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G.SKILL Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBSR
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Sale price, memory size, and ease of installation.
popped these puppies in my older PC with no fuss. only thing I had to do was enable XMP.

Cons: none yet.

Other Thoughts: used with an X58 motherboard
compatible! (as long as you put them in the right slots)
went from 6 gb RAM to 16.

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Sid Meier's Civilization V: Brave New World for Mac [Online Game Code]
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs makes a bad game good 02/17/2014

This review is from: Sid Meier's Civilization V: Brave New World for Mac [Online Game Code]

Pros: I don't know how it happened, but this expansion makes Civ V enjoyable

adds a lot of new features and complexity that Civ V was sorely missing.

completely revises culture including drastically changed requirements for a culture victory (its no longer insultingly easy) and tweaked social policy trees.

Diplomatic victory has also been changed drastically as well. Victory is no longer randomly determined by dopey AI controlled city states late in the game, instead you now must ally with city states in order to gain votes used in the world congress.

product is a steam code. the 'for mac' has no bearing on what platform the DLC is for.

Cons: if you're familiar with Civ V's criticism as the game being intentionally released unfinished and selling off what should have been core features later on as DLC, that's exactly what BNW is...

Other Thoughts: Bought Civ V on sale a long time ago. Like anyone else who is a fan of the Civ series, I hated it immensely. Vanilla Civ V is so dumbed down and emaciated content wise compared to previous entries in the series, that its like a bad joke.

Likewise, G&K was a feeble addition to an already embarrassing game. The addition of religion and espionage were so rudimentary, minor, and basic that it hardly felt like it truly added anything meaningful.

Brave New World somehow changes everything and makes Civ V a brand new game. Its left me with the feeling that this expansion includes everything that Civ V was originally supposed to have. Basic things like trade. A more common sense approach to culture with tourism and works of art. A diplomatic UN victory that isn't based on random AI anymore. Lots of things including the seemingly bugged AI behaviors. In BNW, the AI controlled civs tend to have personalities they stick with. Before its like they had schizophrenia.

BNW adds a serious level of depth that really wasn't there before. It actually requires some thinking ahead and strategizing now if you play normal difficulty. Prior, it was easy to just click on whatever and you'd still wind up on top quickly running out of buildings to build because there were so few of them to make. Now its easy to run out of turns without hitting all the scientific advances for a space victory.

Personally, with BNW I love Civ V now. Its definitely worth checking out. Having put in several hundred hours after getting BNW, I know for certain it fixes a lot of the problems Civ V started with. It might not top Civ IV as far as best in the series go, but at least BNW makes the game a lot more fun to play.

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Wintec AMPX 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model 3AXT6400C5-4096K
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: both sticks work
ez no hassle installation
heat spreaders look nice

Cons: outdated RAM is expensive!

Other Thoughts: bought for a friend to stick in his junky old PC running on Vista and 2 gb of cheapo off-branded RAM. Its running on 32 bit Vista so only 3.2 gigs are available. Unfortunately the extra memory didn't address the problem I was hoping to fix, but on the upside the PC can run more programs now!

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