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Intel Core i7-4820K Ivy Bridge-E Quad-Core 3.7GHz (Turbo 3.9GHz) LGA 2011 130W Desktop Processor BX80633i74820K
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Unlocked multiplier makes overclocking easier. Extremely fast, even at stock. Runs cool. 22 nm architecture. No heatsink / fan is a plus to me. I never used the stock ones anyway.

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: Upgraded from an X58/ i7-920 setup to this processor. Paired it with an MSI X79A-GD45 Plus and 16GB of GSkill DDR3 2133 RAM. Boot times are noticeably faster, as are app and game load times. Nothing seems to slow this system down.

Some might say this processor is entry level because if you're on LGA 2011, you might as well get a CPU with six or eight cores. Personally I have no regrets, and I know I can upgrade down the road if I ever need to. This CPU seems to be on par with a 4770K benchmark-wise, which is more than adequate for me at this time.

ZOTAC ZT-70304-10P GeForce GTX 770 4GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Whisper quiet. Runs everything I throw at it on max settings. Comes with a bunch of free games (Splinter Cell compilation and Watch Dogs at the time of this review). Nice options for ports (DVI, HDMI, DisplayPort). Can SLI these.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: This card replaced two GTX 285s (SLI) and I don't miss them one bit. When gaming on the two 285s, the fans would get extremely loud. It was very annoying. That just doesn't happen with this card. I am very pleased with this purchase and plan on picking up a second one at some point for either SLI or for a second system I have running in the house (which just inherited one of the 285s). Was considering a GTX 780, but I am perfectly happy with my decision.

Linksys WRT1900AC Wireless AC Dual Band Router AC1900, Open Source ready, eSATA/ USB 3.0 Ports
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Appearance: Mean-looking physical presence with its four adjustable antennas and hard edges. Looks like the rightful successor to the legendary WRT54GL. Front lights are just the right brightness and don’t illuminate the room in the dark.

Performance: Under the hood this thing is like a mini-PC. It has a dual-core 1.2GHz ARM processor and DDR3 RAM. Range is stronger than the device it replaced, which was also a dual-band 2.4/5GHz router. I’m getting close to a full signal from devices at the opposite end of my house through multiple walls. The web interface loads quickly and is very responsive.

Stock Firmware: The GUI is very user friendly and provides access to the standard features one would expect, including Wifi setup, security, port forwarding, device prioritization, etc. It is easy to set up services such as parental controls or the guest SSIDs. It also has some extras like apps you can download and a built-in speed test. Remote network administration features (even mobile apps) are a plus. Wireless bridge and repeater modes offer additional options for extending your network.

There is a USB 3.0 port as well as a eSATA / USB 2.0 combo port, which can be used to host content on your network.

Cons: “Open Source Ready” … perhaps, but it doesn’t look like there is a stable build for this router yet in the open source community. It looks like it’s getting there though. I would say at this stage that if you must run open-source firmware, you should check out those sites to see how support for this model is progressing. I'm torn about whether to deduct an egg for this or not, but I'm not going to. Although it seems there is some frustration in the open source community about this router and perhaps Linksys / Marvell could be more responsive to the community to get open source off the ground, overall that does not detract from its performance, which for me has been stellar.

Price is somewhat high, but this not a flimsy piece of hardware.

Other Thoughts: I used the Linksys WRT54GL with DD-WRT for the last several years (two of them; one was a bridge), and only recently upgraded them because of some 5GHz devices I added to the household. I now use this router and a Linksys WUMC710 Wireless AC Universal Media Connector as my bridge, and they work great together. I am able to push 1080P HD video wirelessly from a server connected the WUMC710 to devices that are wired to the WRT1900AC and they run flawlessly; there are no stutters at all.

The WRT1900AC was a breeze to set up. I opted to do the setup myself by just plugging the router directly to a PC via one of the gigabit Ethernet ports and browsing to (default password is admin in case you can’t find it like me). All I needed to do was set each of the SSIDs (2.4 and 5GHz) and passwords to match the settings of the router this unit was replacing, make sure the LAN IP was correct for my network, and replicate some of the port forwarding I had set up. I then unplugged my old router, connected this router to my modem, plugged in my CAT6 segments to the Gigabit ports, and fired it up. All of my network devices (wired and wireless) had immediate connectivity. I did not have to log into any of them. In total it took maybe 20 minutes for the switch, and most of that time was because I wanted to familiarize myself with some of the router’s interface options. I also upgraded the firmware with a click of a button from within the router’s web interface.

Some of the other reviews are making me nervous about this unit’s longevity, but so far so good for me, although I have only owned it for a week. If this router stays reliable it will easily be the best router I’ve owned to date. It can only get better if open source firmware truly becomes a reliable option. I’ll try to post another review in a couple of months.


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Display Name: Michael W.

Date Joined: 08/04/03

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