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Belkin F9K1123 AC1200 Dual Band Wireless AC Router + Fast Ethernet (Latest Generation)
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Very easy install. Just plug in the ethernet cable to the modem, plug in the power cord, plug in ethernet cable from router to computer (s) or plug in wireless adapter on each computer. In other words, plug it all in and power up and turn on computer. The router does an auto search and sets itself up and asks a few prompted questions - takes less than 5 minutes. It works!. I tested this on comcast 75 mbs internet. I get about 88-89 down and about 8-9 up. It's supposed to be 75/6! Using wireless my speedtest was about 1 mbs higher than with the cable!. For the price, this is a really excellent router. It's more than capable of handling the speed I have and beyond. We have 105 mb/s internet available and this would handle it no problem. It works great with my Roku. Loads faster than with the modem/router supplied with current AT&T 18 mbs service.

Cons: It has some bad reviews. Were these on previous editions? I don't know.

Other Thoughts: I like Belkin products and this one is just fine. My thought was - If it doesn't work, take it back. I bought mine at sale price at the world of Wally. I like it. Just how much router does a person need? This one is faster than most at a price that's in the lower tier where those routers are rated slower. I got the 2 year replacement option for $6.00. I feel I'm covered.

HyperX Beast 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2400 Desktop Memory Model HX324C11T3K2/8
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: The price is right. I bought mine off "the bay" over 7 months ago for $72 - and it was a good deal back then, It's stable and I just use the preset XMS setting for 2400 and all the timings are auto set. Just so easy and it works well - 7.9 Win 7 WEI and no BSODs. Fast? There are no RAM issues in any game or process I run. This RAM is good and I have been favorably impressed. Plus it looks good.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: ASRock Z97M OC Formula, i5 4690K @ 4.4. Take note: If you look over the HyperX Beast series, they are all getting great reviews. Even if your mobo wants slower RAM, you can get faster ram and underclock it for now and use it later at higher speed when you do a mobo upgrade.

SAPPHIRE NITRO Radeon R9 380 100384NT4GOCL 4GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 ATX Dual-X OC Version (UEFI) Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: There are many. Looks great, good price, very powerful, runs cool, quiet, more than adequate for current online games at ultra/maximum/movie quality settings. Runs cool @ 53-58C all the time. The AMD Catalyst Control lets me auto-select to keep the frame rate at whatever I want. I set it for 60 FPS (it runs War Thunder at about 200 FPS otherwise) at all the settings I want maxed out completely. The software throttles back the GPU speed to save power and lower heat and fan speed while keeping FPS steady at 60. It's a very attractive and solidly built card. I couldn't ask for more. Backplate? It doesn't need it and I didn't care to pay extra for a card that has it. Backplate is totally not needed or wanted here. Build quality is perfect. The card isn't at all flimsy, droopy or saggy. Absolutely no need to OC this card. Ran perfect right out of the box (I had already uninstalled the old driver and then installed the new one. It just works perfectly. I play War Thunder which is an online WW 2 airplane simulator game. The game has built-in benchmarks. I upgraded to this from an MSI R9 270X ITX version (that card was perfect too BTW). I ran 4 random benchmarks from this game with the 270X. Then I ran the same 4 with the 380. Results were that in these War Thunder benchmarks, the R9 380 scored 250% higher than the R9 270X. Seriously. With some settings turned on or set on high, the 270X would drop to about 37 FPS - still OK. I used to run the game at about 100 FPS with the 270X with almost everything set on high. The 270X is more than adequate for War Thunder, WoW or SWTOR and gives a really great gaming experience for lots less money. I run this with an EVGA 750 PSU that's 80+ gold certified. I have zero psu issues and it runs cool. This is more PSU than I need - and this vid card doesn't require this much power but I got it on sale and I like the modular high quality PSUs.

Cons: I didn't need this much graphics power after all. But it's really nice and will be ready for higher res monitors and more demanding games later on.

Other Thoughts: The picture quality didn't really improve ( it is ever so slightly richer looking) as it was already really good. FPS potential drastically improved but wasn't really needed for me. GTX 960 vs R9 380? Flip a coin. These days, a $150 vid card is all a person needs for a great MMORPG gaming experience. This card truly satisfies, though, because it's always comforting to know you have reserve power when it's needed.


Michael L.'s Profile

Display Name: Michael L.

Date Joined: 01/03/05

  • Reviews: 41
  • Helpfulness: 17
  • First Review: 01/31/05
  • Last Review: 08/14/15
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