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G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL8D-4GBXM
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: -heatsinks
-reliable so far
-don't really heat up to begin with

Cons: Their pretty looks are wasted on the inside of a shoebox size server.

Other Thoughts: It is ram, it was cheap for my home server. I don't really take advantage of its speed at all.

Rosewill RS-MI-01 BK - Mini ITX Tower / Desktop Computer Case - 250W Power Supply with Two (2) SATA Connectors and One (1) 20 + 4-Pin Connector
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: -small (for a server)
- front 5.25 bay for me to pop in a hot swap bay
-front usb that is shielded from dist
-rubber feet
-included PSU

Cons: -Big for a shoebox I guess
-sideways mounting of the hard drive is very awkward
-bottom bay cannot be used as additional 5.25", even though the door is 5.25"
-if there is a HDD LED, it does not work
-no reset button, only power
-no power LED/non-functional
-no fan mounting other than PSU

Other Thoughts: I use this case to house a home Debian webserver, so the lack of LEDs and a reset button is really a non-issue for me. The size is also actually a benefit for me as it gives my drives more breathing room. I would suggest however that in future models of this size that the bottom bay just be a 5.25" bay with an adapter. The bottom bay just feels like a waste of space only letting me house one extra hard drive when I could be using a backplane. Even one fan mount would also be really nice, I ended up hot gluing a fan to the left side and it really keeps the temp much lower.

ASRock E350M1 AMD E-350 APU (1.6GHz, Dual-Core) AMD A50M Hudson M1 Mini ITX Motherboard/CPU Combo
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: -Cheap
-Silent CPU fan
-Has a CPU fan at all (at the time of this review most were just heatsinks)
-is pushing only ~20W right now
-runs Debian out of the box like a boss (aside from one network driver)

Cons: None yet, will report them when they happen. I am running it as a home webserver, so it is not expected to ever be turned off.

Other Thoughts: As a personal web server, it doesn't need a lot of power, but I have yet to pull the CPU above 35%. With this consuming so little power, my only real cost here is bandwidth. I hope to consider this a part of the best ~$100 web server I could have put together at the time.


Ian S.'s Profile

Display Name: Ian S.

Date Joined: 08/09/04

  • Reviews: 4
  • Helpfulness: 1
  • First Review: 03/01/12
  • Last Review: 02/22/14
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