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ASRock Z77 Extreme3 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • neweggOwned For: more than 1 year

Pros: I've had this board running my whs2011 server for over a year now and like the other three ASRock MB's I have, it's rock solid. Perhaps it is the low price point catching the eye of a new PC builder with little to no experience, IDK, just know ASRock is alright by me. This board in particular is a great value, hard to find a sub 100.00 board with SLI, and they wisely put the PCI-e in a spot where the GPU won't interfere like so many others.

Cons: Due to the board being narrower than some, it doesn't have support on the edge opposite the I/O panel. If this bothers you, or you are ham fisted, you can get standoffs to support the edge of the board.

Other Thoughts: Buying a second on of these boards for a spare for my 1155 systems, not many options these days for LGA 1155 ATX boards.

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model F3-14900CL9Q-16GBXL
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  • neweggOwned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Previously reviewed this RAM upon completion of the new PC build. It's been an extremely fast ram, was setup in bios with XMP.

Cons: Unfortunately, it appears one memory module has become defective. Started having a few BSoD's just a few months back and they've increased in frequency to the point they were happening nearly ever night and a couple times throughout the day. Originally thought it was my GTX670 FTW Sig2 as whocrashed kept referencing this drive, swapped video cards, same issue. Decided to pull one pair of the RAM modules. Apparently I pulled a good pair, instant BSoD on bootup, before windows loads. Have narrowed it down to the offending module, all others will boot and not BSoD in any memory slot, or in any combination of the memory.

Other Thoughts: I buy G Skill exclusively, have it in all 7 desktop PC's, this is the first time I've ever had one go bad. Have contacted G Skill support and will await to see how their support is. Will post back if module is replaced.

Western Digital WD Green WD20EZRX 2TB IntelliPower 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Never had a problem with the EZRX green drives, but then again, never had a problem with any of the other models of WD green drives including EURS and EARX.

Cons: none, they arrived in just the knick of time!

Other Thoughts: My servers client backup drive was down to ~10GB free space when I ordered these, it was down to ~1GB free space when they arrived two days later. Replaced that drive with these green drives and used drive pool to combine the drives as well as enable file duplication. If one were to fail, this allows me to still access the same files on the functioning drive.


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Display Name: Mr. M.

Date Joined: 12/30/04

  • Reviews: 6
  • Helpfulness: 2
  • First Review: 08/29/14
  • Last Review: 09/07/14
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