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GIGABYTE GA-Z97X-UD5H LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Wow, is what I have to say about this motherboard. It happens to be an absolute beast and I can't wait to build a whole new computer directly based on this.

Anyone can go out and pay roughly 100$ for a motherboard that can still function just as well as most other boards out there. Truthfully you don't need something like this except for specific reasons. In fact I myself bought a motherboard a few months ago for another desktop and it only cost about 100, and it was for a gaming PC.

Back to this board, lets talk about where that extra 80 or so dollars is going. First off, the new heat sink design does a great job at keeping this board cool. Secondly, there are 6, yes 6, USB 3.0 ports. My other has only 2. This board has 6 SATA slots, all at the fastest speed they can come in. Whats interesting and kind of quirky is the addition of a PS/2 port for older mouse and keyboards. So please, reuse your old hardware because this motherboard still lets you!

As for graphics cards, this has 3 PCI-Express 3.0 x16 slots for that purpose alone, which means you can have THREE graphics cards. My other board only has two. Now I have to get three overpowered graphics cards, just because I can. Lastly, this newer board also has the ability to hook up to the 4th and 5th generation intel processor where mine only had 3rd gen options. The new designed processors have a completely different structure to them, having to do with power allotment where only certain boards specifically made for them can use them. It allows for less power usage, lower temperatures, and faster operation times.

As for the BIOS of this board, I do find it to be a heck of a lot more useful and easy to use than plenty of boards out there. Gigabyte made a beautiful board here designed for all of the best of the best hardware attachments. If you want a beast of a machine, this is the board you should start with.

Cons: Truthfully I don't really have any. I've heard through other reviews that there have been some issues with wattage allotment with some processors, but they are issues with older processors, and with bad boards. As with any electronic device, there is always room for issues to happen between when they come off the factory line and get to your door step. Sometimes it doesn't always go as planned. Motherboards are super complex with plenty of areas where something can go wrong, so don't get discouraged if you get a bad board, simply contact newegg or Gigabyte and you will get your board replaced without a problem.

BUFFALO WHR-300HP2D AirStation N300 Open Source DD-WRT Wireless Router IEEE 802.11b/g/n
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: First off, if you're looking for a simply plug and play router to upgrade your old one for the house, keep moving. This definitely can fill that space, however it offers a lot more options in order to make your experience as a router tech nerd perfect.

As with any other simple router, this comes pre-setup with a password ready to go for plug and play.

I've never had an issue with Buffalo prudtcs in the past, so I don't imagine I will any time soon with this either.

As far as an N300 router goes, this is at the top of it's class, however you're still buying an N300. This means shorter ranges and less data transmissions. I'd say the signal is relatively strong up to about 65ft. Subtract some if the signal needs to go through a floor or wall.

The router is meant for only 1 or 2 computers and a tablet. Not tons of traffic.

Cons: The price and the fact that it is now out of stock, most likely because it is an N300 which is now very obsolete in our new AC world.

I don't like the price because I can go out and get an N300 Netgear router from staples for 40$ and the only difference is the lack of customizations, which is why I state again, do not buy this unless customizing and learning are your goals.

BUFFALO MiniStation Air 1TB USB 3.0 / WIFI Wireless Mobile Storage HDW-PD1.0U3
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: What an amazing device. This is my first hard drive of this type and I love it. I have owned portable hard drives from buffalo in the past and they have not failed me yet. They also happen to be a bit cheaper than others, maybe because their name is more obscure, but thats not important.

First off, 1000 gigabytes is more than enough for even the most avid movie watcher. Hundreds of movies can fit on this device, same with TV shows. As far as ebook storage for an ereader or tablet, the number that can be stored is in the hundreds of thousands. Plus this device can be accessed from absolutely any device, not just portable devices like tablets or more specifically, ipads.

Mac, iphone, ipad, android, and windows all work perfectly with this product. Linux also most likely works, but I didn't have a version of it set up at the time to check.

The form of this HD is super thin and light which means leaving this in your purse or car and accessing it whenever you need to, say through your ipod to get some extra music for the day, it is always there.

Easily access all of your files and organize them from any device with a screen, and even easier through a laptop computer.

Cons: The price 100%. I completely understand that the price is justified since it's a new type of product which is extremely useful and combines old ideas to make new ones, which all costs money, but not many people are willing to drop over 150$ on a 1TB hard drive when they can just spend 80 and drop the wi-fi feature.


Travis D.'s Profile

Display Name: Travis D.

Date Joined: 05/16/11

  • Reviews: 34
  • Helpfulness: 8
  • First Review: 07/14/11
  • Last Review: 08/31/14
  • Most Favorable Review: 5 out of 5 eggs
  • Most Critical Review: 1 out of 5 eggs
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