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Ellis R.

Ellis R.

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Most Favorable Review

This card breathes life into old system.

GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 ATX Video Card GV-N1060WF2OC-6GD
GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 ATX Video Card GV-N1060WF2OC-6GD

Pros: To repeat all the professional reviewers, Nvidia has done wonders with the 10 series in terms of power/heat/performance. This gives me great framerates on DOOM, in spite of 7 year old cpu/ram/mobo. Smooth setup, no issues using out of the box with new windows7 install.

Cons: none.

Overall Review: Paired with a new samsung 850 SSD, this card allows me to play recent games like DOOM and Wolfenstien, without problems, on my 8-year old rig. I'm talking Phenom II 955 and 8gb ddr3 ram. 1080p with no stutters. I'm very pleased.

Most Critical Review

I thought there would be a little more depth.

Cooler Master Elite 430 - Mid Tower Computer Case with All-Black Interior and Windowed Side Panel
Cooler Master Elite 430 - Mid Tower Computer Case with All-Black Interior and Windowed Side Panel

Pros: quiet case fans Plenty of room in the center of case. Solid build quality.

Cons: no room for good cabling. There aren't holes or paths for anything except some of the front panel stuff.

Overall Review: I wish the front fan connector was 3 inches longer so I could attach it to the mobo fan header instead of using a 4-pin molex--which I wouldn't have otherwise needed (using a modular power supply and sata only) These are nits, but I've come to expect better from Cooler Master after working on a HAF 922 and a CM-690 Advanced.

12/21/2011

Worked well in my thinkpad t580

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 32GB (2 x 16GB) 260-Pin DDR4 SO-DIMM DDR4 2400 (PC4 19200) Laptop Memory Model F4-2400C16D-32GRS
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 32GB (2 x 16GB) 260-Pin DDR4 SO-DIMM DDR4 2400 (PC4 19200) Laptop Memory Model F4-2400C16D-32GRS

Overall Review: More Ram is always good. Note: you have to push the SO-DIMM in all the way. if you're off by half a millimeter, the laptop won't boot.

I love this case

Cooler Master CM 690 II Advanced - Mid Tower Computer Case with USB 3.0 and Water Cooling Support
Cooler Master CM 690 II Advanced - Mid Tower Computer Case with USB 3.0 and Water Cooling Support

Pros: Spacious Good air flow usb 3.0 external x-dock is nice I pretty much like everything about this case. It's just a joy to work on, the x-dock is useful.

Cons: Every Single One of the included zip-ties was defective, they snapped before you could make a circle around even large cables. Just bugged me.

Overall Review: I also wish there were a hole at the top to route the auxiliary motherboard power cable behind the motherboard tray.

Works fine, but not with WNHDE111

NETGEAR N300 Open-Source Gigabit WiFi Router 128MB NAND and 128MB RAM, 480 MHz MIPS 74K Processor (WNR3500Lv2)
NETGEAR N300 Open-Source Gigabit WiFi Router 128MB NAND and 128MB RAM, 480 MHz MIPS 74K Processor (WNR3500Lv2)

Pros: Setup was easy. Open source support if that's your thing. Router + Access point

Cons: Preamble: I'm more writing a review on wireless networking complexity, Netgear's inability to educate buyers, and newegg's unhelpfulness. (in the past I've had good experience with their customer service) I wanted to set up wireless bridges-- 1 access point, then bridge(s) in other room(s) to connect to other devices. I had the two bridges (WNHDE111) and I wanted a third router/access point. Since Netgear's website said the WNR3500 supported WDS and it was 802.11n and it was the same company, I thought it would all work. However, the 3500 only does 2.5ghz, and the 111s only do 5ghz, so this set up won't work for me. In hindsight, I should have got a WNDR3300, which is dual band. I'm not sure if the 15% restocking + shipping is worth it. (and newegg doesn't have any) I know caveat emptor and such, but I wish newegg and netgear had put more effort in to compatibility and education. Of the forum threads I read on my first round of research, I missed those that mentioned freque

Overall Review: If you care about PC gaming, a wireless bridge is superior to a wireless adapter. Windows vista has this dumb network scan "feature" that gives you lag spikes every few minutes. Maybe they've improved in the past two years.

I expected a bit more from the Graphics

AMD A6-3500 - A-Series APU (CPU + GPU) Llano Triple-Core 2.1GHz (2.4GHz Max Turbo) Socket FM1 65W AMD Radeon HD 6530D Desktop APU (CPU + GPU) with DirectX 11 Graphic - AD3500OJGXBOX
AMD A6-3500 - A-Series APU (CPU + GPU) Llano Triple-Core 2.1GHz (2.4GHz Max Turbo) Socket FM1 65W AMD Radeon HD 6530D Desktop APU (CPU + GPU) with DirectX 11 Graphic - AD3500OJGXBOX

Pros: Better than integrated graphics. Low power consumption/heat @65w.

Cons: I expected a higher windows experience index--I know that's a limited metric--but I still wanted higher. The stock cpu fan makes noises sometimes. I think I should be able to tweak that, I just haven't tried yet.

Overall Review: I like it overall.

12/21/2011