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HyperX Blu Red Series 8GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 Desktop Memory Model KHX16C10B1R/8
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Great Memory, if you can get it on sale 02/02/2014

This review is from: HyperX Blu Red Series 8GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 Desktop Memory Model KHX16C10B1R/8

Pros: Really great memory, especially since I got it on sale. I have to of these installed for 16gb, and it works great!

Cons: None really. Price might be one. if you can get it on sale, great, but otherwise buy a dual or quad-channel kit to get the extra bandwidth and save money.

Other Thoughts: Make sure that if you buy 2 dimms of this, you don't install it in dual-channel mode. So, do not put it in the same-colored odd/even slot pairs, but next to each other. I got so used to dual-channel memory that I instinctively installed it this way and thought I had bad memory when my system would only read it as 8gb of available memory.

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Cooler Master CM 690 III - Mid Tower Computer Case with Seidon 120V Water Cooling System and Windowed Side Panel
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Having upgraded from the CM 690 II, I say with some experience that this case is worth every penny. I mean, it comes with a $60 water cooler.

Even without the cooler though this case is worth it. I love the configurable hard drive stack, removable top section to more easily install fans or radiator, extra space in the back compartment for wiring, and all the little touches that make this case so worth it. I was a little worried I wouldn't get as much cooling since it didn't have any side-panel fan-mounts, but especially with the water cooler my system is is running about 15-20C cooler, even with an additional .2ghz overclock on the cpu.

Cons: My only two complaints, which really don't affect my review, is that first of all the wire holes on the side of the board space don't have the rubber groments that they did in the CM 690 II. This really doesn't affect me at all, and is really only a aesthetic touch anyways. Secondly the screws on the removable PCI expansion slots aren't the thumb-grip kind that came on the 690 II, meaning you have to use a screwdriver to remove cards. Once again, not a big deal considering the value of the case.

Other Thoughts: For those wondering about the CPU cooler, it is not a cheap throw-in. It keeps my 4.8ghz @1.5V FX-6300 below 45C under load. It comes with AMD/Intel brackets and is actually easier to install then the my old air cooler was.

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Turtle Beach Ear Force X41 (XBOX LIVE Chat + Wireless Digital RF Game Audio, Dolby Headphone 7.1 Surround Sound)
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Only $60, great quality and construction, great audio.

Unless you have $300 for a Astro A50 than this is the way to go, considering how inexpensive it was. This is even better than the old TB true 5.1 headset with 6 speakers an ear I got years ago that fell apart in 3 months. 2 months later and no problems.

Love how the reciever is also a stand.

Cons: People have said it's "really comfortable" and I "barely notice it." Honestly, that's a lie. You do notice it, especially if you're not used to wearing bulky headphones. As I've used it more it's become less of a problem, but it's still there.

Microphone only works if you're using Xbox 360 (I'm a pure PC gamer). Since I have a wired 360 controller it's not a big deal but kind of defeats the purpose of having a wireless headset.

Also, this is only powered by AAA batteries, and if you use it heavily they only last a few days to a week. I use them a few hours a day so I can get about 3 weeks out of it, but it's still really kind of wasteful. Go out and get rechargeable AAA for $10 or get some here when you check out.

Other Thoughts: I don't know why they discontinued this version.

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Date Joined: 11/12/07

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