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Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Profile Intel Desktop Memory Model BLS2K4G3D1609ES2LX0
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Firstly - I think this RAM has gotten a bad rep because it was given away and it's one of the few solutions for short RAM.

This ram works at the stated speeds. It was clearly the stated number of sticks and GBs. It's small - as in the same height as the brackets that you click the RAM into. This will allow you to have any heatsync you can desire or wire cables or not block airflow.

It's lower voltage too. It has some chintzy spreaders on it, but you don't need that. It makes it easier to grip at least - but RAM hasn't needed to be kept cool in a long time.

Cons: None - worked flawlessly for the better part of a year.

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CORSAIR CXM series CX430M 430W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: It powers my computer! (that's the main point, right?)
It is smaller than I thought it would be and looks good in my micro-ATX case.
The semi-modular is great. I obviously need the mobo and cpu cables, so those being attached aren't a big deal. Even though I'm using 3/4 plugs, that's still 1 less cable I have to hide/route/etc.
The fan and its noise on this are excellent. On low power use it's totally silent. When pushing the computer I can hear it spin up some, but if I"m gaming, the GPU fan beats it out anyway. CPU intensive only tasks it is the loudest fan, but my case has every fan on a very low RPM. It stays cool and hasn't caused my case to become a furnace.
Price - I got an instant rebate and waiting on the mail-in. I never count on rebates, so the price before it even was pretty good.

Cons: There are 2 cons and they are very annoying - 1 can be fixed and 1 can't.

The first one that can be fixed is the included cables for SATA power. They're fine looking and good cables, but the 2 plugs are WAY too close to each other. I'm thankful my case is small and I can make it work, but if you use a mid case or anything else, powering 2 things off one cable is going to require you to cram all your components together. The cables are long enough, so I dont get why corsair felt the need to space the connectors practially on top of each other. You can buy a new cable set in many pretty colors that seem to be spaced better if you like or need more sata connectors. This is an added expense though.

The second cable issue is the CPU 4/8 pin connector. I'll start with saying it's 2 different ribbons of cables that eventually connect into one. The ribbons are permanently twisted so managing the cables is hard due to the twists. Secondly and this is hard to explain without a picture, the 2 ribbons are for the top and bottom so when you split the connectors you basically have 4 ribbons of cable and it makes it very hard to manage. It is almost interfering with my top fan and I had to REALLY bend the cable to keep it from stopping the fan. Poor design by corsair and it looks bad. The CPU power cable should have been a bundled and sleeved set-up like the mobo - BEWARE.

Other Thoughts: My real raiting for this is honestly 4/5 eggs, but given the typical caveman reviews here, I feel I need to put 5 to help bring up its rating. The CPU cable is a big issue and made it harder to route cables that look good in my case.

Also to explain why I have to give 5 to bring it up - if you don't get your rebate because you didn't do it correctly (which is most likely why, I've always gotten rebates if I followed it to a T) you don't give this a bad rating. The product should stand on its own and you should factor in rebates may not always so the price you initially paid should be OK with you.

The second is if you got a DOA unit yet you had the newegg RMA process or the warranty to fall back on. I'm only applying this to if it's initially DOA - almost any computer part since the dawn of time has the potential to be DOA. They are sensitive pieces of equipment and can fail with the smallest problem. RAM, PSUs, Mobos, etc. Yes, it's inconvient, yes you paid money, blah blah blah. Newegg is GREAT with returns. I've heard and read Corsair is great with warranty issues. So, unless you get a 2nd or 3rd DOA unit, please be a bit kinder. It isn't like you dropped 45k on a new car that doesn't start....

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RAIDMAX HYBRID 2 RX-530SS 530W ATX12V V2.2/ EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Modular Power Supply, New Version with Build-in LED Fan On/Off Switch
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: This is a great PSU, especially given the excellent price I got it from elsewhere (hint: it's a huge river in South America). It's got plenty of power for a regular build with 1 GPU. The semi-modular design is great. The fan is cool I guess. I can make my case glow when I want, and turn it off when I want. It's also very quiet.

Cons: The only issue is the sleeving is a bit cheesy. The 24pin cord for the mobo is fraying a bit after just routing cables and plugging it in for a new build.

Other Thoughts: I don't get most people knocking products - especially this PSU. People say it can't power multiple GPUs? It's not meant to... it has one PCI power plug and it only puts out 530W. You aren't going to run 2x titans, 17 HDDs, 3 SSDs, a 125TDP CPU and such on this - so why do you folks put this as a con??

Also - the other complaint is that it's only semi-modular. It's a cheap PSU, so that should tell you something to begin with. Also, you HAVE to have the mobo and cpu power cords on any build I've done so I don't get why you'd want the option to have these be removable... some people.

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Display Name: Ryan L.

Date Joined: 12/19/12

  • Reviews: 11
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  • First Review: 12/31/12
  • Last Review: 02/06/14
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