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GIGABYTE GV-N66TWF2-2GD GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: This card is such a major step up from my EVGA GTX 260, it's hard to believe I waited this long to upgrade. Not only does it do things my 260 couldn't do, it does it at higher frame rates and with less electricity. The cooler on this card is amazingly effective and about as quiet as a fan cooler gets. The 660 is idling at 32-33C vs like 59C for my 260.

There are plenty of reviews out there, if you want to see benchmarks.

This card was already hitting the sweet spot for bang-for-buck even before they threw in a free copy of Borderlands 2. That bonus really sealed the deal for me.

Cons: Price (but what do you expect with an enthusiast card).
Location and direction of fans can means it will likely be blowing down over your other expansion cards (a minor consideration for space/air flow in your case).
I'm trying really hard to think of any cons that are actually likely to have any effect on a purchase decision but I'm not finding any.

Other Thoughts: I spent a lot of time worrying over whether I'd be happy with this card or not. Now, I'm wishing I hadn't wasted so much time worrying.

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EVGA 512-P3-1311-KR GeForce 210 512MB 32-Bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card
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  • Owned For: less than 1 day

4 out of 5 eggs Serves its purpose but not with my TV 08/18/2012

This review is from: EVGA 512-P3-1311-KR GeForce 210 512MB 32-Bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card

Pros: I only have a few blurays capable of making this card struggle and even then it does a fair job.

Cons: No TV-Out port (older Nvidia cards had the port and let you connect pretty much any analog cable to it; my 260 GTX has it)
Can't really handle games
Runs a bit hot if air isn't being pulled directly over it
These are all fairly obvious and mostly minor things though.

Other Thoughts: My Mitsubishi 65" DLP HDTV disappoints me yet again. It has 3 component hookups and 3 HDMI hookups. The 3 HDMI hookups are completely useless when it comes to watching broadcast tv (Satellite and Cable both cause it to randomly and frequently lose signal for entire seconds). There's no practical way to connect the 210 through component. So, I'm pretty much out of luck for getting it to work with my TV.

I can't blame the 210 for my TV being faulty but I still took an egg off for the lack of compatibility with almost anything analog.

I really wish newer cards still included the old TV-Out ports. I'm probably going to end up using my old GTX 260 in my media center, since it does have the TV-Out port.

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ASUS Eee PC 1015PEM-PU17-BK Black Intel Atom Dual Core N550(1.50GHz) 10.1
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Cheap.
Good battery life.

Cons: Windows 7 Starter.
1 GB RAM (2GB Max)
Bloatware, lots of it.
It's a netbook.
Poor support.

Other Thoughts: There's hardly anything for 64bit Windows. You have to rely almost entirely on 32bit drivers and apps. To get the function keys working, you need the 32bit app along with the 64bit driver (meaning you have to download both versions of the driver).

I never got ASUS Live Update working in Win 7 64bit. I'm probably better off without though. The EEE Dock gets old fast.

Be prepared to lose wireless access when doing a clean install.

Upgrading to 2GB of RAM is recommended.

For $250, it was a pretty good deal. If I didn't need it for work, I wouldn't get it. I prefer desktops.

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Date Joined: 05/01/07

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  • Last Review: 08/25/12
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