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Sergey M.

Sergey M.

Joined on 01/18/10

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Most Favorable Review

Works!

MSI 24X DVD Burner 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model DH-24AS - Retail
MSI 24X DVD Burner 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model DH-24AS - Retail

Pros: Works fine.

Cons: A bit noisy when loading data disk (windows) but that's common with all players

Overall Review: Giving it a 5 stars just to make myself feel better. This product is too simple

Most Critical Review
ASUS P7H55-M PRO LGA 1156 Intel H55 HDMI Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
ASUS P7H55-M PRO LGA 1156 Intel H55 HDMI Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Easy to install

Cons: My TV does not recognize the onboard intel graphics as 1080p when running at 1920/1080 @ 60 Hz. Got a feeling that the output is running as VGA only. Cannot get really black level which is easily achieved by going 1920/1080 30Hz interlaced. Not sure if this a intel HD graphics issue or the motherboard. Will change my rating to 5 if not MBs fault, otherwise will return MB

Cool sleek Case

APEX DM-387 Black Steel Micro ATX Media Center / Slim HTPC Computer Case w/ ATX12V TFX 275W Power Supply
APEX DM-387 Black Steel Micro ATX Media Center / Slim HTPC Computer Case w/ ATX12V TFX 275W Power Supply

Pros: Cheap, great looking, slim, easy to use

Cons: A bit tight inside. A metal support sheet sticking under from 5'25 drive is blocking one RAM slot on my MB and I cannot put my high-profile RAM in there

i5 661

Intel Core i5-661 - Core i5 Clarkdale Dual-Core 3.33 GHz LGA 1156 87W Intel HD Graphics Desktop Processor - BX80616I5661
Intel Core i5-661 - Core i5 Clarkdale Dual-Core 3.33 GHz LGA 1156 87W Intel HD Graphics Desktop Processor - BX80616I5661

Pros: Excellent processor, fast, I am not over-clocking but its a nice to have feature just in case

Cons: Strictly from economical point of view, not too much of value add from i3-530 for HTPC system. But overpay is not that significant and you do get extra power and iGPU speed.

Overall Review: This was upgrade from AMD XP so I can tell the difference in speed.