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CORSAIR Vengeance LP 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CML16GX3M2A1600C10B
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Low heatsink profile for added CPU cooler clearance, stable and affordable. Matched up with color scheme on the mobo.

Cons: Wish the RAS/CAS ratings were a little tighter out of the box.

Other Thoughts: Good stuff, snapped it in and off we went...installed in a:

Gigabyte B75M-D3H

Set the XMP profile and everything's been kosher since, no muss and no fuss.

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Western Digital WD Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: None that I can quantify as it died literally one day after installing it in a new build as a dedicated drive for backups...I got to put the initial backup on it and then it gave up the ghost the very next day.

Cons: See above...

Other Thoughts: I was literally shell-shocked that this drive died after one day of being put in a new build. In all my years of building computers (about 14 now) I've never even had a drive die on me after years of normal use and I've had everything from WD, to Seagate, Maxtor, IBM and Samsung. None of them died, even the IBM which was one of the infamous IBM "Deathstars".

I know I'm the exception to the rule in this regard, gladly so, but to see a drive die after one day is bordering on comical. I don't know if it's a certain run of them because my manufacture date was 8 days later than the one mentioned a few reviews back.

Sorry WD, there are no second chances in instances like this...returning for a refund and have already put in a Barracuda with identical specs, minus 3 years on the warranty. Yup, the 5 year warranty is great but I shouldn't need to exercise it after one day. I hope this isn't a beginning trend for your products.

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CORSAIR CXM series CX430M 430W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Modular (apart from the 24 and 8-pin power cords), 3 year warranty, fairly shallow install depth, just the right amount of juice for a low/mid-level gaming setup...general Corsair quality/reliability.

Cons: None, to be fair...it's not advertised or sold as a bolt thrower. It's a basic power supply with the added bonus of modularity, which is a big plus in some instances, such as this build in a Micro-ATX case. Don't expect to get much purchase out of the included cables in a full tower case, they're not especially long.

Other Thoughts: Used this in an every-day build for a lady friend (she ordered the parts, that's why it doesn't show me as a Verified Owner)...it was just about as perfect as you can get for the build, power and case-wise. This was the build:

Mobo - Gigabyte B75M-D3H
Proc - Core i5 3570K
RAM - 16GB Corsair Vengeance LP DDR3 1600
(CML16GX3M2A1600C10B)
SSD - Samsung 840 120GB
Power Supply - You're lookin' at it!
Case - Rosewill Line-M Micro-ATX

The included 6 -pin PCIE connector leaves her open to add a decent GFX card later on, if she wants, to replace the integrated Intel 4000.

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Display Name: Robert C.

Date Joined: 10/26/04

  • Reviews: 6
  • Helpfulness: 3
  • First Review: 11/21/10
  • Last Review: 03/14/13
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