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This review is from: Linksys AC1900 Dual Band SMART Wi-Fi Gigabit Router (EA6900)
Pros: Good range, solid ports, fast processing, easy setup.
Other Thoughts: I'm not sure what all these 1-eggers are talking about. By no means am I discounting their experience and maybe I was just lucky, but I have not had any of the issues they have. On the LAN I have:
3 PCs, 2 NAS devices, 3 media players, Xbox, TV.
Wireless I have: 5 phones, laptop, tablet.
I bought this router because of my fast connection and because the EA3500 just simply couldnt keep up with my demand. Wired, the 6900 eats whatever I throw at it for breakfast. Gaming is smooth and file copies are only limited by disk speed (I love my Samsung 840 Pro).
This thing has been in operation since Dec '13 and continues to go strong. There is the occasional reboot that is required, but I can do that whenever and from wherever I want through the cloud. The only thing I would count as a con is that the interface sometimes gets confused about the device names, but I have a spreadsheet of MAC addresses that I use for static IP addressing anyway, so it's not that big of a deal. I paid over $200 for this at the time - it's only $160 right now - I'd get one and see for yourself. There is NO router that is perfect - remember that.
This review is from: XTRAC PADS RIPPER XL Optical Mouse pad
Pros: This pad has a very nice feel to it and the mouse glides perfectly. The rubber backing on it holds it in place and there's no movement whatsoever.
Cons: None so far.
Other Thoughts: When they say "XL" they mean it. So make sure this is the size you're looking for. I have the DPI on my DeathAdder set to 1500 and I get a little "excited" during gaming.. so I needed a big surface to compensate for those sudden shifts in direction. Got exactly what I needed with this well made, inexpensive pad.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus - CPU Cooler with 4 Direct Contact Heatpipes
Pros: For the price and performance, you really can not go wrong with this cooler. It's pretty cheap and it's very well made. I ran several stress tests against my FX-8350 (stock @4.0GHz) and it never got above 42°C under full load. Until you near the top-end RPMs, it's pretty quiet. And even when it's maxed out, it's still not that loud.
Cons: This is a bulky cooler, so I would not recommend putting this into a mid-tower case, unless you know for a fact it's going to fit. If you have RAM heat sinks, I would recommend slots 2/4 as they most likely won't fit in 1/3. You can try the trick of sliding the fan assembly out some if you have 4 sticks to put in.
Other Thoughts: The bracket to hold this in place can be somewhat challenging if you've never put one in before.
If you're doing your 1st build, get this. If you're on a budget build, get this.
If you plan on overclocking more than say, 20% of the processor's stock speed - I'd start looking at a liquid solution.