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G.SKILL Ripjaws 4 Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 2133 (PC4 17000) Memory Kit Model F4-2133C15D-16GRR
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Good price
Very fast
16GB of RAM speaks for itself.
Looks cool and easy to handle.

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: Part of an i5-6500 / Asus H170 Gaming rig I built for my wife for her home business. She does serious multitasking and her PC is her moneymaker. Any flaws or lags or glitches cost her money. This RAM helps this machine rock, she is extremely impressed. She went from an FX-6300 AMD rig with 8GB I built for her several years ago to this and it's like night and day.

Intel Core i5-6500 6MB Skylake Quad-Core 3.2 GHz LGA 1151 65W BX80662I56500 Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 530
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Very fast, strong, and powerful CPU. Quiet fan. Ridiculously east to install on motherboard.

Cons: None whatsoever.

Other Thoughts: I've built dozens, if not hundreds, of PCs over the years, since 1989. Intel, AMD, and Cyrix CPUs. I built this to replace my wife's FX-6300 machine that seemed to be having ethernet port issues. This is the fastest machine I've built, using an Asus H170 gaming motherboard and 16 GB of DDR4 ram. I ran the Windows 7 "Experience Index" on it and it beat the score of my i7-4770 machine, probably due to superior graphics. I use onboard graphics on most of my builds, including these two. I am impressed.

ASUS H170 PRO GAMING LGA 1151 Intel H170 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Quality, substantial feel, not flimsy at all.
Nice looking 'board.
Works flawlessly, once I got OS installed.
Runs 3 monitors, plenty of expandability, excellent workmanship, good solid unit.

Cons: SATA ports face front - I prefer them facing up for ease of access. If you have several HDDs and the HDD cage is right in front of the board like mine is, you have to plug the SATA cables in before you put it in the case.
Windows 7 wouldn't install from USB drive. Try as I might, and I googled the daylights out of it, I couldn't get the OS to install. I kept getting a message that it needed CD/DVD drivers to continue. I tried about 10 different suggestions I found, but none worked. I finally relented and installed via DVD. I pretty sure it's something to do with the UEFI settings, but I couldn't find it. Asus should know that most techs and enthusiasts install the OS with a USB flash drive, and they shouldn't make it so difficult to do.

Other Thoughts: I subtracted one egg for the inability to easily install Win7 via USB. Otherwise, I'd recommend this board all day long.


MICHAEL F.'s Profile

Display Name: MICHAEL F.

Date Joined: 01/21/04

  • Reviews: 7
  • Helpfulness: 3
  • First Review: 02/04/11
  • Last Review: 10/26/16
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