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Linksys AE2500-NP High Performance Dual-Band Wireless-N Adapter IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n USB 2.0 Up to 300Mbps Wireless Data Rates
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: It worked well, until it didn't.

Cons: Ran WAY too hot, actually ran so hot that it crashed itself. If I put a fan on it I could keep it running, but who the heck wants to actively cool an USB network card?

Other Thoughts: RMA'd this thing, returned it and I'm just using an old as dirt Dlink adapter.

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GIGABYTE GV-R797OC-3GD Radeon HD 7970 3GB 384-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: I purchased this board to replace an XFX 7970 Black Edition that was running WAY too hot (think 90C+) at full load, 100% fan. With this new Gigabyte board I'm right now running at full load, 73C at 43% fan, I can't even hear it. The XFX tech support said that 90C+ wasn't an issue, if it hit 95C that would be a problem. For the sake of science I ran both boards for a day to test, and the XFX board hit 96C. I think there was either something wrong with the board or the cooler just isn't well designed. By the way, while I was testing I set the engine and memory speeds to the same clock rates.

Cons: Not really a ding, but the board comes with only one DVI port, so I've currently only got one monitor until I get a mini-Display port to Display port cable so I can hook up my 2nd monitor again.

Other Thoughts: VERY pleased I RMA'd the XFX board, it was way too loud at full fan speed and still too hot. The Gigabyte board is whisper quiet, even under full load.

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Creative Sound Blaster Z PCIe 116dB SNR Gaming Sound Card with 600ohm Headphone Amp and Beamforming Microphone
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: I knew I was giving something up by sticking with the onboard audio, but I had no idea how much. I just recently built a new PC and selected the Sound Blaster Z just to see if I could get better audio. Man did I, SAME speakers/sub, but a HUGE difference in the quality of audio. I haven't yet had a chance to try it out in any other games World of Warcraft, but when I played a .flac audio file it sounded amazing too. Great purchase!

Cons: Bass is a tad high from the factory, but in my case that's not a huge ding as I like the bass up a little from norm, easy to fix.

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Display Name: Michael S.

Date Joined: 09/18/03

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  • First Review: 04/26/10
  • Last Review: 01/07/14
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