Date Joined: 07/23/06
Pros: Inexpensive and the cable was of adequate length to reach across the motherboard.
Cons: The fan is not very well balanced and is a bit noisy. Using the system fan connection to the mother board and turning the speed down to 50% helps with the noise.
Overall Review: Perhaps as the bearings break in, the fan will be quieter.
Pros: AMD does not disappoint once again. I just retired two older AMD machines (AMD K6-2 300MHz) which served us well for over 12 years! So going to 3GHz with dual cores is quite a step up for our home systems. Installation was effortless and the stock cooler is more than plenty for a low energy system.
Cons: nothing noted so far...
Overall Review: Two identical systems were built with the following:
* AMD Athlon II X2 250 Regor 3.0GHz
* MSI 785GM-E65 AM3 motherboard
* Crucial 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333
* SeaSonic SS-350ET Bronze 350W PS
* LITE-ON 24x DVD Burner
* Western Digital Caviar Blue WD6400AAKS 640GB
* CHIEFTEC Mesh Series CD-01B-B-OP Mini Tower
* XP Home SP3
Inexpensive little home system build.
Pros: Purchased two at the same time for two identical builds, both worked flawlessly. The fan is large and moves air quietly. Mounted in a uATX case with the fan facing downwards provides good air movement within the case. All the cables reach without being excessivly long and they are SATA ready.
Cons: None so far, but be advised that this one comes without the power cord. Not usually a problem as equipment cords are plentiful in most homes these days.
Overall Review: It would be nice to see some beefier abrasion protection on the cables where they exit the supply case. The metal is smooth and rounded but a bit more attention here would give us a warm fuzzy feeling.
Pros: Built two systems using this motherboard and both came up without a hitch! This is the first time I have used integrated graphics and I for one was impressed. We don't use our systems for gaming but do use them for office programs and occasional CAD design. I was impressed by how well the CAD program graphics performed under the XP operating system. Normal audio and video media playback is smooth.
Cons: The side facing SATA connectors forced a case modification to allow cabling access. The default voltage for the core and memory is set a bit high but you can set it properly in the BIOS.
Overall Review: I paired these systems with an AMD Athlon II X2 250 Regor 3.0GHz processor, Crucial 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM, SeaSonic SS-350ET Bronze 350W PS and XP SP3 Home operating system. The combination has been very stable so far. If you are a non-gamer, try it without an external graphics card and you may be surprised as well!
Pros: The power and reset switches have a good feel and the large drive bays are easy to use. Overall fit and finish is excellent. There are no seperate stand-offs for the motherboard but rather they are formed in the sheet metal. These had excellent alignment and work well. I built two machines at the same time using this case and both turned out well.
Cons: When paired with a MSI 785GM-E65 motherboard, the vertical mount hard drive bay must be removed to allow access to the side facing SATA ports. Just drill the rivets out, and remove all debris. After doing this, the hard drives can still be mounted vertically using the two bottom screw holes plus there is even better access to things. And yes, if you have the box on top of your desk, the Blue LED power indicator is way too bright!
Overall Review: The rear I/O port opening used by uATX boards is a bit flimsy although a rear case fan stiffens it up quite a bit. Some self-adheasive sound dampening can be added to the sheet metal to dampen out any noise caused by vibration.