Date Joined: 03/28/12
Pros: It delivers the power that it states that it does. It has cables that can provide many connections for those of us who like a ton of drives and fans. The seller is also quite polite and interested in knowing that the item arrived safely. He also provided a power cord compatible with USA standards. It came with one that was meant for overseas wall connections.
Cons: I can't think of any.
Overall Review: I chose this unit originally to be a backup which could run any computer in the house from the low demand to the mightiest gaming rig, and since power supplies are the most common iotem needing replacement, I got this one. It's very sad when your computer won't power up. This happened to my husband. He likes to run a very demanding flight simulator, and he built a monster rig able to handle this. if anyone's curious, the CPU is an i7 of the Coffee Lake line, which needs really good cooling. There is also 32 gigs of RAM, 4 drives, a half dozen colorful fans as well as a CPU cooler with dual fans and a GPU supporting at least 3 monitors. If you want the specs, I can ask him exactly which components he chose. But to make a long story short, the PSU he originally got couldn't handle the load, but this one does so flawlessly. Happy husband!
Pros: It's not bulky and can go in a variety of places thanks to an extension cord provided. The computer is in a corner in the bedroom and the wifi signal to it wasn't strong enough to be consistent until I plugged this device in. I didn't have to install any software because with both Linux Mint and Windows 10 on this computer, it shows up right away recognizing networks.
Overall Review: This was just what I needed for a remote computer far from the router needing a signal boost.
Pros: It's very elegant and beautiful. I love RGB fans, too. But what strikes me most is the choices of places to rout cables through and from. That is, I don't have to have a jungle of cables blocking airflow and looking untidy. Neatness has been a problem for me, but not with this case. I found this out when the motherboard didn't have enough fan controllers for the final array of 5 fans, so I got a fan controller hub, and the lines could neatly be threaded through one of the rubber valves and be inconspicuous. Also, there is ample room for large components, such as a tall CPU cooler with a 120mm fan on its side, and my GPU is pretty long, being a model with 3 fans, but it fits.
Cons: I confess to buying it while partly asleep. I don't regret this, mind you, but I didn't notice that I had missed a digit in the price. Nevertheless, I have no regrets and I find that you get what you pay for, and this is worth it when what you want is a sweet-looking computer to adorn your desk. A cheap case is all right for most rigs, but when you want something special, this is the case for you.
Overall Review: I definitely recommend this case for builders of the special machine you feel proud of and want to show off.
Pros: If you have an EATX board and want room for extras like colorful fans, plus have a window to admire the colors, this is a very good case. I made a server with this case. One thing that stands out nicely for me is the space behind the motherboard that allows me to string power supply and case cables to keep them from looking messy up front. Neatness has often been my toughest challenge!
Cons: None that I can think of.
Overall Review: I recommend this case, especially because most cases that support EATX cost twice as much.
Pros: Its small size is space saving, and it accepts Windows 10 and also Ubuntu 18.04 in dual boot, with Ubuntu on the m2 SATA drive, and Windows 10 on a regular SATA 3 SSD. It runs snappily on both operating systems. I like being able to put in my own drives with large capacity for apps and files. Many other mini PCs arrive with dinky 32G drives or even less. I installed terabyte drives and 64 bit systems.
Cons: The drivers came on a CD, and external drives require two USB ports to run. But I had a USB hub. Also, the BIOS only does what you select for it to do and it's not automatic. For instance, to boot from USB to install the OS, I had to enable booting from USB. But the BIOS setup screen is easy to use.
Installing the RAM was tricky because I had to use a delicate touch with the holders and also to line it up right. I began with just one module to test that it worked, and I populated the lower lane. If I had used the upper one first, it would have made installing on the lower one impossible to see to line it up right. Installing the m2 drive was tricky in that the screw just wouldn't come out. I ended up using a small piece of nonconductive tape to secure the drive down.
Overall Review: The purpose I have for this computer is twofold. It's small and can travel, and Ubuntu offers fast and secure browsing. The other purpose is to make cooking videos from a small space beside a big screen TV. Of note is the RAM I chose is GSkill Ripjaws laptop memory. That brand is very compatible with a variety of homebuilds and works great here, and the m2 drive is Crucial brand. The 2.5 inch SSD is Samsung. All components work perfectly.
Pros: I was able to put a nonstandard oversized EATX server case in here and still be able to add 7 fans and even a RAID. I stacked my extra drives onto the drive bay, but it still looks tidy.
Overall Review: This is my second server. I had it out in a dusty environment with cats about the place, and decided to put it safely in a case that's up to the task. This one not only is up to it, but it looks really cool. I especially like the option to thread cables up the back behind the motherboard panel as well.
Pros: Inexpensive and sound produced is good.
Cons: It's better to be plugged into a USB port that's not placed too close to another, because it's a little to large to allow the use of a neighboring port.
Overall Review: This device provided a simple solution for a server, because its motherboard doesn't have a sound port. Most servers don't get used in such a way, but mine does. Mine is a media server.
Pros: When the provided fan plus the 3 more i added light up, it's great to look at, The light strip is also a nice touch. It's great for the price with cable management a good thing to make the computer look good. By routing cables via the back panel, I could keep most of them out of sight.
Cons: None except that maybe I suggest using a PSU with longer system and CPU power cables because it was a challenge threading them up to where they connected, which was at the very top of the board. Mind you, my board isn't the usual thing to put in such a case. It's a server. Maybe they're set up differently. But it worked.
Overall Review: I'd like to add that I successfully installed a nonstandard large server board slightly larger than EATX, and have added 3 front fans and two top fans and an extra rear fan since it's a dual CPU server needing to be kept cool, and the tidy cable arrangement allows great air flow. And the system looks very cool too.
Pros: Inexpensive and beautiful. A true orange,
Cons: None whatsoever.
Overall Review: I got them to cool a server, and now my server looks good too, because I put it in a gaming case with a window.
Pros: You can't beat the price for a nice looking case that doesn't weigh a lot and has fairly good airflow.
Cons: The design isn't thoughtful. The internal hard drive bay should face sideways or the case needs to be a half inch wider, because even with the drives put in as far as they can go, the data and power cables stick out far enough that closing the case is challenging, and there's concern about squashing and damaging the cables. Also, the front fan, which blows over this drive bay, could be a bit higher, because then air flow would be over the motherboard as well and not blocked by a full internal drive bay. My system has several drives., so this bay is full. The external drive bay isn't usable because there's a piece of structural metal that may be meant as a shelf for the optical drive, stops me from getting the drive in at all. Last, the openings on the back for expansion drive ports are separated by strips of metal that are too wide. They block the ports.
Overall Review: I'm keeping the case because it's not undoable, but mods were needed for the afore mentioned reasons.
Pros: They're in good shape and allowed me to install an OS without hitches. Their speed is quite good for mechanical drives, and except for a soft hum when they spin, they're quiet. And the price can't be beaten.
Overall Review: I got these drives to be the boot drives for a special multi-boot project. I was gifted an AMD motherboard with a dual core Athlon, and 6 on board SATA ports. i have wanted to create a central computer for my collections of old time radio, music, movies, and other documents. And I figured that two boot drives would be good in case an update wrecks an OS, and we all know what that's like. So, I bought two of these drives and installed latest long term support Linux Mint and Open SUSE. On the original drive with this older rig I put Ubuntu. Anyway, the drives are working great and the [project is a success.
Pros: It works for the special purpose I got it for. To be a media server. I had been wanting a server for quite a while, since I have a large network. Then I was gifted one from a small business owner who upgraded. I found that it was just a desktop being used as server. It made me think that I could use desktop Linux with a GUI. I like command line a little, but really want a GUI.
The board I was given was quite old, so I saved it for another project and bought this new combo to upgrade the device. I installed Linux Mint and installed server apps and like the speed. I chose this board over the mini ITX choices because I wanted to be able to install expansion cards like a RAID controller and a USB 3 ports card. That has worked out great. Very good for the price, and the CPU is fast enough for my purposes.
Cons: Only one so far, and that was that the first bootup took several seconds. At first, I worried that it wouldn't boot at all. But it did, and after that, it has been pretty fast.
Overall Review: I recommend this board for anyone with special projects and is on a budget. I would like to update my review by letting you know that this little board and CPU are stable and are making a very good media server for me.
Pros: Reasonable cost, works right away without needing to find and activate it under a hardware list, and i didn't have to look for drivers. Linux Mint 18, Sylvia, recognized it right away and mounted the first drive i plugged in to test it.
Overall Review: I recommend this if you like Linux and are making a server, as I am. I got this device for a RAID and chose it because it offers me 4 ports.
Pros: It's a good price, and the airflow is good, which is really number one, rather than the great color that bathes my inner case in a red glow, because this fan is keeping my server's drive bay cool.
Cons: No cons. I recommend this if you need a fan and also want to add color to the computer.
Pros: Awesome price, and the capacity is true. I installed my OS quickly and without a hitch, and the drive performs speedily. This drive is the OS drive for a media server project, and I'm quite happy with it.
Cons: None except that it's a brand I hadn't heard of before.
Overall Review: I came back for others, but found that it's out of stock. Pity. I hope there will be more later.
Pros: Quite fast even though it's just one 4G module.
Overall Review: I was building systems for family and had a Gigabyte H370M D3H Coffee Lake motherboard that would not POST no matter what I did with the CPU and RAM and PSU on hand, and thought I had ruined it until I discovered that the RAM wasn't compatible. It was two Kingston HP sticks. I bought this Ballistix module to test whether the system could actually work, and found to my joy that the system will booted right up using my USB installer of Windows 10 and is very responsive despite just being one module and just 4G. I plan to get 3 more of these down the road since the board has 4 lanes. The takeaway is that not all RAM is the same., as far as DDR4 goes. It's not quite as swappable as DDR3 is. Best to read reviews and see what others have used the memory for. It definitely worked here. The same brand also worked for my Ryzen system.
Pros: Works with my Ryzen system and this pair of modules is actually faster than an original 16G faster module from another brand.
Cons: None at all.
Overall Review: I chose this memory because I found that not all DDR4 RAM is the same in tht not all work with all DDR4 motherboards. What helped a lot with my choice was a helpful reviewer who said that it works with his Ryzen system, which I needed it for. I was building 2 systems, one a Ryzen, and one a Coffee lake rig. I had a set of DDR4 modules that simple wouldn't make either computer POST, and one 16G stick from Balli8stix that was in the Ryzen system, and decided to buy this set because the Ballistiz module worked for the Coffee lake system and I wanted dual channel memory for the Ryzen system anyway, and am very happy with the performance now.
Pros: Good quality. I wanted something a b it better than a dollar store power bar because of the delicacy of the things plugged in, namely, a 55-inch 4K TV and a homebuilt gaming computer. The extension cord that also came with it will have a good use in the kitchen for those appliances that have pasky cords that are way too short. So, this is a good deal.
Pros: Easy to install, simple in fact. The guise shows exactly where the arrow goes using the securing bar as a landmark. It's responsive and fast, and its cooler is very quiet. But maybe best of all is that it seems to be more efficient than past groups of AMD CPUs. I say this because finding a strong enough PSU that could just boot the systems up was a headache. But a spare new 500W PSU runs it great.
Overall Review: What actually made me choose this CPU for my project was the fact that when AMD rolled this line out, Intel seemed awfully nervous and pushed their competing line out too soon!
Pros: A huge bargain for an AM4 board. I didn't actually cghoose it, but was lucky enough to get it with the purchase of a Ryzen 5 CPU in a bundle. I was a tad concerned when reading a couple reviews about it being DOA, but mine is perfect. I also decided to get an M2 SSD as the boot disk once I noticed that it has such a slot. I also developed a couple concerns when reading online posts about the many instructions and tips for booting Windows 10 from such a drive.Again, this board gave me everything I wanted, because it was simply plug and play in that all I had to do was boot from a USB drive of Windows 10 I had made from the media creator on the Microsoft site, and setup was so easy that a caveman could have done it. I got a 16GB RAM stick for it and the board can handle a second one, which I might do soon, but it's running great as it is now. I think I'll use the spare PCI e x1 slot for a RAID controller.
Cons: None from me at all
Overall Review: Thanks for the driver disk. My OS needed the LAN driver, and it worked perfectly. Also, unlike previous AMD builds I've made over the years, this one doesn't seem as power hungry and can run on a spare 500W PSU I had lying around in need of work. I recommend this board. Oh, it also comes with a generous number of USB ports and a good audio port set. I plugged in my web cam, a USB microphone for making music, a 5.1 surround sound system, and a 3D printer.
Pros: Excellent for the price. And the orange accents go with my orange accessories. Most remarkable is how quiet the fans are. I had to look and be sure the rig was running after I'd started it, because the fans are the quietest I've ever had. The LEDs are brilliant orange, just the way I like them, too. Finally, it's lightweight without being cheap. Easy for this gal to carry about while deciding where its permanent spot will be.
Cons: I can't think of any at all.
Overall Review: The motherboard fits well as does the power supply, and the case ports all work great too. I recommend this to anyone with a micro ATX build looking for a nice case for the money.
Pros: Windows 10 recognized and prepred the disk when I installed the OS. It does boot faster than my other mechanical drives. And for the speed and capacity, the price is very good and I even received it the next day.
Overall Review: I gpt this new drive because I was setting up a new homebuilt system and Windows would not install on my used drives for formatting reasons. This one works great for the project. I also want to add that I chose this drive because while an SSD is faster, it doesn't withstand the number of rewrites that a mechanical drive can do, and because my OS gets rewritten every week or two because I'm receiving Windows 10 Insider Preview builds, there is a lot of rewriting.
Pros: Very good for the price. It booted right up and installed Windows 10 from USB. I got this little board to go into a small ITX case to make a travel computer. It works fine in this purpose.
Cons: It would be nice if it supported 2 RAM sticks, and it would really be great if getting the stick to seat in place was easier,but I can't take points off for this because of the great price and quite acceptable performance I'm getting.
Overall Review: I recommend this for certain to anyone wanting to build her own small form factor computer.
Pros: Easy to set up, good volume, small enough to be set in small spots on the desk. Great price.
Overall Review: This review replaces the one written when the carrier, OnTrac, delivered my item into a hidden place in my garden and I had given it up for lost until I found it accidentally when watering my grapevines and soaked the box. Kudos to the packagers because the item was undamaged.
Pros: Excellent value, made my browsing speed faster because pages simply load way faster. In fact, I'm browsing and writing this review on the machine this card is in.
Cons: I couldn't get it to run on my first intended homebuilt system, which has a 300W PSU. I can't knock points off because the recommendation was that or greater. Besides, this machine it's now in needed it more, and has made the system faster.
Overall Review: I'd recommend it, but best to have a larger PSU than my first intended system has, which is 300W. This one here has a 550W PSU. Anyway, I got this GPU for a homebuild which began as a CPU Motherboard combo from Newegg, and it runs fine on a mini ITX PSU of 300 W, but I will probably get a lesser card for it or simply get another of these and apply a mightier PSU. Anyway, this card will stay in this rig, because it had been suffering slowness, running with an A4 APU, which was fine in its day, but the OS, Linux Ubuntu has gotten bigger and more complex, and it wasn't running snappily. But now, with this card, it is. isn't building fun?