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G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-6400CL5D-4GBNT
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: GSkill Quality. Performs as good or better than higher priced brands. This isn't "budget" RAM, even if the price is lower.

Well packaged.

GSkill Lifetime Warranty & Dedication to Customer Service.

Cons: My PC didn't ship with it pre-installed.

GSkill doesn't manufacture SSD's.

They're no longer $30 per set as in 2011.

These aren't really cons, but all would be great to have.

Other Thoughts: GSkill, as I stated above, has outstanding, high quality RAM, and has been my "go to" source for RAM since 2011 (an 8GB set for $30 was the kickoff), this makes my 4th set purchased. Not one bad stick have I had, no problems, and if there were, I have no doubt that GSkill will make things right.

My personal opinion, GSkill is an underappreciated brand, many times overshadowed by bigger names. However, no doubt, the GSkill name is now growing and more customers knows of the company than when I first discovered the brand in 2011. The price may be lower than others, but the quality is every bit as good as any other RAM manufacturer. They skimp on nothing, even the packaging. In fact, I've seen other brands packaged sloppier & with the potential for damage in transit.

GSkill is the only brand I recommend today, I once had a prior favorite, but the folks there let me down. I don't believe the ones at GSkill will do the same. Anytime I see a negative review, the GSkill staff seems to be rushing to be the first to post an answer, and those are the things I like to see. A company who cares about customer service.

That's a trait that few companies has today. I'm happy to have GSkill as an upgrade partner for my RAM needs.

And as always, one of my eggs are for the folks at Newegg, whom continues to have the best selection for every need, regardless of budget. The Newegg Family works as hard as any distributor to keep their customers happy. Sometimes, we may not like the shipping, but hey, there's options to get it to us fast when in dire need. Few companies offers Free Ship anymore, and most that does, has a catch.

Newegg is my #1 trusted source for PC components.

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Crucial M550 CT256M550SSD3 mSATA 256GB Mini-SATA (mSATA) MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Full Retail Package, screws included (many doesn't include screws).

Fast SSD, boots Windows 8 in seconds, Fast at everything I do. Easy to install, provided access to port is quick. No cables needed, not causing any clutter.

Using the benchmarking tool of a major brand SSD, this mSATA SSD actually edged out a new Pro brand of that drive installed the day before, in all but random writes. It was close in the other categories, but still the M550 was the winner. That's amazing in itself.

Cons: Will likely run warmer in PC's when installed under GPU. This isn't the fault of Newegg or Crucial, but it needs to be known, if this is going to be the case. How much that will affect longevity of the SSD will be determined.

However, it's well known that "Heat is the bane of electronics". Something to keep in mind. Speccy reports this drive's temps at 39C as I'm typing this post, my other 2.5" SSD is running at 29C. Yes, that's a difference.

In tight areas, it's best to place the screws in the holes before carefully placing in computer, then thread each a few turns to ensure that both are secured. Not really a con, but it's more noticed here. It's often hard to get screws in these tight spots after installing the drive.

Other Thoughts: This was a compromise purchase, wanted a PCIe SSD, but only had one PCIe slot & my GPU was using that. There was what appeared to be a x4 slot on MB, but actually that was in size only, it was a x1. So I was left with the alternative choice.

Being there was a mSATA port on my Dell XPS 8700 & I had a bit of extra cash to spend, decided to try it. By the time the 3 year warranty is up, something better & faster will be out anyway. Never fails.

Some would say that this is better for a notebook, but keep in mind that temps in these are higher than a PC in many instances. It will be more important than ever to regularly clean the notebook good after install.

I spoke of the 10C difference in temps in "Cons", will purchase an additional fan to address the issue. Both the GPU & this SSD will likely benefit from an extra fan.

Overall, I'm satisfied with this purchase, it's faster than a very popular 2.5" SSD of it's same range in GB's.

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ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Easy to install, no documentation or drivers, however this was an OEM product.

Burns at many different DVD/CD speeds & is very quiet is doing so.

Has lasted nearly 2 years.

Cons: What's that?

Other Thoughts: Bought this to upgrade a Dell Dimension 2400 to SATA drives, this hooked right up to the Rosewill RC-212 SATA card & I was able (on XP Pro SP3) to burn DVD's.

Later on moved it to another PC, which has since died, it's awaiting it's next home.

If one can still get this today at a reasonable price, do do, it's withstood the test of time by far.

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Display Name: Charles T.

Date Joined: 04/17/10

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  • First Review: 10/20/12
  • Last Review: 10/21/14
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