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Richard S.

Richard S.

Joined on 12/01/04

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Most Favorable Review

Excellent router, excellent value

NETGEAR WNDR3300-100NAR N300 Wireless Dual Band Router IEEE 802.11n version 2.0 IEEE 802.11n, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11b 2.4 GHz IEEE 802.11n, IEEE 802.11a 5.0 GHz
NETGEAR WNDR3300-100NAR N300 Wireless Dual Band Router IEEE 802.11n version 2.0 IEEE 802.11n, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11b 2.4 GHz IEEE 802.11n, IEEE 802.11a 5.0 GHz

Pros: Great performance, DD-WRT functionality, dual-band

Cons: No gigabit ports

Overall Review: I picked up 2 of these refurbs, installed DD-WRT and now have a wireless bridge that connects around 120Mbps. It would be nice to have gigabit ports, but for most of us, this works extremely well. Perfect if you have an entertainment center with several devices you use to stream media off a remote server location in your home, and want something fater than 54g speeds.

Most Critical Review

It works

KINGWIN HDM-225 Internal 2.5" to 3.5" HDD Metal Mounting Kit
KINGWIN HDM-225 Internal 2.5" to 3.5" HDD Metal Mounting Kit

Pros: Worked fine in a 3.5" bay. You have the option to install 2 drives, but getting the SATA power connectors to both of them might require special skill or cables. Luckily, I only had to mount one drive.

Cons: Cheap metal, the bracket was actually bent when I opened the packaging. Luckily, it was soft enough that I was able to bend it back into the proper shape. Sharp edges, as you might expect, be careful, it would be easy to cut yourself on this guy.

Overall Review: It was free after rebate (if it comes in)...not sure if I'd recommend paying much more than that. The converter brackets that mount on the sides of a 2.5" drive seem to be a more sturdy solution.

Nice motherboard, fully featured

GIGABYTE G1 Gaming GA-Z170N-Gaming 5 (rev. 1.0) LGA 1151 Intel Z170 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 USB 3.0 Mini ITX Intel Motherboard
GIGABYTE G1 Gaming GA-Z170N-Gaming 5 (rev. 1.0) LGA 1151 Intel Z170 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 USB 3.0 Mini ITX Intel Motherboard

Pros: I figured that if I made the jump to skylake, I wanted to get some of the newest features in my motherboard. This has m.2, USB 3.1 (and a type C connector), and the usual bells and whistles you might want. Installed easily, and hasn't had a problem so far. The killer NIC has been great so far, and definitely isn't worth dropping an egg.

Cons: It's a mini-ITX, so you're only going to have 2 RAM slots and limited expandability, but that's part of the charm.

Overall Review: Running an i7-6700k. The USB3 header access wasn't an issue because I installed my heatsink sideways (Thermaltake NiC L31), and I'm sure there are plenty of other heatsink options that don't get in the way. The heatsink covers the RAM sticks, but I expect those to stay where they are for the next few years. Really, the cramping is just part of the mini-ITX experience, but I'm happy that I have a smaller case.

10/21/2015

Worked perfectly

HyperX FURY 8GB DDR4 2133 (PC4 17000) Desktop Memory Model HX421C14FB/8
HyperX FURY 8GB DDR4 2133 (PC4 17000) Desktop Memory Model HX421C14FB/8

Pros: Installed easily, no crazy heatsinks sticking off the top of it

Cons: None so far. I haven't tried overclocking it, and probably won't, as gains are minimal from what I've seen.

Overall Review: Installed two of these on a z710 platform.

10/21/2015

Nice stuff

TP-LINK TL-WDR3600 Dual Band Wireless N600 Router, Gigabit, 2.4 GHz 300 Mbps + 5 GHz 300 Mbps, 2 x USB port, IP QoS, Wireless On / Off Switch
TP-LINK TL-WDR3600 Dual Band Wireless N600 Router, Gigabit, 2.4 GHz 300 Mbps + 5 GHz 300 Mbps, 2 x USB port, IP QoS, Wireless On / Off Switch

Pros: Very nice looking router, operating perfectly so far since the initial setup.

Cons: A little big, but hey, at least it looks good doing it.

Overall Review: Currently set up as a pure 5Ghz AP/switch, as I already have a gateway router I'm happy with. I usually throw DD-WRT, tomato, or some other firmware on my routers, but stock is operating perfectly so far. Media server is showing up on my PS3, I should really throw a thumb drive into a USB port and make some use of that.

Perfect for a 2D world

SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 5450 1GB DDR3 PCI Express 2.1 x16 Low Profile Ready Video Card 100292DDR3L
SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 5450 1GB DDR3 PCI Express 2.1 x16 Low Profile Ready Video Card 100292DDR3L

Pros: For a non-gaming card, it does what it should. Low power, zero noise, easy installation, perfect operation.

Cons: Not a gaming card, but you should be spending $100 more if that's what you're after.

Overall Review: Used it to add a 3rd display, with my HD4000 integrated motherboard graphics powering the first two. They play very nicely together.