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CORSAIR RM850i 850W ATX12V / EPS12V 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Full Modular Active PFC Power Supply
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: First, this product performs as advertised!!! No disappointments at all.

An excellent manual comes in the box.

Digital link Dashboard software- You must download this from Corsair, It does it's job very well. Its GUI lets you see at a glance your temp and power info for your PSU. It also lets you monitor other fan speeds and temps in your machine, plus your CPU activity. This is where you can select between single-rail or multi-rail mode. It also installs an icon in your task bar. Clicking on this icon pops up a menu that gives you instant access to this info. It also lets you choose between “Quiet Mode”, ”Balanced Mode” or “Performance Mode” Digital link also gives you control over other available Corsair products. i.e. case fans, liquid cooling systems and case lighting.

A 7 year warranty, not 5 years like other PSUs in this class. This alone is worth a few extra bucks!!

80 PLUS Gold certified for min 90% efficiency. It usually operates closer to 91%.
It also has excellent stability under a load with voltages barely fluctuating, if at all.

Very quiet! The fan does not come on until it is needed, There is a fan test button to allow you to make sure the fan functions. I tested the fan before it was installed and had to put my ear on the power supply to be able to hear it. It is so quiet that any other fan in the system will keep you from hearing it at all.

Cables This is a fully modular system, meaning that even the main mother board power cable is modular. This may not be the case in other modular systems. This makes installation very easy and allows you to route cables so as to minimize air flow disruption. The cables are long which gives you flexibility where they are routed.
A very nice case to store unused cables is a nice touch.

This PSU weighs only 4.37 lbs. It replaces a Corsair 650w that weighed over 7lbs. This certainly helps in installation and if mounted high, makes your case a little less top heavy.

The overall appearance of the RM850i is one of a high quality product. It has very smooth edges and comes in a cloth bag to protect the finish. Everything about this product is high class and would be an asset to any system.

Cons: Two minor issues that could be improved.
If you are not familiar with Corsairs link products, then you will wonder what that strange cable connects to. It is to connect to other corsair products. A better explanation of this cable use would be appreciated.
Also, The fan test button is on the same side as the cable connections. So it is inaccessible when the computer case is closed. Also, depending on where the PSU is mounted, the button may be blocked by the cables. While this is not a major issue, because you can monitor the fan speed with the dashboard. The fan test button would be better located next to the power switch.
One other thing. The software is windows only, A Linux version would be nice.

Other Thoughts: If you are still reading this, then you are either thinking about building a high end machine, in the process of building or looking to upgrade. In either case, you probably didn't settle for any old motherboard, processor or video card. You bought the best that you could afford. So don't skimp on the power supply. This may be a bit of overkill for you, but, then again, it leaves room for expansion. It is a bad feeling to build a computer and find out that your power supply won't handle the load. You won't be sorry that you bought this one! Your other components will probably be obsolete before the warranty runs out on this power supply.

This is definitely a full size ATX power supply. It is physically large. The measurements are 5.9” x 3.9” x 7.1” it fit perfectly in my full size case, there was no room to spare length wise. The cables are also long enough for any ATX motherboard. Installing in a smaller case my cause some issues with cable placement.

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Linksys EA8500 AC2600 Dual-Band Smart WI-FI Wireless Router
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Aesthetics: Very nice looking router. Very unobtrusive. It will sit on a desk or mount on the wall. I prefer mounting on the wall to get the router above possible interference.

Setup: It's extremely easy to set up. Follow the Quick start guide, answer A few questions and your ready to go.

Documentation: A user guide is on the included CD. It is more than adequate in getting you through any normal setup issues you may have. It's doubtful that you will need it. In case something does go wrong an you need some help there is a link to tech support

Range: It has great range.The signal strength on my laptop indicated 5 bars (100%) every where inside the house. It could be as much as 50' away. Outside, it maintained a 80% signal strength out past 125' until it dropped to 60% which it kept until I reached almost 300'.

Speed: My family noticed an increase in speed from the start. I haven't had complaints lately that the online games were lagging. Everyone seems to be happier with this router. I previously used a high end router in this price range. This one is noticeably faster

Connectivity: Very configurable to suit your needs including advanced routing and VLAN capabilities

Server:The Server capabilities are very nice. Connecting a USB or eSATA external drive or both, gives you network attached storage with capabilities that, just a short time ago, would only be found in a dedicated server. This router turns your external hard drives into a ftp server and/or a media server, with full control over what is shared.
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Security: Security on this router was certainly not an after thought. The basics are there for the less technical users, to more advanced features like DMZ, DDNS and port forwarding.

Other Features: Parental controls are really nice It's nice to be able to choose which devices can be accessed or when they can be accessed. Wireless can also be scheduled to turn on or off at certain times. If no one is home during the day, wireless is not needed nor wanted.

Cons: No real cons for me. The Twonky server interface is apply named. It works quite well., but the interface is a bit different than I have been used to. I would prefer a more traditional interface, but that's just personal preference.

Other Thoughts: While the price may seem high at first glance, this is a lot of router. The NAS capabilities could save you much time, money and frustration by being a central backup for your devices instead of a back up drive for each device. The server features would be greatly appreciated to a family member that is away from home. This router has features that the basic user will greatly appreciate, and advanced features that should satisfy all but the most demanding users. If you bought a Smart TV for its additional features, and you like a few luxuries in your car, then you will like this router.

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Noctua NH-D15 SSO2 D-Type Premium CPU Cooler, NF-A15 x 2 PWM Fans
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Excellent packaging, easy mounting, and awesome fans!

Cons: The color choice is ungodly ugly, but luckily I don't have a case window so, out of sight out of mind. An issue I had in my particular case (CM690) was I trouble putting on the top fan clips do to my two top case fans being so close the the cooler. This may be a problem for some, but its no biggie!

Other Thoughts: I was on the hunt for a cooler that would keep my 8350 cool. Stock cooler as we all know just doesn't cut it and was pretty much scary to use when taxing the system. with the stock cooler i was sitting at 40-45 degrees at idle and 65-70 degrees when playing games. with this cooler married with some MX-4 thermal compound i sit at a cool 32 degrees at idle, and 40 under heavy gaming. I just knew the mounting process what going to be a pain, but it surprisingly easy! This mounting setup came handy when testing out other processors I have. All in all i am very happy with this product and would recommend it to anyone that's into overclocking, and gaming!

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Display Name: Steven H.

Date Joined: 03/20/07

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