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on 28 May 2013
I've had this machine running now for a couple of weeks and here is my verdict so far. I added 4 gig of memory from Crucial, a 320 gig hard drive from WD, and an LG/Philips DVD writer (slot loading). The installation of these components is simple for anyone who has fiddled inside a computer before, and relatively straightforward for a novice thanks to the step by step guide. I've built a few pc's in my time so this task was accomplished in a few minutes.
Now for the OS - you have a few choices and it depends on one thing - do you want dual screen output? If the answer is Yes, then you must install Windows 7 32 bit. I have had a few Linux distros running on this machine (Lubuntu 13.04, Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, Wary Puppy 5.5, Fedora 18) and could not get the OS to recognise the 2nd display. I could use either HDMI (into my DVI monitor) or VGA but not both simultaneously. I wanted an extended dual screen setup and only Windows 7 was able to give me this. The latest drivers from the Intel website are version 8.14.8.1091.
I have not built this machine as a media server, but as a regular everyday-use machine, for which it is perfect. It runs JRiver media center (sic) for music files perfectly. Internet browsing, etc, all fine. The Windows experience scores are: processor=3.5, memory=5.1 (was 5.0 with 2 gig installed), graphics=5.9, gaming graphics=3.3, primary hard disk=5.8 (standard 5400 rpm laptop drive WD Blue). i.e. overall score=3.3 but then this isn't supposed to be a gaming rig!
Personally I'd recommend it, it's small, almost quiet (probably totally quiet with an SSD) and has a good set of connections (USB etc). I was slightly annoyed at not being able to get *buntu etc to run with 2 monitors, but Windows 7 runs perfectly adequately for my needs, and I suspect for most PC users out there.
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