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SAPPHIRE DUAL-X 100373-2L Radeon R9 280 3GB 384-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 CrossFireX Support Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: A great card for the money! With the high prices of the up-scale cards going through the roof, this mid-range card is welcomed. The base performance is very good, and it will easily run overclocked at 1000+mz. In my Cooler Master HAF 932 case. Temperatures were already below average, so an extra few degrees at peak power isn't a negative. This is the seventh Sapphire Card I've purchased, and as long as you follow the install directions, you should have no problem. I've fixed a few "bad" cards for other people by first uninstalling the old drivers first!

Cons: No cons, based on my previous experience, Sapphire makes great video cards at decent prices.
You get what you pay for. If you want to play the super games on three monitors at ultra high settings then you need a more powerful and expensive card.

Other Thoughts: The card looks great, but once inside the case you can't see it. Why is the ugly side all we ever get to see?
Some day a video card manufacturer will make a card that looks good "right side up" !

Cooler Master HAF X - High Air Flow Full Tower Computer Case with Windowed Side Panel and USB 3.0 Ports
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: It's huge! I mean, HUGE!
My new Sabertooth MB looks puny in there, and you can barely see the wiring. Fans are very quiet! I love the cover over the on/off switch, no more accidents! Love the front facing ports, easy to see and use.

Cons: The side fan hooks up to the motherboard directly, they should make a two piece plug so you can hook it up easier once your video card is installed.
Dust filters are a joke, as they are on all cases.
I got a pair of pantyhose from my GF and cut up pieces and used tape to hold them in place. Much more efficient and easier to clean! I also put a piece of Filtron, washable filter material under the PS. It's available at auto parts stores.

Other Thoughts: Newegg sent the case via UPS, but instead of 4-5 day delivery I got it in 3 days!
The mother board was sent by FedEx, which delivered it to the post office in 4 days, who then brought it to me the next day.
FedEX is great for documents, but for bulk packages, why not skip them and just send everything via the post office for a 4-5 day delivery?

ASUS SABERTOOTH 990FX R2.0 AM3+ AMD 990FX + SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Wonderful board, lots of features. Asus is really on the ball with 8 sata ports, I have 4 HDs and 2 CD-DVD-RW so I needed the extra ports. Love the 4 pin fan connectors!

Cons: I wish the sata ports were marked better, as you need to have your C:/ drive in the right port for the bios to find it..
Once I had windows up and running I changed my driver letters and now there is no problem booting. Everything worked perfectly except for the sound!

Other Thoughts: There was no sound output at first. Checked and double checked everything. Windows said everything was fine, Asus bios control was fine. Software drivers up to date and loaded properly. Looked it up on forums and saw others had the same problem but no solution I hadn't already tried.. Then just for the heck of it I plugged in my earphones and heard sound! When I unplugged the phones sound came from the speakers!
What happened? I don't know, it's as if the hardware had been asleep and I woke it up! Now the board works 100% perfect !!


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Display Name: Robert M.

Date Joined: 05/10/08

  • Reviews: 7
  • Helpfulness: 4
  • First Review: 11/04/10
  • Last Review: 10/06/14
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