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Lucas T.

Lucas T.

Joined on 04/27/06

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Good GPU w/ Catalyst 10.10e, great aftermarket version

ASUS Radeon HD 6870 1GB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity EAH6870 DC/2DI2S/1GD5
ASUS Radeon HD 6870 1GB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity EAH6870 DC/2DI2S/1GD5

Pros: Quite fast for the money - StarCraft II at 1920x1200 with all the visual goodies turned up runs very well. Unreal Tournament 3 at 1920x1200 also runs very smoothly. Slight factory overclock. Very quiet even under load; I would guess this runs very cool as well, but I haven't directly tested the GPU temperature (although my case and CPU temperatures with system and GPU under load pretty much unchanged--maybe even a tiny bit lower--after the upgrade, and my previous card was a much less powerful Radeon 3850) Looks good! Full-sized DisplayPorts. Very, very solid-feeling. Makes me trust that this card is well-built. Also uses "super allow" components (capacitors, etc.), which, in theory, should lead to better cooling and longer life.

Cons: DON'T install Catalyst 10.12!: Unstable with Catalyst 10.12 (BSODs and such), so I uninstalled Catalyst, ran Phyxion.net's driver sweeper, and, just for good measure, looked through the system files and deleted a few empty ATI/AMD/Catalyst-related folders, then I installed Catalyst 10.10e "hotfix", which has been perfectly stable since. This is more of a con for AMD and their drivers, and has little to do with Asus' aftermarket board. I wish they'd get their stuff together as Catalyst 10.12 has been out for over a month and was purpose-made for the 6000 series cards yet is not stable with the 6870.

Overall Review: Install Catalyst 10.10e and you should be fine! No dedicated HDMI port, though I think I prefer the two full-sized DisplayPorts (which don't allow room for the HDMI port), and Asus is good enough to provide a DVI-to-HDMI adapter (as well as a DVI-to-VGA one).

Good range, good speed, reliable

NETGEAR WNDR3700-100NAS V.5 Wireless Gigabit Open Source Router/ USB port Rangemax 2.4/5 GHz Simultaneous N600 Dual Band IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n, IEEE 802.3/3u/3ab
NETGEAR WNDR3700-100NAS V.5 Wireless Gigabit Open Source Router/ USB port Rangemax 2.4/5 GHz Simultaneous N600 Dual Band IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n, IEEE 802.3/3u/3ab

Pros: --Fast, especially the 5GHz band --Good range - easily covers a 3-floor house from the top floor; good reception, connection, and speed in the whole house --Dual band is a great feature (can use one band for more "public" use, i.e. friends, neighbors, etc., and one for "private" use, i.e. personal HD streaming, etc., by hiding one SSID (can only access the network if you manually enter the SSID, isn't searchable)). --Seems reliable (besides when the power company was messing with our electricity, have restarted it maybe one in the 2+ months I've had it) --NAS capability is nice to have, though I haven't used it yet

Cons: I don't think you can plug a printer into the USB port (for storage devices only), but i have a LAN-enabled printer so this doesn't matter much to me. Wish my iPhone worked on 5GHz 802.11n :)

Overall Review: Pretty much top-of-line; well-reviewed by most professional reviewers. Much more expensive than many wireless-n routers, but you get what you pay for, and if you need speed and reliability, spring for this. Should last you a number of years.

Good, high-end cable modem

Zoom 5341-02-00G Cable Modem Ethernet Port DOCSIS 3.0
Zoom 5341-02-00G Cable Modem Ethernet Port DOCSIS 3.0

Pros: Solid, fast cable modem. Haven't had any problems with it since I got it a few months ago. Had to restart it a few times because the power company was doing electrical work, but otherwise it's been a consistent performer.

Cons: None so far.

Overall Review: Coupled with a Netgear WNDR3700-100NAS R (also great). As far as I can tell, this is one of the best cable modems available from Newegg (or anywhere else). Needed a modem for my business where reliability and speed are essential, and this was the choice for me. More expensive than some modems, but you get what you pay for.

Solid, inexpensive 1366 board

ECS X58B-A2 LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard
ECS X58B-A2 LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Good, well-designed board. Haven't had any real problems with it. Good performance with my Intel i7 920 (though I don't OC and have little basis for direct comparison). Has two PCI-e x16 slots that are properly spaced (to allow room for larger GPU heatsinks); haven't tried CrossFire but I imagine the physical installation would be easy. Obviously not a board you'll put 3-4 GPUs on, but 1 or 2 graphics cards is enough for most people. Good amount if I/O and SATA connectors. LED diagnostic is a nice feature. Can be invaluable with otherwise hard-to-diagnose problems. Looks good! (I just installed 6x2GB G.Skill DDR3-1600 RAM in it [got them from the 'Egg for $130, a steal as long as they keep working like they are], which has red heatsinks and looks great with the board's read/yellow/orange theme)

Cons: None so far, unless you count some slight quirkiness with RAM (see below).

Overall Review: When I first installed RAM on this board (I originally used some 3x2GB Patriot DDR3-1333), the board would beep at me and I couldn't get it to work. I eventually figured out (in some obscure FAQ or forum) that if you install only one set of RAM (i.e. 3 sticks and not 6), the board prefers to have them installed in slots 2, 4, and 6 (i.e. I think I left the slot nearest to the CPU empty then used every other slot: [CPU] | empty slot | RAM | empty slot | RAM | empty slot | RAM); intuitively I would tend to use slots 1, 3, 5 first (which is what I did, thus the problem), but if you keep this quirk in mind you should be fine. When I upgraded my RAM recently, I just got 6 new sticks (instead of adding 3), since the price was good, they were faster than my original RAM (so I didn't want a speed discrepancy), and I figured it would be best to have it all be consistent for reasons of voltage, latency, and general stability. So far so good; all of the slots seem to work fine for now.