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G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBNQ
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: GREAT memory at a GREAT price! G.Skill makes great, quality memory. I've owned this memory for 3+ years and not a single problem with it to this day (Nov. 2013). That's 3 years of first hand proof that this memory is durable (being a power user myself) and doesn't miss a beat). But I have never overclocked my system, so I can't say for sure how it would perform at OC speeds. If I go with my gut, I'd say it could handle being OC'd well if the PC was kept cool. In a nutshell, this is GREAT memory for the price and the quality of G.Skill.

Cons: In 3+ years, I have seen a dozen blue screens of death which could be due to memory issues, but never on a freshly installed PC with hardly any programs installed on it and very few reasons for app and game memory conflicts. This memory isn't exactly meant for a power-gamer, although it can handle Need For Speed The Run using an AMD Phenom II quad-core 3.4GHz CPU, 8 gigs of this RAM, an nVidia GeForce 650 Ti, and a 300Gb 10,000rpm SATA hard drive which Windows 7 Ultimate (x64) scores between 7.6 - 7.9 except for the HDD xfer rate which is only 5.9 thanks to a bottleneck problem with the Hyper-Transport level.

Other Thoughts: Overall, this is a great manufacturer and in 3+ years, I have only seen the blue screen of death a dozen times which I blame on myself for installing and uninstalling lots of apps and games and running utility apps that defrag and optimize the hard drives often and I push my PC hard.

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ASUS M4A79XTD EVO AM3 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Great MB for price! 10/31/2013

This review is from: ASUS M4A79XTD EVO AM3 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: I have almost nothing bad to say about this motherboard after owning it for 3+ years and playing resource-demanding games. In 3+ years, the M4A79XTD EVO hasn't given me a single problem to date. It was 10 months old on the market when I first bought it, and a bit cheaper than newer MB's available at that time, and it held its own just fine using mediocre hardware accessories. It wasn't until 1.5 years ago that I needed to upgrade it after trying to play "Need For Speed The Run" on it. At that time, I was using an AMD Phenom II (quad core) 3.4Ghz CPU, 4Mbs of DDR3/PC1600 RAM, and an nVidia GeForce 9400 (PCI) video card, and the game was choppy and crashed often at the lowest acceptable game settings. After upgrading to 8 gigs of RAM and video card to an nVidia GeForce 650 Ti, the game runs great using medium graphics settings. Need I say more? :-) Windows 7 Ultimate (x64) scores this hardware setup at 7.6-7.9 top to bottom except for data transfer speed which it rates at 5.9, and that's including a 300Gb SATA 10,000 rpm hard drive. If I maxed out the Hyper-Threading, I'm sure the score would jump up to 7.6 at the least. That's great for the price of a barebone machine with that setup - all of which are cheap in today's market. As of Nov. 2013, a barebone PC using this hardware would run you under $300 (CPU/RAM/SATA drive) and able to handle anything you throw at it!

Cons: Almost no cons. For today's resource demanding games, this PC would probably have a hard time playing them unless it has the best hardware it can support. And you wouldn't have to upgrade for at least a year or two, and cost you $300 or less (approx.) for MB, CPU, and RAM as of Nov. 2013 (barebone setup). That's if you can even find those parts available at any on-line retailer, except for maybe the well known auction site which I can't name here. That would be your best bet as old as this MB is now.

Other Thoughts: GREAT motherboard for a power-gamer using the latest and best hardware this MB can support as of Nov. 2013. Barebones setup would cost less than $300 (approx.) and not need to be upgraded for 1-2 years.

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Date Joined: 02/10/13

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  • Last Review: 10/31/13
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