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ASUS GeForce GTX 970 STRIX-GTX970-DC2OC-4GD5 4GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready SLI Support G-SYNC Support Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Very powerful card for $300. I replaced my crossfired R9 280s with this single card due to AMD's recent driver support (or lack thereof). After not being able to properly utilize crossfire in the Witcher 3, and now with Fallout 4 having the same problem, I wanted to go back to a single card setup. But the R9 280 is a little dated now, and while still a very capable card in it's own right, it's just not able to play this year's AAA titles on high settings anymore. It had been a while since I had an Nvidia GPU in one of my computers, so I wanted to see how the new(ish) Maxwell cards are stacking up. I am very impressed. Crysis 3 plays with every setting maxed (except MSAAx2 only) and gave me a very smooth almost 60FPS experience. Likewise, Witcher 3, Farcry4, and Fallout 4 all play at the highest Quality levels and never give me any problems. I never hear the fans coming on, even with a mild overclock on the GPU core (1406mhz). The card performs very well. I am very happy with this card, and I'm sure when it's time to upgrade again I will just buy another one and SLI, as Nvidia's SLI has always been smoother than AMD's crossfire. 10/10 would definitely recommend.

PC Specs:
AMD FX8350 @4.5ghz
ASUS Sabertooth 990FX r2.0
8GB G.skill Ripjawx X DDR3-1600
ASUS GTX 970 Strix 4GB OC
Crucial 128GB MX500 SSD
Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200RPM HDD X2
Windows 7 sp1

Cons: None so far.

Other Thoughts: At the time of my purchase the card was on sale for $299 (reg $349 at this time) and also came with a $20 MIR and a free copy of Assassin's Creed Syndicate, which at the time of my purchase had not been released for PC yet. I really feel that I got this card at a good value.

Antec EarthWatts Green EA-380D Green 380W Continuous power ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Intel Haswell Fully Compatible
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Quiet. Don't hear the fan much. Stable power, no issues at all.
I bought this power supply from second-hand web auction site but I was impressed and wanted to leave a review. I installed this in my stepson's computer and it's powering an Intel Q6600, a Radeon HD5750 (1xpcie power connector is on this harness), as well as the LED case fans and other components in the build. He is a light gamer, usually playing Steam games and he has had absolutely no issues in the 6 months that he has had it. This is a very good power supply and I will seriously consider it for my next build, an APU dual-graphics build for my wife.

Cons: None yet.

AMD FX-8350 Black Edition Vishera 8-Core 4.0 GHz (4.2 GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 125W FD8350FRHKBOX Desktop Processor
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Good multitasking processor that is more than capable for any game out there to be played at the highest settings when paired with a good GPU (or 2). Stupidly easy to overclock, and even with a windowed game playing with streaming and internet windows open in the background or on second screen never seems to slow down.

Cons: Stock cooler is loud even at stock speeds. While overclocking on this processor is common (free performance), even if not overclocking I would recommend an aftermarket cooler. Overclocking is COMPLETELY NOT RECOMMENDED ON STOCK COOLER.

Other Thoughts: I originally owned an FX8320, which died under warranty. AMD was kind enough to upgrade me to an FX8350, which has been in my gaming computer for almost two years now. I currently use a Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo, and the CPU runs at 4.5ghz with a maximum load temp of 58c. I have played every game in my steam library with this CPU, and coupled with two R9-280s I am playing nearly every game at the absolute maximum settings. I have only good things to say about this processor, and barring any unforeseen issues, I should be happily gaming on it for at least a few more years.


Jesse C.'s Profile

Display Name: Jesse C.

Date Joined: 03/14/14

  • Reviews: 16
  • Helpfulness: 7
  • First Review: 03/23/14
  • Last Review: 11/22/15
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