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ASUS Desktop PC CHROMEBOX-M004U Celeron 2955U (1.4 GHz) 2 GB DDR3 16 GB SSD Intel HD Graphics Shared memory  Google Chrome OS
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: 1. Price - for what you get, this thing is VERY well priced. 2. Size - at about 5 inches square, it fits almost anywhere. 3. Speed - does everything I need it to quickly. 4. Silent - NO noise at all. 5. Features - WiFi, Bluetooth & SSD all ready installed. A VESA mount is also included.

Cons: Needs LPDDR3 RAM. I tried to use a Corsair 8GB kit that I had laying around and it wouldn't boot with it. You HAVE to use low voltage RAM.

Other Thoughts: We use this little guy to stream TV shows, sports, Netflix and some browser games and it is AWESOME! I use it with an IOGEAR wireless keyboard and it's perfect for us. The only thing I would recommend is to bump the RAM up to 4GB. Mine came with Kingston LPDDR3 which is available right here on the egg! Do yourself a favor and add it to your cart with this Cromebox!

Intel Core i5-4690K Devil's Canyon Quad-Core 3.5 GHz LGA 1150 88W BX80646I54690K Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4600
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: This is the best "bang for the buck" CPU available for a machine that will do more than just gaming. It runs cool and fast, like ALL Intel Core i CPUs. I have always been impressed with Core i CPUs and continue to be.

Cons: None at this time.

Other Thoughts: If you're reading this, chances are that either A: Someone told you this is and AWESOME chip, or B: you read a review that this is an AWESOME chip. Both A & B are correct. Just buy it already! Make sure you pair it with a Z97 board though. The K CPU is only justified if you plan on overclocking it. If not, just get the non-K version.

Gigabyte GA-B85-HD3 Desktop Motherboard - Intel B85 Express Chipset - Socket H3 LGA-1150
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: 1. Features - has all the basics: SATA 6gb, PCI Express 3.0, USB 3.0, UEFI. 2. Well built - feels solid for an inexpensive board.

Cons: 1. NOT full ATX. The RAM slots and ATX power plug are not supported well in a case. Installing either causes a lot of bending. 2. Kind of picky - refused to play nicely with G.Skill Value DDR3 1600 8GB. I have used this RAM in COUNTLESS boards (including 3 Gigabyte boards) with no incident. This board REFUSED to work with it (constant BSODs). The RAM works perfectly in all other boards I tried it in.

Other Thoughts: This is a great budget board. It has a couple minor drawbacks (NO overclocking, NO SLI (does Crossfire X though). It has 4 SATA 6gb ports (NO RAID). I built a budget gaming system with a Core i5 4570, 8GB RAM, Radeon R7 265, Mushkin Chronos 120GB SSD, Rosewill 630w PSU and Seagate 2TB HDD. It was an AMAZING machine for the money.


Matthew B.'s Profile

Display Name: Matthew B.

Date Joined: 01/15/04


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  • Reviews: 91
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  • First Review: 08/23/07
  • Last Review: 11/10/14
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