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G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C9D-8GAO
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Don't let the picture fool you - these are not matte orange, they are instead a metallic orange/bronze. I was worried they looked too "gamer" in the pictures but bought on price anyway; happily they are in reality very stylish and professional-looking.

Cons: Cons? None so far. They work properly. RAM basically either works or doesn't ...

CORSAIR CSM Series CS450M 450W ATX12V v2.4 and EPS 2.92 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Amazingly impressed by this power supply. That's in line with what I read: Corsair is one of a few companies making great supplies.

The first time I turned this on I had to do a double-take -- the fan was turning but it was whisper quiet. There is a tiny audible hum, but that's it. And the cables and case look high quality and stylish.

Cons: The price. It had dropped due to a sale down near a 430W Bronze non-modular from the same brand, making this one a screaming deal in my mind. I would no doubt have been happy with the cheaper one, but with the Gold supply the computer will run cooler and therefore quieter while saving money. Not a cheap PSU, and you get what you pay for.

Last, apparently a "splittable" 8 pin CPU connector is a feature of many Corsairs, but it would be nice if that were documented on or near the product, to help first-time builders. My motherboard has a 4 pin connector and I spent a little time fretting that I'd bought an incompatible supply.


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Display Name: William B.

Date Joined: 09/26/13

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  • First Review: 03/16/14
  • Last Review: 03/16/14
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