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Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model BLS8G3D1609DS1S00
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Great ram, excellent overclocking ability 07/02/2014

This review is from: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model BLS8G3D1609DS1S00

Pros: I've used a lot of these sticks in many systems that I've built. Not one has failed, and all of them support higher speeds. The fastest I've been able to get these to run at is 2400, but I'm sure with more tweaking they could go higher.

Cons: I can't say that there are any cons as I have not encountered any problems or issues.

Other Thoughts: I've used this ram in many computers, including many workstations. Crucial, whose parent company is Micron, makes some of the best ram out there. I've used this ram and also their server ram in many systems. I've found that they are very adjustable in terms of their timings as well as how high you can overclock them. These are a much better deal than going with some of those higher priced kits. And considering you can get the same timings, why spend a few hundreds dollars more when you can get this memory that will most likely overclock to the same speeds? But it has been proven and shown that 1600 or higher for memory speeds only adds a marginal performance increase in most cases... 2% at most. It's not worth buying higher priced ram in my opinion.

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CORSAIR AX1500i CP-9020057-NA 1500W ATX12V / EPS12V 80 PLUS Titanium certified Full Modular Power Supply
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: This is a great power supply. Lots of long cables, easy to install, and excellent voltage regulation. I'm using a dual processor system with lots of ram and multiple graphics cards as well as a dedicated raid card and lots of hard drives. The Corsair Link software is excellent. It shows in real time the input voltages as well as the output, and also shows the peak voltages. I like the fact that it also shows efficiency. I've seen it get as high as 99% efficiency for a brief moment or two, but it always hovers over 90%. I like the color scheme as well and it fits my case perfectly. Single rail design with option to switch to multiple rails is very nice.

Cons: Cost is probably the biggest con, but those who buy this already know that. Compared to average power supplies this one is on the large side, though not as large as the 1500 watt Silverstone I have. Having a lot of cables potentially can create a mess inside the case.

Other Thoughts: If you are looking for something that would be considered future-proof, this would be it. It has excellent efficiency, plenty of cables for hard drives, video cards, and other devices. The Corsair link software does a great job of showing you in real time the status of the power supply and how much wattage, amperage, and voltage you are using. I like that you can also change the unit's fan speed and change whether you use a single rail or multiple rails (I prefer single).

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ASUS Z87-A LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs Great board, easy to use and install 03/26/2014

This review is from: ASUS Z87-A LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Board is very fast. Easy to install. Instructions are very clear in the manual. Supports high overclocking speeds.

Cons: More PCI x16 slots would be nice, but for the price, it is worth every penny.

Other Thoughts: Bought this board at a different store. I was able to get the 4770k I bought with it to 5GHZ. Reviews of the board were excellent, and I think anyone that wants a board that supports SLI and Crossfire will be happy with it. Appearance wise it isn't all that fancy, but I don't buy products based on appearance but on functionality.

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Display Name: Nick G.

Date Joined: 09/15/08

  • Reviews: 34
  • Helpfulness: 24
  • First Review: 10/09/08
  • Last Review: 07/02/14
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