After having been inundated with cube like PC's for the past few months, I thought it would nice to travel a different route for barebones systems. I wanted to build something that was still somewhat small and yet not your same design like the Shuttle SS51 or the AMS gBox. Plus since I was building this system for a friend of mine, I had to figure out a way to keep the cost down. Since my pal isn't a gamer, having the top of the line graphics wasn't a factor. That also meant that I could get away with integrated peripherals that would save us a lot of money in the long run. After looking around, I came across an interesting barebones system design from Gigabyte. The case was essentially a desktop style case on its side - somewhat like a tower except thinner and shorter. It came with a number of peripherals as well as devices not normally found in typical barebones set from Shuttle or AMS. I did some more research on the system and after some contemplation and debating - I was sold! The Gigabyte G-MAX FA5CB barebones system is an affordable system for those who want a space saving PC but don't have the needs of a cube design like those from Shuttle or AMS.