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SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD256BW 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: This is a smokin' SSD. It comes with a disc of cloning software to transfer your HDD contents to this drive. Software was easy to use. I moved about 70GB off my Velociraptor boot drive to this SSD in a couple of minutes. I now use this as my boot drive and it gets me into Windows 8.1 ready to rock in 15 seconds. The SATA data and power connections fit snugly and the mounting holes lined up with my hardware.

Cons: None really other than the price of SSD. However, the price seems to have been dropping since Christmas, and I got this for under $200 (240GB). The day after I ordered, it went down another $5 with promo code. :(

Other Thoughts: I used a Kingston SSD as a boot drive with Windows 7 on a previous build, and it got me up and running in about 10 seconds. But this was with the OS only and no other programs and drivers installed. So a 15 second boot time with all my programs, drivers and other junk installed on this Samsung is a testament to its speed IMO. Definitely worth picking up.

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HyperX XMP Blu Red Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 Desktop Memory Model KHX16C10B1RK2/16X
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: XMP. Stable. Reliable brand I've used for years. Great looking finish that was a perfect fit in the black RAM slots in my MSI Z87-GD65 Gaming mobo. Not the beefiest heat sinks on the market, but I've owned HyperX memory in the past, and never been even close to having heat issues. Plus, I don't have the need to overclock, so not an issue.

Cons: None!

Other Thoughts: As others have said, this will run stock at 1333 unless you enable XMP or go in manually and adjust it up to 1600. I ran stock to ensure system stability then boosted up to 1600. Absolutely no issues after about two weeks. Running with 32 GB.

I've used Kingston almost exclusively for RAM, SD, flash drives, and SSD (except for the speedy Samsung 840 Pro I had to have). I have yet to have any of their products fail on me. However, I have never had the need to overclock any of the memory, so I can't speak to any of that.

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Cooler Master Silent Pro M - 850W Power Supply with 80 PLUS Bronze Certification and Semi-Modular Cables
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: I've had this PSU for about 6 months now and absolutely no issues. I am using almost every available connection (except molex) and running over 800W on my current build. This thing stays cool and quiet on a bottom mount in my NZXT full tower. The fan is so silent that I don't even hear it running, yet it keeps the unit nice and cool. Haswell compatible according to their website. Modular.

Cons: I've only run CM PS units since I've been building computers. I've only had one fry out on me. The packaging on these things is rather extravagant, and they pack the cables in a nice nylon bag with a drawstring closure. While that is nice, I can only imagine these would be around $20 or more less in price without the bling packaging. Oh well.

Other Thoughts: I lucked out as I bought this for my new build before I made the decision to run a Haswell CPU. Fortunately, their website said this model was Haswell compatible, and I have not had any of the sleep/wake issues, so I guess they're right.

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Marlon M.'s Profile

Display Name: Marlon M.

Date Joined: 12/17/08

  • Reviews: 13
  • Helpfulness: 8
  • First Review: 07/26/09
  • Last Review: 01/25/14
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