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FSP Group ATX300-PA 300W ATX 12V (v2.2) Power Supply
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4 out of 5 eggs Good basic unit, just know the limitations 01/29/2016

This review is from: FSP Group ATX300-PA 300W ATX 12V (v2.2) Power Supply

Pros: Well it works... normally I wouldn't touch these types of power supplies (the ones without Active PFC and 80 Plus certification) with a 10 foot pole but this was the last piece I needed to put together a PC out of spare parts so I can sell it or keep as a spare for my family. It powers the PC just fine, which includes an AMD 95 watt Phenom II CPU, 4GB of DDR2 memory, and a HD6670 video card.

Cons: No Active PFC or 80 Plus certification (knew this before buying, see above) This makes the design quite outdated for anything with modern hardware.
It does run a bit warm and the fan can be heard.
I would not try to use this on a demanding system as the "self-destruction protections" built into these older PSUs isn't great.

Other Thoughts: Would I recommend this to other people? Yes, but only under certain circumstances. For getting an older PC up and running while spending the least amount possible, sure. For anything newer and/or with higher power requirements? No. Spend the extra few dollars and get an 80 Plus certified unit.

FSP makes pretty good power supplies, from cheap ones like this all the way up to high end 80 Plus Platinum ones.

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D-Link DIR-859 AC1750 High Power Wi-Fi Gigabit Router
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

2 out of 5 eggs Intermittent Internet connectivity hiccups ruined an otherwise good unit 01/11/2016

This review is from: D-Link DIR-859 AC1750 High Power Wi-Fi Gigabit Router

Pros: High Gain Antennas supposedly help signal. I did notice a difference in usable range and link speed of a USB AC adapter (433mbps vs. 245mbps) when compared to my other AC1200 router that this was meant to replace.

Was easy to set up, came preconfigured with Wireless Security right out of the box and launched the Router Setup Wizard the first time I opened a web browser after installing the router.

The setup Interface has gotten an overhaul compared to older D-Link routers that I've used. This one is more minimalist and seems to be dumbed down compared to the older "black and orange" type interface that I've been so used to. However, all the options are there, just in different places.

This router also supports DD-WRT open source firmware.

Cons: The router would haphazardly disconnect me from the Internet for split second intervals, just long enough to boot me out of an online game, or kick me off remote RDP sessions. Checking the Internet Status in the Setup just after this happens does NOT reset the connection uptime counter for some reason. Monitoring the Internet Status screen when this occurs would result in the Green checkmark changing to a big red X, and a message of Internet connectivity being lost. HOWEVER, it goes back to a Green checkmark in about one second, and connectivity is restored. Very irritating. This unit shipped with 1.03 firmware and I immediately upgraded to the 1.04 firmware, so I have no idea of knowing if this issue occurred after the update, or if it was present in the 1.03 firmware as well.

The power cord is rather short, so if you plan on putting this unit on the top of a shelf that's taller than 5 feet or so, be prepared to use an extension cord.

There are no USB ports on this unit, so if you're looking for a router that can double as a print server or DLNA Media server, keep looking. I was aware of this before buying and based my decision on the fact that I never use that functionality anyway. My last couple of routers had the feature, so it was actually nice to see a router that omits it to keep the price down for those of us who don't want it.

Other Thoughts: I'd give this a well deserved 4 eggs if it weren't for the Internet dropping, 5 if it had a longer power cord and better setup interface. I tried configuring every setting I could think of (I work in IT so I know a bit about how these things work) and nothing I did would resolve the issue, short of flashing it with DD-WRT (which I didn't want to do as it might void the warranty).

This is going back to Newegg.

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MSI GeForce GT 720 DirectX 12 N720-1GD3HLP 1GB 64-Bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: No fan to make a racket and eventually seize up! Runs on pretty much any PC with a PCI-E x16 slot as it doesn't consume much power.
Great for an HTPC where a full sized card will not fit. I am using this in an Antec Minuet 350 as the AMD motherboard I'm using does not have integrated video of any kind.

It has HDMI out!

Cons: Not intended for gaming

Other Thoughts: To use this in a low profile case, you must unscrew the nuts holding on the DVI and VGA ports and attach the low profile brackets. Then place the video card into the case, and screw the bracket with the VGA port into an adjacent expansion slot.

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Display Name: Jeff B.

Date Joined: 09/24/08

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  • First Review: 11/21/08
  • Last Review: 01/29/16
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