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G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 32GB (4 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C9Q-32GXM
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: -Product performs exactly as specified
-Looks awesome
-Lifetime warranty - you can't beat that

Cons: -There are no legitimate cons.

Other Thoughts: I started to experience Stop Errors related to memory a couple months back. I narrowed the issue down to one of the four sticks in this set. I did my research (mostly with memtest86) and sent an email to G.Skill customer service. They gave me an RMA number and replaced the whole set in just around a week. I bought my memory in July 2013. The process was hassle free and I'm impressed at how G.Skill stands behind their product. I'll never buy anything else.

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ARCTIC Accelero Hybrid Extreme VGA Cooler-nVidia/AMD, Liquid/Air Combo Ultimate Cooling
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: -Shocking difference in temps
-Quiet
-Great for overclocking

Cons: -Not so much a con, but a warning. This isn't an entry level kind of installation. It's a lot more in depth than installing a CPU closed loop water cooler. I needed an extremely small star screw driver in order to take my GTX 780 apart, so I recommend you have a legit precession screw driver set, not just a PC tool kit.

Other Thoughts: -Amazing difference in temps for my MSI GTX 780. Before I installed this my GPU would without a fail reach 80c every time it was stressed. (Not overclocked) To it's credit it never once went over 80c, but still, this was a little too hot way too consistently for my tastes.
-After I installed this cooler, even after a modest overclock, I've never seen my GPU reach anything over 64c while gaming(4+ continuous hours), and the vast majority of games will not push it even that hard. The only way to push it higher is using a stress test that forces a 99-100% gpu load AND a 98-100 - power consumption, and even so, the temps increase at an impressively slow rate.
-I was skeptical at first and waited a good two months after building my new computer to install the Accellero Hybrid. It definitely surpassed my expectations.

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NVIDIA® SHIELD™ Portable
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Handheld for PC Gamers 08/13/2013

This review is from: NVIDIA® SHIELD™ Portable

Pros: - Extremely good build quality. Very solid, no creaking sounds whatsoever. Heavy in a good way, not fatigue you heavy, but just enough to where you know the device is quality and not cheap.

- Awesome built in controller. I actually ended up preferring the built in controller of the Shield to the 360 controller.

- Beautiful screen. 1280x720 (720p) this resolution is completely adequate for a 5" screen.

- Great games from the android side of the house, and the streaming service adds a lot of value. Playing Dead Trigger is just awesome on the Shield. Streaming games from Steam is also very enjoyable. So far I've streamed the following games with great results: Skyrim, Sniper 2, Just Cause 2, and Dishonored. (I actually played through the majority of Sniper 2 from the Shield.)

-Blazing fast compared to any other android device. You can tell the device is made for performance. The presence of a fan (which is completely silent) should tell you the thing has quite a lot of power.

-Great features - HDMI out, Micro SD expansion, and impressive built in speakers. The battery life of the Shield is also very impressive; much better than I had expected.

Cons: - Nothing that I can think of. Price was very reasonable for what you're getting, and the device itself doesn't disappoint.

Other Thoughts: I'm a PC gamer through and through, but I wanted a handheld device, so I bought a PS Vita a little over a year ago to fill that desire. I gave that thing so many chances and tried so hard to like it, but I just couldn't. I wasn't really big into the Sony exclusives and on a whole the games didn't impress me. After I got a glimpse of the Nvidia Shield I decided to sell my Vita and get one of these. I definitely have no regrets.
The Shield is Android, and so is open to almost limitless software including emulators(Which work great on the Shield). Sony viciously forbids any kind of none approved software on the Vita.
Another thing worth mentioning is the price point of games. PS Vita games range from $19.99 to $49.99, and you often don't get what you bargain for (Black Ops). Whereas on the google play store, you will rarely pay more than $4.99 for a game, and many of the absolute best games are completely free (Dead Trigger).
Anyway, I believe for these reasons the Nvidia Shield is the perfect handheld for PC Gamers. Even if you end up not using the streaming service, which I really love, it's still amazing as a stand alone handheld gaming system.

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Display Name: Joseph B.

Date Joined: 08/23/10

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  • First Review: 10/06/11
  • Last Review: 07/04/14
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