Joined on 11/02/04
This is the case you want.
Pros: Perfect case. No racing stripes, no plastic windows, very elegent appearance. Elegance is simplicity, funtionality, and pleasure in one package. I am not ready for a computer with the power supply on the bottom. The built-in front panel connectors are ample and match perfectly 100% with my nMEDIA 5 1/2" panel and Asus z68 motherboard. With this I have front and rear panel connectors for every MB I/O connectors with the single exception of one of the two Firewires. I was afraid the lighted front panel fan would be a bit over the top but now I like it. I can hear that there are fans but they are not obtrusive. My girlfriend gave up on her computer project about six months ago in frustration about the case selection. When she saw my new computer with the nMEDIA panel, she declared this is what she had been searching for. I am not moved by the quick connectors but the case comes with cool black machine screws for the rest of us.
Cons: While I was very impressed by the general build quality, I had to make a minor "adjustment" with a screwdriver on top of the case so that the side cover would slide into place smoothly. On the other hand, I think a light case is the better case for me and so I am not deterred by this minor flaw.
Overall Review: The metal screen front panels (removable and not) with the black sponge filters are very cool. I hope the plastic in the filters does not degrade with age.
Worth every penny, user loves "new" computer
Pros: small form factor Chipset Win10 Pro DVD burner good value, all the computer the user needs. VGA video compatible with older LCD monitor so easy to set up.
Cons: I suppose I shouldn't use this expression now but "it is what it is." If that is not enough, this computer is not for you.
Overall Review: I recommend this "refurb" computer for users who want to upgrade from a Pentium class machine. Newer is always better but do many people really need more performance than a quad 3.1 GHz cpu with 8 GB of memory?
Reolink works for me - PoE is great
Pros: Second model of Reolink cameras I have, connects well to Blue Iris PoE is the way to go seems to work well, installed for a few months
Cons: I can't rotate the camera to provide a vertical frame shot.
Overall Review: With BlueIris I've found it best to assign fixed IP addresses
Fan works well with PWM, noise at high revs
Pros: The motherboard software (ASRock) has very good fan speed controls and the Foxconn fan works well with it. The noise level at the highest speeds is too much though. The fan moves a lot of air. The power cable is nice and long with attractive sheathing.
Cons: I'll stick with this fan for awhile but eventually I might start looking for a PWM fan with lower sone rating.
Overall Review: Fan moves a lot of air and appears to be well-made, works will with PWM control software. The fan may be too noisy for a home theater PC. But might be necessary in my installation because that PC also monitors five security cameras and runs the CPU at 45% to 55%. I am trying to cool down the CPU to about 50° and this fan helps move air through the computer case.
My mistake, way too big for my lo-profile case
Pros: Item looked like the real thing.
Cons: didn't fit. My case manual actually says what the maximum CPU cooling fan height is for my case (700mm). There would be no problem with a standard tower full height card case.
Overall Review: Check you CPU cooling fan height maximum, very important spec. I now am a believer in after-market cooling systems, i now agree, the standard Intel cooling system is fine if you have a large case and don't do much with your computer. Push your CPU very hard and you will want to consider better cooling. My system runs well within Intel temp limits as is, but it does run a bit hot. I want it to last forever monitoring security cameras and recording TV programs.
Cameras work will with BlueIris
I had two RLC-410 cameras and added two more. They work as advertised. Blue Iris software recognizes the cameras and works well. The Reolink software that comes with the cameras appears to work at first but after a bit of time it locks up. Not what you want for a 24/7 operation. I am running Blue Iris on an i5 computer. I tried to monitor the cameras using my server but its cpu is weak (HP-AMD) and was running flat out at 100%. I went with high definition video from the get-go and am satisfied this is the right choice.