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Brian H.

Brian H.

Joined on 06/26/04

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Most Favorable Review

Seems to work well enough.

Wavlink AC1300 USB3.0 WiFi Card Dual Band 1300Mbps USB Wi-Fi Network Adapter with USB Extension Cradle, 802.11AC Network Lan Card 2.4G/400Mbps + 5G/867Mbps, WPS for PC Desktop Windows Mac OS X
Wavlink AC1300 USB3.0 WiFi Card Dual Band 1300Mbps USB Wi-Fi Network Adapter with USB Extension Cradle, 802.11AC Network Lan Card 2.4G/400Mbps + 5G/867Mbps, WPS for PC Desktop Windows Mac OS X

Pros: I get good transfer speeds with this adapter. A good value for the money.

Cons: I had some issues with the card after a couple of months of solid performance. My computer seemed to hang after loading, and my network connection wouldn't work until I unplugged/plugged the card in. Also, it'd occasionally drop it's connection, which is frustrating if you're gaming online. I thought is was the card at first, but I also thought it may have due to a Windows update. I downloaded a couple of different drivers for the card (the exact model seems to be missing from their website) and on the second try I seem to have success. Note, I used the larger download. I also disabled a couple of programs from starting with Windows, like the Sapphire Trixx program. Don't know what worked , but it has worked fine now for the last couple of weeks.

Overall Review: For the money, this seems to be a good card. It's nice and large, and I like the plug-in base that comes with it.

11/26/2018
Most Critical Review

Cheap System Combo Case

LOGISYS Computer CS136BK Micro ATX Computer Case with 480W Power Supply
LOGISYS Computer CS136BK Micro ATX Computer Case with 480W Power Supply

Pros: This case came as a combo deal that I bought to put together a cheap multimedia/email/web surfing system. For what it is, it's alright. Since I saved enough on the system, I can tolerate the case. I'd say it's a $20 case with a $20 psu. As for the case, it's light but functional, and has adequate room for a couple of drives. The optical drive bays work fine for me, and I like the exterior flip door. If you're looking for a server or gaming case, look elsewhere. I'm using the stock cpu cooler, so it's fine, because it's too narrow for the spare Hyper 212 I had. I'm already buying another psu (I had a 750 watt one I was going to use, but it's too long) so some of my savings just went out the door. Oh well.

Cons: Since the power supply is very light - the one I was going to use weighs more than the case and furnished psu combined - I'd strongly recommend buying a better one, and watch the length. The supplied one was 5.5 inches, and that's about as long as you want to go.

Overall Review: I'd have preferred a better power supply, even for more money, but what you get should work in a pinch. I've built a number of computers over the years, and this is definitely one of the cheaper cases I've used. I wouldn't recommend this case combo on it's own, since you will most likely buy another psu for it eventually. . Most builders will already know this. But as part of a system combo it's not too horrible.

11/30/2014

I'm impressed

AMD A8-5600K - A-Series APU Trinity Quad-Core 3.6GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) Socket FM2 100W AMD Radeon HD 7560D Desktop APU (CPU + GPU) with DirectX 11 Graphic - AD560KWOHJBOX
AMD A8-5600K - A-Series APU Trinity Quad-Core 3.6GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) Socket FM2 100W AMD Radeon HD 7560D Desktop APU (CPU + GPU) with DirectX 11 Graphic - AD560KWOHJBOX

Pros: Fast little cpu for what you pay. Integrated gpu negates need for video card. Performs what it's asked to do - video streaming, web surfing, email - with ease.

Cons: None that I can think of. I used to go with AMD all the time until Intel started beating them in performance with the introduction of the Core2Duo. I still use Intel for gaming, but for everyday computing there's no reason to. And I'm sure if I added a discreet video card this cpu would game just fine.

Overall Review: I got this as part of a combo deal that I bought to put together a multimedia system, and this cpu is perfect for that. Total bill for system, with a thrown in DVD drive was $274, and that's with an SSD and a HDD. Throw in a copy of Win 8.1 and you've got a decent little system. Glad I didn't go with one of those book sized computers.

Better than expected.

NZXT Phantom PHAN-002OR Newegg Exclusive Black Finish w/Orange Trim Steel / Plastic Enthusiast ATX Full Tower Computer Case
NZXT Phantom PHAN-002OR Newegg Exclusive Black Finish w/Orange Trim Steel / Plastic Enthusiast ATX Full Tower Computer Case

Pros: Well constructed. Decent amount of room. Good cable management possibilities. Very attractive. Awesome airflow. Fan controls work well, though I usually leave them running high. Top fans move lots of air, and I bought a second one, which I highly recommend. Also, I love the orange accent.

Cons: Can't mound side 200mm fan if using larger hs/fan, in my case the Hyper 212 plus. Only one USB 2.0 header on front panel - my ASRock Z68 mobo doesn't have a 3.0 hook-up (yeah, I know). Not as tall as I expected (my old CM 690 mid is about as tall), but it does have plenty of depth. Also, the "you must buy an NZXT FN fan to guarantee fit" business is lame.

Overall Review: I bought this for a new build, and went NZXT because a friend always raves about them - he's an IT guy for a hospital, and builds/maintains computers for a living. My other two cases are CM HAF's -a 922 and a 932. Both of those make less noise than this case, and both allow a large side fan with decent hs/fan, but this case overall cools at least as well, and it looks much better.

Great for price.

SIIG IC-510111-S1 5.1 Channels 24-bit 96KHz PCI Express x1 Interface Sound Card
SIIG IC-510111-S1 5.1 Channels 24-bit 96KHz PCI Express x1 Interface Sound Card

Pros: Works great. Installed fine. Inexpensive - I bought mine for $35 on sale.

Cons: At first, the sound from the card was muffled, and I had to turn it up to get anything. But for some reason, after playing Black Ops using my USB headset, the sound was great. I suppose after exiting the game, the sound card must have reconfigured itself properly. Just a guess though. Anyway, I'm happy enough.

Overall Review: As others have stated, I was a bit disappointed at the selection of sound cards for PCI-E x 1. The onboard sound on my X58 Sabertooth mobo had gone out, and I only had the x1 slot available, so I took a chance on a company I wasn't familiar with. I'm glad I did. Since I only use 2.0 or 2.1 speakers, this card is more than adequate.

Disappointed

ASUS Sabertooth X58 LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
ASUS Sabertooth X58 LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Decently appointed board. Fair enough price for a 1366 chipset (which are now overpriced in the face of Sandy Bridge). Two 16x PCI-E slots, though they could be one more slot apart. Interesting color scheme. Performance seems decent enough, since I normally buy AMD products, and this was a noticeable step up.

Cons: I've had 3 Asus boards over the last 10 years, and all have had some issue. I lost onboard sound on this one after installing my 2nd GTX460 for SLI. I've tried many things to remedy the issue, including a reinstall of Win7, without luck. Rather than messing with a RMA, I decided to buy a sound card. Since I only use either 2.0 or 2.1 speakers, I went with an inexpensive SIIG PCIe x 1 soundcard. Hopefully it'll work well (it's well rated by the users who posted, so we'll see).

Overall Review: I think from now on I'll stick with my normal manufacturers for future mobo purchases. A couple of my friends are IT techs at hospitals, and they're longtime Asus fans, but I can't say I'm impressed. I've had a number of Gigabyte boards without any major problems, and even two Biostar boards that both worked well. Heck, even my Foxconn board worked fine. Oh well. Maybe it's just me.