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Crucial Ballistix Sport 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model BLS2KIT8G3D1609DS1S00
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: * Low profile, which is great for large aftermarket CPU coolers that may hang over the memory slots of various motherboards.
* Lack of bling for the heatsinks - functional yet not overbearing
* Runs at advertised timings without a hitch
* Value

Cons: * I didn't initially buy these.

Other Thoughts: The profile and performance of the Ballistix Sport memory strikes the right balance for any given system that utilizes DDR3-1600 memory. Packaging was very easy to open and installation was non-eventful. After installing this memory, I was able to install a second fan on a Cooler Master Hyper 212+ CPU cooler without issue. While other brands may offer more aggressive timings or support overlocking, the gigantic heatsinks/spreaders on those memory modules will interfere with air cooling solutions for a myriad of aftermarket CPU heatsinks. If you have a non-K model processor and are looking to add a significant amount of memory to your system, this memory is the way to go!

FSP Group Hydro G Series HG750 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Full Modular Active PFC Power Supply
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: * Fully Modular Supply
* Included cables are of ample length even for large cases (installed in a Corsair Obsidian 650D)
* 80 Plus Gold Rated
* Stable voltages

Cons: * Some of the SATA power cables also contain molex and floppy power connectors - not truly a con if you have use for said connections

Other Thoughts: After reading the review on one of the larger technical review and news sites, I determined that this power supply would be a nice upgrade for my system. My prior PSU (also purchased from Newegg) was in perfect working order, but didn't have enough native SATA power connections for the drive array I'm running in my system. The packaging for the Hydro G PSU is well thought out, and the unit itself is quiet while serving its purpose. Past experiences with FSP PSU's have been very positive (2 Sempron systems I built in 2005 + 2 Lenovo ThinkServers I've been using for a couple of years now), so there was no hesitation in making this purchase. With the rebate, it's pretty hard to beat for the price. There are other options relating to this class and wattage of power supply, but the Hydro G series should not be overlooked.

SAPPHIRE Radeon R9 Fury DirectX 12 100379SR 4GB 4096-Bit HBM PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support TRI-X (UEFI) Video Card
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: * Quiet Cooling (when it worked and fans were lower than 20% speed)
* Fast frame rates in multiple titles (again, when it worked)

Cons: * Died within 30 days
* Continuously crashed what, prior to introduction of the R9 Fury, was a very stable system

I was excited to get the framerate bump that everyone else has been raving about. Overall reviews between the Nano (which is now priced reasonably), the Fury, and the Fury X led me to select the Fury based on the price/performance ratio. The card arrived promptly, and I unpacked it and prepped my system for install. The metallic sticker that adorns the heatsink/fan combo wasn't fully affixed, which had me concerned that this may not have been new. Throwing caution over a cosmetic imperfection to the wind, I installed the card, loaded up the drivers, and went to town.

Initial tests with games that do not stress prior generation video cards demonstrated great framerates for an hour or two, followed by crashes. At some points the video would go to black and the system would require a hard reset to recover. This incurred havoc with a RAID-10 Intel RST array, and continued to get worse as time progressed. In an effort to overcome risks associated with errata in prior Crimson driver releases, the Sapphire Trixx utility was downloaded and the fans were ramped up to a speed that would help rule out overheating of the GPU. Between 30%-50% and >70% fan speeds, there was a noticeable coil whine that was driving the canine in the house crazy.

Ramping up the fans bought me an extra 30-60 minutes before the inevitable app or system crash would occur. Right around the 28-day mark, I powered down the system and powered it back up. The computer came on, but the display did not. Instead of the multitude of blue LEDs appearing to show the card was performing, there was a single red LED.

Other Thoughts: Newegg issued the RMA without much fuss, but UPS failed hard and somehow "lost the label" affixed to the package... at the UPS Store.. by UPS employees. I'm in h-e-double-hockey-sticks trying to get this mess sorted out, and I've been without a video card for almost a month now. This was my first and will be my last Sapphire card.


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Display Name: James R.

Date Joined: 12/11/01

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  • First Review: 02/28/04
  • Last Review: 01/16/16
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