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AllComponents 2GB 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 667 (PC2 5300) Desktop Memory Model AC2/667X64/2048
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Pricing is definitely a plus, this DDR2 memory module is pretty much the cheapest thing going. I used it with an Intel D201GLY2 motherboard and had no problems. Though not at all glitzy or adorned with fancy heat sinks, the module I got seems well made.

If you're overclocking or otherwise pushing your computer's memory to the extreme, you might want to look elsewhere. For average computers and uses, though, this module seems hard to beat.

Cons: None that I can think of. Well, maybe it's a little pricey, but not bad when you consider that few if any other inexpensive upgrades can boost your computer's performance like a RAM upgrade.

Other Thoughts: The only real unknown here is reliability. I haven't owned the module long enough as of this writing to know if it will last. Theory says if it works when you put it in, it should work for a good long time. Reality is sometimes a bit different.

Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 RFHST380815AS 80GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: None at all.

Cons: I bought this drive for a future project, figuring it would work just fine (after all, it had been refurbished, right?).

When the time came, I unboxed it, hooked it up and discovered that the drive was completely bad. It would fail to operate correctly within a few minutes of power up and eventually stall the system. From what I could tell, the failure seemed to be with the drive electronics.

I was past the Newegg return policy and Seagate's (very) limited warranty on the drive, but I put in a call to Seagate anyway. The people I spoke with were very polite but adamant that nothing could be done even though the drive was just past their warranty by a day or two.

I finally threw the drive away after taking my frustrations out on it.

Other Thoughts: I was very surprised that this drive didn't work straight out of the box. Seagate had changed the label to indicate it was refurbished, so I would have hoped they tested it afterward to be sure it worked. (Admittedly, this failure could have been caused by something in the handling process as it found its way to me. Given that the failure seemed to be electrical and not mechanical, though, I doubt it.)

I bought another refurbished drive from another maker at the same time I bought this one. That drive still works perfectly. I think I'll steer clear of Seagate's refurbished drives in future.

BUFFALO WHR-HP-G54 802.11b/g Wireless-G High Power Router up to 54Mbps/ Open Source DD-WRT Support
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Buffalo's WHR-G54-HP is the very definition of "great home/small office wireless router". It's stable, well designed and easy to set up. While the Buffalo supplied firmware will suffice and works reasonably well, using DD-WRT or other third party firmware will really let this thing perform at its peak.

I've replaced countless failed routers of every brand there is (except other Buffalo units) for customers with these and other Buffalo models--and not one has ever been troublesome. It really is a "plug it in and it works" experience.

I also have units working in many different capacities--including a few sets linking two buildings together over long distances--and again, they just don't quit...not even in unheated/unconditioned spaces.

Cons: My only complaints would be in regards to availability--it's not always easy to get these (though Newegg is pretty good with supplies) and Buffalo's included setup software. Buffalo's own setup software is a good effort, but it just lacks some polish and is somewhat clunky in areas.

Other Thoughts: If you're in the market for a wireless router, this is the one to buy. What it doesn't have in terms of fancy features, looks and wireless-N support it more than makes up for in terms of simple reliability. You won't regret buying one of these units.


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Display Name: William W.

Date Joined: 04/22/04

  • Reviews: 16
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  • First Review: 09/20/07
  • Last Review: 11/22/13
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