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Intel 7260HMW IEEE 802.11AC, dual-band, 2x2 Wi-Fi plus Bluetooth 4.0 Mini PCI Express combo Adapter - 867 Mbps+300Mbps - Internal
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  • Owned For: less than 1 day

Pros: Had to buy an adapter but it did fit except it only had two plugs and the old n card had three. Everywhere I read they said it did not matter and to only use the black and white wire. Shipping was fast and the package arrived undamaged.

Cons: I replaced the old card because I kept having to repair the connection after I upgraded to Windows 8.1.Intel would no longer support the drivers for the old 4965agn.card on Windows 8.1. After installing this card Windows would not recognize it and could not find it even after installing the drivers from Intels website.

Other Thoughts: I am disappointed. I just bought a new Netgear R7000 AC router and wanted to test the AC connection speed. Guess I will just have to deal with the annoying connection issue with the old card.

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ASUS Sabertooth X79 LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: The bios UI looks very nice and is easy to navigate with mouse support. It also offers all the settings an over clocker would want in addition to an automatic over clocking function for the novice that works! Holds a large amount of memory. I loaded it with 8 X 8gb G.Skill 2400mhz ddr3 memory. Probably don't need that much right now but I'm set for the future. Ram limitation is the reason I had to upgrade my old rig. I am still waiting on a couple new drives to complete my rig but it is stable so far.

Cons: You will need to purchase a USB 3.0 front panel with cables or you will have to plug these devices in the back panel. Not really a con but I wish I had realized this and purchased it at the same time. No IDE plug in support. Again not really bad but you will need to upgrade your drives if they are not SATA.

Other Thoughts: 1.) No IDE support. Not a problem as technology changes but I had to place a second order and wait for a new Blu-ray burner.
2.) You will find a small fan in the box and it gets used. I jumped ahead and installed my water cooler then had to remove it to install the fan:( Not sure why they didn't install the fan at the factory.
3.) Don't use the memory QVL in the manual to choose your memory. Asus has an updated QVL online with way more memory choices.
4.) Update all your drives to SATA III if possible. I'm waiting on the WD Black Series 1TB SATA III drive to come in then I'm going to try the two Marvell SATA port for SSD caching. Its always best to use a disk drive with an SSD drive.

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Asus Sabertooth X79 mb
Intel i74930 CPU
Thermaltake 2.0 Performer cpu water cooler
G.SKILL Ripjaws Z Series 64GB (8 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM
Samsung 840 EVO 500GB SSD
WD BLACK SERIES WD1003FZEX 1TB SATA HD
Pioneer Black Blu-ray Burner SATA BDR-2209
*** Sound Blaster Audigy 4
*** Haupauge TV 1850 tuner
*** EVGA GTX570 (upgrading soon as Nvidia 800 series is released)


*** old hardware reused

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G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL7D-8GBXH
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: None because I never got my PC to boot on these ram modules.

Cons: I purchased these after reading what a G.Skill administrator wrote on G. Skill's forums. He said it was compatible with the latest bios but you might have to bump the NB voltage up a little. I tried everything to get these to work without any luck.

Other Thoughts: Its not the ram modules fault. The Asus P5QC is referred to as a frankenboard because it supports both DDR2 and DDR3 modules. This probably would have worked if Asus had updated the bios. The lesson I learned is don't go cheap when purchasing memory on a new PC and always max out the memory capacity using modules listed under the motherboard manufacturers memory QVL. Technology is always changing and you may never be able to add compatible memory later on. I just purchased the Asus Sabertooth mb with 64 gb of 2400 G.Skill memory from Newegg.

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Display Name: Paul M.

Date Joined: 06/19/04

  • Reviews: 3
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  • First Review: 01/15/14
  • Last Review: 02/06/14
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