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G.SKILL NT Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 2133 (PC4 17000) Intel Z170 Platform / Intel X99 Platform Desktop Memory Model F4-2133C15D-16GNT
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Pros: + Does its job. Fits my motherboard.

Cons: - No problems yet, but I am wary because I have had other (different) G-Skill modules go bad on me before, at 1-2 years of use.

Other Thoughts: I don't think there is any difference between this and the Ripjaws V ram modules, besides the addition of a heat spreader. It may not look as cool, but this RAM does not run nearly hot enough for a heat spreader to matter.

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ASUS H170M-PLUS/CSM Intel Motherboard
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5 out of 5 eggs Solid quality, modern features 01/30/2016

This review is from: ASUS H170M-PLUS/CSM Intel Motherboard

Pros: + Like all H170 mobos, has plenty of connections, but is not overclockable.
+ Supports major new technologies, so should be somewhat future-proof:
Intel gen-6 socket
DDR4 RAM
M.2 SSD slot
USB-C socket
+ ASUS has served me well in terms of being reliable, and also having lots of settings and options.

Cons: - I could have used a third USB 2.0 header.

Other Thoughts: I would absolutely recommend ASUS as a brand, and the Intel gen-6 platform, but you may want to consider chipset options such as B150, H170, Z170 depending on your needs.

A little surprised by issues with other reviewers, but my experiences have been problem-free.

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XFX Radeon R7 250X DirectX 11.2 R7-250X-CGF4 2GB 128-Bit DDR3 PCI Express 3.0 x16 Core Edition Video Card
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2 out of 5 eggs Good price and sleek rebranding doesn't make up for the internals 01/30/2016

This review is from: XFX Radeon R7 250X DirectX 11.2 R7-250X-CGF4 2GB 128-Bit DDR3 PCI Express 3.0 x16 Core Edition Video Card

Pros: + Cheap after rebate
+ Better than Intel HD 530 graphics, barely
+ Fan and heatsink are overkill for this card
+ Supposedly 4k-ready, but I don't think it would have the power

Cons: - First card I received would repeatedly shut off after 1 minute. XFX support handled things well enough and sent me a replacement, which worked. Still, I would rather not deal with this, and it's a ding on XFX's product quality and reliability.
- Chipset is a re-badged HD7xxx from 2012. I didn't realize this at first, but I wish I could get an underclocked/entry-level version of a modern chipset instead.
- Fan was noisy at it's idle speed of 35%. Using SpeedFan and FurMark however, I found that the card could be stress tested at only 27% fan, which was much quieter. 100% fan would be way overkill.

Other Thoughts: My initial thinking when purchasing was, "graphics cards these days are so crazy powerful, that even a lower end one would be fine for me doing lightweight games, emulation, etc." But, I have found that Intel integrated graphics have come a long way since 2012, and unfortunately you have to break the $100 mark in order to get any benefit at all from discrete graphics.

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Display Name: Daniel P.

Date Joined: 06/01/10

  • Reviews: 10
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  • First Review: 09/09/10
  • Last Review: 01/30/16
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