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G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2133 (PC3 17000) Desktop Memory Model F3-2133C9Q-16GXL
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: - Solid, fast memory
- Enjoys being overclocked or, at the very least, doesn't complain about it
- Nice design that looks good in a case

Cons: - None

Other Thoughts: I just put 16-gig worth of this on my MSI Z97 and it works like a charm.

The design and color are cool, but because of the design the sticks sit rather tall. I was forced to tweak the way I had my oversized processor cooler set up on the motherboard. Just a little heads up to those thinking of buying this memory and have there memory slots close to the processor.

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MSI Z97-G45 Gaming LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: - Solid construction
- Built-in Sound Blaster cinema audio
- Plenty of USB and SATA ports
- Lots of goodies in the BIOS for overclocking, fan control, etc.
- Red and black color scheme is pretty cool if you aesthetics are important to you

Cons: - BIOS options can be very confusing
- "Dragon claw" heat sinks and memory slots in close proximity to CPU can make installing an after-market cooling fan difficult

Other Thoughts: Even though I've only had it a short time, I really love this motherboard. This is my third MSI motherboard and they just keep getting better and better.

I think the quality of the board is outstanding. I love having the dual-BIOS switch as a backup, am impressed with the number of SATA and USB ports and the built-in Sound Blaster audio is solid as well.

My main complaint about this board is the BIOS. When I first loaded it up it seemed to be amazingly robust, especially considering the basic BIOS my last MSI board had.

However, diving in deeper made me feel like I was diving down a rabbit hole. Some of the settings seemed redundant and others seemed to double back on themselves, which led to some initial confusion, particularly with the boot menu and overclocking.

If you are willing to put in the time you will eventually figure things out and be able to do just about anything you want as far as configuration. Just be prepared to put in that time. Or just use UEFI :)

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Western Digital WD Black WD5003AZEX 500GB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Easy to install, good partitioning and copy software included, and the price was easy on the wallet.

Cons: None so far.

Other Thoughts: I bought this to replace an older drive that was dying and the process to copy the data over was seamless thanks to the included software.

Seems like a nice, solid drive. Hopefully it will stay that way for quite a while

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Display Name: Robert S.

Date Joined: 08/12/08

  • Reviews: 9
  • Helpfulness: 4
  • First Review: 07/27/13
  • Last Review: 08/06/14
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