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G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model F3-14900CL10D-16GBXL
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Runs fast, runs stable. No DOAs, which is always a plus.

Cons: They are recognized by my laptop as 1333, not 1866. However, performance is so fast and I am not a benchmark fanatic so I have not attempted to change it manually. But I took off an egg because for the less tech-savvy, fixing that could be problematic.

Other Thoughts: I have stuck with G.Skill over the years because they provide great performance and I have never had a DOA part. So long as they keep up that trend, I will keep buying from them.

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GIGABYTE GA-Z87MX-D3H LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Computer booted up without a problem and installation did not have too many problems.

Cons: The first time I installed Windows using this motherboard, everything went fine and without issue. Then I upated the drivers on my Geforce GTX 260 to the latest version via Windows update and rebooted the computer. Upon reboot, the computer went to a black screen just after the initial Windows loading screen. I had a mouse cursor that occasionally did the spinny (working) thing, but all I got was the black screen. I ended up reformatting and re-installing Windows all over again. I was very careful to install nVidia drivers straight from the website next time.

I tried using an Asus USB-AC56 wifi adapter with this computer. Drivers installed without issue and it attached to my network, but as soon as I tried transferring files to my NAS the transfer speed would drop to 0mbs after about 10 seconds and then freeze there. I tried the adapter in both a USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 port and the same thing happened. I had no issue using this adapter on multiple laptops throughout my house.

Lastly, the UEFI BIOS. It's not bad, but it's also not great. After years of Asus UEFI, I was a little let down. Don't get me wrong, ANY UEFI is a step up from old school BIOS, but Gigabyte's design just doesn't match Asus'.

Other Thoughts: The reason I went with a Gigabyte board versus an Asus board was because I had a horrible RMA experience with Asus earlier in the year that took about 6 months to resolve, over $150 in shipping costs, and an Asus customer service team that just didn't seem to care about the horrible service they were providing to a long-term and very loyal customer. I hated the thought of buying a non-Asus motherboard for my next computer, but with how they treated me, I really felt I had no choice.

I had heard good things about Gigabyte and decided to give them a go. Overall, it's not a bad board. Some peripheral compatibility issues like the ones listed above have bothered me. Also, the UEFI is not as intuitive as Asus' overall experience. Also, over the course of the last year that I have had this board, I have had a handful of BSODs. About once a month I would say. It never traces back to anything specific and they are few and far between, but somewhat annoying.

Overall, I am satisfied with this board. My performance is excellent. Compatibility issues and the UEFI might have me going back to Asus in the future. I'm really not sure. Not a bad board, but not incredible either.

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Intel Core i5-4670K Haswell Quad-Core 3.4GHz LGA 1150 84W BX80646I54670K Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Huge performance and nary a hiccup anywhere. It's fast, it's stable, and it runs cool and quiet.

My computer is very multipurpose. It functions as a home office PC and my gaming computer. I have a 27" 1440p monitor and a 21" 1080p monitor that is in portrait mode. I recently upgraded to a new Geforce GTX 970 and the results have been stunning.

Both Crysis 2 and Tomb Raider both cruise at 45-60FPS with no hiccups anywhere.

Cons: It runs a little warmer than I expected, but I chalk that up to poor airflow in my crammed case and possible misapplication of my heatsink. I re-used my old Cooler Master Hyper TX3 and I probably could have done a better job of cleaning it off.

Temps idle at about 40c and operate at about 60-65c under load. So nothing bad, just not as good as I was anticipating.

Other Thoughts: My new build replaced my aging AMD Phenom 9550 system from 2008. That computer performed admirably for 6 years, but it was time to move on.

I multi-task with tons of programs open at once and I game. This processor allows me to do both with no issues.

My system:
Gigabyte GA-Z87MX-D3H
Core i5 4670K
CM Hyper TX3 Cooler
EVGA Geforce GTX 970 ACX G-Sync
16GB (2x 8gb) G.Skill Ripjaws X DDR3 1866
250gb Samsung EVO 840 SSD
1TB WD Black 7200RPM
Lian-li PC-V354 Micro-ATX case

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Display Name: Reith W.

Date Joined: 02/18/05

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  • First Review: 06/01/08
  • Last Review: 10/16/14
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