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Monte M.

Monte M.

Joined on 03/22/01

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Most Favorable Review

Great Little Case

Antec ISK Series ISK 300-150 Black 0.8mm Cold Rolled Steel Mini-ITX Desktop Computer Case 150W Power Supply
Antec ISK Series ISK 300-150 Black 0.8mm Cold Rolled Steel Mini-ITX Desktop Computer Case 150W Power Supply

Pros: Small and reliable, I've built up to i5-4960 systems in them and the power supply does just fine

Cons: a bit tight with some motherboards

Overall Review: I've purchased over a hundred of these and have only had one bad power supply in the last three years. It's a toss up between this and the 310-150, they are nearly identical, my only issue with them is availability. It may be that Antec is phasing them out as they are both hard to find. Wiring can be a bit tight, but take your time and keep it neat and you won't have any issues. Stock coolers up to i5-4960 fit just fine, some taller ram (the really crazy big heat sink stuff) may hit the hard drive cage.

Most Critical Review

WARNING: don't buy for uptime!

BUFFALO LinkStation Duo 2-Bay 2 TB (2 x 1 TB) RAID Network Attached Storage (NAS) -  LS-WX2.0TL/R1
BUFFALO LinkStation Duo 2-Bay 2 TB (2 x 1 TB) RAID Network Attached Storage (NAS) - LS-WX2.0TL/R1

Pros: Does what it should till you have a problem, performance is acceptable

Cons: warranty is now somewhat worthless, forget redundancy during warranty period

Overall Review: I have several Linkstations (10+) in use for my customers, they work great and I set them up so if a drive goes out, you can pop in a new one with little down time, until now. Buffalo will no longer send you a drive, you have to send the whole unit in which takes two weeks, so much for reduced downtime. When asked why the change to past policy I was told that it was to save money and end users can't figure out how to slide the drives in. They will make no exceptions even though my unit has a total of 100mb of usage and less than 2 hours power on time. To save face with my customer I ate a $70 new drive and replaced it myself, thank you very much Buffalo, I'll still send you the old drive, however, with instructions on what you can do with it... This goes for all their non terrastation NAS's so keep that in mind.

Problematic board, BAD SUPPORT

ASRock H570M-ITX/AC LGA 1200 Intel H570 SATA 6Gb/s Mini ITX Intel Motherboard
ASRock H570M-ITX/AC LGA 1200 Intel H570 SATA 6Gb/s Mini ITX Intel Motherboard

Pros: nicely built with good features

Cons: doesn't support HDMI audio, nor 11th Gen CPU

Overall Review: purchased 5 of these for some builds, first 2 would not output HDMI audio no matter what I tried. I contacted support they said I was doing it wrong first and that I should reinstall windows, then said I should return all the boards because they all must be bad. Then got in some i5-11400 CPU and this boards will not boot at all, just give 5 beeps on the speaker and nothing. I'm sure support from Asrock will say I did it wrong, it's not like I've built a PC before (3500+ and counting). I probably just don't know what I'm doing...

great for small business PC, fits about anyware

IN WIN Chopin Black Aluminum, SECC Mini-ITX Tower Case 150W Power Supply with 4 colors stickers inside
IN WIN Chopin Black Aluminum, SECC Mini-ITX Tower Case 150W Power Supply with 4 colors stickers inside

Pros: small, solid built, holds up well

Cons: can't get them anymore, what happened?!? Looks like all the In Win small ITX cases are gone now

Overall Review: please start stocking them again!

Great board except one thing

ASUS P8H77-I LGA 1155 Intel H77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Mini ITX Intel Motherboard
ASUS P8H77-I LGA 1155 Intel H77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Mini ITX Intel Motherboard

Pros: works well, had 10+ of them with no failures

Cons: Will NOT work with a PCIE 1x WiFi adapter, even an Asus one, I spent over an hour on hold with Asus support only to be hung up on with no help at all. With a WiFi installed the system will not POST. I've verified the problem on several different systems and configurations.

Overall Review: It would be nice if Asus would address the issue...