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G.SKILL Ares Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C9Q-16GAB
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: This kit was a steal when I bought it, and with the Intel XMP profile it is very well rounded. Frequencies over 1600mhz are rarely meaningful, the latencies are very low for DDR3, and a lot of people appreciate the lower voltages, plus the blue heat spreaders are a nice touch.

Cons: Not to sound like a spokesman for G.Skill, but I can't think of anything really wrong with this kit. They've gone from an old AMD build to my current X79 board over the last 11 months, and not a single problem along the way.

Other Thoughts: I still had a phenom ii x4 when I bought these and was saving for the 3930k I have now, and it's nice to see them run at the timings they're meant to with XMP. I've got a fairly high-end gaming along side thes ARES sticks (670 SLI, now a GTX Titan), and even though they're only 1600mhz instead of the 2ghz+ that reviewers use, I'm still right up there in performance numbers with the benchmarks they post. Heat spreaders don't usually do any good on RAM, but the blue metal on these is just gorgeous. I'm glad I went with these.

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Phanteks PH-TC14CS_BL 140mm UFB (Updraft Floating Balance) CPU Cooler
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs About as good as an air cooler gets. 03/26/2013

This review is from: Phanteks PH-TC14CS_BL 140mm UFB (Updraft Floating Balance) CPU Cooler

Pros: This cooler doesn't just do its job, it does it very well. It's not cheap, but you easily get what you pay for. It's easy to set up, the fans are very quiet, and its got plenty of push to keep my 3930k stable at a modest overclock over hours of burn tests. Oh, and it matches the blue in my HAF X case.

Cons: I feel bad for knocking an egg just because it isn't very eye-catching, but ultimately a perfect product would satisfy that desire too.

Other Thoughts: I originally bought it because it chose function and price over flash and flair, and I'm still happy with it almost a year later.

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Cooler Master HAF X Blue Edition - High Air Flow Full Tower Computer Case with Windowed Side Panel and USB 3.0
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: This case is very easy to work on/ in, has lots of features, and looks great.

Cons: It scared the heck outa me when the header cable for the front panel USB 2.0 started smoking when I booted up the first build I put in it, but I use the other 3.0 ports anyway, and I've been so happy with the case overall that it's not worth knocking an egg off (and I think I had the header on the wrong pins XD).

Other Thoughts: In the 7 months and counting that I've had this case, I've gone from a phenom ii x4 to a 3930k, stock cooler to a big Phanteks cooler, and from an ASUS GTX 570 DCII to a pair of their DCII 670s, and other than wishing I'd bought power cable extensions, I haven't had any real problems with the case. All the features are there, the build quality is great, the price is fine for what you get, and my favorite color is blue. I'm looking forward to dipping my toes into some liquid cooling in there when I'm done throwing GTX Titans at it, just for kicks. I love this thing.

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Display Name: Daniel O.

Date Joined: 04/28/10

  • Reviews: 9
  • Helpfulness: 5
  • First Review: 07/25/11
  • Last Review: 03/26/13
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