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Mark B.

Mark B.

Joined on 06/12/18

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Most Favorable Review

Fast shipping, old drivers.

Fenvi FV-8802 AC1200 Wireless Bluetooth Dual Band PCI Express Wi-Fi Adapter, Up to 867Mbps (5Ghz) + 300Mbps (2.4Ghz), with 802.11ac Intel Wifi Card,Directional Antennna, For Desktop PC, Windows 7/8/10
Fenvi FV-8802 AC1200 Wireless Bluetooth Dual Band PCI Express Wi-Fi Adapter, Up to 867Mbps (5Ghz) + 300Mbps (2.4Ghz), with 802.11ac Intel Wifi Card,Directional Antennna, For Desktop PC, Windows 7/8/10

Pros: Heatsink on an ac chipset for this price Runs very cool as long as you have even half decent airflow going through your case. Noticeably faster than my dinosaur laptop.

Cons: No ax support, but I don't think ax is going to be as relevant of an upgrade as ac was. This wireless card was not the easiest to install. The disc is fairly useless to be perfectly honest. I just toughed it out and waited for a wired connection. Fenvi has the drivers online and they're just a download away.

Overall Review: The antennae seems cool, but the magnet isn't the strongest. I guess it's a good thing because it's pretty close to the hard disk drive, but the cords make me a little worried. I might pick up some stationary antennae to just screw into the back. That way there would be no worrying about 3 chihuahuas walking around behind the computer. This one took troubleshooting and a few reboots to even get it to function properly. I had to go all the way to the device settings to disable other internet devices, disable and re-enable the new fenvi card, and then a reboot just to get it working. All in all it took about a half hour of troubleshooting and experimenting to get it working. Can't really complain when the price is this good and it supports 866 Mb/s. It did work just fine in the end. Even so, sometimes after the machine boots up it doesn't start the card right and requires a disable, re-enable, and a reboot. The drivers are from April 2017. Please release new drivers.

Most Critical Review

Great deal and ideal size for budget builds

GIGABYTE GA-AB350M-Gaming 3 (rev. 1.0) AM4 AMD B350 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
GIGABYTE GA-AB350M-Gaming 3 (rev. 1.0) AM4 AMD B350 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: Room for dedicated graphics. Room for a wireless card. Manual is very detailed. It really did make the job easier, but definitely not faster.

Cons: Red No integrated wireless card. The cooler over the MOSFETs is really loose. Don't touch it. Chipset is the hottest part of the computer. I might have thought about going for a step up even though I'm just planning on running one graphics card. You heard me right. The card isn't even here and the chipset is the hottest part of the computer. I think I might gamble and pick up the SquareTrade Protection Plan.

Overall Review: I was really surprised there wasn't a wireless card built into this. I checked out a few other inexpensive motherboards and they all had integrated wireless. I didn't notice until after windows was installed. This is now turning into a small problem. Integrated Graphics is just silly for this. Lots of AMD's processors have integrated graphics as well, but only one or the other can run. Take out the integrated graphics and put in integrated wireless. I might just buy an active cooler for the chipset.

Works

Patriot Viper Elite 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4 2400MHz DRAM (Desktop Memory) CL15 1.2V Red DIMM (288-pin) PVE48G240C5KRD (Intel XMP, AMD Ryzen)
Patriot Viper Elite 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4 2400MHz DRAM (Desktop Memory) CL15 1.2V Red DIMM (288-pin) PVE48G240C5KRD (Intel XMP, AMD Ryzen)

Pros: Ryzen 3 220G GIGABYTE GA-AB350M-Gaming 3 (rev. 1.0) Not overclocked.

Cons: Stickers are red and my LEDs are blue, ho hum.

Overall Review: Yes you can overclock on this chipset, I know it's a B-tier chipset, but you can still overclock. I'm not overclocking a stealth cooler. Maybe I would with a spire, but not a stealth.

Ideal budget based

Western Digital Caviar Blue WD2500AAKX 250GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM w/1 Year Warranty
Western Digital Caviar Blue WD2500AAKX 250GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM w/1 Year Warranty

Pros: SATA 3 6Gb/s 7200RPM Very affordable. It wasn't a cheapo drive. This thing is manufactured by Western Digital. They're one of the most reputable manufactures for data storage options. I personally always buy Western Digital and the price on this was too good not to stick into this budget build. It showed up really fast, but I just happened to be living near the warehouse this seller shipped in 2-3 days even though I chose the free shipping (4-7 days) One year warranty just in case you're unlucky enough to get one DOA.

Cons: Kinda small capacity, but it's in the description. The price per amount of storage you're getting is quite terrible. Weird scratches around the warranty sticker which make me think something is up with the seller, but don't forget they have it warrantied for one year.

Overall Review: Shipping was spectacular. I know it's Western Digital so I don't have to worry about anything except the lack of space. It's been running data transfers for a couple days and the thing stays mostly cool to the touch. All the gears turn and everything.