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SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition OC 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card (11201-02-20G)
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Budget powerhouse card. Quiet, and stays at fairly low temps. Runs everything at reasonable levels, no ultrahigh on the latest games, but that's to be expected. Overall a good buy.

Cons: Same with most new ATI releases, it takes them a while to get the drivers squared away. Problems at first, but since the drivers now seem to be sorted, all is well.

Other Thoughts: Happy with my purchase.

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ASUS MAXIMUS IV EXTREME (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Extended ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Robust options for OC. Very nice BIOS setup. Nice board layout overall. Functions very well when it is working.

Cons: As of now, I've owned it for a little over 7 months. Many driver issues have forced me to recover from a backup image. This latest issue is the last straw. The SATA ports are randomly failing, causing my machine to lock up. Upon reboot, the boot device can not be detected. I was able to get it up and running again after a lot of fighting with Windows recovery tools, but will be replacing this board as soon as I possibly can.

Other Thoughts: Asus products will have to prove their quality to me again before I purchase another one.

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Sentey Arvina Extreme Division Tower Case 6x Fan LED/ 4 x USB / Multi Card Reader / 4 x Fan Control / E-SATA / 6 x Removable Aluminum Bays / Screwless
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: The case in it's entirety is solid enough. A good amount of fans already included (though I suspect they will need replacement prematurely).

The front/top i/o panel is great, straight forward, with cables long enough to easily reach anywhere on the MB. There is one problem with the front panel which I'll list below.

The optical drive front panel setup is nice. The drive door opens to push out a flap on the case so there isn't any mess with optical drive bay covers.

I could list a lot of things that I like about this case, but as you will see below, there's a lot I don't like about it.

Cons: As has been mentioned, the plastic components are made with very cheap plastic. The kind of plastic that, if a toy were made of it, you wouldn't give the toy to your kid.

The HDD bay setup is nice at first. But the bays are too small to properly fit a 3.5 drive, and the screws provided for the 2.5 drives leave too much wiggle, and the drive will rattle in the bay if something isn't done. I managed to use make shift washers for it.

The fan filters are more difficult than they should be for cases that need to be cleaned on a regular basis. For all the fans inside, there isn't much air flow.

The front panel card reader connection is pin based, and not clearly explained by the manual. It's a USB pin setup, but not incorporated with the other USB plugs. Unless you have the pin numbers memorized, you have to look-up the order for them to be plugged in. Once you do have them plugged in right, they do work fine.

Other Thoughts: Overall, I prefer my old case, but this one will do the job. It's by no means a bad case, it's just not a great case. Hopefully if I don't mess with it too much, none of the parts will break. My biggest concern is the fans. Time will tell.

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Jesse K.'s Profile

Display Name: Jesse K.

Date Joined: 12/23/05

  • Reviews: 9
  • Helpfulness: 2
  • First Review: 02/02/08
  • Last Review: 10/03/12
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