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HIS IceQ H787Q2G2M Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Very quiet, straightforward driver installation (go to AMD's website, the Autodetect utility, install, restart), very easy to run nearly any modern game on my 24" monitor at 60 fps (nearly maxing every detail), great game bundle, well packaged (lots of foam, nothing more, nothing less), and Displayport/mini Displayport connectors will allow easier monitor hookups in the future.

Cons: Huge (had to remove a hard drive case from my NZXT Apollo); but that's what you're expecting anyway.

Other Thoughts: This should be good for the next 4-5 years. Upgraded from a HIS 4890 that was quite noisy, if reliable.

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Mionix NAOS 5000 7 Buttons USB Laser 5040 dpi Mouse
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Good, if you get it right 03/11/2013

This review is from: Mionix NAOS 5000 7 Buttons USB Laser 5040 dpi Mouse

Pros: It's the perfect shape for a claw grip, has an easy to hold but not tacky surface, and features a clever weight system able to compensate for the relative strength/weakness of your pinky compared to your thumb. The long braided cord resists pinches (and won't run out of batteries), and it tracks very well on a black wooden surface. The bright indicator on the left side makes it very clear which profile is activated, and the profiles can be tweaked to an almost absurd degree.

I haven't touched macros yet, since I personally consider it cheating.

Cons: Accidentally bricked my mouse with the firmware update, until I installed the Beta software (after uninstalling the v1.16 driver software) then Beta firmware. Now all adjustments run perfectly. Best to have a backup mouse in case something goes off.

Other Thoughts: You should blame your Internet, not your hardware, if you mess up on an online game if you have this mouse.

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XFX HD-435X-YAH2 Radeon HD 4350 512MB 64-Bit GDDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Low Profile Ready Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: It works well, driving Windows 7 Aero a Dell 3007wfp at 2560x1600 with no flickers or lag through DVI.
Silent, and fits neatly within a Gateway SX I bought for my dad.
Great price and warranty.
Black coated bracket looks classy.

Cons: Don't expect dual monitors/VGA output if going low profile (though DVI/VGA adapter included).
Not a gaming card by any stretch (get a 5670 or GT240 instead)
No Eyefinity or latest HTPC features of the 5xxx series (not necessary in my case, as dad needed only one monitor and isn't a movie buff)

Other Thoughts: If you need to connect multiple monitors with one small connection, get DMS-59 workstation cards or cards with Displayport (1.2 for 2560x1600).
As for installation, I didn't even have to bother with the CD. Just plugged it in, then Windows 7 updated the driver on its own.

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Ian M.'s Profile

Display Name: Ian M.

Date Joined: 05/31/08

  • Reviews: 3
  • Helpfulness: 2
  • First Review: 03/01/10
  • Last Review: 03/27/13
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