Summary: I haven't built a server in about 7 years, and I was a little worried about it. I didn't need to be. I bought this Shuttle barebones system and also: Intel i5 CPU, 8GB memory kit, 1TB 7200rpm SATA, MSI Radeon 1GB GPU. The whole thing cost around $750. I put it all together in about 45 minutes, connected my Windows 2008 Server installer USB stick and fired it up. It booted the first time!
Summary: I assembled it with a ssd, i5 and a hd video card that would word with the 300 watt power supply and a blue ray disk drive, the only problem was I couldn't figure out how to turn it on while looking for an on button I tried pushing the XX on the front and it came alive. It books fast with the ssd, i5 and 4gigs of ram. I am completely satisfired with this my second shuttle box.
Summary: This is my second PC I have built. I am not an engineer. I like Shuttle Barebones strategy because the power and motherboard are already installed - which at least reduces the chance of error. My strategy was to buy all mid-tier components as the optimal price - performance strategy.
Great Box. Highly Recommended to Buy. Does Everything You need.
13 April 2011
Summary: Built myself a great little server box with an i5 Quad, 2 hard-drives, a blu-ray writer and 16gb of ram, all for about ~$800. Hard to beat, even with Dell or HP who charge around 1200 or more for the same configuration. Uses DDR3 RAM, which worked out Great. However, only has SATA2,...
Summary: I have always been interested in Shuttle for a barebones system however I wasn't prepared to pay that kind of cash. After purchasing this case I can honestly say I'm a believer. The build quality is exceptional and the design is well thought out. The only feature I would have preferred was a PCI Express x1 or x4 slot instead of the outdated PCI slot. Other than that this product exceeding my expectations.
Summary: I have an i7, 4GB of RAM, a 2TB hard drive, Blu-ray and a nVidia GT220 in this thing. I have it dual booted Ubuntu and Windows 7 and both run superbly. Even when gaming, the computer is very quiet. I'd highly recommend it for use in your A/V setup as a TV computer.
Scott C. Locklin "Selectos nisi das mihi libe..., Amazon
25 January 2011
Summary: I was going to buy this from Amazon, but I hate returning stuff via the mails, so I ended up getting it at my local computer mega store. I won't lie; it was a difficult build. First problem: even though there is a video port out, it only works if you buy the special Intel CPU's with video built in. I hadn't heard of this, nor had I read the review which stated this, nor was it anywhere on Shuttle's documentation. Eventually I found it in a FAQ on a forum somewhere. Lame.
Summary: The design/thoughtfulness of the case is all there. Fully wired for 2 Sata with different power options. Easy to install CPU. I'm sold on this case design. Note you need to buy a CPU that supports graphics not all i5 chips do. If you get a CPU without HD graphics support you'll need a stand alone graphics card. Ask me how I know.
Summary: I ordered two of these units: one from Fry's Electronics and one from Amazon.com. An interesting note: while the skus were the same, the Fry's packaging was noticeably smaller than that of Amazon's. The one from Amazon was DOA. I installed the i3-540 and a Corsair XMS3 4 GB Kit I also ordered from Amazon and the SH55J2 would not POST. Rather, whenever I pressed the power button, the fan would operate at ~150%.
Summary: Shuttle made itself known to the LAN-Party and HTPC crowd with a series of thought- out barebone models that sat somewhere between an upgradeable PC and a space-saving laptop. Then they diversified and I all but thought they were done until I recently faced another build and came across this model.