Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Project Open Core: Hardware - RAM

My previous system had 12GB of DDR3 RAM. Initially I thought that would be plenty, but as I started working more from home, and having 3 separate browsers open plus any applications I was using, started to see my RAM usage hover around 90%.  Making the jump to 16GB was a no brainer for this system, and I thought I would be fine with that.  Decided to go with a kit of Corsair Dominator Platinum DDR4 @ 3200MHz.  Was also planning on adding the light bars for the blue LED effect.

Then came Memorial day and it's accompanying sales.  Not only did I have a promo code, but they also Corsair also had a promotion to get the light bars for free with the purchase of a Dominator RAM kit. At the end of the day I was able to upgrade to 32GB of RAM plus the light bars for an additional $30.  Couldn’t pass on that deal.

The light bars are a nice touch to the Dominator kit, but I did a few modifications to make it better match my build theme. First I colored the sides and bottom of the acrylic “light transmission” pieces so they would glow blue instead of white.  I left the tops alone, as the blue plastic inserts would do a good enough job by themselves.

I then whipped out the Plasti Dip and changed the color of the bars themselves from Silver to Black.  Last coat was Matte Black spray paint to get rid of any gloss.  The end result looks great.

Here is the kit installed, and with the LEDs shining.  I quickly turned on the MoBo just to get everything to light up.  Will take better pictures once I get further into the build and get all my colors working together, but so far I am really liking how this mini-mod turned out.

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