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Cooler Master Elite Power - 460W Power Supply
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5 out of 5 eggs Great No Frills PSU 06/24/2014

This review is from: Cooler Master Elite Power - 460W Power Supply

Pros: Very nice PSU that runs very quiet and has standard length cables.

Cons: Cables aren't wrapped so some may not think it's organized looking but I prefer this style. So far I would recommend this PSU.

Other Thoughts: This was a replacement for an older computer build I have. Reviews are good so I hope this will last a long time.

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GIGABYTE GA-G1.Sniper Z97 LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Nice board with a couple complaints 06/24/2014

This review is from: GIGABYTE GA-G1.Sniper Z97 LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: This was a very easy motherboard to set up which is the feature I liked the best. I installed the CPU and fan, memory, video card, dvd drive, and installed all the cables and PSU. I turned it on and it was ready to go through the setup. It rebooted after than and I was on my way to installing Windows. This is my first build with an Intel CPU and was very happy that it went so quick. I didn't even install anything from the CD that came with the board until a few days later since it really isn't needed for overclocking. Bios updates were really easy to install using the included "apps" and I've updated the bios twice since I received it since the program said F4 was the newest version but checking online showed that F6 was the newest version. I won't go through all the features that make this a great motherboard since you can read them in the product description and it does have all the feature most gamers are looking for.

Cons: My only gripe with this thing is the EasyTune "app" that's included on the CD. My previous motherboard had an auto-overclock feature that would run through a bunch of iterations until it found a stable setup and that was it. This software has only two setting that I can choose from: Default and Energy Saving. The rest of the choices are all grayed out. The manual says that any choices not available on the motherboard will be grayed out. So...is the motherboard unable to overclock? No. I can go into advanced and hand tune this to my hearts desire so I'm just not sure what the problem is. I did go online and download all the newer versions of the software but nothing changed. My computer is overclocked and I'm really happy with the board but I just don't understand if I'm doing something wrong. ...I guess another small gripe is that, to me, the setup features are really confusing and some translation seem a little wrong. Ok, one more complaint...the integrated network card seems really slow compared to my old build. I can only get 1.5MB/sec on Steam downloads and I could get 3+MB/sec on the older motherboards network card.

Other Thoughts: This is my first Intel build. I've built 5 or so previous gaming computers but I've always been an AMD/ATI fanboy. I've always been told that Intel will blow away everything AMD but I'm not really seeing a big difference. This is a nice motherboard and even though I have a few complaints I'm glad I got it and will do a lot more testing and pushing it's limits in the future.

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TP-LINK TL-WN881ND Wireless N300 PCI Express Adapter, 300Mbps, w/WPS Button, IEEE 802.1b/g/n, 64/128 bit WEP, WPA/WPA2
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: The biggest pro for me is that I didn't have to install drivers from TP-Links website or from the mini-CD. I installed the card, turned on the computer and Windows 7 took care of the rest and I was up and running in maybe a minute so totally Plug-n-Play compliant. I used this card to mainly transmit youtube video and netflix from my computer to one of those google chrome dongles on my non-smart television. It's worked flawless for that task. It does a nice job and I didn't have any driver issues, good signal strength when I did unplug my network cable for testing. My computer is at least 35 feet and on another floor from the wireless router and I had a good signal for the couple days I tried it out.

I'm really having to think to find anything that makes this card stand out from the others out there. I think they're all pretty much the same and I'd recommend this one just because of the price and PnP ability.

Cons: Zero - nada. I just can't think of anything bad about this card. It worked flawlessly, the signal strength was fine and that's about it.

Other Thoughts: If you need a wireless adapter card thats PCI Express x1, b,g,n signal and want it Plug-n-Play compliant then this is a great card at a nice price.

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