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XFX Radeon R9 280X DirectX 11.2 R9-280X-TDFD 3GB 384-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 CrossFireX Support Double Dissipation Edition Video Card
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: -One card will run most games very well.
-It's got Cross Fire, so if you wana get a second one later to close the requirement / recommended gap with games, it's a cheap option.
-Tried it with a ASUS mother board and GIGABYTE board, and it worked and fit great on both. (the GIGABYTE board said it could handle cross fire like set ups, but this card seems a little too big for the board.)

Cons: -This is really REALLY hot. Not like attractive hot, like temp hot. It will heat up not only just your case, but your whole room.
-Overclocking is a joke. You can force higher settings, but something happens with the card's system. I'm not sure if it is just from overheating, or a cycle of errors in the AMD program, but I do know the card will crash, and restart your computer if you push it (even just a little) for more than 5 minuets.

Other Thoughts: -Powering it shouldn't be a problem. Most power sources are able to plug into this card.
-I am not a fan of AMD patches to the driver. Even after a patch, some games will not work, even if they used to before.

Thermaltake Chaser A71 VP400M1W2N Black SECC ATX Full Tower Case
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Oh it's big.
Comes with two 240mm LED fans, that are pretty and movable.
Dust covers don't block any air as far as i can tell, very good design.
The cut out on the "non-motherboard" side is very nice, it displays a lot more then what ya may want displayed, but still nice.
Has two other fans barely worth mentioning, cuz they don't light up, I replaced them with ones that do.
Wire management is there and it works, but I didn't use it that much.
Air flow is amazing, in such a big case it's nice to feel and see air move inside this thing. More credit to the dust filters.

Cons: Wire management is a little silly. Its there, but you wont "want" it. I don't know, if you really want to hide your wires from the cut out on this case, your gona spend a lot of time cursing the wire management provided. I didn't hide all my wires, cuz I kinda like the look of some wires, and the case works fine in that situation, , but if your the person to hide them completely good luck.
NOTE: I did have a motherboard with tons of ports and stuff, you may have an easier time hiding your wires than me.
Also, it's heavy, so don't plan on attending regular LAN partys with this thing in tow.

Other Thoughts: Its big, black, and blue. If you like having tons of drives and ports and stuff it's great.
They design team could rethink placing the ports. I have the case on top of my desk, and the case ports are on top. I considered this when i bought it, and I'm fine, but it's really for placing on the ground. It's got a nice 3/4 inch clearance from the leg supports, so if carpet is your thing, then beware this limitation.

GIGABYTE GA-990FXA-UD3 AM3+ AMD 990FX + SB950 6 x SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Very easy to install into a large case.
It's easy to plug something in, ie RAM, Vid Card, CPU; it's very sturdy.
Love all the port and plugs for audio and USB.

Cons: Windows 7 is having a BIOS problem with it, even after the driver updates, but one 5 min call to Microsoft fixed it; still wish i didn't have to do that. -1egg
Some power plugs and ports are a little hard to find, but if you take your time, it shouldn't be a problem.

Other Thoughts: the slogan for this model was "durable" and while I didn't want to test this description, I did get the feel that i didn't have to baby this thing. I still grounded myself, but I kinda slapped in the vid card and RAM... and works fine, but I don't see the point. Maybe its good for people who are extremely heavy handed?


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Display Name: joey y.

Date Joined: 06/05/04

  • Reviews: 12
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  • First Review: 04/02/14
  • Last Review: 11/22/15
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