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Linksys AE2500-RM High Performance 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 month to 1 year

Pros: Needed a wireless adapter for the computer I was building for my sister to play skyrim (Phenom II X4, AMD 760g chipset, Windows 8 64 bit). This was a 5 minute setup - insert CD, run setup, plug in wireless card. Works great through two walls at her house (the network is wireless G with a repeater.)

Cons: Kind of wide- would be nice if the plug was on a pivot. No newer drivers since the CD came out, which makes me cautious since driver updates are usually de rigeur.

Other Thoughts: Looks like these refurbs have been pretty hit or miss. Mine came well packaged in a "Cisco" branded brown-box, with a manual and CD. No complaints here.

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Western Digital WD VelociRaptor WD5000HHTZ 500GB 10000 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Wow, this drive is fast. The streaming reads are incredible and 64mb of cache really shows the difference. I have my drive backed with 64 gb of SSD cache via Intel SRT and the performance is freaking incredible, there's no drop off from the SSD to the drive even when streaming enormous video files. The VR is the fastest mechanical drive in existence, and until large SSDs come down in price an entirely reasonable option for a speedy computer.

Cons: Expensive. Drive does get hot so make sure you have good ventilation over the heatsink. I wouldn't bother removing the heatsink to mount it as a 2.5" drive- it's there for a reason.

Other Thoughts: Get it. Get it now.

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CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650 650W ATX12V/EPS12V 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Great amps. No voltage sag. Efficient. Lots of power.

No trouble with an overclocked i5-2500k, an overclocked 1gb Radeon 6850, 2x 7200k HDs in RAID, a Blu-Ray burner and an SSD. This little PSU laughs at single GPU duty, and I bet it could power a nice little crossfire system without any trouble. Fan gives it some nice airflow. Haven't had any trouble with noise, maybe because it's bottom mounted on my case.

Cons: Cables. Cables, cables, cables. I love this PSU, but I'll never buy another non-modular unit again. The cables just sit in the bottom of my case like a giant snorlax, blocking airflow and ventilation.

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Srivatsa G.'s Profile

Display Name: Srivatsa G.

Date Joined: 09/18/06

  • Reviews: 6
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  • First Review: 12/09/09
  • Last Review: 02/23/13
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