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HyperX Black 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model KHX16C10B1BK2/16X
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Low profile, so it's probably going to fit with whatever enormous cooler mount you've got to fit next to it. And it's black :)

Cons: My mobo didn't recognize it as 1600 speed, but I was able to specify the clock myself without issue.

Other Thoughts: I like black.

SeaSonic Platinum Series SS-400FL2 Active PFC F3 400W ATX12V Fanless 80 PLUS Platinum Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply New 4th Gen CPU Certified Haswell Ready
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Modular, efficient, cheap, so good for economy builds / media PCs

Cons: Even without fans, it still produces an audible hum. It's quiet, but it's not silent.

ASUS A78M-A FM2+ AMD A78 (Bolton D3) SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Compatible with latest Kaveri APUs out of the box, unlike other vendors, who claim support but actually require an older CPU in order to update the BIOS (I'm looking at you, Gigabyte).

Has 4 RAM slots, so that's a plus for an mATX as far as I'm concerned.

The LED on the board is green. I like green.

Cons: Linux user experience is truly awful, but at least it exists and it's not Asus' fault. The OpenGL drivers that are available through Ubuntu 13.10 are broken for APUs. In order to get hardware accelerated video you need to download directly from AMD proprietary beta drivers. You can't generate .debs with them (feature is broken, installer doesn't recognize Ubuntu, need I remind you its 2014) and they do not provide a dkms module. That's right, every time you upgrade your kernel, you need to run the installer again. Come on AMD, get your shtuff together.

Also there is a row of capacitors near the southbridge that are somewhat high profile (maybe 6-7mm?) so you may have spacing issues if your cooler comes with its own giant mounting contraption.

Other Thoughts: That green LED light is just so bedazzling.


John D.'s Profile

Display Name: John D.

Date Joined: 01/14/14

  • Reviews: 4
  • Helpfulness: 2
  • First Review: 01/19/14
  • Last Review: 03/21/14
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