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G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL8D-8GBXM
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Paired with ASUS M4A87TD-EVO board and 1090T, it worked as advertised for ~6 months. I understand the Intel folks have better luck.

Cons: An enigmatic and unresolved glitch in the interaction of ASUS boards and G.SKILL RAM renders that combination inherently unstable. A particular set of BIOS settings will work, at best, for a time before causing an endless string of cold boots and BSoDs. The "fix" (workaround) is to find another collection of semi-stable settings. Further, one shouldn't expect said BIOS settings to enable this RAM's rated performance. I may as well have bought DDR3-1333.

The heat sinks, too, are rather grotesque. Folks keen on the ostentatious system look, no offense. But regardless of your aesthetic taste keep that extra height in mind if you have a big CPU cooler and DIMM slots close to the socket.

Other Thoughts: To be fair, this compatibility issue belongs to ASUS as well. Nevertheless I assign primary fault to G.SKILL because, in contrast, they don't make any other components (right?). Bottom line, if using an ASUS/AMD board, I urge you to save yourself a ton of grief and just buy a different brand. There are plenty of quality RAM manufacturers out there.

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Razer Naga Epic Rechargable Wireless MMO PC Gaming Mouse
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

3 out of 5 eggs Delivers as Advertised, but Overpriced For What You Get 12/08/2011

This review is from: Razer Naga Epic Rechargable Wireless MMO PC Gaming Mouse

Pros: I'll preface this review by saying I previously owned a wired Naga Molten, so I had a better idea than most what to expect.

Pros:
+ 17 fully programmable keys

+ Driver/software suite enables extensive tweaking, multiple customized application profiles, power & LED management, etc.

+ Full spectrum customizable LEDs

+ Can charge while resting in its base, or be plugged in directly to operate as a wired mouse while charging

+ Lovely packaging, documentation, accessories, etc.

+ Decent wireless battery life (10ish hours with full brightness LEDs; can be turned down/off to conserve power)

Cons: - The forward & back keys are awkwardly positioned directly beneath the scroll-wheel; on my Naga Molten, they were (still are?) on the left side above the thumb pad, adjacent the left-click button, which I found a much more natural position.

- The interchangeable palm grips are silly and wasteful, at least to me; not so much a 'con' but still unnecessary 'fluff'.

- Smaller, lighter, and less solid feeling than I prefer in a mouse. That's personal preference of course; I know many people who like a smaller mouse. Crossing my fingers that it holds up.

- Most of all, the price...

Other Thoughts: In fairness, the Naga Epic is pretty much dead-on what I expected when I placed the order (except the uncomfortable forward/back key placement), so I can only be but so critical. It does exactly what it claims to do, and certainly doesn't want for bells & whistles.

In fact, I think it goes a bit overboard with the embellishments. Full spectrum LEDs? Three interchangeable palm grips? They're okay I guess, if that's what floats your boat, but personally I could have done without those in favor of more solid construction and/or a reduced price.

The price is the primary reason I knocked off two stars. I caught it on sale for $115, but even at that price a mouse should be all you hope for - and then some. For applications aside from gaming, it can't hold a candle to my other mouse, which wasn't cheap either but still considerably less. Razr can get away with it because, as far as I know, there still isn't a competing MMORPG mouse on the market.

Bottom line, not worth the extra doug

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Sid Meier's Civilization V PC Game
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

1 out of 5 eggs I'll Never Know 09/26/2011

This review is from: Sid Meier's Civilization V PC Game

Pros: Pretty

Cons: As so many other reviewers stated: STEAM!

What a joke. I'll never know if Civ V is any good, because the Steam client crashes... not just the program, but my entire system (Win 7 Pro x64). After uninstalling, disabling all the Steam-related processes & services, safe mode boots, MULTIPLE system restores - every recovery option available - I've finally resorted to a clean OS re-installation. Sigh - what a hassle. But I can't afford to have my computer keep crashing on me.

Even during the moments it did work, from all I could discern, the Steam program is just a bunch of glorified bloatware. Achievements, community, game library, etc., etc.? I really don't care about all that junk, and if I change my mind, there are plenty of websites offering the same things.

Other Thoughts: I can't believe there's no option - not even when one owns a physical copy of the software - to circumvent Steam. What an AWFUL program. I've played the Civilization series since number II, but I'll never know how V stacks up - all on account of a tragic and altogether unnecessary 3rd party client. What a shame.

Additionally, I'd ***HIGHLY RECOMMEND*** anyone considering this game look up, on the Steam Support website, the list of programs that can conflict with the Steam client. In particular, check the list of anti-virus software: good luck finding one that DOESN'T have compatibility issues w/ Steam. I had to uninstall mine altogether just to get it to update properly. Too bad not even that fixed all the problems.

Civ VI? NO STEAM PLEASE.

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Display Name: Matthew M.

Date Joined: 02/04/11

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