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Linksys WRT160N Wireless Broadband Router 802.11b/g/n up to 300Mbps/ 10/100 Mbps Ethernet Port x4
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Picked one of these up at radio shack a little over a year ago. Not a bad router, the only pro is it supports Wireless-N.

Cons: -I got a v2 router which uses the Ralink NIC and DOES NOT support ANY custom firmware that I could find
-Shortly after getting it I had some problems with the wireless on a few computers (not able to connect computers to the wireless until I rebooted the modem), not a major problem for me as most of my computers are wired, but a major problem for any laptops brought to my house
-Interference with my cable modem. I was literally getting HALF my advertised download speed when this router was connected next to my modem. Upon separating them, my download speed instantly doubled for sustained downloads (tripled for burst downoad speeds)
-Low max connections. At 96 max connections (through testing) it is extremely limiting with torrent clients and other high-connection programs like Steams server browser. Refreshing the steam server browser often causes disconnections on this router for me.

Other Thoughts: I gave it 2 of 5 because I had multiple problems with it over time, it would work fine for standard internet usage, but it can easily cause interference with nearby devices, and limit connections due to its very low limit. The inability to change firmware on the v2 (which I happened to get) is a major letdown, it left me with no other options but to buy a new router if I wanted to run custom firmware.

From what I understand, the newer versions are compatible with some custom firmware, and are probably better quality products than the older version I had gotten. The only reason I rated it at 2 eggs instead of 1 is due to the newer versions being better from what I can read.

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ASRock X58 Extreme LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Super easy overclocking, automatic settings worked right out of the gate and completely stable.

Cons: First motherboard died after a day of running solid, took a week and a half to get the RMA processed and a replacement returned.

Replacement motherboard had a bad IDE port, only IDE device was my DVD Drive, decided to just replace that with a $50 sata DVD drive instead of waiting another week and a half for another replacement board.

Other Thoughts: I'm assuming the motherboard dying after a day was just one of those things that can happen to any company, the IDE port is kind of annoying but I (before the new DVD drive) hardly used it anyway so it wasn't a major deal.

If you get one in perfect working condition then it will be a great motherboard for you, other than the problems I mentioned above it overclocks extremely easily and runs rock solid (voltage to the CPU is rock solid, doesn't deteriorate over long testing like my socket 775 mobo did).

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SAPPHIRE Toxic Radeon HD 4890 100269TXSR 1GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Awesome card.....running at 1000Mhz core, 1125Mhz memory (4500Mhz effective). Handles anything I have thrown at it at over 60 FPS maxed out at 1920x1200 resolution (I dont play Crysis but I could probably run it close to high without a problem).

Runs ~5 C cooler than my 4850 idle and about 20 C cooler under full load than my 4850. I have my computer in a non-air-conditioned server cabinet so it gets warmer than most cases, my 4850 Toxic ran at ~80 C (sometimes hotter sometimes cooler) in this case, the hottest I have seen this card in the same case and setup is ~67 C....heck, the memory on this card (at 72C max) runs cooler than the 4850 core did in the same environment.

Cons: Price is the only con....cheaper would have been better but if your even looking at the reviews your likely already willing to pay $250 for a graphics card. Cant get any better at this price range.

Other Thoughts: Its large, but not nearly as large as some other cards I have seen......only about half an inch longer than my 4850 Toxic I upgraded from.....takes roughly the same amount of room due to the 4850 having a 2-slot cooler that ejected air into the case.

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Display Name: Teresa P.

Date Joined: 03/30/05

  • Reviews: 17
  • Helpfulness: 12
  • First Review: 08/04/05
  • Last Review: 03/19/10
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