-N980-AR GeForce 9800 GT Hybrid Power 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

Pros: Card runs cool and silent and is being used in a small mATX case for a HTPC setup with some casual gaming in mind. Temps never go above 70c with the fan control set to auto while under 100% load. Card goes into a low power savings mode when not under any type of use (desktop browsing). This cuts energy use by a fairly large amount depending on how often you have the machine on.

Cons: Did not come with the S/PDIF Cable or HDMI adapter that it was specified to come with. Comes with two DVI to VGA adapters.

Overall Review: Would have been nice to have the S/PDIF Cable as this IS for an HTPC setup and that cable would be ideal to cut the amount of cables going to the receiver to just one single cable.