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Darren J.

Darren J.

Joined on 02/09/02

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Most Favorable Review

Excellent card!!!!!

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: This card picks up signals like the mars rover(s). My old A**link card (which was more expensive BTW) would fluctuate between 9mbs low to 54mbs very high (mainly the former). I pluged this card in and Windows XP recognized it and installed it before I could get the software disc out of the sleeve. Immediatley I was getting 54mps at excellent! I didn't even bother installing the software as I don't want to set up network sharing right now. If the software works as well as the card I'm sure it is fantastic. The card is picking up the signal from a cheap D**ink router across the house through several walls (my house was built in the 50's so we ain't talking sheet rock here).

Cons: It doesn't pay my cable bill (although with this card I could probably cut off my internet & "borrow" from a neighbor).

Overall Review: It's less than $30 including shipping, "Just buy it!"

Most Critical Review

takes a lot of tweaking

MSI K9MM-V AM2 VIA K8M800 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
MSI K9MM-V AM2 VIA K8M800 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: AM2 socket compatible with duel core athlon 64. AGP slot for older video cards.

Cons: Very little control in BIOS. Completely unstable with ATI VGA cards at 8x speed, have to set speed to 4x in bios & smartgart.

Overall Review: Should have gone ahead & gone with PCI express. This is what happens when your cheap I suppose.

Excellent headset

PLANTRONICS .Audio 355 3.5mm Connector Circumaural Stereo Headset
PLANTRONICS .Audio 355 3.5mm Connector Circumaural Stereo Headset

Pros: Great sound , excellent microphone, comfort, inexpensive.

Cons: None I can think of.

Overall Review: As the earlier poster stated removing the noise dampening inserts from behind the ear pads greatly improves already impressive sound.

Cool and cool looking

GMC R-2 Toast AZT-GMCR2-BL Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
GMC R-2 Toast AZT-GMCR2-BL Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: Small length, fits in my computer desk with room to spare, vertical drive & led light are a nice touch. Plenty of room for large video cards. Comes with plenty of hardware. You only need the sticky tabs for your optical drive if it is very old.

Cons: Only one optical drive bay (But you can use external drives with a good motherboard with external SATA connections).

Overall Review: I have this case housing a PhenomII 550 OC to 3.7 (with stock cooling) and an HD4850 1gb with only 2 case fans (one in the back & one in the bottom). the CPU idles at 35C and never breaks 50C under load. The GPU idles aroud 40C and Never Breaks 55C. This is while the case in inside a "Hideaway" computer desk.

Best bang for the buck

AMD Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition - Phenom II X2 Callisto Dual-Core 3.1 GHz Socket AM3 80W Processor - HDZ550WFGIBOX
AMD Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition - Phenom II X2 Callisto Dual-Core 3.1 GHz Socket AM3 80W Processor - HDZ550WFGIBOX

Pros: Awsome overclocking, sitting stable at 3.7 with stock cooling in a small case inside a (hidaway) computer desk. 35C at idle never breaks 55C under load. Runs all the games I have at max settings.

Cons: Other cores unlockable (although I didn't buy this chip from newegg, I think they have the early ones that aren't locked).

Overall Review: I use this CPU for gaming & will upgrade later, right now most games don't need 4 cores. This chip overclocks like a champ on a good mainboard (I only stopped at 3.7 because my HD4850 1gb was bottlnecking it). It could easily go to 3.9 or even 4gigs on air in a good case.

Stay away.....

MSI K9MM-V AM2 VIA K8M800 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
MSI K9MM-V AM2 VIA K8M800 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: Cheap, can use your old agp card with an AM2 processor.

Cons: Runs slower than most AM2 processor speeds, causes conflicts with processor & graphics card.

Overall Review: Had a Radeon X800 pro AGP & tried to take the cheap way out & match it with an 64X2 3800+ AMD with this board. Would crash within a minute, after much searching learned that it would not run in AGP8x (even though it says it supports it). Downloaded ATI tool & set it to 4x in Smartgard. Ran....for a bit, would crash under high load. Finally bought a new biostar MB & x1950pro pci (very happy now). This MB now sits in my closet, the moral of this story? "You get what you pay for"