Summary: There is a simple workaround to disable the c6 kernel state in these systems: edit /etc/default/grub find the line that starts like the one below and make it finish like it also: GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet splash i915.i915_enable_rc6=0"
Pros: Decent specs for the price, for most people it will work fine
Cons: The C6 state appears flawed. Windows and older Linux kernels don't use that state so most people won't have a problem. The ubuntu and linux mint flavors do use later Linux Kernels however which does make use of the C6 state and they will experience random reboots unless they apply the workaround ...
Summary: Not per se a media center pc... but dummy terminal and basic internet client, and other base functions are easily handled. Get quality memory.
Pros: Fast enough for what I need, act as a router.
Cons: I bought this to act as a hybrid internet gateway, and traffic manager. I use Linux mint on a 64 GB SSD and am happy. Low cost, LOW power consumption, and good performance. If you want to watch movies I suggest a quad core, if just surf, this is the cheapest you can get.
Summary: If you plan on using any sort of Debian flavor (Ubuntu, Mint, etc.) You will need to do this to fix the random reboots due to some flukiness with the power management between Debian and this board. Since figuring it out this thing is rock solid.
Pros: I built an HTPC with this computer and it works really well. If you plan on gaming with this board don't get it the CPU isn't strong enough to run games. The CPU however does support OSX 10.9 so you can use this board as hackintosh machine. I have both Mac OSX and Windows on the PC I built it.
Summary: I wanted a cheap motherboard with many SATA ports and integrated CPU for DIY NAS. At that time there were no good mobo's with more than 4 ports (for minimal RAID-6 setup), so I decided to give a chance to that one. Six months since purchase, and I have zero complaints.
Pros: Great little board and system. I leave it on 24/7, and don't have any issues. This is our primary media center system, and it works great. I use Media Center (with Media Browser) and don't have one complaint. I added an AverMedia HDTV Tuner (ATSC) dual tuner card, and I don't have any hiccups wat...
Summary: I decided to see how this board would do in an HTPC setup. Much to my surprise....it's wonderful! The CPU is plenty to run Windows Media Center. You will; however, want to invest in a dedicated graphics card as the integrated Intel HD Graphics simply couldn't hack it for streaming live HD TV...
Pros: - Reliable; powered on for 6 straight months now with no hiccups. - Low power - Decent CPU - OK GPU
Cons: On-board graphics don't quite cut it for streaming live 1080i TV