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Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 UDIMM DDR3 2133 (PC3 17000) Memory Model 997164F
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: While the timings are not quite as tight as Mushkin's own Redline 2133Mhz Kit. (Model 993996), it still provides a fast and reliable memory upgrade to any system you are looking to build for a midrange or HTPC setup.
I have been using Mushkin in all my builds for years now exclusively and so far have never been let down on performance, quality, or support.

Cons: Outside of the occasional bad stick you can get from any memory maker, there really are no con's to Mushkin memory that I have found so far.

Other Thoughts: You can try and bump the voltage to 1.65 and tighten the timings to match Redline Specs and being Mushkin quality, you could probably run perfectly fine, but do it at your own risk of course. I make no guarantee.

This pack went into a HTPC I Won in 2011 at the Geforce LAN, and have been upgrading in little bits over time. The 4G of ram that was in it just doesn't cut it with semi heavy multitasking (and I believe one of the sticks is bad as well since I upgraded the CPU/Motherboard and have weird BSOD Crashes that remain since the upgrade). Hopefully being the last original part this will finally make the little beast run like a champ.

PNY VCGGTX7803XPB G-SYNC Support GeForce GTX 780 3GB 384-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 SLI Support Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Some say, having just one, is enough.
Other say, that there is no reason to get one over a 770.
All I know, is it is not the Stig, but it is the Stigs weapon of choice in his Racing Simulator...

Quiet, fast, solid built, sort of sexy (in a nerdy hardware way). The drivers have gotten more solid with each version. Streaming to an Nvidia Shield is flawless, and paired with a 2nd GTX 780, SLI works nearly flawlessly with tons of games. 3D Vision also has continued to slowly improve and with 2 GTX780's the Frame Rate never becomes an issue (unless the game is poorly programed to not take advantage of SLI or more than 1 CPU core, which is still sadly more common then it should be).

Cons: Nvidia had to go out and release a new Ti version shortly after I purchased my 2nd one. For the price I paid vs what the new Ti offers, I don't feel ripped off, but I am disappointed that they needed a Ti between the plain 780 and the Titan in the first place. It is cruel marketing to make a "Top of the Line" card, and its only a nerfed version of the real "Top of the Line" card that they release later. It extends the market life of a Core design, but still burns a little.

Other Thoughts: While one of these cards are still good for almost anything right now, 2 or more are even better. SLI 780's are nearly essential for 4K gaming or Surround gaming and overall, having no issues with Frame Rate or stutter in any current or future game for the next few years is always a big plus.

Intel Core i7-3930K Sandy Bridge-E 6-Core 3.2GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 2011 130W BX80619i73930K Desktop Processor
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Some may say, that this CPU is needlessly overpowered for most users needs.
Some say that Overclocking it is a waste of time and effort.
Some say that compared to its Ivy Bridge or lesser cored, Haswell Cousins, it is a power hog.

All I know is, it is an "E".

And "E" must stand for Extreme because even though it is not the "X" Extreme Edition chip, it has ample bang for the buck and overclocks exactly the same way if just a hair less then an "X" version of the SB-E or IB-E chips.

While it is no longer the undisputed king of the "K" Series now that IB-E is out, it is no less potent and while PCI-E 3.0 support isn't Official with the SB-E chips, it has worked flawlessly on a ASUS P9X79 Deluxe board with SLI GTX 780's.

Also while the newer IB-E chips, like their non "E" counterparts, use a bit less power, you can still make this chip sip when idle if you are careful and patient with overclocking based on Load instead of a raw 24/7 overclock. To have this CPU turbo up to 4.6Ghz but idle at only 1200Mhz is a pleasant and cool achievement, literally. The CPU doesn't need to be a space heater when it isn't in fact being used so make sure you work on getting a stable overclock with variable voltage and all the C states enabled for maximum efficiency.

Cons: At full load, this chip does suck power and being so big, it does create heat, however neither are unmanageable if you plan ahead with a good cooler, a good PSU, and adjust your overclock accordingly.

Other Thoughts: Don't just throw it up towards the 4.5-5Ghz realm and leave it there, these cpu's have such advanced turbo abilities that there is no need for it to idle at max speed all day unless you are just shooting for benchmarks. Even then, benchmark numbers vary very little with proper turbo configuration.


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Display Name: Robert R.

Date Joined: 06/20/06

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  • First Review: 02/26/07
  • Last Review: 07/08/15
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