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Pros: I bought this card for several reasons. I did a lot of research here on Newegg I looked for weeks for a great card that offers great performance value wise and that would fit into my cramped computer case. So many of the reviews of this card are just glowing and after having installed it and updating the drivers I understand why. I upgraded from a puny Galaxy GT430 which is incomparable to this card. I also bought this card because I have been salivating over the idea of playing Saints Row IV. I also bought this card to future proof my PC. Now to speak of the benefits of purchasing this card I have noticed that my machine actually boots faster and video playback of DVDs and other video is much better, the colors, textures and detail of the video image is amazing; this card has breathed a whole lot of new life into my computer. I never knew what I was missing until I plugged in this sweet little card and it is a small card indeed, actually no bigger than my GT430 but many times more powerful. A lot of people were complaining about how loud the fan on the GPU is but this is not a problem for me. I found that in the included and updated drivers I am able to set the fan speed at desirable settings. Now let us talk about game performance. I started out with Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3; this little card was able to play this game with settings at Ultra, however I could not really tell the difference from my previous settings graphics wise on the other card, it did however play on ultra settings at 130 FPS which was pretty cool. When I played Crysis at the highest settings I was very surprized at how good the graphics looked, it was just beautiful, like seeing the game for the first time. There were a steady 60 FPS with no stuttering. I also tried Crysis and it looked very good as well. So over all I am very pleased with the gaming performance of the GPU, I have yet to try Saints Row IV as I have not received it yet, hopefully tomorrow. When I bought this card it said there was 20 dollar rebate but I did not receive any paperwork on this rebate, so I guess I am not getting one. It doesn't matter though really I am very satisfied with the price and performance of this GPU. I believe I will be able to use my old AMD quad core 645 Propus for another 3 years and have nothing to worry about. This will be the last upgrade I make to this computer. I originally paid only 300 for my Lenovo desktop and upgraded it to a quad core, I added a 450 watt PSU, 8 gigs of DDR 1333 ram, 2 2TB hard drives and now this beautiful graphics card. So I highly recommend this card to anyone considering it. It is well worth the money. Happy computing :)
Cons: Did not get the paperwork necessary for the 20 dollar rebate, so no rebate.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: This was my first CPU upgrade and it worked! Price & performance are the two main reasons i bought this CPU. It is much easier to install than i thought it was going to be. Once i did some research and figured out the necessary steps, it was easy to do. The heatsink is smaller than my old duel core, but the temps on this CPU run slightly cooler than the other one. I did not have to apply any thermal paste, the fan was ready to go. It was a super easy install once i got the old CPU out. I highly recommend this upgrade It runs Crysis 2 & Call of Duty Modern Warfare 1 & 2 beautifully.
Cons: The heat sink fan is much smaller than my original.
Other Thoughts: Newegg has several how to install AMD CPU's i used them for reference. I would recommend highly that if you have never upgraded to do all the research you can. Make sure you know what to do next, be prepared don't get stuck in the middle. It was a great experience to do this, i feel more confident about my skills than i ever have and am very relieved it worked.READ FULL REVIEW