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EVGA 02G-P4-3757-KR G-SYNC Support GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB 128-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 FTW w/ ACX Cooling Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Good card for the money (when its on sale.) Has a lot of punch and plays most games on medium/high settings w/o getting hot.

Cons: This was a good card, in 2014. For a little more you can get a 960 and that'll do more for you than this thing. It's still a good card in 2015 but there are better alternatives for the budget now. I used to use my Nvidia cards for video conversion, but that stopped with Maxwell and all current drivers. Also no SLI and the build quality is good, but does seem a touch on the cheap side.

Other Thoughts: I used this in a G3258 build with 8 GB of RAM and a 120 GB SSD running Ubuntu (or whatever other Linux distro catches my eye that week.) It's been pretty good for what it is. I came from a 560 SE so it's a definite leap forward in gaming. For video encoding Nvidia has switched some things up and my old programs that had CUDA acceleration don't work any more, so that blows. Also no h/w H265 encoding on this first gen Maxwell. The later 900 series get it though.

My setup is pretty generic, you can go on reddit or youtube and see a lot of people went this route for a cheapo gaming machine/ steambox. For what it is, it works. Would I do it again, using this card? No. But that's because of some changes Nvidia is making and not playing too nice with Linux stuff, not a strike against the physical card itself. Just remember it's only got a 2 GB buffer, so you are limited to 1080P gaming on this. And I think it's best for single panel. Multi screen and this might not work so well for gaming (I could be wrong.)

The TL:DR version: It's good, and worth it, on sale.

Mushkin Enhanced ECO2 MKNSSDEC120GB 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Cheap, came fast, good for a interim solution to a bigger problem I was having.

Cons: The speeds are no where near advertised. The advertised speeds are done with ATTO with zero-fill tests. Real world, using HDTune (latest version) on a Z87 motherboard with a fresh Windows 7 x64 install and all updates I was getting ~388 MB/S write speeds. I don't have my figures for read speeds. Seems like deceptive marketing to me.

Other Thoughts: It's hardly rare for a manufacturer to pad their numbers a little. Happens all the time with cars, computers, you name it. But this is borderline false advertising. I know they say in black and while the tests were done with ATTO, but I really expected better real world performance. Probably won't buy another Mushkin product ever again if this is how they do their marketing.

Corsair Carbide Series SPEC-01 RED LED Black ATX Mid Tower Gaming Computer Case
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: It looks pretty, kind of.

Cons: Extremely cheap, for a reason. Very thin metal, and you can strip the rear PCI screws VERY easily. Already happened to me, and I've been building systems for over 15 years. Never had something like this happen (and I only hand tightened the screws.) Also internal motherboard layout is a little tricky, particularly the upper left. Also, it's a shallow case, so forget using Hyper 212's or any cooler taller than 150MM. Wish I had known that from the get-go.

Other Thoughts: Wouldn't buy this case ever again. Very disappointing quality. Kind of sad Corsair put their name on such a cheap case. Might RMA it. Might not.


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Display Name: John G.

Date Joined: 05/03/09

  • Reviews: 12
  • Helpfulness: 10
  • First Review: 05/18/09
  • Last Review: 06/18/15
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