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John W.

John W.

Joined on 07/23/06

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home server

ASUS E45M1-I Deluxe AMD E-450 APU AMD Hudson M1 Mini ITX Motherboard / CPU Combo
ASUS E45M1-I Deluxe AMD E-450 APU AMD Hudson M1 Mini ITX Motherboard / CPU Combo

Pros: Works great for what it is. Not to fast but does not bog done in file transfers. Runs with very cool temps. Never gets over 35c. It only pulls about 27 watts with 4 hard drives and CPU at 100%

Cons: Whs 2011 does not have a driver for the bluetooth. Was able to find drivers for ever thing else though.

Overall Review: If you are going to use it for a server you need to have at least 4 gigs.

Simply. Awesome.

GIGABYTE G1 Gaming G1.Sniper M3 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
GIGABYTE G1 Gaming G1.Sniper M3 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: SATA 6Gbs with a SATA 6Gbs ssd hard drive. Wow, this thing flies. Popped in a 3570k and off she goes. Thing is faster than I can type. 5 seconds to windows splash screen. Inernal graphics are above average and look great running two monitors. Still waiting on AMD card....

Cons: Ummm... the "3d" bios is kind of weird. I like the old school bios. Just have to get use to it.

Overall Review: Coming from a q6600 and a budget board with 3.0 Gps transfer and old school hard drives, this thing is beyond my expectations. Glad I waited for this upgrade.

SSD Raid0

Corsair Nova 2.5" 32GB SATA II Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) CSSD-V32GB2-BRKT
Corsair Nova 2.5" 32GB SATA II Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) CSSD-V32GB2-BRKT

Pros: Awsome boot time, game loading, overall performance. Didn't know how much of a bottleneck hdd had. Now got a 6.9 in windows 7 rating. Awsome stuff here.

Cons: I get high pitch sound coming from my case. Didn't have it before. Hope it's not something major.

Overall Review: Loaded window 7 64 in under 15 min. Boots in less then 10 sec. Never see the bios splash screen now, only the raid screen.

Great NAS

NETGEAR WNDR3700-100NAS V.5 Wireless Gigabit Open Source Router/ USB port Rangemax 2.4/5 GHz Simultaneous N600 Dual Band IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n, IEEE 802.3/3u/3ab
NETGEAR WNDR3700-100NAS V.5 Wireless Gigabit Open Source Router/ USB port Rangemax 2.4/5 GHz Simultaneous N600 Dual Band IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n, IEEE 802.3/3u/3ab

Pros: This thing is great. Love the NAS feature, easy to use and set up. Windows 7 found it with "map a network drive". Did not try the software it came with. Now my parents that live across the country can keep up on my family media with a simple browser command. LOVE IT.

Cons: The router navigation screen is lacking abit. Have to search for the stuff you want to change. Also is a pain to unmount it from the wall to do a master reset. Should be in the web base command screen. Also takes forever to make changes. Wish the usb was 3.0 not 2.0, long transfer speed, but to be expected.

Overall Review: Going from 100mb to 1gb transfer rate is fantastic. Should have done it sooner.

It "fits"

FSP Group FSP300-60GHT 300 W TFX12V 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
FSP Group FSP300-60GHT 300 W TFX12V 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply

Pros: Got this in an APEX DM-317-A. None oem, the holes don't line up at all, but with some tin snips and a c-clamp, anything is possible.

Cons: Not free.

Overall Review: Runs great sounds better then the oem for that case. All the connections you would need for a HTPC.

cool and quite

AMD Athlon II X2 240 - Athlon II X2 Regor Dual-Core 2.8 GHz Socket AM3 65W Processor - ADX240OCK23GQ
AMD Athlon II X2 240 - Athlon II X2 Regor Dual-Core 2.8 GHz Socket AM3 65W Processor - ADX240OCK23GQ

Pros: Runs in my htpc at about 70F. Never hear fan running, great for playing movies. Does bluray movies with no lag or chopping. Barely gets over 45% playback. Nice chip for only cost 50 bucks.

Cons: None yet.

Overall Review: Got my box in great shaper. Not bouncing around or bent pins. East coast warehouses must do better. No complaints there.