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This review is from: MSI GeForce GTX 970 GAMING 100ME
Pros: This card is a beast, as all the reviews by now have stated. It nearly doubles the performance of my old Radeon 7950, while somehow using only 2/3 of the power draw. It's so efficient the fans even shut off at idle, meaning my system is not just faster but quieter. And for those interested in overclocking, this card has a lot of headroom and the Twin Frozr cooler never lets the card get above 75 degrees.
Cons: Not a con of the card itself, but I have an older Z75 based motherboard and it would have been nice knowing I'd need a BIOS update before installing this card.
Other Thoughts: The 100ME includes a backplate where the standard MSI Gaming 4G doesn't, so unless the price is significantly different, go with this version.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Fractal Design Define R4 Black Silent ATX Midtower Computer Case
Pros: I actually own the titanium gray version of this which is discontinued, but wanted to leave my praise for this great case all the same. This thing is incredibly quiet even when gaming, in fact it's nearly as silent as my old 2010 iMac which is saying something. The minimalist aesthetic is gorgeous and looks great under any desk, no need to be embarrassed about a gaudy gaming rig when you have company over. Cable management was a dream when building my setup and all my components have perfect airflow.
Cons: Despite being called a 'mid tower', this thing is pretty large. Not full-tower large, but bigger than I was expecting. It's also pretty wide, I'm guessing to allow room for cable management behind the motherboard plate. My other complaint? This sucker is *heavy*, mostly due to sound dampening materials, but don't harbor any thoughts of lugging your rig back and forth between bedroom and living room.
Other Thoughts: One of the latches on the front fan cover grille was broken when I received the case, but Fractal's support quickly responded and Fedex'ed me a couple replacements. I basically had to destroy the old latch to get it out, but at least I don't have to worry about the new one going anywhere!READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: This card really straddles the price/performance sweet spot, more expensive cards don't have dramatically higher benchmarks and this will handle anything you can throw at it at 1080P and ultra settings. Plus, AMD's Never Settle Reloaded promo is an amazing deal (especially since they just added FC3: Blood Dragon) and goes a long way toward justifying the expense of this card - a powerhouse card plus three brand new AAA games for ~$300? Not bad at all.
Cons: This is mostly negated for me since I have a mostly silent case, but I have noticed a bit of coil whine under load when the side panel's off. Also, this card is *huge* - gaming cases won't have a problem with it, but if you have a smaller case make sure to take measurements before purchasing.READ FULL REVIEW