I currently have a full tower setup with the specs below. I am considering the IDEQ Biostar with the 64 Athlon or the Shuttle 64Bit when it comes out. I am not sure if I should change over from my full tower to the SFF. I was hoping people would give me some advice and reasons (besides size) to change over. I think the "cool" factor is one of them LOL
Just help me decide!
Pentium 4 2.8C 800Mhz HT Aerocool Extreme AMD and Intel P4 CPU 80mm Cooling Fan with Blue LED Xtreme Cooling – One Blue LED Side 80mm Case Fan Two Rear multi-colors LED exhaust 80mm exhaust fans One Blue LED Air Intake 80mm Fan Mad Dog 7.1 8 Channel 24 Bit Sound Card
ASUS P4S800 Motherboard -P4S800 (SiS 648FX) Series SiS®648FX Chipset Intel 800 MHz FSB Hyper-Threading technology support AGP 8X technology S/PDIF out port on back I/O DDR 400 Memory ASUS Instant Music ~ Lite - 4 Rear USB Ports - 2 Front USB Ports 4 Port Firewire Card ASUS V9950 FX950 128MB with DVI output 1024MB RAM Geil PC3200 400DDR with Heat-spreaders Kingwin Aluminum Thermal Center/Controller with LCD blue backlit 1.44MB Mitsumi DD Western Digital 80GB HD 7200RPM 8MB Cache MODEM AOPEN PCI V.92 FM56-SVV RTL DVD+RW +R Sony DW-U10A-10/B2 BLACK% DVD|LITE ON 16X XJ-HD166/165H BK% S/W Corel|WrdPrfct Office 11 BUNDLE S/W MS|WIN XP HOME SP1a BUNDLE ONLY Aspire Tower Case w/ Side Panel Window and 420W PS (Silver)
Shuttle XPC SB83G5 | P-540J 3.2GHz | 1024MB OCZ PC3200 | 200 Gig SATA | 6600GT 128MB PCI-X | 16X DL DVD+/-RW | 4-in-1 Media Reader | Benq 19" LCD | Windows Media Center 2005
From what I've read, Biostar's SFF typically are a bit more of a pain to work on than Shuttles. A couple of reviewers complained about the difficulty in installing the heatpipe in the Biostar that they are a bit too close to the caps on the motherboard. Also, the BIOS on the Biostar tends to be a bit limited but to be fair, so is the Shuttles. Was there a particular model you were looking at?
I think though that whatever you end up purchasing you will be happy with. I've personally only owned or built Shuttle boxes and am basing my opinions on what I've read. If someone else is running a Biostar, care to comment?
i have built both a Biostar iDeq 200n and a shuttle SN41G2 and i can tell you that shuttle is much better quality overall.
The 200n supposedly supports SATA, but lord have mercy on your soul if you try to install a SATA like i did... I eventually got it it in there but you have to move **** around like crazy and route cables close to the HSF fan... The HFS doesn't work as well as the Shuttle's either & its tricky to install.
Using onboard video I get video artifacts when running at 333mhz bus. not so on the shuttle.
I do like biostars drive-door thing though. wish shuttle would get one of those.
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