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MSI N650TI-1GD5/OC GeForce GTX 650 Ti 1GB 128-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: I upgraded from a 9600GT and the difference is striking. Skyrim, Saints Row 3, Dishonored, et al. run flawlessly in glorious 1080p. It's certainly not as loud as I expected, either. My CPU fan kicks in like a jet engine long before the GTX 650 even breaks a sweat. Installation went very well, once I got some cables rearranged.

Cons: I'm not taking eggs off for this, because the card works fine regardless, but the box arrived in rough shape. One corner was caved in completely and it looked as though it had been tossed around a little bit.

Other Thoughts: The card is massive; at least larger than I'm used to. It just barely fit in my ATX tower case and I had to redo my cable management. I wouldn't call this a con, because this thing is a workhorse, but it's something to keep in mind.

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Garmin Nuvi 40LM 4.3
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: The device itself works as expected.

Cons: In this day and age, the map update software is an absolute joke. Maps appear to be multiple gigabytes in size, but I can't really be sure because it doesn't display the download size or speed. All I know is that I allowed it to download for 8 hours overnight and still wasn't finished in the morning. Since I had other important things to do and couldn't have it slowing my connection down, I paused the download (with the button clearly labeled "Pause") only to discover later that pausing actually cancelled the whole thing and now it's started over from the very beginning. It's 2012, for Pete's sake. Surely the Garmin programmers can make a decent downloader with proper pause/resume support.

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COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 CAC-T05-WW Black/Silver Aluminum Bezel, SECC Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Looks great. The mesh on the front is awesome, especially since it has a filter behind it to catch dust. The front cover just pulls right off with a bit of force, which makes things a lot easier; no clips to pry out and accidentally snap. Plenty of room on the inside and I'm happy to finally have a tool-less case.

Cons: The power button is a little wobbly, but I'm sure that could be fixed. The tool-less parts seem a little cheap and sometimes I'm afraid I'm going to break them. The aluminum had a few deep scratches, but nowhere immediately noticeable.

Other Thoughts: I've seen some complaints about the plastic clips on the expansion slots breaking. So far, I haven't had any issues. Just don't press too hard and you'll be fine. If one does break, it's not really the end of the world. You should still be using screws, anyway.

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David B.'s Profile

Display Name: David B.

Date Joined: 11/03/08

  • Reviews: 4
  • Helpfulness: 2
  • First Review: 05/19/11
  • Last Review: 03/16/13
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