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Michael D.

Michael D.

Joined on 04/26/05

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Most Favorable Review

Works as expected

LINKSYS CM100 Cable Modem with USB and Ethernet Connections Ethernet Port DOCSIS 1.0, DOCSIS 1.1 Certified, DOCSIS 2.0 Certified, IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3u, USB1.1
LINKSYS CM100 Cable Modem with USB and Ethernet Connections Ethernet Port DOCSIS 1.0, DOCSIS 1.1 Certified, DOCSIS 2.0 Certified, IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3u, USB1.1

Pros: Fairly cheap modem - I'll break even after 11 months. I plan on sticking with Comcast for a long time so I have no doubt I will reach the break even point. For Comcast customers: If you are replacing a leased modem, just hook up this modem and directly connect it to the ethernet jack of your computer. You can self-register the modem without having to call Comcast.

Cons: None so far.

Overall Review: I didn't realize that I could set up the modem myself. I ended up disconnecting my leased modem and hooking this one up and calling Comcast before opening a browser up on my computer. Had I opened the browser up right away, I'd see that it automatically brings me to a Comcast modem setup page where I could have done it myself. Luckily my phone wait time was less than a minute, so no big deal overall.

Good card so far

DIAMOND Radeon HD 6950 2GB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card 6950PE52GB
DIAMOND Radeon HD 6950 2GB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card 6950PE52GB

Pros: Currently have a 1680x1050 monitor. Skyrim detected ultra settings and tf2 is completely maxed out running between 200 and 300 FPS. This card has the dual bios switch. I was able to unlock the extra shaders - I didn't flip the switch, I just extracted the bios from the card and found a tool to bump the shaders (just google for it, I can't remember where the tool was).

Cons: Not too much of a con, but the loudness of the fan actually surprised me! At 60% speed I'm worried that some of the neighborhood pets might get sucked into my case and chewed up by the GPU fan.

Overall Review: Paired with my i5 2500K, I can blow most games away so far. I only have a 1680x1050 monitor so the GPU is overkill for it, but I do plan on getting a higher resolution monitor sometime in the near future. Temps are around 60-65c when playing games / bitcoin mining.

Good wireless card, but...

EDIMAX EW-7128G Wireless Card IEEE 802.11b/g PCI Up to 54Mbps Wireless Data Rates
EDIMAX EW-7128G Wireless Card IEEE 802.11b/g PCI Up to 54Mbps Wireless Data Rates

Pros: Very small card, barely takes up any room inside the PC. External antennae. Fairly easy to set up.

Cons: Did not do what I was hoping it would do: be able to handle the demands of gaming as well as a wired connection can. Not a fault of this card, just a limitation of wireless.

Overall Review: Got this card because I moved into an apartment where the only cable jack with enough strength for a modem signal is in the bedroom. Did not want to have cat5 cables running all over the floors, so decided to go wireless. Having always used a cabled connection between my gaming PC and the router, I was not aware of some of the issues with wireless and gaming (FPS'..especially TF2). I had a d-link USB wireless adapter from back when Pluto was still a planet and gave it a shot and I experienced lag-freeze every minute or two that would last about 4-5 seconds..not good. I got this card thinking it would be better since it was newer, PCI and larger antennae. Well my friends, it's not. It performs just as poorly as the old d-link does. This is just the downfall of using wireless for gaming I suppose. I cried a single tear when I had to fish out my 50' cable again and attach my PC to the router.