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NETIS WF2111 150Mbps Wireless N USB Adapter Compatible with Windows MAC Linux OS
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: It does "work".

Cons: It's incredibly slow. Webpages load like it's 2001, streaming video stutters, gifs fail to load - it's pretty much worthless.

This is with ~100% signal strength on a wireless network where other wireless devices work flawlessly. I don't know why this adapter is so terrible and it's not worth my time to troubleshoot.

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CORSAIR Builder Series CX430 CMPSU-430CX 430W ATX12V Active PFC Power Supply
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: - Decent quality, inexpensive, enough power for 95% of PCs.

- 24pin connector is actually a 20pin and 4pin connector snapped together.

Cons: - The fan is too loud at idle; it should be silent, but it isn't.
- Replacing the fan with something better voids the warranty (but it is easy to do.)
- Coil whine; this will never be a silent PSU. Simply plugging the unit into the wall is enough to trigger noticeable whine.

Other Thoughts: I've used both the V2 and V1, and besides some minor packaging and efficiency differences they're identical, with the same problems and strengths.

Noise is subjective. If you have sensitive hearing and a very quiet PC in a quiet room, the whine from this supply will be annoying. The majority of people will probably think this unit is completely silent.

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LIAN LI PC-Q11B Black Aluminum Mini-ITX Tower Computer Case
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggs Needs Some Improvement 06/07/2011

This review is from: LIAN LI PC-Q11B Black Aluminum Mini-ITX Tower Computer Case

Pros: - Generally very high quality materials and workmanship.
- Uses standard-size components.
- Huge, very easy to work in (relatively speaking.)

Cons: - The PSU bracket and mounting hole design is incredibly poor relative to the rest of the case. The hole for the PSU is too small; it should be at least 1mm longer and wider. As it is the two different PSUs that I tried both would have bent the case if I had tried to slide them in from the rear. Once you get the bracket attached to the PSU, the too-small opening means it might be impossible to get your screw holes lined up - I actually snapped the threads out of the mounting holes of the first PSU I used when I tried to get it to fit. Also, there are 8 thumbscrews (4 for the bracket->case, 4 for bracket->PSU) yet 4 are black and 4 are shiny silver. Not a huge deal, but just another hint at the lack of attention to detail that's completely inappropriate for a case of this price class.

-This case is huge (again, relatively speaking.) Maybe not a con, but you could probably fit a slightly smaller than standard mATX board inside.

Other Thoughts: Don't bother with a modular PSU for this case - there's tons of room to stuff unused cabling, and the extra length and stiffness of modular connectors is a pain.

I'd recommend finding a motherboard with USB 3.0 headers (I used a Zotac H67 board) for a PCI slot USB bracket. There's plenty of room inside this case to hide such bracket and connect it to the front panel, and not having to route a cable outside the case just looks better.

It bears repeating that this case is incredibly easy to work with and has tons of room to hide and route cabling. It's definitely not a full tower that you can crawl inside, but I was shocked how easy it was to work with. With rudimentary planning and moderate experience, you should have no problems at all building a PC in this case.

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Display Name: Kevin T.

Date Joined: 08/27/07

  • Reviews: 12
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  • First Review: 11/15/08
  • Last Review: 04/30/14
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