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G.SKILL Trident X Series 32GB (4 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2666 (PC3 21300) Desktop Memory Model F3-2666C12Q-32GTXD
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Does exactly what it says. Runs at 2666 MHz at stated timings with no problems whatsoever. If you have an XMP compatible board, it's literally idiotproof.

If not, the timings are not too hard to punch in.

The fancy heat spreader spikey thing comes off very easily off the top. This is nice if you have a big aftermarket CPU heatsink/cooler (which I do).

It comes with a fan-thing of it's own. I couldn't use it because of said aforementioned aftermarket cooler, but I imagine it'd be useful if you wanted to overclock your RAM.

Cons: No Cons. I don't consider price a con, you get what you pay for, which is in this case high end RAM that has slightly faster timings than most of the other RAM at this speed/price point.

Other Thoughts: My last three sets of RAM upgrades have all been Gskill, and they've never let me down. GSkill makes a solid product. 1333->1866-> Now to 2666.

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ASUS MAXIMUS VI EXTREME LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Looks snazzy. Lots of SATA ports. Aside from that, it's a fairly standard Z87 board, believe it or not. The RAM slots and PCI_E slots are fairly vanilla in their placement.

Cons: The OC dongle, while it looks cool, is not very useful. Indeed, it's rather bothersome. It doesn't really show accurate temps (I've seen as much as 10 degree differences between my CPU temp in bios or using ASUS software, and the OC dongle). The cable that connects it to the motherboard is also incredibly loose, it is prone to falling out.

Other Thoughts: The users on the Republic of Gamer forums are friendly as can be, and very helpful.

This isn't a con, so I put it in this section. Be VERY careful which SSDs you buy to go with this board. My older 128 Gigabyte Kingston SSD was too old to work properly with this board and it caused all sorts of problems until I figured out that was . If you're going to buy this board, it's in your best interests to buy a good, modern SSD to go with it. This isn't the board's fault, but it's definitely something to be aware of.

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ZALMAN CNPS12X 120mm Long Life Bearing High Performance Triple Fan CPU Cooler
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Wasn't as hard to mount as I feared at first, follow the LGA 1555 instructions, and it will work fine if you have a Haswell chip/motherboard. Same spacing for holes = same mounting procedure.

Cons: Even when it's on firmly, it feels loose. See other thoughts for more tails. I removed an egg for this, because despite having tightened the screws as hard as they'd go, it doesn't /feel/ like it's mounted properly.

Other Thoughts: I bought this fan because as I suspected, despite the very large size it works well with my case... Old Cooler Master full tower steel case with two top mounted 200 mm fans. I was able to mount the whole assembly 'sideways' so that it blew the air out of the top of the case through those 200 mm fans.

This also avoids the "covers my RAM slot" problem to some degree, although it infringes upon the first PCI-E slot on my Maximus VI Extreme motherboard.

I just moved my video card down to the second PCI-E slot, everything works great.

My only real worry is that even though I have the backplate and the heatsink firmly mounted, it still slithers around from side to side. I've seen a couple of other reviews where this is the case... I suppose that's a 'feature', but it makes me nervous.

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