The Fiir Engine - I don't think it's worth it... however, they did a good job of installation... a couple things worth mentioning:
1. The DVDRW Drive has a spring loaded cover, designed to allow the drive to open, and close, hiding the actual front of the drive. When I received mine, the "cover" was "pushed" in too far, past the little plastic stops. Simple solution, remove the front panel, and carefully puch the cover back into place.
(below, I am QUOTING my invoice)
2. The second NIC was not seated - could have happened during shipping... np, just re-seat it.
2a. It uses a M2NPV-VM motherboard, and they double charged me for it... I can get it locally for about $95.00, they charged me $223.85
3. The Fiire Chief: DEFINATELY WORTH EVERY PENNY.
4. The Processor: AMD Athlon X2 BE-2350 AM2 - again, overcharged.. I paid $243.47 - I can get locally a Athlon64 X2 5600+ with 2x1MB cache for only 134.95
5. Memory - came with 1G (2x DDR 667Mhz 512M PC5300) charged me $46.29. Price is comparable to local...
6. Hitachi 160G EIDE - charged 135.05 - Locally - 320G Barracuda (also EIDE) is only 84.95
7. Keyboard and mouse - whatever... (standard cheap stuff)
8. Lite-On High Speed 20X DVD+/1RW Dual Layer - charged: 85.17 locally: $42.95 (hehe, same model number...)
EDIT: DVD Burner Model number is LH-20A1P
9. Can't beleive they actually charged me $2.70 for the ONBOARD INTEGRATED NVIDEA GEFORCE!!!!
10. DA-SPDIF SPDIF Optical Out $36.01 - hmm.. isn't that included with the montherboard?
11. Realtek 8139 10/100Mbit PCI Ethernet... charged me $18.91 In their documentation, they claim "NETWORK: Dual ethernet ports. Gigabit Speed" Last I heard, 100Mb isn't Gbit...
12. Power DVD 7 License Key and Disc - $10.86 I guess this is how they license the codecs... (?)
13. System Assembly and Packaging: $88.50 wtf? at these prices???
Overal, the system DOES work well.. however, you should be able to build the same comparible system for half the price.
One note, they HAVE put a lot of effort into the configuration, DOCUMENTATION, and setup ease.. that HAS to be paid for..
I'm still waiting on my Fiire Stations, will let you know on those too..
ordered a 2.2" and a 1"...
Overall impressions on the Fiire Engine:
Overall impressions on the Fiire Chief:
Price 9.5/10 (really, look at the functionality!)