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G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL
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5 out of 5 eggs G.Skill Ripjaws 240-pin DDR3 1600 RAM (2 x 4Gb) 08/10/2014

This review is from: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL

Pros: Sexy looking heat spreaders and works.

Cons: None so far.

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PNY GeForce GTX 650 VCGGTX650XPB 2GB 128-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 Video Card
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5 out of 5 eggs PNY GeForce GTX 650 PCI-e 3.0 Video Card 08/10/2014

This review is from: PNY GeForce GTX 650 VCGGTX650XPB 2GB 128-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 Video Card

Pros: Good looking card and (dare I say) sexy-looking cooling fan and shroud (although not what I was expecting; see below). I bought this to put a system together for my wife's WOW and Sims3 (eventually Sims4). She had been running the games on a 32-bit nVidia GT 9800 and a Socket AM2 Athlon dual-core processor and the old video card couldn't handle higher resolutions and/or game details and the load time on Sims3 was long enough she could go and do housework while waiting (true story). On her longer gaming sessions, the card would occasionally black out requiring a restart to recover video. With the new system, she's been able to set all the resolutions/details to max settings and the games run flawlessly. No issues with set up or driver installations. It just came out of the box and works.

Cons: The picture of the fan arrangement on Newegg's site documentation was not what we received. I bought the unit not only because of its stats but because the fan arrangement (ducted by a full card covering shroud) looked like those on higher end video cards. I felt that if the fan design worked on the higher end cards, it should do a good job of cooling this one. What we received was a very run of the mill surface mount heatsink fan arrangement; no ducting. Luckily, I had extra side cover cooling fans already planned into the project to help keep interior temps low. No problems with the cooling so far; it just didn't match the online photos and was not what I was expecting. I don't think it warrants losing an Egg in the ratings though.

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AMD Athlon X4 740 Trinity Quad-Core 3.2GHz Socket FM2 65W AD740XOKHJBOX Desktop Processor
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5 out of 5 eggs AMD Athlon X4 740 Trinity Quad-core 08/10/2014

This review is from: AMD Athlon X4 740 Trinity Quad-Core 3.2GHz Socket FM2 65W AD740XOKHJBOX Desktop Processor

Pros: Inexpensive: that's why we buy AMD products. They have never failed on me and while they may not have the out-and-out horsepower of Intel's offerings, why pay 5 to 10 times as much for only marginal gains in speeds? There are people who put their PC's through a ton of work but they're what? 1 out of 100? Take that money you save buying an AMD processor and buy double the RAM and throw an SSD under the hood as well. That's the best bang for your buck. Leave Intel to the Fortune 500 companies whose PC's you can buy "off-lease" in a couple of years if you have a "real" need for an Intel processor. The processor worked fine out of the box. No issues to date. I do not overclock becaue I'm looking for stability and longevity although I've read good things about AMD and overclocking. Buy it. Slap it in and enjoy it. It's really that easy.

Cons: AMD could really bundle better fans with their CPU's. I know that CPU's are getting more efficient and better at handling heat but I wouldn't even use the fan they shipped with unit on an old school processor. It's really that diminutive. Add to this that the solid central mass of the heat sink that conducts the heat away from the CPU is physically smaller than the top surface of the processor. Do yourself a favor and get a good copper/heatpipe fan/heatsink for your CPU and it will live a long and happy life.

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Display Name: Randall M.

Date Joined: 10/02/11

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