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Crucial Ballistix Sport 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Profile Desktop Memory Model BLS2K8G3D1609ES2LX0
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: As mentioned by other reviewers, these are very low profile. They also run at 9-9-9-24 1.35v 1600mhz without any problem (at least, on my motherboard- ASRock Z77 extreme6). I've got three pairs of these. None of them have had a problem yet. Memtest+ took about two and a half hours per pass to test them.

Cons: Price - sometimes.

Other Thoughts: I got my first pair of these at the end of 2012 for $71.99! After using them a while, I decided to get more. The price kept rising, at first around $100, then up to $120. Eventually, in May (2013) there was a Shell-shocker deal on these for $84.99. I bought two more pairs then and have been enjoying them immensely. I see today they are up to $133.99.
I do some AVI video editing which greatly helps from extra RAM - or when I'm doing other projects I use some as a RAM drive.

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ASRock Z77 Extreme6 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: - One of the few newer motherboards that still has Firewire, Floppy connector, PS/2.
- Includes a 3.5" USB 3.0 mounting bracket for front of case.
- Appears to be well constructed.
- Mounting holes for 1155 AND 775 heatsinks.
- Color-coded ports, easy to tell which are SATA2/SATA3, USB2/USB3.

Cons: - Floppy connector is in the very bottom back corner.
- SATA connectors are stacked, facing toward the front of case, placed right across from PCIe slot.
- No IDE connectors. I don't use them regularly, but it's nice to have for transferring from older drives.
- No RCA-type SPDIF plug. Optical only.

Other Thoughts: I had to replace my floppy cable with a longer one in mid-size case; and had to order a 24" floppy cable for my full-size tower. Probably not a big issue for most users.
My first install, I had installed motherboard, ram, video card only - to test before plugging in everything else. Afterwards, to plug the SATA cables in to motherboard, I had to remove the video card (it is a long one) to reach the SATA connectors on motherboard.
I had read comments about the first RAM slot being too close to CPU heatsink, so I had ordered some low profile RAM. I think it was not necessary in my case (one computer uses stock heatsink/fan, the other uses a Zalman 775).
I had an old SPDIF bracket (3-pin connector to RCA) from another motherboard that I was able to use. I was able to plug it into the internal HDMI audio pins (2-pin).

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High Current Pro HCP-750 750W TX12V v2.3 / EPS12V v2.92 SLI Certified CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply - Intel Haswell Fully Compatible
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: 750 Watts. Modular (my first modular p/s) - not a lot of extra cables getting in the way. 80 plus gold. 5 year warranty.
Lots of room for expansion in my current system. Even has a floppy connector (no molex adapter needed).

Cons: Nothing serious yet. There's 2 built-in 4-pin CPU plugs which I have no use for, right now. Same with the 6+2 PCIe, I only need the 6 pins for now. A little expensive, but I got mine on sale and with a rebate (which hasn't arrived yet, but it's only been about a week since I sent it in).

Other Thoughts: I got this to replace a 7-year old Antec TRUE 550 which was starting to have issues. So far, I'm glad I stayed with the brand. I'll probably get another one (to replace an Anted TRUE 550 EPS12V slightly older than the one I already replaced) if it goes on sale again.

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Display Name: Ryan B.

Date Joined: 12/22/06

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  • First Review: 12/04/12
  • Last Review: 06/13/13
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