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ASUS M3A32-MVP Deluxe/WiFi AM2+/AM2 AMD 790FX ATX AMD Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: This motherboard is outta this world. Does what it is supposed to, WiFi has a great reception. I'm just about to try the eSATA when I get my new ext. HDD.
BIOS allows for fully configurable hardware, from manual to automatic.
Asus has done it again with a work of art. Currently running 3.2GHz, 4G RAM, 3 SATA HDD, 1 IDE DVD-RW, 2x ATI X1950XTX (PCI-X, crossfire mode), Creative Fatal1ty Extreme X-Fi with 1/4" front panel box.

Available Vista drivers.
For Linux users read below.

Cons: I haven't had any problems that didn't arise from it being wins fault.

In Linux (Ubuntu 8.04 and 8.10) The wifi was detected as Atheros, but could not be used. I'm not much of a linux guy, but I do run it often trying to get the hang of it, something about loading the proper module, i've tried following tutorial and forum suggestions, but nothing worked for me. Not a big issue, since the Ethernet is there. Also, I haven't tested the eSATA under linux.

Other Thoughts: I've yet to attempt overclocking, kinda have a small cash flow problem, and as soon as I can afford a replacement (in case I screwup an overclock) i'll try it out.

COOLER MASTER Stacker 830 RC-830-SSN3-GP Silver Aluminum ATX Full Tower Computer Case
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs There needs to be a better word for Rugged 11/11/2008

This review is from: COOLER MASTER Stacker 830 RC-830-SSN3-GP Silver Aluminum ATX Full Tower Computer Case

Pros: This case is tough, and I mean tough in the best way ever. Its taken a beating, dropped stuff on top, spilled drinks on it, whenever I turn my chair it plastic parts rub on it and I can hear scraping, but not a single dent and scratch on it.

Everytime I think there is a scratch, I wipe it with my finger and it just a piece of hair, or dust.

Front door, can be made to open either direction, everything fits in there perfectly, all the screws go in nicely not cross-threading or lack of threading.

LEDs are bright, but I like that. Filters to grab the dust does their job as they should, but wont completely stop it.

ATX and BTX capable, easy switching, Motherboard tray pulls out, Cover fits just right. Hard drives are shock protected. Front panel mic and headset are HD-Azalia compatible, (i.e. the device will tell you when a headphone or mic is connected)

Plenty of places to connect extra fans.

Cons: Not much of a con, but its something I'd like people to be aware of, this is the same in all the ATX Full Tower Cases. Make sure whatever cables you use inside are going to be long enough. Sometimes connecting the powersupply, to a PCI-X video card that is at the bottom of the motherboard you'll have a problem reaching.

Other Thoughts: This is heavy, and I'm not putting it in the cons, because heavy means stable, wont get knocked off easily, I remember my share of Mid-Size towers, that tipped over as soon as my cat jumped on top of it. (poor cat always falling, and never learning). And I do mean heavy, make sure you put your legs into it when lifting, even when empty.
As I mentioned above, it might seem like there is a filter on it, but its not real actual filters, they help block most of the dust but not all. You can apply your own.

This bad boy lasted through three motherboards and four upgrades.

When packing this thing for the move I'm over protective.. cause this is one thing that will last me until there is newer spec. than ATX.

D-Link DGL-4500 Gigabit Gaming Router 802.11a/b/g/n 2.4/5GHz Selectable Dual Band Xtreme N
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: This router is the best. Wireless coverage is great, I live on the 2nd floor of an apartment building, and I walk out to my car and just when I enter my car, my Nokia N800 just looses its connection.
Capable of handling high traffic, never had to reboot after plenty of online video streaming, and online gaming. Actually never had to reboot period.

The display is amazing, real-time information on network statistics, plus its current configuration.

This router is currently supporting, 9 computers on ethernet connection (3 of which are Linux, 2 Mac), with 5 static ips, and 4 on DHCP. And 6 WiFi connections (802.11b, WEP) all on DHCP.

I have over 15 ports mapped to multiple computers for different users using same application, mapped 3 of my own computers so i can access each's own apache server plus remote desktop and SSH. Plus auto-update DNS so I can always use an easy to remember URL to take me home.

Web based configuration, fast and easy to understand, with easy to follow

Cons: None that I have found.

Other Thoughts: I have yet to try WPA,WPA2 AES and PSK, encryption capabilities, problem is that my roommates still use old wifi cards, that don't support them.

I haven't fully tested Gaming mode, but it seems like port forwarding, might take precedence over Gaming mode.. or that gaming mode doesn't detect that it actually needs to get started.

Too many features to be tested and used by regular user, but this is never a con.

If you have the money, get it. It looks great with my furniture.


Hisham A.'s Profile

Display Name: Hisham A.

Date Joined: 02/11/04

  • Reviews: 7
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  • First Review: 04/28/08
  • Last Review: 11/11/08
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