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CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9R
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: What can I say. While it was working, it worked great and looked tremendous. I'm n ot much of a gamer, but I do use large spreadsheets and graphic files.

Cons: Unfortunately, my computer started to reboot itself out of the blue. I would get the blue screen and a crash dump screen. I tolerated this for a while but eventually decided to do something about it. I was going to build a new machine anyway and upgraded to a Gigabyte UD4H with an Intel i7-4771(good price on Newegg). I kept the memory, thinking the motherboard was the problem. Well, to my surprise, the new build did the same thing. Since I had replaced the motherboard AND the boot drive (with a PNY 240Gb SSD) it was obviously the memory. Once I replaced the memory with some Team Vulcan (16Gb) the problem went away. I must say that the built in graphics processor on the i7 does a great job with what I am doing. I use the DVI port on the back of the Gigabyte MOBO and now I can give my old system, which was a Quad core Phenom and an Nvidia 8899GT to my nephew. He'll love it.

Other Thoughts: My son also built a gaming computer using the Gigabyte Z87X-UD4H motherboard, an MSI Radeon R9 290, an Intel i7-4770k( he will overclock) and an Intel 256Gb SSD boot drive and game drive. It really improved his gaming experience. He'll have to write his own review.

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GIGABYTE GA-970A-UD3 AM3+ AMD 970 + SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: The board came with many useable features. The MB was easy to install in my existing case. I am doing an upgrade from an eight year old build which finally started having problems. All of those components were purchased from Newegg as well. The board is laid out nicely except for what I mention in the "Cons" section below.

Cons: The SATA connectors point to the front of the MB (front of computer), which makes it very difficult to get multiple SATA connector cables installed. It would have been much easier if they plugged straight down onto the MB instead of from the side.

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Linksys WRT54GL Wireless Broadband Router 802.11b/g up to 54Mbps/ Compatible with Open Source DD-WRT (not pre-load)
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: I had read reviews on this item when planning my purchase and saw many that indicated they had a problem setting up when connecting to Road Runner. We didn't use the included software and it set up pretty easily. Works great so far (one week) with Wii in basement and router on second floor. A little more than I wanted to spend but it works great!

Cons: None so far. I will let you know if that changes.

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Display Name: James S.

Date Joined: 03/31/07

  • Reviews: 3
  • Helpfulness: 2
  • First Review: 10/01/09
  • Last Review: 02/02/14
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