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Robert M.

Robert M.

Joined on 02/08/03

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SILVERSTONE Black Aluminum skin reinforced plastic front panel, 0.8mm SECC body MILO Series ML03B Micro ATX Media Center / HTPC Case
SILVERSTONE Black Aluminum skin reinforced plastic front panel, 0.8mm SECC body MILO Series ML03B Micro ATX Media Center / HTPC Case

Pros: Slim height and short depth make this fit in great with other home theater equipment. Both HDD and power led are blue color. As others mentioned you must use standard size power supply to fit. Take note that modular power supplies are deeper than standard size (all that I found anyway) and you will not have enough room for optical drive. The mount for the optical drive has screws so you can remove it to get to the hard drive mount underneath. I opted to remove the bracket permanently with two hard drives mounted side by side in front of the PSU. I use the extra space without the bracket for storing the PSU wiring I not using. Have no need for optical as this is entirely intended to be DVR / netflix / hulu box and PS3 is used for bluray. Great box for the money.

Cons: The USB 3.0 connectors on front are a light blue that annoyed the heck out of me. Fix: Use a marker to color the front edge (NOT inside) and the connectors then blend in nicely when seen from the couch. The leds will light up the room. Fix: You can slip a piece of paper between the led and the front of case to dim them. All the front panel connections are longer than needed.

Overall Review: Only fans in my case are the PSU exhaust and the cpu cooler. Case temp maxed out at 46 C with my setup running CPU 100% for 6 hours. This case AMD 45W 3 core Gskill 4GB ASUS M4A88TD 2 x dual tuners wireless network card Antec earthwatts 380W 2 WD AV 1TB drives 32GB SSD

AMD Athlon II X3 415e - Athlon II X3 Rana Triple-Core 2.5 GHz Socket AM3 45W Desktop Processor - AD415EHDGMBOX
AMD Athlon II X3 415e - Athlon II X3 Rana Triple-Core 2.5 GHz Socket AM3 45W Desktop Processor - AD415EHDGMBOX

Pros: Temp maxed at 45 C (31 C core) using stock heatsink and stock motherboard fan control settings after running prime95 for 12 hours. Fan still not noticeable noise so I not sure if it was running full speed or not. This is on ASUS M4A88TD board in HTPC case.

Cons: None.

ASUS M4A88TD-M/USB3 AM3 AMD 880G SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
ASUS M4A88TD-M/USB3 AM3 AMD 880G SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: Lot of connectors for USB and SATA. Probably more than any case in this form factor would need. Passive cooled chipset great for quiet HTPC setups. HDMI video works great with my TV. Note that HDMI audio is only stereo.

Cons: No USB 3.0 header. I have a case with these ports so it would have been nice. HDMI audio works but supports stereo only. Use the optical.

Antennas Direct DB2 Multi-Directional HDTV Antenna
Antennas Direct DB2 Multi-Directional HDTV Antenna

Pros: Works way better than the rabbit ears from local store. I'm using this antenna indoors attached to a scrap piece of 2x4 about 7" off the floor leaning against the wall. Looks silly but it works great. Media center reports full signal on all channels. Two stations are VHF. 9 and 13 and I have no signal issues with this antenna. These stations are < 10 miles away from me though. 13 has audio out of sync but I don't think the antenna is causing that. Audio is slightly ahead of the video so I blame media center for that.

Cons: None!

Overall Review: This is part of my new media PC to switch from satellite to OTA. Eventually this antenna will be outside (replacing my dish using same cable) and I expect better performance at that time.

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Digital Speaker System
Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Digital Speaker System

Pros: Bought these in 2004 and just realized I never reviewed them. Great speakers for gaming which is what I use them for. Use the analog 5.1 and use the plug on the side to plug in mp3 player. At old home I used coax for DVD player, worked great as well.

Cons: None.

12/31/2010
Kingston 2GB MicroSD Flash Card + Reader Model FCR-MRR+SDC/2GB
Kingston 2GB MicroSD Flash Card + Reader Model FCR-MRR+SDC/2GB

Pros: Works great in my "SYNC" phone.

Cons: Con is egg forcing me to write a con!

Overall Review: USB reader is not much bigger than the tiny card. Both are very easy to lose unless you remember where you put them!