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Lenovo Desktop PC K450E 57327389 Intel Core i7 4790 (3.6 GHz) 12 GB DDR3 1 TB HDD 8GB Cache SSD Windows 8.1 64-bit
  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Fast desktop.
Graphics card matches computer speed.
Lots of memory.
Upgraded power supply for the graphics card upgrade.

Cons: McAfee internet security bundled in.

Other Thoughts: My plan was to upgrade the C: drive to an SSD by migrating the OS on the hard drive that comes with the system. This plan failed when removing McAfee Internet Security (major piece of junk) shredded the OS beyond repair. So I had to buy a copy of Windows 8.1, and install the SSD that way. Also put in a second SSD drive to use as a data disk, since SSD prices have become much more reasonable now.

Don't know why any OEM would include McAfee "security" junk. When I was starting to work on migrating the OS to SSD, it took the system performance down to zero. It wouldn't allow me to download anything that I needed or get into it to adjust its settings, or even temporarily disable it, and was nearly impossible to remove. Be sure to get the special uninstaller from McAfee, that was about the only thing I was allowed to download. So migration of the existing OS was out, had to essentially rebuild the system on SSD, with drivers from Lenovo, but since I've been down that road before a few times, not a problem for me. If I were Lenovo, McAfee couldn't pay me enough to put their junk products on the computers that I sell.

The resulting configuration, Windows 8.1 with two SSD's, runs really well, very fast and quiet. And the graphics, using the GTX 760, match the speed of the computer nicely. Very happy with this desktop as I have it configured. Meets all my media streaming needs well, no problems. Really happy with this system, especially after returning a Dell XPS 8700 that I couldn't upgrade the graphics card on...and the Nvidia GT 720 that was included with the Dell computer just couldn't keep up with the rest of the system.

ASUS USB-AC56 Dual-band Wireless-AC1300 USB 3.0 Wi-Fi Adapter Up to 400+867Mbps Wireless Data Rates WPA2
  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Great when it works.

Cons: KMODE_EXCEPTION_NOT_HANDLED critical Windows 8.1 error

Other Thoughts: This adapter worked really well with a Windows 8.1 on deceased Dell XPS computer. Replaced with a new Lenovo K450e PC, and driver gets a fatal kernel exception when the PC goes to sleep (KMODE_EXCEPTION_NOT_HANDLED). Also when I disable the adapter, get this exception. It is great while it's working, but the constant blue screen dumps when I'm away from my computer for a while are not acceptable to me. Had to stop using it, too bad, just wasted money at this point.

On the other hand, did give me a chance to use the Windows debug SDK to look at the minidumps that I was getting. Very educational *smile*.

NETGEAR R7000 Nighthawk AC1900 Dual Band Wireless Gigabit Smart Home Router w/ Arlo Wire-Free Security Camera Support
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Reliable
Great wireless coverage and performance
Stock firmware is fully functional
Compatible with DD-WRT and tomato firmware as well

Cons: None for me.

Other Thoughts: I've used this router for almost a year now, and it has been 100% reliable with great performance. Stock firmware is fully functional now, but a little sparse. DD-WRT is much better, allows better monitoring of your network, and also is reliable and has great performance. Tomato firmware is still Beta, but is very usable as well. So you have your choice of firmware, depending on your personal preferences.

Covers my whole house on 5GHz. wireless as well as 2.4GHz., does everything I need a router to do. Best wireless router I've ever had..


Roger V.'s Profile

Display Name: Roger V.

Date Joined: 01/04/10

  • Reviews: 13
  • Helpfulness: 6
  • First Review: 04/29/10
  • Last Review: 11/27/14
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