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THOMAS H.

THOMAS H.

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Most Favorable Review

Fast, works as advertised

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL8D-4GBRM
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL8D-4GBRM

Pros: works perfectly fast 7.5 out of 7.9 Windows 7 Experience Index (fastest part of my computer) Metallic Blue - looks much better than image G.Skill has active support and discussion forums.

Cons: I'm pretty sure this does not support X.M.P., if you wanted to use Intel's overclocking feature

Overall Review: Set to advertised timings in my BIOS on the first boot and haven't looked back. Purchased with: Intel i5-750; MSi P55-CD-53

12/20/2009
Most Critical Review

Don't Believe It

AZiO AWD102N Wireless Adapter IEEE 802.11b/g, IEEE 802.11n Draft 2.0 PCI Up to 300Mbps Wireless Data Rates
AZiO AWD102N Wireless Adapter IEEE 802.11b/g, IEEE 802.11n Draft 2.0 PCI Up to 300Mbps Wireless Data Rates

Pros: - Included disc and downloadable web drivers worked for Windows XP 32-Bit Professional, but not with my N router, in any transmission mode (B/G/N). - Works with a G router, though the reception is poor, despite the extra antenna.

Cons: - Does not work with TRENDNET TEW-639GR router. Computer freezes when you connect to a network, and requires you to press the power button to restart your computer. - Website has drivers for Windows 7 64-Bit, but the drivers do not work at all. Generic Win7 drivers don't work with TRENDnet TEW-639GR either. - Utility seems feature packed, but it is probably unclear how to use it unless you are a professional network administrator. - I had it for about 28 days when I bought the router, so I couldn't send it back. I only bought the router because I had such poor range with the card. Note: I only had one high gain antenna connected to it. The other was the stock antenna. - Having 2 antennas just makes it more expensive because you'll need 2 high gain antennas instead of one. It doesn't seem to improve anything as there's really only one sweet spot.

Overall Review: You don't need an adapter that has drivers for Windows 7. As you can see from my experience, the Windows 7 drivers for this card don't even work. Just buy a card made recently from a reputable manufacturer; Windows 7 will be able to automatically install drivers for it.

tried a dozen mousepads, this one I like

Perixx DX-1000M Waterproof Gaming Mouse Pad Stitched Edges Non-Slip Rubber Base M Size 9.84x8.27x0.08 Inches
Perixx DX-1000M Waterproof Gaming Mouse Pad Stitched Edges Non-Slip Rubber Base M Size 9.84x8.27x0.08 Inches

Pros: I've tried a dozen mousepads, this is my favorite. It's very slick and the tracking is precise. I am using it with a discontinued Logitech G9x which I believe is infrared laser with Teflon coated feet. I bought this mousepad firstly over a year ago and have loved it. I use my PC most of the day every day. It has shown some signs of wear - like markings where it is used most (pizza and snack food? skin oils? scratches from 10 year old mouse-feet?) - but functionally it was still working great. I may try washing it. Anyway, I decided to buy a new one because I'm worried they will stop making them, and then keep the old mousepad as a backup or for a lesser used PC. I noticed they have changed this item to include stitching around the outside and rounded corners, which I would say is an improvement. It's not uncomfortable and should hold it together for years. They did not bother to change the model number. I literally just re-ordered. Note: I am using this mousepad placed on top of a very, very large Steel Series mousemat that goes under my keyboard and everything stays put during use. I've never tried it any other way.

Cons: no cons

Overall Review: My favorite mousemat: slick, accurate, durable, affordable. Bonuses: + does not smell + lays flat immediately out of the box. + good price + the Perixx logo looks cool

Fair price to be able to use my existing monitors with my new GPU

Rosewill ACAD-DP2DVIS-6BK 6 inch Black Color DisplayPort V1.2 to DVI-D(Single Link) Active Digital Video Adapter Converter - AMD ATI Eyefinify Compatible, DP to DVI - 1920 x 1200
Rosewill ACAD-DP2DVIS-6BK 6 inch Black Color DisplayPort V1.2 to DVI-D(Single Link) Active Digital Video Adapter Converter - AMD ATI Eyefinify Compatible, DP to DVI - 1920 x 1200

Pros: Works great, wasn't too expensive. My friend gave me his 960 GTX to upgrade from my 760 GTX, but the video outputs were different, and in order to use two DVI monitors and an HDMI big screen TV, I needed one of them to have an adapter. The 960 GTX has 1 DVI, 1 HDMI, and 4 DisplayPort outputs. After buying a 'passive' DisplayPort to HDMI cable, and that not working at all, I did some research and found I needed an 'active' adapter, which is what this one is. If the markings near the ports just say DP, or DP 1.2, you need an active adapter. If it says DP++ or something like that, you can use passive cable. That's the best I can remember. Please look into it yourselves. Since my Asus Strix 960 GTX video card has 4 display ports outputs, I was worried it wasn't working, but then I tried the far left output instead of the far right output and it worked first try. Note: with a short adapter like this, connect a DVI monitor cable to this and to the monitor so you have some length. I used the one that came with my monitor. My monitors: Samsung XL2370 and LG 22EA63 (both 1080p)

Cons: no cons

Overall Review: Fair price to not have to buy a new monitor or video card.

Nice work PC upgrade

ECS GeForce GT 440 (Fermi) 512MB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 Video Card NGT440-512QI-F1
ECS GeForce GT 440 (Fermi) 512MB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 Video Card NGT440-512QI-F1

Pros: Runs 2 monitors. (VGA, DVI, and/or HDMI) Brings a standard desktop up to compatibility with Windows 7 and 8 (assumed). Faster display than onboard. adds super fast dedicated video memory Can't hear anything (quiet) Fairly inexpensive - got my boss to order this for my work PC very small no need to upgrade PSU for me, and no wires needed, it draws power from the motherboard only.

Cons: graphics on shield aren't cool or desirable and waste money. Would rather it was $5 or $10 cheaper without artwork. Driver disc that came with it didn't really work right, maybe something I did wrong. It only displayed "Browse CD and Exit". In the instructions it was supposed to have installation options. Anyway, I just downloaded the latest drivers from nVidia, which is easy enough and better.

Overall Review: Installed in a Dell Optiplex 330. Nice upgrade to my PC at work. Now I can run 2 monitors and upgrade Windows if I want.

Bought a replacement

i-rocks KR-6402-BK Black 109 Normal Keys USB Wired Slim Aluminum X-Slim Keyboard for PC
i-rocks KR-6402-BK Black 109 Normal Keys USB Wired Slim Aluminum X-Slim Keyboard for PC

Pros: THis is actually a pretty good gaming keyboard. THere are a lot of little pluses about this keyboard that will go unmentioned. As you can see, I seem to drag the shift with this keyboard, but that could be my fault. It has features like: you just plug it in, and it works. ALl of the function keys work -- and correctly -- without software. The light on the caps and numpad is a good idea, I've actually not seen that before. It doesn't slide at all. It's fairly quiet. THe keys almost feel like high quality D-pad buttons. Not the greatest for typing, but they are really quick for WASD. FOr the price, if you get a working one, this might be a really good choice. In some ways it actually feels better than my Fatal1ty (which I thought would never be able to replace), and is more comfortable and smaller (better) than the Logitech Illuminated (the wristrest is a dealbreaker for me, honestly), all while being cheaper than either were.

Cons: Well I had to return it, so that makes it more expensive and a hassle and disappointment. You end up typing differently, like with the flat of your finger, instead of the tip. This can make your fingers sore for a while at first.

Overall Review: I wish there was a bigger gap separating the function keys. A few keys can sound creaky. Different ones on different keyboards (this is my second). Not a huge deal.