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Thomas S.

Thomas S.

Joined on 02/19/10

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Most Favorable Review

Works well as an HTPC

ASUS Desktop PC CM1745-US009S A10-Series APU A10-5700 (3.40GHz) 8GB DDR3 2TB HDD AMD Radeon HD 7560D Windows 8
ASUS Desktop PC CM1745-US009S A10-Series APU A10-5700 (3.40GHz) 8GB DDR3 2TB HDD AMD Radeon HD 7560D Windows 8

Pros: Quiet, good graphic quality on a 720p 32" TV. Win 8 isn't as bad as I though a year ago; just a little different.

Cons: None yet.

Overall Review: This is our first Asus machine; we have exclusively purchased either HP or IBM/Lenovo over the past 20 or so years. This runs a 32" 720p TV as a HTPC and serves as a college desktop for our son. Video output via Netflix HD, DVD movies and HD video files on YouTube using the motherboard HDMI all look good. Looks the same as the output from my main HTPC/server on a 43" plasma 720p TV using a GDDR3 Sapphire 6570. All I did for setup was get all the wires right, start it up, put in my wireless network code and everything works correctly. The only searching I had to do was for the printer driver for our network's multi-function HP printer; that too was painless. As for gaming, according to my son, it runs WoW just fine. I do not know the settings he uses but graphics look good and there is no lagging/stuttering. Time will tell how well it holds up, but if my main server pc went down, I would have no hesitation purchasing another one of these machines.

12/19/2013
Most Critical Review

Meh

SAMSUNG C150 Series S22C150N 21.5" 1920 x 1080 D-Sub LCD Monitor
SAMSUNG C150 Series S22C150N 21.5" 1920 x 1080 D-Sub LCD Monitor

Pros: It's analog in a digital world. Acceptable for its purpose as the work screen for my HTPC system.

Cons: Even at high resolution, so-so qualtiy; I'll chalk that up to the D-Sub connection.

Overall Review: It works for the price and its purpose; if this were my only screen, I would not have purchase it.

Works well.

GIGABYTE GA-F2A88XM-D3H FM2+ / FM2 AMD A88X (Bolton D4) SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
GIGABYTE GA-F2A88XM-D3H FM2+ / FM2 AMD A88X (Bolton D4) SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: I needed a new MB as my old one for a Phenom II X6 (different brand) was slowly dying (spdif went out; analog audio was getting bad; SATA III was very slow). Wanted to go greener (HTPC) so I went with the FM2. Everything was well labeled on the MB; it worked right out of the box; the driver CD worked well. I have not OCed the processor or the gpu (no plans to do either). The board recognized my DDR3 as 1333 and not 1600; there was a preset for 1600 that was easy to find and implement; thinking very hard about OCing the memory further. No complaints.

Cons: This may be the same with any motherboard, but when plugging in the SATA and 24 pin power, support the board; there is nothing underneath to support while plugging in so the board flexes quite a bit.

Overall Review: If going FM2, this has been a good board so far.

Works well

Team C125 16GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive Model TC12516GS01
Team C125 16GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive Model TC12516GS01

Pros: It is on my key ring, and being metal, I'm not worried about it getting damaged.

Cons: Kinda slow; case really gets warm if transferring a lot of files.

Holds a lot of data files

Team F108 64GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive Model TG064GF108CX
Team F108 64GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive Model TG064GF108CX

Pros: Holds a lot of data; not slow but not fast either on my old Asus board

Cons: None that I can think of

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ARCTIC F9 Fluid Dynamic Bearing Case Fan, 92mm Quiet Blade Design, 43CFM at 23dBA
ARCTIC F9 Fluid Dynamic Bearing Case Fan, 92mm Quiet Blade Design, 43CFM at 23dBA

Pros: Moves a bunch of air silently, replaced a worn out generic case fan, keeps the case fairly well ventilated

Cons: None