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CORSAIR SF Series SF450 450W 80 PLUS GOLD Active PFC Haswell Ready SFX SFX12V Micro ATX Full Modular Power Supply
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Pros: Modular cables = less mess since you only use what you need.
80 Plus Gold certified (I saw a 10% drop in draw at the wall compared to the stock Dell PSU it replaced in my XPS 8700).
Whisper quiet, I can't hear it over my GPU fans.
Quality build. Solid, heavy. Built like a tank.
5 year warranty.

Cons: 90 degree SATA power might be an issue for some. I was able to work around it.

Other Thoughts: Perfect fit in my Dell XPS 8700 that had a PSU that was dying out of warranty (reboots, etc.). Swapped it in in under 20 minutes and my kill-a-watt showed around 10% improvement in power usage and no more random reboots. Excellent product!

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SteelSeries Rival 100 Optical Gaming Mouse - Black
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5 out of 5 eggs Excellent gaming mouse for $40 03/11/2016

This review is from: SteelSeries Rival 100 Optical Gaming Mouse - Black

Pros: Weight is close to perfect, I don't like a mouse that is too light, but it shouldn't be so heavy that it doesn't glide smoothly. They got it just right for my tastes.

Comfort level is awesome too, very comparable to my Razer DeathAdder Chroma (The weight is also pretty close.)

Tracking and precision is great, I actually tweaked it a bit here and there but went back to the default settings in the end apart from the color setting. I found that it tends to be less "jittery" when zoomed in playing FPS games compared to other gaming mice I've used and that is a good thing in my book.

Price, what can I say other than this mouse costs $40 but easily competes with others in the $60+ price range.

Cons: Thumb buttons - I don't like the shape of them. They're too narrow and the edge between the buttons is a bit sharp and doesn't feel good on the thumb. I prefer the flatter buttons on my Razer DeathAdder. Not a deal breaker, but if I had to pick one thing to change on this mouse this would be it.

Other Thoughts: My wife's MX518 left button has become sticky and stiff, I will probably pass this mouse on to her, I think she'll love it.

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TP-LINK Archer C3200 AC3200 Wireless Tri-Band Gigabit Router IEEE 802.11ac/n/a 5GHz IEEE 802.11b/g/n 2.4GHz
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Pros: Setup was a breeze. Truly idiot-proof. However, there is a lot of advanced configuration that can be done if you so choose.

I had previously been using an AC1200 router which worked reasonably well but the fastest throughput I saw was 100Mpbs (On a 350Mbps internet link) standing in the same room as the router on 5Ghz. With the C3200 I immediately jumped to over 250Mbps in the same location using the same device. Tested the internet connection on my desktop with a gig connection 10 seconds later and it was around 315Mpbs, not too shabby.

My old router did have decent coverage throughout my house but in the far corners I would struggle to get over 40Mbps. Now I get around 130Mpbs in those spots with the same client systems.

WPS button on the front.... why did anyone ever put those on the back and make them tiny?

Cons: When 2.4GHz and 5GHz network channels are set to auto it seems to pick the busiest channel to use. This may be a common flaw because The dozen or so other networks I can see via my Android wifi scanner app are all using the same channels. Anyhow, I fixed this by forcing all radios to unused channels (On auto I was getting buffering using Plex, with the channel forced all was good.)

The only other con I can think of is the price. I mean its a lot better than my old router, but that was 1/3 the price and this unit isn't 3X better, but if you can afford it you will not be disappointed.

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Display Name: Trevor V.

Date Joined: 03/07/01

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  • First Review: 06/25/05
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