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G.SKILL Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBNT
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: - Working flawlessly for 3+ years

Cons: - None

Other Thoughts: I originally purchased this memory for a work computer. Naturally after buying my own stuff, the company furnished me with a better laptop so I didn't need the one I just built. Took that machine and it's now my main HTPC. It has been powered on for 3+ years (with the exception of maintenance/power outages/etc.) and haven't had an issue.

Mushkin Enhanced 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR2 667 (PC2 5300) Dual Channel Kit Memory for Apple Model 976559A
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: - Works
- Cheapest I could find

Cons: - It took a while to be shipped. But that's not related to the quality of the part

Other Thoughts: My grandmother's 07 iMac needed more memory so she could upgrade to yosemite. Plugged it in, booted up, no issues. Can't get much better than that.

SAPPHIRE DUAL-X 100370L Radeon R7 265 2GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 CrossFireX Support Video Card
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: - Cost
- Performance
- Low Noise (my CPU fan is louder than the GPU)
- Works

Cons: - You buy more games to see how good they look?

Other Thoughts: This is a huge step up from my Quadro FX 4500 (yes a workstation card so no gaming on that).

I've had this card about 3 weeks now. I've gone back and played through Crysis 1, 2, and 3. Here are my settings for each of those games and the overall performance (all games ran with V-sync enabled):

Other computer Specs that you may be interested in:
Gigabyte Z77 mobo
Corsair 16GB 1600MHz
Windows 7 Ultimate
The latest non-Mantle driver

1920x1080, MAX settings, MAX AA
60fps solid through 99% of the game (hard to believe that game is 7 years old now and still looks great)

Crysis 2:
Extreme Settings (2nd to highest), avg of 55-60fps with only slight drops to low 50s during extremely open environments.

Crysis 3:
High Settings, MSAA x2
I can tell the card starts to struggle with C3 (if you really want to say "struggle"). On average with these settings I saw fps dip into the low 40s during very open areas with a lot going on. For the most part the game stayed at 48-52fps during my playthrough. The dips weren't noticable enough for me to care. It may mean more in a multiplayer setting, but for campaign I was satisfied with some more fidelity over fps.

Haven't had the time to play much else, but you hopefully catch my drift. I've found that this card seems to do well as long as their aren't too many particles on the screen (such as dynamic rain, tons of bullets flying, grass blowing), so this card may have a hard time with TressFX, but I honestly haven't tried it. Don't plan on 4k gaming unless you want to play pong in 4k. This is strictly a 1080p gaming card.

Overall this card is a steal at $150. I would certainly recommend. The main draw for me was the 3 monitor support. I only have 2 at the moment but I'm waiting on my monitor to go on sale to buy a third.

I don't mine so I can't comment on that aspect of the HW.

If I didn't have BF4 for console I would try that. Looking forward to some more PC gaming.


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Display Name: Steven B.

Date Joined: 01/18/11

  • Reviews: 16
  • Helpfulness: 8
  • First Review: 05/24/12
  • Last Review: 04/14/14
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