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Ronald H.

Ronald H.

Joined on 10/11/08

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Most Favorable Review

Biostar - Tops in Value for $$

BIOSTAR A880GZ AM3+ AMD 880G + SB850 SATA 6Gb/s HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
BIOSTAR A880GZ AM3+ AMD 880G + SB850 SATA 6Gb/s HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: Great price for the feature set. Supports up to 125 W processors. Reliable mail-in rebate process. Supports FX processors out of the box. Consistently good Biostar quality -- never a problem for me.

Cons: Only supports up to 8GB RAM (I knew this when purchased).

Most Critical Review

BIOS Needs Some Work

ASRock 775I65G R3.0 LGA 775 Intel 865G + ICH5 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
ASRock 775I65G R3.0 LGA 775 Intel 865G + ICH5 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: New product using old Intel chipset. Good LGA775 processor support. Using an Intel 520 P4 processor I had laying around and Windows XP software and product key. Interesting install.

Cons: Slow boot. BIOS would not recognize my SATA harddrive. Switched BIOS set-up for harddrives to "campatability" mode, which seems to have solved the problem. No Win7 drivers.

Easy install

TP-LINK TL-WN881ND Wireless N300 PCI Express Adapter, 300 Mbps, w/ WPS Button, IEEE 802.1b/g/n, 64 / 128-bit WEP, WPA / WPA2, Plug & Play in Windows
TP-LINK TL-WN881ND Wireless N300 PCI Express Adapter, 300 Mbps, w/ WPS Button, IEEE 802.1b/g/n, 64 / 128-bit WEP, WPA / WPA2, Plug & Play in Windows

Pros: Easy installation on an older motherboard with Windows 10.

Overall Review: Recommended.

Install and Go!

Patriot 2GB 240-Pin PC RAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Desktop Memory Model PSD22G80026
Patriot 2GB 240-Pin PC RAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Desktop Memory Model PSD22G80026

Pros: It's memory. You expect it to just work.

Overall Review: No fuss, no muss. Just as expected.

Great CPU

Intel Core i3 9th Gen - Core i3-9100F Coffee Lake 4-Core 3.6 GHz (4.2 GHz Turbo) LGA 1151 (300 Series) 65W BX80684i39100F Desktop Processor Without Graphics
Intel Core i3 9th Gen - Core i3-9100F Coffee Lake 4-Core 3.6 GHz (4.2 GHz Turbo) LGA 1151 (300 Series) 65W BX80684i39100F Desktop Processor Without Graphics

Pros: No problem. Installed in my ASROCK mobo and booted right away. Excited to have a modern quad-core CPU at a great price.

Cons: None

Overall Review: Great.

Surprised

Vulcan Omega VTA08900 Intel Atom Z3735G (1.33GHz) 1 GB DDR3 Memory 16GB eMMC 8.95" 1024 x 600 Tablet Windows 10 Home Black
Vulcan Omega VTA08900 Intel Atom Z3735G (1.33GHz) 1 GB DDR3 Memory 16GB eMMC 8.95" 1024 x 600 Tablet Windows 10 Home Black

Pros: Windows 10 Tablet. Fairly responsive. Inexpensive. Good for travel, if you get a protective cover.

Cons: Only about 5GB memory available, due to Windows 10 install. Plastic screen. Touch sensitivity is poor. Screen resolution is grainy.

Overall Review: Wanted something inexpensive that I wouldn't mind losing/breaking to take with me on trips to keep in touch with friends and family.