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Athena Power RM-1U100DR22 Black Aluminum / Steel 1U Rackmount Server Case FLEX 220W 1 External 5.25
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: This is a pretty good deal on a small 1U chassis and a high quality PSU. I bought one seven months ago, and second one a week ago.

Cons: The first system I build had problems with the back I/O area. The audio jacks were too tall to fit into the space, and the I/O shield was way too tall. I ended up cutting out the metal support bar above the I/O area and that allowed me to fit the audio jacks through the hole. Not having the I/O shield wasn't a big deal for me.

The second system I built had problems with the power button. One of the wires that connected to the button had fallen off at one point. I was able to solder it back to the button, but you'd think something like that wouldn't happen. I couldn't get the I/O shield to fit with the second system, but the audio jacks fit through without any modifications.

It doesn't come with a manual so I'm still not sure what the correct way to install hard drives is.

Other Thoughts: Overall I'd recommend it. It's not perfect, but I haven't seen a perfect 1U chassis before. For the money I think this is the best one out there.

ASUS Radeon R9 290 DirectX 11.2 R9290-DC2OC-4GD5 4GB 512-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support DirectCU II OC Video Card
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: This graphics card costs about the same amount of money as most of the other R9 290 cards on the market.

For the money you get a really fast card that compares with higher priced NVIDIA cards and even performs better at higher resolutions.

I got this card to play 1440p games and so far I have been really impressed. This graphics card is very fast.

Cons: The problem with this graphics card is that ASUS didn't design the cooler specifically for this card. They took their cooler from an NVIDIA card and put it onto this card.

Because of that not all of the heat pipes make the best contact with the GPU cores meaning that even though the cooler is good it's not being fully utilized. Obviously this card is still going to perform cooler and quieter than a stock R9 290 cooler, but there are many other options for about the same price that cool the card better.

Other Thoughts: So in the end I wouldn't really recommend this card unless you get a really good deal on it, or just really like the way it looks.

There are many other options that run cooler and quieter for the same price. It's disappointing that ASUS didn't put more work into making the cooler more suited for the R9 290.

Intel Pentium G3258 Haswell Dual-Core 3.2 GHz LGA 1150 53W BX80646G3258 Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: So far I am really impressed with the G3258. It's really cheap, has an unlocked multiplier, and can be overclocked on many non Z series boards.

With a Gigabyte board that costs less than this chip I have been able to get to 4GHz with the stock cooler. Temps are maxing out in the low 70s.

Cons: Going into the future this chip will most likely not age very well. With more and more applications and games taking advantage of multiple threads this dual core chip is going to fall behind.

Other Thoughts: I kind of wish Intel released an unlocked chip in all of their chip series as in the Celeron and i3 as well as the Pentium, i5, and i7.


William Q.'s Profile

Display Name: William Q.

Date Joined: 03/28/10

  • Reviews: 28
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  • First Review: 07/15/10
  • Last Review: 12/31/15
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