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Douglas M.

Douglas M.

Joined on 10/25/01

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Most Favorable Review

Great MOBO with newest chipset

ASRock X570 EXTREME4 AM4 AMD X570 SATA 6Gb/s ATX AMD Motherboard
ASRock X570 EXTREME4 AM4 AMD X570 SATA 6Gb/s ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: - Newest chip set for great performance - 2 M.2 slots - Plenty of SATA and fan connections. - CPU fan LED header for color customization.

Cons: This is a small nit. The M.2 heatsink has nifty LED lighting, but has a very small plug on the heatsink wire. You have to unplug it to mount the M.2 chips. Plugging it back in (it has to be plugged in for the computer to POST) is fiddly business. In addition, you have to make sure the wire isn't on top of the chip or you can't correctly mount the heatsink.

Overall Review: The build was super easy. In addition to the aformentioned, I also put in 2 sticks of 16gb RAM, 2 M.2 1TB SSDs, 2 3TB HDDs, the new ASUS Sapphire 5700 graphics card and an ASUS sound card. I had no problems with assembly and the new system POSTed when I first turned it on. I did a lot of research before I bought. There was nothing I wish I knew before purchase. There's been a lot of advances since my last build just 5 years ago. Performance is a huge improvement over my older i7 machine. I'm really happy with the result!

Plenty of outlets

EVGA SuperNOVA 850 G3, 220-G3-0850-X1, 80+ GOLD, 850W Fully Modular, EVGA ECO Mode with New HDB Fan, Includes FREE Power On Self Tester, Compact 150mm Size, Power Supply
EVGA SuperNOVA 850 G3, 220-G3-0850-X1, 80+ GOLD, 850W Fully Modular, EVGA ECO Mode with New HDB Fan, Includes FREE Power On Self Tester, Compact 150mm Size, Power Supply

Pros: Powerful Modular connectors

Cons: None so far.

Overall Review: I love fully modular power supplies and this is a very nice one. It is solidly made and the connectors are of good quality. The fan is quiet and I've had no problems with it in my new build. I checked my power requirements, especially my new AMD Radeon Sapphire 5700 GPU and this has plenty of wattage to meet my needs.

Best Case so Far

Phanteks Enthoo Pro M Series PH-ES515PTG_BK Brushed Black Steel Frame / ABS Front / Tempered Glass Window ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Phanteks Enthoo Pro M Series PH-ES515PTG_BK Brushed Black Steel Frame / ABS Front / Tempered Glass Window ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Overall Review: I bought this case for a new build. I've done several builds over the years and I think this is the best looking case so far. It has a clean industrial look. The layout makes for an easy build. I like the bay for the power supply and the space behind the main area. There are plenty of pass throughs so you can keep your wires hidden to make a nice and tidy build. I bought this case because there's a slot for an optical drive, unlike many gamers cases. I will be repurposing my old computer as a Home Theater PC. I was so impressed by the looks of this case that I bought another for the HTPC! BTW, my old computer was stored in a ventilated cabinet in my home office. My wife looked at my new computer with LEDs on the MB, CPU Fan and memory and suggested I keep this case next to my desk where it can be seen by all! I've finished my build and I'm impressed by how cool the fans keep the system. I don't overclock, but I do have a GPU, another source of heat. I ordered two Corsair fans for the top to augment cooling. There's a slide out bracket that makes adding the fans super easy.

Excellent Storage Choice

XPG SX8200 Pro Series: 1TB Internal Solid State Drive PCIe Gen3x4 M.2 2280
XPG SX8200 Pro Series: 1TB Internal Solid State Drive PCIe Gen3x4 M.2 2280

Overall Review: I bought 2 sticks of this for a new productivity/graphics computer build. I read reviews before purchase and I agree with all the positive things said about them. They were on sale and I bought them for the same price a SSD drive would cost. I came from a system with a standard HDD as the boot drive and I'm amazed at the difference in boot time. They were shipped directly from AData and arrived quickly.

Works great! Simple setup

TP-Link AC2600 WiFi Extender(RE650), Up to 2600Mbps, Dual Band WiFi Range Extender, Gigabit port, Internet Booster, Repeater, Access Point, 4x4 MU-MIMO
TP-Link AC2600 WiFi Extender(RE650), Up to 2600Mbps, Dual Band WiFi Range Extender, Gigabit port, Internet Booster, Repeater, Access Point, 4x4 MU-MIMO

Pros: We have a large house and the wireless router is downstairs in our daylight basement. We were having problems with speed and connectivity upstairs in the living room, which is on the opposite end of the house. I've placed this extender on the main floor in the middle of the house. Now connectivity is much better and faster. Setup couldn't be easier. Plug it in near the router, press the WPM button on the router, then on the extender and wait a few seconds for the lights on the extender to glow steady. Then just find an outlet where you want to place it and make sure you get a steady connection light. I had my iPad connected within 5 minutes of taking it out of the box.

Cons: There ar no real cons, but be aware it is fairly large. You probably won't be able to plug another wall wart in the Sam receptacle. Also, we have a very dark house at night and I place the unit outside our bedroom. We ar getting used to the blue glow.

Overall Review: This unit gets very good pro reviews. Imchosemitmover another unit that got better reviews, but was a desktop device. This more than meets our needs. The device was shipped from a Newegg partner and arrived well packed and 3 days early! Great job!

Just What I Needed, Works Great!

StarTech.com USB3SSATAIDE USB to SATA IDE Adapter - 2.5in / 3.5in - Hard Drive USB Adapter - Hard Drive Transfer Cable - USB Universal Drive Adapter
StarTech.com USB3SSATAIDE USB to SATA IDE Adapter - 2.5in / 3.5in - Hard Drive USB Adapter - Hard Drive Transfer Cable - USB Universal Drive Adapter

Pros: Simple to use.

Cons: Instructions are sparse and not particularly helpful.

Overall Review: I lost some files on my current computer that I needed restored. They were on an external drive, but the power supply didn't work. I was able to remove the hard drive and restore the files. I also had some hard drives that I had pulled from older computers that were both SATA and IDE. I was able to use the StarTech to successfully connect to both types. Here's a couple of things missing from the instructions that others mentioned that I found helpful: 1. Even though it comes with a driver disk, they are not needed with Windows 7/Windows 10 2. When plugging in an IDE disk, make sure the jumper is set to "slave". 3. Plug in the cable to the correct adapter, then plug in the power cable. Wait for the disk to spin up, then plug the USB cable into your computer. The file explorer box will pop up automatically.