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Any experience with cube (small form factor) PC's?

PostPosted: Thu Jun 19, 2003 3:06 pm
by UALOneKPlus
The sleek look of the new cube PC's, and the wireless LAN capabilities is brining together a good thing, I think, in terms of home entertainment.

Does anyone have any experience with these types of PC's, and can give the low down on the good and bad?

Also, what are some of the popular places to buy these PC's, pre-built or custom order for parts?

PostPosted: Thu Jun 19, 2003 3:18 pm
by dhc014
You may have a surprise in store if you stick around this site for a week or so.

Small form factor computers are neat. One thing to be wary of when buying the parts yourself is the need for a special power supply if your case doesn't come with one... They can be difficult to find or have odd connectors on them.

PostPosted: Sun Jun 22, 2003 4:53 am
by blakerwry
I've bought 2 shuttle mini PCs (SB51G and SS51G). I would recomend either, although the SB51G (based on the intel 845GE chipset) offers more features that aren't really listed in the specs that can be useful in dialy use.

In my SB51G I put a Celeron Northwood 2.0GHZ and 2 256MB sticks of crucial PC2100. The macine runs Mandrake 9.1 and is currently my web/game server.

The SS51G I purchased for a friend. It also has a 2.0GHz Celeron, but has a Radeon9000 w/ DVI since the computer also uses a flat panel (Samsung 172T). This machine uses a single 512MB stick of Kinsgton PC2700.

On mine, I've tweaked the cooling to be nearly silent, but on my friend's I left the stock cooling so as not to void the warranty.. the PSU fan on that computer is a little rattly (that is my only complaint about the shuttles.. their use of 40mm PSU fans)

However, both machines run flawlessly and I am 100% satisfied.