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G.SKILL Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C10D-16GAO
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: I purchased this a couple months ago for my Z77 Sabertooth and it has been running perfectly stable since day one. The correct timings were set when I enabled XMP. I have since overclocked my system and it running above 1600mhz and I've had no BSODs or issues whatsoever. I am very pleased on how stable this RAM is and would purchase again in a heartbeat. Then again I've had very good experience with Gskill RAM.

Cons: Orange is not exactly my first choice, although I didn't buy this for looks.

Other Thoughts: I purchased 2 sets of this RAM for a total of 32GB for my system when it was on sale. It's a bit overkill but I like the flexibility to use RAM drive and stuff. If you're getting 32GB of ram, you should really buy a single kit of 4 to ensure compatability. I did not and have had no problems whatsoever, even in an overclocked environment, I may be lucky but I think it's a testament to the quality of this ram.
-Although the RAM is orange, it is more of a metallic orange rather than the orange portrayed in the picture. Needless to say, it looks better in person.

Here's my system:
i7-2600K @4.5ghz
Corsair H50 closed loop CPU cooler
ASUS Z77 Sabertooth MOBO
32GB 1600mhz G.Skill Ares (4x8GB)
2x 128GB OCZ Vertex4 in Raid 0
3TB Hitachi / 2TB Seagate
2x Nvidia GTX 680 in SLI
850W Cooler Master PSU
SB X-FI PCIe
Asus blu-ray drive/ LG blu-ray burner
Xigimax card reader
Case-CM Storm Enforcer

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ASUS SABERTOOTH Z77 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: I bought this board open box here on newegg for a greatly reduced price. I got this to replace a very moody Asus Z768 Pro mobo that wasn't doing well with overclocking and would lose DVD / HDD signals for no apparent reason. Additionally, I had good luck with a previous open box Sabertooth 990FX board so figured I'd stick to this series. The board arrived in a white box with all the accessories, even the cool stickers and 5yr warranty certificate. Upon inspection, everything looked physically intact, no bent pins etc. I put together the system, it wasn't too bad. The only part that might be extremely difficult is getting the screws into the motherboard due to the tuff armor, but I had a needlenose type clamp that worked perfect for that (using your fingers will be extremely frustrating). I fired up the system and I updated the bios, which was very similar to my Asus Z68 pro. I installed Win 7 then made all my bios settings, including the same overclock I had on my previous board. Everything worked like a charm and this one is not nearly as picky with ram as my pro was. Read my 16 GB RAM perfectly...even when I upgraded to 32GB RAM, it read that perfectly. So far I've had this board for several months and I have over 20 steam games (MW3, Metro, Batman, A-10 DCS, Max Payne, Skyrim etc.) and Origin games, BF3, FIFA12, MOH...obviously I regularly game and I also rip/encode a lot of movies and videos. Not once have I encountered a BSOD, or random freeze or dvd drives disappearing or any of that silliness like I did w/my previous board. This sucker is rock stable, doesn't do random restarts before booting like my previous board would either. With my old board I just got used to random issues as the norm after a while and simply learned to live with it, so with this one I am very pleased, especially considering this was an open box and I'm not experiencing any crazy issues, so who knows what problems were encountered by the previous owner. I for one have none.

Cons: For a high end board, kinda wish it had 3-way SLI, but I knew that beforehand. I think its a limitation of the chipset but also wish it had 2x PCIe 16x instead of 2X 8X...but who am I to talk, I'm running a sandy bridge on a board optimized for ivy's. Also, more native SATA 3 ports would have been nice and a physical on/off and reset switch on the board. Lastly, I am running a raid 0 and I wish there was a way to hide the raid configuration screen that pops up every time I boot the PC - its minor, just nit-picking.

Other Thoughts: This board is super stable, and overall, everything has a snapiness to it that wasn't there with my previous Asus board-go figure. I am very pleased with the Sabertooth series and amidst the horror storries, I will continue to stick with Sabertooths. I would definitely buy this board again. Here are my specs:
i7-2600K @4.5ghz
Corsair H50 closed loop CPU cooler
ASUS Z77 Sabertooth MOBO
32GB 1600mhz G.Skill Ares (4x8GB)
2x 128GB OCZ Vertex4 in Raid 0
3TB Hitachi / 2TB Seagate
2x Nvidia GTX 680 in SLI
850W Cooler Master PSU
SB X-FI PCIe
Asus blu-ray drive/ LG blu-ray burner
Xigimax card reader
Case-CM Storm Enforcer

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EVGA Signature 04G-P4-2692-KR GeForce GTX 690 4GB 512-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: I've owned this card for about ~5 months; here are my observations:
-near GTX680 SLI performance in one
-beautiful card (looks even better in person!)
-sips power (using a multimeter under load w/prime95 & Unigine running same time never reached above 550w on my system)
-Water cooled vapor chamber technology works great-under load I never saw it go over 78c using Hwmonitor
-Not overly huge and only takes up two slots
-solid NVIDIA drivers-have had no issues since owning this card (BF3/Skyrim/CoD Black Ops(old but I still like it better than MW3)/Batman Arkum Asly, Alice among the games I regularly play)

Cons: -Signature edition is a rip-off, minus 1-egg for value - go with the regular EVGA 690 edition
-to piggy back on the "value" aspect, you could probably find 2x 680gtx for cheaper than this, SLI them and get better performance (by ~6% only). If you have the space, cooling and at least 750W, go for the SLI option, however if you do not have an SLI capable mobo, the power or would like to easily accomplish quad SLI in the future, the GTX690 is an EXCELLENT option if you have the $$. 2 of these instantly gives you darn near 680GTX quad performance w/just an SLI capable mobo. I ended up selling my 690 and sprung for 2 used 680gtx with money to spare. I don't plan on going quad and I wanted a fast SLI setup w/in reason ($$-wise). Carefully consider your upgrade path before choosing which option works best for you/your needs. I tested both options on my system (690 & 680 SLI), and below are my results - hope it helps:

-GTX690 3DMark11 = p14792 /x5945

-GTX680 x2 SLI 3DMark11 = p1

Other Thoughts: I purchased this in the spring when they first came out and there was a huge shortage of GTX690s. It was luck of the draw which one was in stock at any given time on newegg, I got lucky and got one, but it was the signature edition for $50 more. The extra $50 only gets you a black box w/everything inside, an oversized boring black mouse pad and an oversized black plain t-shirt with the words "evga gtx 690" in uninspired font, other than that, the card and everything else is the exact same (poster, case badge...very nice btw and some firey sticker). Overall, signature edition is totally not worth the extra $50. It would have been a kind gesture if EVGA provided a backplate on the signature edition to at least somewhat differentiate it from the standard GTX690 edition. Anyhow, paying this much for a card should've included a backplate regardless...just sayin'.

Here are my specs:

CPU: Intel i7 2600k @ 4.5GHz (bclk:103/mult:44/vcore1.4v)
Mobo: ASUS Sabertooth Z77
GPU: was GTX 6

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Date Joined: 10/20/02

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