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Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model 996770
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Inexpensive, good-looking, and I've yet to come across a bad Mushkin stick (compared with my unfortunate history of certain other name brands' reliability). I purchased these for every build I did for quite a while (various friends and family members' custom computers), and each computer is still running strong.

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: Does exactly what it says it'll do. This isn't going to get you the biggest, baddest performance numbers, but at this price who cares?

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GIGABYTE GV-R687OC-1GD Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Runs everything I throw at it--my native resolution is 1680x1050, and this thing goes to maximum settings every time. Maybe slightly-less-than-maximum for a few games (Metro 2033 has been notably picky for me). Very quiet, I can't hear it running at all, which is good because I tend to do a lot of recording near my computer.

Cons: AMD drivers. Your mileage may vary, but I've had to deal with a lot of bluescreens stemming from various driver errors. I realize this is not a knock on this model of card, per se, so I've only taken off one egg, but having dealt with both sides of the coin on numerous occasions (both AMD/ATI and nVidia), I can safely say that my experience would lead me to stay away from AMD/ATI drivers when possible. Currently running an older Catalyst driver version just because it gave me far fewer errors than some of the later driver packages.

Other Thoughts: I chose this card over a year ago (at a much higher price, back then) because it was one of the few that would give me both exceptionally low noise levels as well as high performance. Nowadays, there are probably better options, but I don't regret the purchase. Probably wouldn't recommend this card to anyone looking for a new one, though.

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Seagate Momentus XT ST750LX003 750GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Far faster than my pathetic 5400 RPM drive that came with my ASUS N53SV laptop. Does what it says it'll do--my boot times, power-to-all-startup-apps-loaded, sped up dramatically (from a couple minutes to about thirty seconds). Spacious enough to handle my massive iTunes library and all my usual games with plenty of room to spare. Installation was completely painless, although I didn't bother to try and mirror my other drive. Fresh Win7 Pro installation was the way I decided to go.

Cons: None yet, aside from the usual gripe of 698 formatted GB present, rather than the advertised 750. I haven't had very good luck with Seagate drives in the past, so I really hope this one continues its working ways.

Other Thoughts: Definitely worth the price of admission.

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Display Name: Michael B.

Date Joined: 05/03/05

  • Reviews: 5
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  • First Review: 10/19/10
  • Last Review: 05/21/13
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