October 23, 2010
You can upgrade the standard power supply in the SG41J1 (250w), SH55J2 (300w) and the SH67H3 (300W) models to the 500 watt PC63J PSU.
This gives the option of putting higher end graphics cards in these models without worry of power shortage.
You can use the Shuttle PSU Calculator to determine if a 500W PSU is needed.
You can purchase the PC63J PSU for $99.99 at Cinlor Tech’s PC Shop.
October 19, 2010
Now that the Shuttle “J” series has been out for awhile, I’d like to clear up some confusion regarding the SH55J2 and SX58J3 models.
Question: Can you put a 6-core processor in the SH55J2?
Answer: A 6-core processor will not work in that model, only the SX58J3 model.
The i7 Extreme 6-core has to run on a pc with the X58 chipset.
Now with that being said, as I said in an earlier post, the new Shuttle “J” series models now have the ability to change the motherboard to any Brand or Model of M-ITX you’d like. So technically, you could put an X58 motherboard in a SH55J2 model case but, you would want to also upgrade the power supply to accommodate the additional power requirements. The i7 970 (6-core) has a max TDP of 130 watts.
The stock motherboard in the SH55J2 uses the H55 chipset with a max TDP of 95 watts.
In this builders opinion, having the ability to use any M-ITX motherboard, is one of the best changes Shuttle has made.
If I can answer any other questions you might have regarding the Shuttle “J” series models, please post them here in the comments section.
April 4, 2010
We have a special deal on the Shuttle SP35P2 Barebones model, we’ve dropped the price from $299.00 to $275.00.
The SP35P2 model can be built as a high performance Gaming Rig, a nice HTPC, Home Office Server or a Business Office workstation. What ever your pleasure, this model is very flexible.
To see all the Specs visit our website.
March 29, 2010
We decided to address the cooling situation, so we could overclock this PC higher and keep it running cooler, than with the stock fan. Basically, all we had to do was replace the stock case fan and installed an Antec TriCool 120mm with a 3 speed switch. Amazingly, the temps dropped 20°C on the GPU from the low 90’s to low to mid 70’s and the CPU runs at 51°C while running the stress tests.
So, this PC is ready for the market and we’ve added it to our website to see the specs and priced it at an affordable $749.99. Not a bad price for the high performance this Gaming rig produces. This rig plays Crysis so well, we were actually thinking about keeping it for ourselves.
March 12, 2010
We were able to unlock the 2 cores on the AMD Phenom X2 550 Black Edition with no problems. So far, we’ve
overclocked it to 3.6 GHz and it ran a little too warm with the stock cooling system under the stress tests. We brought it back down to 3.2 GHz and with the stock cooling system it runs very cool. We installed the EVGA GeForce 8800 GTS graphics card, its a great card and holds its own compared to the GT 220 and 240. The graphics while playing Crysis are incredible. We did have to change out the Power Supply, as the stock PS that came with the case ran at erratic voltages. We installed a Thermaltake 430 W power supply, so far its enough power and very stable. This Small Form Factor Gamer is now a “lightening fast” Quad Core and will be “very affordable” as is, but if someone wants more power, the ability is there with a different cooling system.
March 1, 2010
We’re in the process of building a small form factor micro-atx using the Apevia X-QPack case. We’re installing the AMD Phenom X2 550 Black Edition processor and going to unlock the other 2 cores for a Quad core processor, then overclock it to between 3.5-3.8 Ghz. We’re using the MSI 785GM-E51 motherboard and 4GB of DDR3 memory.
Will let you know how all this turns out, should be a lightening fast gamer if all works out.
Small Form Factor MATX case
February 2, 2010
We got a very cool custom built small form factor Gaming PC we added to our website and a custom built HTPC that will blend right into any Home Theater cabinet.
Custom Built HTPC
Custom Built Gaming PC