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Intel Core i5-4690K Devil's Canyon Quad-Core 3.5GHz LGA 1150 Desktop Processor BX80646I54690K
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Finally paid my final respects to my Phenom II 965 and purchased this beauty. Messed around with the settings a bit and tested with the latest version of Prime. Found 4.5 ghz to be stable at 1.25 voltage. Was unable to get 4.7ghz to pass stress tests even at an increased 1.3 voltage. Probably would have been possible if I upped the voltage, but I would have needed a better cpu fan than the Hyper EVO I have.
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Cons: doesn't clean my room.

Other Thoughts: Overall, an excellent CPU.

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CFI Diablo LT CFI-B1010 Black SECC / Mesh & Plastic Front Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: For my last build I got a Rosewill Challenger. It's a decent case. For this build, I decided to try the Diablo over the Rosewill mainly because of the front USB 3.0 ports. This case is slightly more expensive, but figured why not?

The Diablo is much better made than the Challenger I previously purchased from Newegg. It doesn't feel cheap. Installing drives is a painless process. There's a lot of room inside the case to work around, unlike the Challenger.

There are numerous fans for cooling inside. Two can even be connected right to the case. So if you want even more fans, it wouldn't be hard to connect them.

The ON-OFF and reset buttons on the case are well-constructed. This was nice to see considering the ON-OFF Button on my challenger would constantly get stuck.

The case looks quite impressive from the outside. The blue fan light from the front is quite visible. The case doesn't like too much like a space ship, which is a plus in my book.

One feature I particularly liked was the position of the front USB ports. If you keep you case under the desk, it can often be a pain trying to reach down and plug in a new USB device. The slanted front on the Diablo makes this process simple. As a matter of fact, it's prolly my favorite feature of the case.

Cons: The only real negative for this case is that it's huge for a mid case. If you have one of those desks that has a little cubicle to place you case in underneath, this case might not fit.

One of the reasons it might not fit is that the one panel has a see through window that juts out. I suppose the idea was to give the user more room for wires and such, but it was one of the factors that prevented me from sliding the case into my desk cubicle.

The height is also too big for my desk cubicle at least. It might be possible to remove the legs, but I haven't tried since the side panel wouldn't allow the case to fit anyways.

This is a minor issue and not worth deducting an egg for.

Other Thoughts: You're basically getting a darn good case for the price here. Like I said in my con, size is the only potential concern. If you're looking to put this case under your desk, make sure to measure so you'll know if it will fit.

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Linksys WMP600N Wireless Adapter with Dual-Band IEEE 802.11a/b/g, IEEE 802.11n Draft 2.0 PCI
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Works with Windows 7 64. Indeed, Windows detected the card right off the back.

Cons: I purchased this card to replace a WMP54GX. The WMP54GX used to get me a very good connecton (4 bars) down in the basment with the router two floors up on the opposite side of the house. Unfortutanely, the WMP600n is lucky to get me one bar. For kicks, I tried hooking up the WMP54GX's standalone antenna to the WMP600n. This actually boosted my signal up two more bars. The connection still isn't great, but it works a lot better. So those looking for a signal boost, might want to try some different antennas. The included ones stink.

Other Thoughts: This card might work ok if you're in close proximity to the router. If you need something with more range, best to look elsewhere.

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Display Name: Charles R.

Date Joined: 06/07/08

  • Reviews: 11
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  • First Review: 06/12/08
  • Last Review: 08/29/14
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